SALT LAKE CITY — Less time in church meetings, more time for family and personal gospel study? Absolutely.
That was the sentiment of several Latter-day Saints streaming out of the Conference Center after the Saturday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, when a new plan for a home-centered, church-supported, shortened meeting schedule was announced.
Arleen and Vaughn Hawkes, of Orem, said the news is exciting and will be a blessing to the church.
“I think that it will bless families,” Arleen Hawkes said. “We’ll learn the gospel deeper, it will get down inside of us. And I think it will help us to retain our young people better.”
“We recognize that there’s a big worldwide church out there, and it’s not all in Utah,” Vaughn Hawkes said. “There are a lot of changes that are going to take place that will improve the opportunities of Saints across the world to teach and train each other and their children.”
Carlos Anugulo, who serves in a bishopric in Venezuela, said it was nice to know that President Russell M. Nelson is thinking about families and homes as holy places.
“Having more time to be with our families and strengthen each other will be nice,” said Anugulo, a husband and father of two children. “I think it’s inspired and I’m really thankful.”
Royce Rhead, the father of a family of six from Boise, Idaho, said that while he won’t miss afternoon church meetings, he plans to make a new effort in holding family home evening.
“I think this will give everyone more of an opportunity to fit family home evening in,” Rhead said. “With everyone’s busy schedule, it’s been (a) hard time fitting that in.”
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