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Change the meeting schedule

Don - February 8, 2005

Whenever I have taught S.S. it has frustrated me to never have enough time. I think we should change the meeting schedule to 1 hour for sacrament meeting (enought time for the Sacrament and 1 0r 2 GOOD speakers), 1/2 hour for priesthood (enough time to conduct business and a short spiritual thought) and the remaining hour and a half for S.S.

We need more time for better in depth study of the scriptures. This proposed schedule would double the time spent in S.S. WOW I could really get excited about this.

Maybe if we all started emailing all our friends and asked them to email everyone they know, etc, etc, and contact everyone at church headquarters, and anyone with real connections to “the brethren” could talked with them – we could this thing done!

For those of you concerned about Primary, they could divide up the last two hours any way they wanted, maybe even into thirds – lesson, singing, sharing times.

How about it…start those emails going.

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  1. Only if they say at the end of the email, “if you want Eternal Life, you must pass this on to 10 friends…”

    I would love that extra time for Sunday School… depending on the teacher, participation of the class, etc. Sometimes Priesthood has better teachers. Also, at least my wife likes Relief Society better than Sunday School. Don’t know if that would go over so well with the sisters.
    Rusty | Email | Homepage | 02.08.05 – 5:12 pm | #

    The problem is that Priesthood lessons are usually far more participatory and interesting than Sunday School. Maybe I’m just unlucky, but I rarely get much out of Sunday School. The lessons are never on practical applications. If you’ve read your scriptures then going over what any good reader would pick up is tedious and boring.

    I do think, especially now that I have a son, that the length is a problem for small kids. At the same time though, I think primary is the most important meeting.

    Perhaps what they ought do is shorten sacrament by 20 minutes? (Drop one of the speakers?) Lengthen priesthood since opening exercises take way too much time from the lesson. Then make an alternating class for Sunday School.
    Clark Goble | Email | Homepage | 02.08.05 – 5:27 pm | #

    The 3-hour block has run it course. It’s too long, it’s too long, it’s too long. I don’t care what they do, but please shave off an hour. So say my kids. So says my wife. And so says me. Amen.
    Ronan | Email | Homepage | 02.08.05 – 7:53 pm | #

    As a nursery leader, I don’t want to shorten SM, unless we shorten the whole thing.

    But, when I’m not in nursery, I would. I much prefer SS to RS. I have been in a few wards with beter RS teachers than SS teachers, but rarely.

    Couldn’t we even just have RS/Priesthood be the meeting that gets shortened when SM goes over? Or split the time evenly between the two?

    But I do agree that many sisters prefer RS to SS. Too bad for them. My husband prefers high priests to SS though.
    Amira | Email | Homepage | 02.08.05 – 9:19 pm | #

    All I have to say is that whoever thought that church from 11:00-2:00 was a good thing did not have children.

    Amen to shortening sacrement meeting. And can someone please do something about the length of “opening exercises” for Priesthood and RS?
    J. Stapley | Email | Homepage | 02.08.05 – 11:07 pm | #

    I’m normally all for it, except for right now. I’m in one of the few times when priesthood IS actually better then SS, due mostly I think to the fact that we have the backwards schedule.
    As for 11-2 church…that is PERFECT for student wards, you can stay out late the night before and sleep in but still have a lot of your day left after church. I’m stuck in 1-4 though.
    Bret | Email | Homepage | 02.09.05 – 12:02 am | #

    I like your plan, Don. Wards should get all the very best teachers in the SS and out of the newly shortened Priesthood/RS meetings and that problem would be solved. It would just be tough in units where there are no decent teachers (but if that is the case it makes little difference anyway)

    Incidentally, we have a 2 1/2 hour block in my stake in Arizona — too many wards in too few buildings. Except for the even shorter SS I sort of like it.
    Geoff Johnston | Email | Homepage | 02.09.05 – 12:16 am | #

    I didn’t consider it, but you’re right 2 and 1/2 hours is long enough. Let’s shorten S.M. lengthen S.S. and shorten Priesthood meeting all total to 2 & 1/2 hours. Let each ward divide it up the way they want.

    Another advantage would be you could have one more ward per building, think how fun it would be for church from 3 to 5:30.

    Get those emails rolling, 10 friends = Celestial kingdom, leass than 5 and you’re telestial.
    Anonymous | Email | Homepage | 02.09.05 – 1:22 am | #

    In our ward, I enjoy sunday school. The priesthood meeting is usually abyssmal (sp?). Most of the time the lesson isn’t prepared, and even if it is, it’s typically a non-participatory snooze-fest where the instructor reads to us from the “Teachings of the Prophet” manual, then reads the questions at the back of the chapter thinking it will “stimulate discussion”.


    Mark Hansen | Email | Homepage | 02.09.05 – 11:27 am | #

    IMO, we should have a single hour. No PH/RS, no SS, no Primary.
    Kim Siever | Email | Homepage | 02.09.05 – 12:14 pm | #

    I’d like to join your church, Kim. But we’ll have to negotiate on the 10%.
    NFlanders | Email | Homepage | 02.09.05 – 2:01 pm | #

    I would prefer to have a longer Priesthood meeting and shorter Sunday School, thanks! But I actually like it how it is!

    I do, however, think we could spend less time socializing between the meeting blocks. Maybe that would help with the Sunday School lesson. Also, it would be great if more members would incorporate the upcoming week’s Sunday School reading into their personal scripture study.
    Jordan | Email | Homepage | 02.09.05 – 2:47 pm | #

    I think that each of the three meetings serves a real purpose. But the hour of the meeting can make a difference. We had church for a year from 3:00-6:00pm and that was a bit weird.
    danithew | Email | Homepage | 02.09.05 – 5:18 pm | #

    Many wards in Gilbert and Mesa, AZ have had to shorten the block time to 2 1/2 hours due to the large numbers and lack of buildings. I’ve heard rumblings the chuch will go to a shorter schedule. All we have to do is cut out the excessive pre and post class hall chat and we’d all be down to 2 1/2 hours. I don’t vote for 1 1/2 hours of Sunday School (torture), but I’m all for shaving off 15 minutes to a half hour.
    Rob | Email | Homepage | 02.09.05 – 5:33 pm | #

    Well let me tell you, I live and Utah and church only last alittle more than an hour here anyway…everyone goes home after SM!! But really, I dont see why we just dont have an hour in each. Why is it they’re all different lengths? Personally though, after leaving the home ward with my dad, Don, as the SS teacher, I havent had a single decent teacher for either PH or SS. Hence, eveyone leaves after SM.
    Bryce | Email | Homepage | 02.09.05 – 8:56 pm | #

    That’s not me, by the way.

    I’ve heard several rumors that the Church has experimented with eliminating SS from the block schedule, and has concluded that it’s best to leave it in.

    In our ward, at least, Primary allocates its time independently of the SS/PH/RS schedule.

    Perhaps the best thing to do is to increase the quality of teaching across the board.
    Bryce I | Email | Homepage | 02.10.05 – 9:37 am | #

    can I not write links in Haloscan?

    Here’s the link I meant to post:

    http://www.millennialstar.org/ in…hing_the_saints
    Bryce I | Email | Homepage | 02.10.05 – 6:41 pm | #

    Bryce I, your link worked fine.
    Rusty | Email | Homepage | 02.10.05 – 9:29 pm | #

    If Sunday School was any longer, I would have to kill myself. Much better discussions and interactions occuring in RS in our ward right now.
    fluffy | Email | Homepage | 03.09.05 – 11:37 am | #



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