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I’ve been talking to people.  I now think more folks struggle with home church than I thought.  They are mostly the most faithful members who love church.

I can sympathize with where they come from.  Their fears and feeling of retreat are the same ones I had until just recently.

If you are one of them, my poppets, listen to my words.  You are not wrong to mourn that extra hour of fellowship that you loved.  Even the most inspired of changes always ends up leaving something good behind that can’t be perfectly recaptured under the new system.  No, it will not be quite the same.  Yes, its ok to miss the old system.  Love and life are like that.

Re-read Elder Cook’s talk.  This is not a new program.  You are given the goal and suggestions how to achieve it, but ultimately what the new program is is up to you.

In the home-centered, Church-supported portion of this adjustment, there is flexibility for each individual and family to determine prayerfully how and when it will be implemented.

This is frightening, but also exhilarating.  Who doesn’t want to be a foment in God’s cause?

Remember that your struggle blesses us.  You are not struggling because God does not care about you.  He experiences your pain and is as delighted with your faith in adversity as a four-year old at Christmas.  Your struggles are on our behalf.  Saints who love church and who take this new approach seriously enough to wrestle with it are the ones who will show us all the way forward.

Finally, I suggest you read the comments here.


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