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The ask: specifically, what goes into redrawing boundaries, other than prayer?
Seems like critical mass of ward members and balancing of welfare needs, primarily.
Remember, good information leads to good inspiration. Though high school boundaries (and thus non-online seminary classes) don't' seem to be a consideration. My son will be starting seminary in a class that has no other youth from our ward in it, due to high school boundaries.
Friends of mine in the Greater Denver area recently had their ward and stake dissolved/absorbed by the three neighboring stakes.
The ward they'd attended for 40 years or so had a lot of welfare needs / bishop's storehouse needs (majority of the cases in the stake were from that ward) and had a large group of inactive and less active members - example: some active members had 10-15 hometeaching families / ministering families. For clarity, I'll call this the "needy ward."
No exceptions were made to those who requested to attend the ward that had the majority of "needy ward" members in it.
Temple recommends were going to not be issued if members continued attending the ward which absorbed most of the "needy ward" members.
My friends are now in a predominantly suburban ward with much less welfare need and more balance - though in their older age, the loss of existing social relationships is difficult.
A long time ago in a farming community in Utah, my family and I were in three wards in 2 years while never moving.
Some said it was the high count of Primary age kids that caused the boundary update.
Some said it was the higher welfare needs of part of the neighborhood that needed to be balanced amongst wards.
Either way, as a newly-wed couple, starting out and having known some of the people in the area from high school, loosing these relationships was challenging.
And, yes, my friends in Denver and in the farming area are able to remain friends and see each other; the challenge arises in finding the time after the kids, callings, commute, work, date night, FHE, etc.
The honor appears to be directed at Elder Christopherson's service in 80 countries on behalf of the LDS church. It acknowledges that the church has given 1.89 BILLION humanitarian aid since 1985 worldwide (which is 59 million a year for 32 years), without indicating how it got those numbers, which many here will recognize as more than previous disclosures.
Good for Elder Christopherson, but really how wonderful that the Church is so recognized.
It's just good business sense and Economics 101. And that saves the most people though it often makes it tougher on them. Most of my clients are doing this. Don't blame the Church or the various companies. It's not their fault.