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Presiding at ward baptism meeting

Posted: Sun May 05, 2019 9:52 am
by colbyj
Hi, I am a Bishop... we have a child of record baptism scheduled on a Saturday when myself and both my counselors will be out of town that day. We are not able to change the date due to the family's arrangements (that would easiest solution). Who can/should preside in this instance when no member of the Bishopric is available? Would it be OK/appropriate for me to ask my Elder's Quorum President to preside, since he holds Priesthood keys? Can a High Councilor preside, if asked/assigned by the stake presidency? Can a counselor in the stake presidency preside?

Just trying to determine what our options are for presiding. Thank you

Re: Presiding at ward baptism meeting

Posted: Sun May 05, 2019 10:17 am
by russellhltn
I'd review 20.3.4.1 - last paragraph.

Re: Presiding at ward baptism meeting

Posted: Sun May 05, 2019 2:53 pm
by colbyj
thank you, yes, tracking for who I may ask to conduct the meeting... but not clear on who might preside in the event when no member of the Bishopric is able to preside. We got the conducting the meeting part covered... but seeking clarification on who else might preside when member of the Bishopric is not available. One of us needs to be on-hand during the execution of an ordinance... it's looking like none of us will.

Re: Presiding at ward baptism meeting

Posted: Sun May 05, 2019 3:12 pm
by russellhltn
I missed the heading "For Converts", so I thought the last paragraph applied.

I'd look down to 20.3.4.2, for some ideas. I'd think you could implement "Services That Involve More Than One Ward" for a single ward without going too far astray.

Re: Presiding at ward baptism meeting

Posted: Sun May 05, 2019 3:15 pm
by colbyj
thank you, appreciate the added insight/guidance. Always very timely and prompt. These forums are a blessing. thanks