Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Revisiting "And into whatsoever house ye enter"

More on the new missionary housing policy I blogged about last month. The LDS blog By Common Consent today linked to a copy of guidelines relating to the policy that are apparently being distributed to Stake and Mission presidents.

It looks like housing missionaries will generally be a calling with those called receiving a $75 a month reimbursement. It seems that most family arrangements are fine as long as missionaries are not living “in a home where unmarried people of the opposite sex live or where the spouse of [their] own sex is frequently absent.” There is also an exception that allows Elders to “be housed with a widow who is over 60 years old.” Beyond family makeup, according to the guidelines, the structural requirements for housing missionaries are:

A private bedroom with twin beds or a bunk bed and a clothes closet.
A study area with a table and two chairs.
A private bathroom.
The use of a kitchen for meals and some refrigerator and pantry shelf space. Providing meals is not required or expected.
The exclusive use of laundry facilities on preparation day.
Space to park a mission vehicle and secure two bicycles.
An environment that protects missionaries from watching TV and videos/DVDs, playing video games, listening to inappropriate music, and using computers.
Posted cleaning schedule and reminder of house rules.
Cell phones will be provided to missionary companionships being housed with members. Ideally a ward should have a pool of two to three qualified homes as a backup in case missionaries need to be moved from one home to another quickly. Members should not be asked to house missionaries longer than two years at one time.

The stated justifications for the change include:

Missionary support cost can be greatly reduced.
Missionaries [living with members] are generally more obedient, clean, and safe.
Member missionary work can be stimulated.
Flexibility is provided in assigning missionaries based on need, not on lease agreements.

Sunday, July 08, 2007


I think I can, I think I can, I think I can...

Monday, July 02, 2007

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Shameless Plug

My older sister has hit the big time. She's senior editor of a new start up that's debuting this month called Organize Magazine. A type-A personality with obsessive-compulsive tendencies and a Master's in English, it's a job she was born for. The magazine seems pretty nifty, so I thought it worthy of a plug (There was a write up about it in the New York Times a few days ago). So check it out if you happen past it. The magazine should be available at any bookstore... and if organizing is your thing, you can thank me later. (PS - I'm proud of ya sis').