You have recently been called to a position in the ward that requires your attendance at ward council. You just moved in six months ago, and one of the things you noticed right away and really like is how people in the ward magnify their callings and go the extra mile in assuring that the work of the church goes smoothly. Your fellow council members are not only very talented people, they are also models of commitment and dedication. This is, hands down, the best ward you have ever lived in.
This Sunday the bishop has asked all auxiliaries to present a short overview of their planned activities for the year, as well as a ballpark budget number. It is no surprise that everyone is well prepared, with PowerPoint presentations and spreadsheets ready to hand out to the members of the council. The sheet from the Young Men’s president catches your eye because it contains some very big numbers. When it is his turn, he explains that plans are underway to take the young men of the ward to Philmont Scout ranch in New Mexico next Summer. Because of the distance, they plan to fly there, and it is a 12 day program, at $50 per day per participant. In round figures, the activity calls for about $33,000 to cover expenses for 22 boys and their adult advisors, or over $1,000 per head.
The young men’s president assures the council that plans are well underway to raise all the money privately, and you believe him. You have a regularly scheduled PPI with the bishop immediately after church today. Will you say anything about the planned YM activity? Why or why not? If your answer is yes, what will you say?