Date: October 05, 2019 10:23PM
what are the implications?
Young men presidencies at the ward level will be discontinued. A bishopric is currently the presidency of the Aaronic Priesthood in the ward, which is the organization for young men in the church. Bishoprics will also have closer association
with the young women of the church.
The youth changes reiterate President Nelson’s teachings that “(the bishop’s) first and foremost responsibility is to care for the young men and young women of his ward.”
A new “Young Women theme” was introduced to help all young women “gain unshakable faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ,” according to Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women general president. It puts the focus on each individual’s relationship as a daughter of heavenly parents and as a disciple of Jesus Christ. (See accompanying story).
Class structure changes for young women were announced. The names of Beehive, Mia Maid and Laurel as class descriptors will be discontinued and classes will be established by age and referred to simply as young women classes. Different age groups can be combined if there are few young women as there is great flexibility for wards (congregations) to meet the needs of young women around the world.
No matter how young women are organized into classes, each class will have a class presidency.
Melchizedek Priesthood quorums and Relief Societies, the adult organizations of the church, will have greater responsibility for missionary work, temple and family history work and in ministering to ward members under the direction of the bishop.
Relief Society presidents and Elders Quorum presidents may take a greater role in counseling adult members. Young Women presidents may take a greater role in counseling young women. A bishop maintains his role as a “common judge” on ecclesiastical matters and the organization leaders work under his direction.
Church stakes (a stake is a group of congregations) will have Young Men presidencies. Young Men presidents will now be a part of the stake’s high council, a group of 12 advisers to the stake presidency. The Stake Sunday School president will also be a member of the high council.
The word “mutual” will be retired and replaced by simple references to Young Women activities, Aaronic Priesthood quorum activities, or youth activities that will be held weekly where possible.
The term “auxiliary” will also be retired in favor of a more generic term, organization.
Changes will be made by Jan 1, 2020.
Date: October 06, 2019 01:59AM
They've consolidated the Mormon youth.
Instead of a ward having 3 Laurels, 1 Mia Maid, and Zero Beehives, they will have 5 "Young Women". Only one leader necessary.
Didn't they already do that with the boys, already? Like, no separate deacons, or priests, or high priests--they all consolidate with the Elders, or something like that? Only one elder's quorum president needed for the entire group.
No ward Sunday school superintendent needed, right? No ward young men's president? These positions will be on the stake level, one per stake, correct?
Yes, they are definitely creating fewer leadership positions to be filled, and are definitely accommodating for fewer active members, especially the youth. I'll bet there were hardly ever enough to fill one Scout troop per ward, and in our stake, not enough for a stake Scout troop, either.
Edit: Did Nelson hire the same consulting firm that introduced "New Coke?"--Caffeined.
I have been wondering the same thing, myself, and it's fun to have someone agree with me, Caffeined.
Date: October 14, 2019 07:12PM
You are right. That is the problem. That along with the fact that the leaders are just SO fukin old and don't get how much harder it is for the kids now to pay 10% of their income and pop out more than one or two kids, than it was in their day. It was 70 years ago that they were young married and trying to get an education and start their families. It was even a lot easier for us 40 years ago.
That was when the cost of living compared to wages was so much less, even though wages were less. The GI Bill that WWII, Korean and Vietnam era vets went to school on was enough to pay tuition, and housing costs for a family. Financial aid for college was plentiful and easy to pay off after graduation. It was easier for women to stay at home with kids.
Not that way now. So the youth today want to know that if they are giving up that money, they really are getting something for it. The only thing the leaders are telling them that is the truth is that if they want to keep their testimonkeys, they'd better not look at the information at their fingertips that doesn't come from the "Ministry of Truth." So they're changing the focus to Christ Christ Christ. It's not the geezer brigade, it's not Mormon, Inc., it's not Joseph's Myth that is telling them what to do. It's Christ. You don't want to look at that stuff and offend Christ do you? They know once someone goes down the rabbit hole, they and their money are gone. Their desperation shows with every change.
Mother Who Knows
Date: October 06, 2019 02:10AM
Yes, the church is shrinking, and the leaders are scrambling to cover that up.
The missionary program is failing miserably, so the cult is having the members take on the role of missionaries. They need more new recruits! The missionaries and "ministers are also going to be responsible for keeping members from bolting, and for trying to bring ex-Mormons back into the fold. Good luck with that.
Maybe we are going to be the generation to enjoy watching the demise of the religious branch of LDS, Inc. (The business branch won't fail, unless LDS, Inc. loses its tax-exempt status.)
Date: October 14, 2019 07:39PM
The youth programs don't seem to be going well. A couple weekends ago my daughter's school took a weekend field trip. On the bus was a conversation between three or four seminary-going students and one non-mormon and one atheist. The non-mormon explained the essential point of her religion and asked the Mormon kids the essential point of theirs. They didn't know. They ended up arguing over whether the statements they made were rules promoted by God, Jesus, or Joseph Smith. They went around and around talking about the pre-existence, that earthly life was a test--they couldn't answer to the objection that "it's a test" makes God a cruel prankster--and other confusing and convoluted tales. Conversations like this, with the objects of missionarying asking curious, good-faith questions, will wake up the critical thinking skills of the youth enough for them to wonder why none of their explanations of anything make any sense.
One student confessed to my daughter that he goes to seminary every day but he's got no idea what they're talking about. Another seminary-going student told my daughter that the first kid's the most active Mormon anyone knows. This kind of circling confusion is nowhere near sustainable and is nothing like the seminary students of my school days.