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  1. I don't believe any of the girls were upset, just young and exhausted. (Though, to be honest, I was quite upset with the situation after the long drive home.)
  2. A return to the previous ages for Womens' Conference is good. With such a varied audience, I felt that the speakers were placed in a difficult position; some tried to give talks for everyone in attendance (girls and women age 8+), and the resulting messages were sometimes unfocused and didn't really resonate well. Others targeted their messages to the traditional age group (age 12+), which was nice for most of us, but then the younger girls were left out and restless. Also, I'm on the East Coast so we're two hours behind those of you on MST; the meeting started at 8pm. And our stake reall
  3. Our ward had a great scouting program, the best I've seen in any ward I've been in. The leaders were excellent and loved scouting, and (most of) the boys loved scouting as well. When it was announced that the Church would be separating from scouting, the scout leaders put together a timeline, outlining exactly what needed to be accomplished and by what date . The timeline was simple but extremely thorough, and included all advancements and time-based requirements, as well as the number of campouts that the boys needed to go on. Just about all the boys in our ward earned their Eagles who (
  4. Our family’s biggest problems with Sunday meetings were when I was in the RS presidency or president, and/or when my husband was in the EQ presidency – though we also had a fair amount of meetings when my husband was scoutmaster and in the YMs presidency. (And no, our ward is not as small as it would seem, with those callings happening concurrently. We're just really short on people who can hold leadership callings. Perhaps because we have several family history consultants who are expected to work many hours a week in our stake's family history center, several other stake callings that pull p
  5. A few more: Define the role of women in the church. What are women here for? How do we help build the kingdom (and please don’t say that our job is to be mothers, since men are often fathers and they also have a role in building the kingdom). As an aside, I actually don’t think our role is to serve in priesthood roles (perhaps that is because I don’t want that though); however, I have suspicions that we should be doing something in addition to being mothers and supporting the priesthood. My thought is that we should probably be leading the charity efforts of the church. Women’s etern
  6. What is doctrine? I feel it would be helpful to have a canonized list of some sort, rather than saying that doctrine is what most current General Authorities agree on at that moment. For example, perhaps “doctrine” is fairly limited and includes only revealed truths that can be traced to specific experiences (e.g., the First Vision) or revelatory commandments from God (e.g., the Doctrine & Covenants). Alternatively, perhaps doctrine includes those things that the GA’s vote on unanimously and feel good about (e.g., the Proclamation on the Family). I really like the article by Elder Bednar (
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