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|The Ten Foolish Virgins Go to Sacrament Meeting|
Jun. 8th, 2009 at 1:07 am
Recently, my family attended church in a relative’s ward in another state. Two families doubling up in the same townhouse can make for cramped quarters when getting ready on Sunday morning; so, it was no surprise to me that we ended up being about five minutes late to sacrament meeting. (Rather, I was surprised we didn’t get there even later.)
Anyway, we arrived to find the chapel full and the overflow partition closed. What, you say? No problem? Just open the partition and set up some chairs? Not so fast…
Their ward had recently instituted a no tolerance policy on tardiness: The overflow partition remains locked; if there is no room left in the chapel, it is the foyer for you.
In my opinion, there is no doubt that the chapel is a nicer place to attend a meeting when the partition is closed. In addition, I will concede that – in theory – it would be great if such a tough-love solution were effective in getting meetings started on time or minimizing disturbances caused by latecomers. Nevertheless, it seems fairly obvious to me that this approach’s costs more than outweigh the benefits.
Here are just a few problems (in no particular order) that I can think of right off the top of my head:
What other drawbacks do you see in the “Ten Virgins Approach,” as I call it, to sacrament meeting? Do you have any compelling arguments in its favor? Do you know of any other units where something similar has been tried? Leave your witty observations below.