Big Restructuring Will Improve Services

  Fijian members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints woke up today to news of significant and major restructuring in the church. Newly-sustained world leader President Russell
03 Apr 2018 10:14
Big Restructuring Will Improve Services
From left Professor Steve Thomsen, wife Dorie Thomsen and Mere Ritova at the conference centre. Photo: Nemani Delaibatiki


Fijian members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints woke up today to news of significant and major restructuring in the church.

Newly-sustained world leader President Russell M Nelson announced that in each ward the High Priest Group will combine with the Elders Quorum to form one Elders Quorum.

Fijian members, like their counterparts from around the world, have to make adjustments as soon as they can as the church moves to improve its service to the people.

The church’s service is for all people, members and non-members alike,

President Nelson said it would help Melchizedek priesthood holders accomplish the work of the Lord more effectively.

The priesthood is the authority and power of God delegated to men.

There will continue to be a Stake High Priest Quorum, but it will be based on the current priesthood calling.

The ward’s priesthood executive committee meeting has been disbanded.

The ward is the local church or unit in a locality. The stake is made up of a number of wards.

The changes simplify the operational structures and cut the number of meetings.

President Nelson wants more time for the priesthood brethren to minister than administer, meaning he wants the brethren to visit and help families and people in need.

Even in their busy schedule, they should find the time to do it to help and save people.

He said it was a tragedy that people were missing out on priesthood blessings.

He was concerned that some priesthood brethren did not understand the importance of the priesthood they held.

He said too many of the priesthood went through trials because of this lack of understanding. He said this was also a tragedy.

He inspired the brethren to keep the commandments of God and stressed the priesthood was a privilege to act in the name of Jesus Christ.

He said it was time “to rise up oh men of God”.

President Nelson announced the changes during the general priesthood session on Sunday (Fijian time).

“These modifications have been under study for many months,” President Nelson said.

“We have felt a pressing need to improve the way we care for our members and report our contacts with them.

“To do that better, we need to strengthen our priesthood quorums to give greater direction to the ministering of love and support that the Lord intends for His Saints.

“These adjustments are inspired of the Lord. As we implement them, we will be even more effective than we have been previously.”

Church News reported that in subsequent talks, Elder D. Todd Christofferson and Elder Ronald A. Rasband, both of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, added further details about the announced changes.


Ward elders quorum

The ward elder’s quorum will be led by one presidency. The presidency may be comprised of elders and high priests, explained Elder Christofferson.

The elder’s quorum president will report to the stake president and meet regularly with the bishop.

Priesthood offices will remain the same—elders remain elders and high priests remain high priests.

“This is not a ‘takeover’ of elder’s quorums by high priests,” Elder Christofferson said.

“We expect elders and high priests to work together in any combination in the quorum presidency and in quorum service.”

The current elder’s quorum presidency will be released and the stake president will call a new elders quorum presidency.

“When a ward has an unusually large number of active Melchizedek Priesthood bearers, leaders may organise more than one elder’s quorum,” said Elder Rasband (see D&C 107:89).

“A unified ward Melchizedek Priesthood quorum will allow quorum members to learn from each other as they work together to do all aspects of the work of salvation, including temple and family history work previously co-ordinated by the high priests,” Elder Christofferson said.

“The wisdom, experience, capacity, and strength that will be found in these quorums portend a new day and a new standard of priesthood service across the Church.”

“These adjustments will help elder’s quorums and Relief Societies harmonise their work,” said Elder Rasband.

“They will also simplify the quorum’s coordination with the bishopric and ward council.

“And they allow the bishop to delegate more responsibilities to the elder’s quorum and Relief Society presidents so the bishop and his counselors can focus on their primary duties—particularly presiding over the young women, and the young men who bear the Aaronic Priesthood.

“What a joy it will be for all Melchizedek Priesthood holders to have the blessing of teaching, learning, and serving shoulder-to-shoulder with all members in their ward,” added Elder Rasband.

“Wherever you are and whatever your circumstances may be, we invite you prayerfully, faithfully, and joyfully to accept new opportunities to lead or to be led and to serve unitedly as a body of priesthood brethren.”

Edited by Percy Kean



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