We had a wonderful sacrament meeting today. The theme was prayer, but it was also the homecoming for a sister missionary who had been sent out from another ward but whose parents had moved into ours while she was serving. So we had a very large congregation. Happily, the talks were all very good. And all, by the way, were by women. (Remember how the all-male priesthood of the Church silences female voices?)
Last week, Elder L. Tom Perry, of the Quorum of the Twelve, who was visiting our ward for family reasons, taught our Gospel Doctrine class (the lesson for the week was on citizenship and religious liberty, favorite themes of his; the official lesson manual actually quotes him). This week, trying to figure out a way to surpass that experience, I tried to line up a member of the First Presidency. But, alas, none of them could make it to our Sunday school class today, and so, accordingly, it was left to me to lead a discussion of “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.”
But don’t worry. I’ve arranged for a member of the First Presidency to give a fireside, tonight at 6 PM MST, to the general membership of the Church.