Dear 100 Hour Board,
What are all the High Priest group leaders, Scoutmasters, and Visiting Teaching supervisors going to do, now that they have been (or are soon to be) released en masse?
But seriously, is the church distancing itself from part two of President Hinkley's injunction that every member needs a friend, a responsibility, and to be taught the gospel? Or is it just eliminating the scaffolding that supports us while we grow?
I feel like my calling could be part of the next wave. If I'd been released and not reassigned, I think I'd be struggling with feelings of uselessness and not belonging. How can I get self reliant enough to weather the storms without the structure I feel dependent on.
Dear Moonlight Sonata,
I don't think the church is distancing itself from President Hinckley's counsel.
In order to explain my thought processes, allow me to make a digression into mathematics: In math, we have things called isomorphisms. Essentially when two things are isomorphic, it means although they look different, they behave in the exact same way. I'm inclined to think of the changes the church is making as isomorphic. Yeah, it looks different, but serves the same purpose.
We always were supposed--and are continuing--to be genuine friends to the other people in the church. Though old callings will be dissolved, new, just as important ones will take their place.
Change can be scary, but perhaps things aren't changing as much as you think they are.