Sometimes I think we overdo this “family” thing.
In Elders Quorum today the First Counselor stood up and announced to a room full of young thirty-something fathers that he had been assigned to head up an Elders Quorum activity (I think it’s been a year since our last one, though I’m not sure).
“The first question brethren, is whether we want to do an activity with or without our families.”
“Are we allowed to do anything without our families?” I asked.
There was general laughter. I saw the Elders Quorum President (a guy with five kids – two in high school) chuckling in wry agreement. Someone made a joke about “manrichment.”
In the end it was put to a vote. Results:
Families = 4
Guys = 7
Good. I work at home and frankly, I see a lot more of my own wife and kids than I probably need to. It would be nice if they let me out at nights occasionally.