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lizzardsharp
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Ministering Companionships

Postby lizzardsharp » Sun Jul 28, 2019 10:00 pm

I am a newly called RS president. Our Ward has ministering assignments set up as a family "assigned" to minister to another family who is generally their neighbor. I can't seem to find in the handbook if this is appropriate. I see the beauty in it but I also read most of what has been put out by the church using the examples of women with women in companionships and men with men. I want to be sure I am following the vision set forth by the first presidency.

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Re: Ministering Companionships

Postby russellhltn » Mon Jul 29, 2019 3:00 pm

Handbook 2: 9.5.3 says "The Relief Society presidency normally assigns sisters into companionships of two. A married couple may be assigned to minister together, if that would most effectively meet the needs of a sister and her family."

The same is true for the Elder's quorum. So, there is some wiggle room for what you describe.

However, I think the key word here is "normally". However, I'll also refer you to the introduction (0.3) which says "Leaders who have questions about information in the handbooks or about issues that are not addressed should direct the questions to their immediate presiding authority." Forum title not withstanding, my observation has no value above that of any other member reading the same Handbook.
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