I immediately wondered if something happened or was wrong....Why was he messaging me? Was he breaking rules...oh crap...is my son a rule-breaker missionary?!
No...actually...quite the opposite. He is Mr Rule-follower and obedient and enjoying every moment of his mission and the structure it gives him to succeed and feel good about himself.
Interestingly...my son said they had an General Authority come through and talk to their mission and was talking to all western European missions. One thing he told them...
This could be just that GA. It could be just that region. It could be limited to missionary things and not to be read into too much."It's time in the church we relax on some of the rules that aren't necessary."
But it meant on Pdays missionaries would have access to message and facebook family and friends back home as much as they want. Our whole family jumped online and we chatted like it was mother's day. It was so fun...and legal! My son can even call me to talk about University applications he may need to get in soon. Also...they will be getting more mobile devices to all missionaries. Instead of a companionship sharing a smartphone, they'll each be getting their own. Interesting.
I wondered if this theme will go throughout the church...that it is time to relax on some rules. Coffee even comes to mind...they could relax on that being something necessary for TRs. I mean, if church was cut to 2 hours and HT is relaxed to be more ministering, are they seeing the need to relax before losing too many people?
Has anyone else heard of leadership sending the message R-E-L-A-X in your area?
If they were to relax...which rules do you see would be good to go?