Emily W. Jensen: Relief Society binder-passing etiquette

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 22 2010 6:30 a.m. MST

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Binder etiquette: It’s one of those all-too-true-so-very-funny essays. This one attempts to provide some “Relief Society Binder Etiquette” rules like, “thou shalt pass the binder in a timely manner” and “thou shalt not act surprised when thou wast handed a binder and then ask the passee what it is for. It is a binder. It is for thou.” And I love the helpful diagram of how to pass across the rows.

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