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By Bill "Papa" Lee
Today, the Stake I belong to, and two others in the Atlanta areas realigned. In my Stake, all but the Wards changed boundaries and all changed names. I am now in the same Ward with all my kids and Grandbabies, but no longer meet in the same building with a lot of friends. Recently I was tasked with finding inactive members, or to see if they still lived in our Ward boundaries. But no more...now in a new Ward.
Change is the only constant in life, but all change is not good in the minds of many. Having gone through a number of these in almost 40 years in the Church, I have seen many fall through the cracks and get lost. Some do want to start over meeting new people, some go into Wards where a large part remained the same to find they have no callings, and won't for awhile. Others who were less active, just stop going and it takes time for them to be missed in a new Ward and by that time, to much time has passed. I have friends who I would at least see in the hallways of shared buildings, or at Stake Conferences, that I won't see. Our Ward now is the only one in our building, while others are now in different Stakes that I will hardly see almost anywhere.
Do changes such as these help more, or hurt more? What has been your experiences with similar changes?
I told my wife today that we should both get used to wrinkled pants and dresses as we will be having grandchildren climbing all over us a lot.