Okay, I’m not really a prophetess. But I am a super good critic of Church programs, as I found the other day when reading some old blog posts. Back in 2012, I used the words “church-supported family gospel study” to describe my wish for a church-wide gospel study program for Seminary coordinated with Sunday School, right here on my blog.
Readers of this blog (I know — it’s just me) also know I *heavily* promoted having daily assigned reading for Seminary students and did little studies to try and persuade others to adopt the practice. Now reading is required for Seminary graduation church-wide.
On the Sunday after they announced the simplification of ministering, I was in ward council and noted that this was the first time in my adult life the Church had actually simplified a program, but that Church programs could not truly be “simplified” until we dropped Scouting. Boom.
I also mentioned to the Bishop, who asked me what other changed I thought might come about during tithing settlements. I mentioned that with changes to the youth program and given our history of temple worship (it used to be that any baptized member could perform baptisms for the dead — you didn’t need to wait until age 12), younger kids could be invited to attend the temple. Check.
As YWP, it took me about a year and a half to realize that the YW program was hopelessly broken and the only hope would be to scrap it and start over. I had no notion that it could actually happen, but it definitely needs to be done. (My best friend from college is serving as a YWP right now, and she is melting down and having almost identical struggles to mine — it’s been only 3-4 months. It’s the program that’s bad. It’s devouring women.)
I didn’t guess earlier ordinations or the change to all-at-once ordination, and I didn’t really think two hour church was going to be a thing, but if you need your church system analyzed and a solution proposed, I’m your girl.
Just call me Deborah.