I’m on my ward’s Elders* Quorum Presidency, which means I spend a great deal of my church time worrying about home teaching. A while back we determined that the key to home teaching in our ward was accountability, and subsequently set-out to regularly hold "personal stewardship interviews" with our Quorum members (aka PPI’s). To make this easier we decided to hold a "PSI-Night," where all our guys would come and be interviewed over the course of one evening.
Now, EQ types are not used to EQ things on weekday evenings (for us, no "Men-richment"), so we decided to offer an incentive (bribe): come to the PSI’s and get a free baseball ticket. Yes, that’s right: our Elders Quorum was going to blow its budget on an Orioles game.
It kind of worked, and we had a decent turn-out. Last Friday was the pay-off: we watched (from the nosebleeds, of course) the Baltimore Orioles vs. the Toronto Blue Jays.
The game was terrible from a Baltimore perspective — 12-0 — and Palmeiro’s sizeable penumbra hung gloomily over Camden Yards. But it was a great night otherwise. Camden Yards on a summer’s evening, a group of sober young guys (plus a few oldies) having fun, a wheel-chaired Quorum member loving the game — brilliant!
The lesson? Bribe your home teachers? Maybe. But more to the point is this, o ye brethren: enjoy time with your priesthood brothers, as a better group of men would be hard to find.
(P.S. Baseball is OK, but cricket….Ah! The game of the gods)
* Elders Quorum or Elder’s Quorum or Elders’ Quorum?