Saturday, July 20, 2013
We got our first letter from the field today. Typical Bubba short and sweet but it is so nice that his mission president sent out a picture and a map showing his location. I feel that President Petersen has been wonderful about keeping us informed on stuff. First the e-mail and now a snail mail map, picture, and letter from our son. Makes a mommy happy. Elder North will get to e-mail us on Mondays when he has his P-day (Preparation Day). This is the day of the week where they have a few hours to run errands, do laundry, and write letters.
In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), a ward is the larger of two types of local congregations (the smaller being a branch). A ward is presided over by a bishop, the equivalent of a pastor in many other Christian denominations. As with all church leadership, the bishop is considered lay clergy and as such is not paid. Two counselors serve with the bishop to help with administrative and spiritual duties of the ward and to preside in the absence of the bishop. Together, these three men constitute the bishopric. A branch is presided over by a branch president who may or may not have one or two counselors, depending on the size of the branch.