Church releases letter on how stakes and wards should handle missionary and temple and family history work

In a letter dated May 26, 2020, President M. Russell Ballard has explained how stake and ward leaders should handle the coordination and training of missionary work and temple and family history work.

The letter states that the bishopric is to strengthening the work of gathering Israel on both sides of the veil and to allow the bishopric to remain focused on youth. Ward elders quorum and relief society presidencies are responsible for the day-to-day missionary and temple and family history work.

Below is a copy of the letter signed by President M. Russell Ballard;

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Specific instructions have been provided;

  • Elders quorum and Relief Society presidents each assign one counselor to missionary work and the other counselor to temple and family history work. These counselors help all members of their quorum or Relief Society participate in missionary and temple and family history work.
  • Under the priesthood keys of the stake president, the stake presidency and stake Relief Society presidency (rather than the bishop) are responsible for the instruction of elders quorum and ward Relief Society presidencies in their responsibilities for the work.
  • Stake leaders train ward mission leaders and ward temple and family history leaders (if called). Members of the stake Melchizedek Priesthood committee assist in training at the ward level. High councilors assist in training for the wards to which they are assigned.
  • The bishop ensures the work is coordinated in ward council and ward youth council meetings.

The following charts provide recommendations on how training and coordination may be conducted within stakes and wards.

Stake
MissionaryTemple and Family History
The stake president and mission president normally coordinate monthly. The stake and mission presidency counselors, assigned high councilor, and zone leaders may attend.The stake president and elders quorum president coordinate regularly. The stake and elders quorum presidency counselors and assigned high councilor may attend.
Under the direction of the stake presidency, assisted by the stake Melchizedek Priesthood committee and stake Relief Society presidency, training can take place in a group setting or by one- on-one mentoring. Training is held as often as needed. Assigned members of the elders quorum and Relief Society presidencies and ward mission leaders (if called) attend when invited.Under the direction of the stake presidency, assisted by the stake Melchizedek Priesthood committee and stake Relief Society presidency, training can take place in a group setting or by one-on-one mentoring. Training is held as often as needed. Assigned members of the elders quorum and Relief Society presidencies and ward temple and family history leaders (if called) attend when invited.
Ward
MissionaryTemple and Family History
Under the direction of the bishop, discussions about missionary work are held in ward council meetings.Under the direction of the bishop, discussions on temple and family history work are held in ward council meetings.
A brief, informal missionary coordination discussion is held weekly. This discussion may be held remotely or before or after Sunday meetings. It is led by a member of the elders quorum presidency or the ward mission leader (if called). A member of the Relief Society presidency, ward missionaries, an assistant in the priests quorum, a presidency member of the oldest Young Women class, and full-time missionaries* attend. The purpose is to coordinate and to prepare to help ward members with missionary work in the ward, including in-person visits.A brief, informal temple and family history coordination discussion is held regularly. This discussion may be held remotely or in person. It is led by a member of the elders quorum presidency or the ward temple and family history leader (if called). A member of the Relief Society presidency, an assistant in the priests quorum, a presidency member of the oldest Young Women class, and temple and family history consultants attend, including youth temple and family history consultants. The purpose is to coordinate and to prepare to help ward members with their own temple and family history work.

*In areas where one set of full-time missionaries is assigned to one or more stakes, missionaries may need to coordinate on a stake level rather than a ward level.

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