Tiffany Gee Lewis: Using our senior church members

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  • Mom of 8 Hyrum, UT
    July 19, 2012 8:50 a.m.

    I have a relative who's a bishop facing the problem of all the retired people in his ward (about 1/3 of the population) refusing calls because they are "done" with working altogether. They've done their share, for the world and for the church.

    Attitudes need to be adjusted everywhere.

  • joanbeatri Danville, CA
    July 18, 2012 7:54 p.m.

    My 80-year-old husband and I (18 mo his junior) have just been called to teach the 11-12 year-olds in Primary. We are both excited about this opportunity after having felt "on the shelf" for the past few years.

  • JRJ Pocatello, ID
    July 18, 2012 7:40 p.m.

    And I'm finding that children in primary continue to have selective hearing. If that were not the case, I would have been released as chorister the week after I was installed. Primary is a new world for me, so would someone please tell me why teachers just fail to show up and put the burden on others?

  • terra nova Park City, UT
    July 18, 2012 6:04 p.m.

    The key is using revelation effectively. If the Bishop came to me and said, "Tiffany Lewis wrote an article in the Deseret-News Mormon-Times about using older members to teach Primary or be a part of Young Women's organization. I think we should use you."

    I'd smile wanly and ask, "What does the Lord want?" The word "use" feels like devaluation to some sort of "thing". I don't like it. But I care deeply about "serving" where the Lord wants me to serve.

    It MATTERS that we pray about these things. We must get answers too. Revelation is key to making Zion function. It isn't about HR Management or Senior Asset Allocation, or whatever phrase is in vogue in last week's HBR or WSJ. It is about shepherds and flocks. It is about rising above traditional worldly approaches. It is about becoming the City set upon a hill. It is becoming what the City of Enoch must have been and the New Jerusalem must become. It is about following Christ. If we do not ask Him, we willingly trade a "mess of pottage" for our Celestial birthright.

    And that's incredibly sad.

  • Terrie Bittner Warminster, PA
    July 18, 2012 7:34 a.m.

    I generally have to let it be known I want to be in nursery and Primary. There is an assumption I won't want to be. I ran nurseries for years and think it should be given to women who aren't already burnt out from a week of toddlers. I'm happiest when I'm singing about popcorn trees and telling flannel board and puppet stories. Every nursery needs a grandma on hand! Thanks for a great article.