Two quick experiences related to General Conference this weekend:
This from my sister Missy:
We were all watching together when they released Elder Marlin K. Jensen as the Church Historian. One of my kids (was it Savannah?) said something like, “Maybe Uncle Rob will be the new historian.” Someone else piped in with, “Yeah, Uncle Rob should be the next one!” The others agreed. I think they may have even been a little disappointed when they didn’t announce your name.
Funny stuff. I’m quite confident I wasn’t even on The Brethren’s radar considering…
- I’m not a 70,
- I’m not a historian
- I’m not on facebook and therefore…
- I’m not facebook friends with President Monson
- I haven’t taken a history class since high school
- I’m still menacing up the Provo society
Need I go on? Yeah, not happening. Still, it was good for a laugh.
Aside from me not being called as Church Historian, the other big announcement was the lowering of missionary ages. This was an exciting declaration and it is one that is surely to have loads of consequences, including…
- An immediate surge in missionaries as all of the sudden a year’s worth of men and two years worth of women are eligible to serve. I have some theories on why we need this surge, but I’m not sure they’re appropriate to share in this setting (despite the fact I only have two-remaining blog followers…)
- Even after the surge, more missionaries in general will serve. For the men, this will be because fewer will make themselves ineligible in the year between high school and their anticipated departure. For women, more will have the opportunity and choose to serve prior to marriage.
- Marriage rates will go up and marriage ages will go down as a combined result of more missionaries marrying people they served with and men and women—think highschool sweethearts—being able to overlap their service, thus preventing the girl from Dear-Johning her Elder as she gets married to someone else. I can’t think of many ways to get your gal to lock her heart than to send her into the nunnery that is female missionary service.
A fourth consequence I experienced when I went to the temple on Tuesday (the first full day the temple was open following Conference). As luck would have it, I needed to do some baptisms for some family names so I headed down to the baptistery. Holy cow. I’ve never seen it so packed. We’re talking standing-room-only packed. There were loads of youth there, many of whom were seeking confirmation as to whether they should plan on leaving earlier on their mission or start considering a mission. Pretty cool to see how one inspired decision can have a trickle-down effect on other aspects of the work. As the Lord has said, “Behold, I will hasten my work in its time.” It’s an exciting time to be a member of the Church, to witness, and even participate in that hastening.