Last weekend my parents and I were discussing old church manuals, and new church manuals, and how some manuals desperately need an update. My mom absolutely blindsided me by suggesting that I write a manual for the YW program. Just so you know my mom is as conservative and traditionally minded as they come. The thing that blindsided me most was the fact that she wasn’t at all kidding. She really thought that I could write a great manual, send it to Salt Lake, and expect it to be taken into consideration.
And now, I’m even surprising myself by seriously considering it.
On a certain level I can see how something like that might be well received. I see a need, and rather than complain I do my best to help meet that need in a good natured show of effort. On the other hand I see how something like that might be thought of as problematic- that I’m taking authority upon myself, that not only do I find the old books inadequate, but I also see the people one would expect to do these things as incapable of doing it right. Or that I would be seen as laughably out of touch with what church programs should really be about, (much the same way that I see Helen Andelin’s rumored attempt to get Fascinating Womanhood adopted for church use)
I may or may not actually write a manual, and even if I did I probably won’t send it to Salt Lake, (they probably get a ton of those sorts of things, and who would I even send it to?). But, just in case someone out there is paying attention I thought that it might be worth it to make sure they get some more diverse opinions. So here’s a chance to sound off; what would you like to see in a Young Women’s manual?