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  1. Reorganization of the Melchizedek Priesthood

    I don't think the law of tithing is a lesser law. The United Order was needed to bootstrap early church communities when some families didn't need to travel far and others needed to sell all they had to arrive. The law of tithing is more of a "steady state" solution to maintain an already established church. See this article, between footnotes 13 and 14: https://history.lds.org/article/the-tithing-of-my-people?lang=eng
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    I expect that in two or five years. The church renews it's commitment in 3 year blocks. That depends on how well the priests and teachers YM programming goes. If it goes well, two years, if not, 5 years.
  3. Reorganization of the Melchizedek Priesthood

    I think finance falls under "administering all temporal things." Bishops already have clerks and usually a clerk assigned just to finance. They prep all the reports and balance all the books but the bishop still must sign all accounting paperwork in the end. I think this is also why the church doesn't do "standard" audits (like a publicly traded company would do). For ward level spending the Bishop's authority alone is sufficient for most kinds of spending. There are some controls in modern accounting that require two or more authorizations for some spending that is limited to a single point of authority by scripture. But there may be wiggle room.
  4. Reorganization of the Melchizedek Priesthood

    D&C 107:68-76 has a good summary. Basically, no, a bishop cannot delegate the confession of sins. Anyone with that authority would be a bishop. And I would not want multiple bishops in a ward. Leadership roulette is bad enough with one per ward.
  5. A point of comparison may be the Boston Archdiocese case (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual_abuse_scandal_in_the_Catholic_archdiocese_of_Boston) - many of the abuses came to a head in the 80's. The question is has the Church been paying attention to these cases and putting safeguards in place. I've seen changes: men must be two deep in primary (women don't), and leaders are always 2 deep in nursery and cub scouts (but scouts is a BSA thing... that changed in the early 90s). Also, windows on primary classroom doors. I would expect that if this case went to trial policy changes within the church and training changes to bishops since the '80s will be pointed out. Also, don't forget this will most likely be a jury in Utah. I doubt the defense will be able to strike jurors based on religious affiliation or opinion.
  6. Are you forgetting the Bishops' and Clerks' offices? Rooms reserved for (some) of the Priesthood members. The YW and Relief Society are shared by all in their organization, reflecting a flatter structure. Also, in my building we do have a room designated as the "scout room," but our building was built in the '50s.
  7. What does the budget disparity look like when you take out the cost of the badges and awards? In my experience awards have been the main driver for the amount of money spent on cub scouts. When they went from inexpensive beads to beltloops for everything cubs teh cost of awards actually went up.
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