Here is an infographic the church’s Newsroom put out to explain the structure of our local lay leadership. (sorry for lack of embedding, I don’t want to hotlink their image, and mine is a PDF)
While understanding they were working within very tight space and reader attention constraints, I thought it could be made a little more complete. Now, dear reader, please understand that I am an engineer and thus have aesthetic sense only for things others don’t think even have aesthetics, such as java code and mathematical proofs. I am not a graphic designer, and this isn’t about whose is prettier–I concede that contest from the outset.
But, beauty flaws aside, I think you will find that there are some striking differences between the two graphics. Not only in terms of quantity of additional detail, but the qualitative general sense one gets from the image overall. In particular, the ratios of blue and pink in each.
UPDATE: Here is a new version with some improvements (or changes, anyway) based on reader comments. In particular, it was noted that it is perhaps unfair not to include the YW class presidencies. While maintaining that in many ways they are not at all analogous to the Aaronic priesthood quorum presidencies, I have to admit there is a reasonable case to be made to include them under auxiliaries. So they are added (albeit small, there just wasn’t space). Also, I deleted the one extra guy I had included in the PEC (I just copied and pasted the High Council, which has 12, and PEC only has 11, sorry).
And another update (PEC down to 9, WC down to 10 men from 11): http://bycommonconsent.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/layleadership22.pdf
And another (reader request to make Aaronic priesthood presidencies small to match YW presidencies). I actually disagree with this change. We may often think of the Aaronic priesthood as a bunch of slovenly boys, but the fact is, structurally, they are a pillar of the church organization. They baptize people into the kingdom of heaven! In a recent conference, Elder Cook called Sacrament Meeting “our most sacred meeting,” and Aaronic priesthood administers all the ordinances in it. Nevertheless, here’s the adjustment: http://bycommonconsent.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/layleadership3.pdf
Here’s one that points out instances where the same person is represented twice (or more, in case of the poor omnipresent Bishop). I think doing so is fair given the leadership structure, but just to appease the critics (and make the design much, much busier and more confusing), I’ve added arrows indicating that so at least the “overcounting” can’t be said to be done sneakily: http://bycommonconsent.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/layleadership4.pdf