Guest Post: A Peaceful Transition of Power
In a few weeks the saints of my stake will see another peaceful transition of power. We are following hallowed tradition. Our stake president will retire, after 9 years, and the keys, power, and authority will peacefully pass to someone else. Who will that someone be? Quite a bit of excited speculation going around. My husband is serving on the high council, and informed me about the process. On the Saturday of stake conference weekend, each of the high counselors and each of the bishops, and seven other men (previously listed by the stake president) will meet with the visiting general authorities. They each get a 7 minute interview. They are asked to bring a list of three names that they think would be good stake presidency members.
At the conclusion of these interviews the general authorities will be inspired and choose the new stake president, who will then have a very short time to select counselors. The next day, at a very well attended stake conference, the new presidency will be presented. We all get to raise our hands, in a “not a vote”, congratulatory, “chapel version of applause” sort of way. Stake presidents undoubtedly affect the general priorities of a stake. They, and their presidency, meet with every temple recommend holding member at least every two years. They are call every ward’s bishop, interview, set apart, and release every missionary,and hold disciplinary councils. They serve longer than a two term president of our country.
Not a single woman is asked about this transition. More than half the active members of our stake are women. Not one is involved in this process. Our voices are not sought nor heard. But it will be peaceful. I guess that silence is peaceful.
Ellen is a seeking, searching bit of blue in an ocean of red.