By Heather O.
Last week, our young women hosted a “Drop ‘N Shop”, where they provided free babysitting for anybody in the ward who wanted to go shopping without the kids, or just wanted to go on a date with a spouse.
It was a very well planned event, including games, crafts, and a man stationed at every entrance to the building, standing guard. The building was also completely locked, save one door, and the additional entrance to the parking lot was cordoned off with police tape, which meant there was one way in, one way out.
The security measures were a direct response to this story which tragically involves a 4 year old being abducted from an LDS meetinghouse. Our Relief Society president also got up on Sunday and told us that we needed to do a better job of keeping track of our kids when we were at church, saying that she was concerned when she saw two kids wandering out in the parking lot during the ward Christmas party last week. Activities that used to occur at the church, such as auxiliary meetings and the occasional playgroup, are seriously being reconsidered. At the very least, it has been suggested that if the members choose to have extra activities at the church that involve children that priesthood holders literally stand guard at the door during the activity.
I’m wondering if every ward is reacting this way. I find it more than sad that we live in a world where such measures have to be taken at a place where we would hope to feel safe and secure, a place of worship.
But I have to say, I’m glad that our bishop understands that even though we try not to be ‘of’ the world, we still are living very much in it.
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