This week’s Church-Hacker is a celebration of summer by BCC perma Aaron R:
I love one of the stories Mark Richards recounts of a time when Eugene England was his Bishop. Bishop England ‘suggested we take the ward up Provo Canyon and hold our meeting in the Sundance amphitheater.’ Although some ward members were worried that ‘it was improper to hold sacrament meeting in the canyon… Bishop England responded that chapels are merely buildings for us to meet in and that the pioneers and other early Saints worshiped in Heavenly Father’s true chapel, nature.
‘While many worried about coming to the meeting that day, they left with feelings they had rarely, if ever, felt before. Our sacrament meeting was a testimony meeting, and member after member shared the conflicting feelings they had prior to our meeting and their change of heart as they truly caught the spirit of what our great bishop was trying to teach: “We don’t live the Gospel only in our chapels. We should live the Gospel in every place and in every aspect of our lives.”’
Ronan has recently reminded us that God can be found in nature and perhaps it is appropriate that periodically we hold our sacrament meetings surrounded by the world God has created for us.
I love this idea, but the logistics for a family ward might be difficult. Has anyone here tried it with their ward? How’d it go?