Date: January 10, 2019 10:07AM
It seems to me that this is a result of not having enough people to fill the wards and branches, let alone staff them. In places that are not Utah, it must be a real problem.
Maybe they're thinking ahead to keeping people nominally engaged so that they still pay tithing and don't just quit, never to be heard from again?
Is this just some kind of nominal retention effort?