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An emphasis on young single adults serving in all YSA callings except stake president and bishop is one of the several newly adjusted guidelines cited in a notice titled “Strengthening Young Single Adults.”
Other adjustments include the purpose for and participation in stake YSA committees and “gathering places.”
Young single adults are to lead as members of the stake presidency, high council, elders quorum presidency and stake and ward Relief Society presidencies (see General Handbook 14.0 and 14.4.4).
Currently, in many YSA stakes and wards, married individuals and couples have been called to help fill leadership and advisory positions, such as members of stake presidencies, high councils, stake Relief Society presidencies and bishoprics, as well as stake and ward clerks, stake and ward missionaries and advisers.
“Except for stake presidents and bishops, all married members called to YSA positions should be considered for release,” the notice states.
This seems like a small step in the right direction, coming just a little closer to actually treating YSA members like adults.Each non-YSA stake is to organize a YSA committee made up of a few young single adults from each ward, with a young single adult man and woman called to lead the committee. The two committee leaders also serve on the stake council.
Gathering places sound like they would be great if the focus was on social activities, but I don't know that many YSAs will be too enthusiastic about these very church-focused activities, especially since institute kind of already had that covered.Also according to the notice, stake leaders are authorized to use stake budget funds to support YSA efforts, including establishing a “gathering place” (see General Handbook 14.4.1).
Gathering places are where young single adults can be involved in such activities as:
Gospel learning, including institute.
Self-reliance courses, educational opportunities and support groups.
Service and activities.
Sharing the gospel and community outreach.
Temple and family history work.
Other Church programs.