RossEvans wrote:As a practical matter, since there apparently has been no letter through the usual channels notifying priesthood leaders at various levels that there is a new policy, it seems to be known only to interested readers of this forum and those who might happen to browse RKATS. And there seems to have been an internal church email when the policy was rolled out online two weeks ago.
It wasn't an "internal church email." There was an email dated 19 Jan 2014 that was sent to subscribers as determined by the Subscriptions tab of their LDS Account preferences. I'm not sure whether it was the "Meetinghouse Technologies" or "Technology Specialist Callings" subscription. But I think those options are only available to those with certain callings, and since it's an opt-in subscription, there must be plenty of those who are eligible who don't subscribe, and plenty more who are affected by the policy who don't even have the option to subscribe.
RossEvans wrote:Meanwhile, the new document states that a key role of the stake president is that he "understands and enforces" the policy. But without the letter or other notification, he may not even know that the new policy exists.
Excellent point. I'm guessing that an official letter through priesthood channels will come at some point, but the approval process is causing it to be delayed.
Given the lack of an official letter, I could not fault a stake president who took the position that the 2009 policy document (which did arrive with an official letter) is still in force. Clearly, it would be helpful for all concerned to get some official clarification.