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1946:  Jan.:  Annual visits by quorum presidency.

“Letters we are receiving indicate that many quorums have their personal interviews in connection with the annual report completed.  We desire to encourage all quoum presidents to complete their annual visits at once in order that your annual reports be not delayed.

The annual visit holds such wonderful opportunities for blessings for the member of the presidency making the visit and for the individual visited.


We sometimes sing ‘Make us thy true under-shepherds,’ as a song we tell of the love of the Shepherd for his sheep.  The Lord has placed shepherds over each quorum of the Melchizedek Priesthood, whose responsibility it is, as ‘under-shepherds’ to guard, protect, and care for the flock.

Once each year the presidency is asked to give a personal check up on each quorum members and to give an accounting of their stewardship.

This is not a mere routine.  It cannot be done by mail, or by sending out questionnaires.  It is intended that each member of the presidency take the responsibility of visiting a portion of the membership; that he go alone and interview his brother ‘man-to-man’–not in the presence of wife or family, but in a manner that will permit the quorum member to open his heart and talk freely of his love of the gospel, his testimony, his family problems, etc.  Care should be exercised to avoid any embarrassment to the member.

Quorum officers are to keep the confidence of their fellow members and they should not overlook the fact that this is a confidential interview.  The information obtained is a sacred trust which worthy leaders will not violate.

This visit is intended to be a blessing for visited and visitor, and it is the testimony of many of our brethren that the visits made last year in this connection constituted the most soul-satisfying experiences they have had, and have resulted in a feeling of brotherhood and cooperation not before enjoyed.

Brethren, make the most of this opportunity.  If you have failed to complete these visits, try to do so now, these first days of January.  Try to become acquainted.  The purpose of your going is not just to fill our a report or form.  This is a splendid opportunity to become better acquainted with quorum members, to encourage them, and to make them feel the warmth and strength of priesthood brotherhood.  Go out with a prayer and a blessing in your heart and you will be received in a spirit and manner that will tgive joy to your hearts as you discharge this trust that has been placed upon you.”  (“Melchizedek Priesthood,” IE 49(1):42-43, Jan., 1946)

Jan.:  Organization and functions of stake MP committee.

“The reponsibility of directing Melchizedek Priesthood activities rests with the stake presidency.  As an aid to the stake presidency, it has been recommended that a stake Melchizedek Priesthood committee be appointed to assist in carrying out this important work.  The stake Melchizedek Priesthood committee is composed of a member of the stake presidency who is the chairman, and as many members of the high council as is necessary but in no case less than three.

It is recommended that each stake Melchizedek Priesthood committee appoint a committee secretary, who should preferably be the stake clerk, or assistant stake clerk, said secretary to maintain contact with group and quorum secretaries as a means of obtaining, checking, and transmitting quarterly, annual, and other reports of all Melchizedek Priesthood quorums within the stake.

It is understood that the stake Melchizedek Priesthood committee has equal authority and responsibility in the supervision of the elders, seventies, and high priests, under the direction of the stake presidency, bearing in mind that this committee does not preside, but supervises, under the direction of the stake presidency.”  (“Melchizedek Priesthood,” IE 49(1):47, Jan., 1946)

Jan.:  Excommunications.

[8 listed, no causes.]  (IE 49(1):53, Jan., 1946)

21 Jan.:  Quorum responsibility to returning servicemen.

“Quorum officers should see to it that each service man is visited immediately upon his return by members of the quorum presidency.  If quorums have been following instructions and have been in regular correspondence with him during his absence, this home-coming contact will be undoubtedly easier and productive of much good.  Quorum officers should see to it that regular correspondence is carried on with members of their quorum who are not yet released from military service.  The quorum members should become ‘job finders’ if necessary, and by cooperative effort in other ways, demonstrate their feeling of brotherhood in the rehabilitation of those who may require aid beyond that which the individual’s family can provide in order that each returning service man be assisted in his efforts to become satisfactorily readjusted to civilian life.  Inquiries made by quorums of Stake Welfare or Stake Agricultural Committees may reveal possibilities for those seeking business or farming opportunities within their communities or elsewhere where land opportunities are available.  Welfare projects, recreational activities, house parties, week-night study classes, and Welfare production projects of the quorum will provide splendid opportunities for the quorum to build these returning service men into the warmth of a friendship and brotherhood that will go far toward restoring shattered nerves and the reducing of tensions resulting from war.”  (First Presidency Circular Letter, 21 Jan., 1946.  In Clark, Messages of the First Presidency 6:249)   

Feb.:  Monthly priesthood meetings.

“As previously announced, the general priesthood committee of the Council of the Twelve has recommended that a two hour combined monthly stake Melchizedek Priesthood meeting and priesthood leadership meeting be held.  (This does not replace the regular monthly quorum meeting, and it is again urged that a separate monthly quorum meeting for all quorum members be held, except in widely scattered areas where a quarterly meeting may suffice.)

It is recommended that the first half of the meeting, or such time as is needed in the wisdom of the stake presidency, be devoted to a general Melchizedek Priesthood meeting, presided over and conducted by the stake presidency.  All members of the Melchizedek Priesthood and adult members of the Aaronic Priesthood are expected to be present at this meeting.  In addition to appropriate opening exercises, roll call, recommendations for advancement in the priesthood, reports, general business, etc., instructions and inspirational messages from the stake presidency should be given.

The second portion of the meeting will comprise the monthly priesthood leadership meeting.  This is a meeting at which the stake presidency, stake Melchizedek Priesthood committee, and stake Aaronic Priesthood committees, can meet with the officers and leaders of quorums and quorum groups, including presidencies of quorums, secretaries, committee memfbers, group leaders, class instructors, ward bishoprics, Aaronic Priesthood general secretaries and advisers, with a special department for those not called to leadership in one of the foregoing groups.”  (“Melchizedek Priesthood,” IE 49(2):106, Feb., 1946)

Feb.:  Excommunications.

[19 listed, no causes.]  (IE 49(2):113, Feb., 1946)

Mar.:  Procedure for recommending for priesthood advances.

“Question 49:  We have a question concerning the procedure in handling ordinations in the Melchizedek Priesthood.  We would appreciate it very much if there could be prepared in the Church Section of The Deseret News and The Improvement Era the steo-by-step procedure of the handling of one of these ‘Recommends for Advancement in the Priesthood,’ so that the proper stake and ward authorities would handle the recommend in the proper sequence and then the recommend itself repose in the hands of someone for final record.

Answer 49A:  From a careful study of Handbook of Instructions No. 17-1944, pages 12 and 21, the following would seem to be an acceptable procedure when a man is to be ordained from a priest to an elder:

1. The bishopric will submit to the stake presidency, before talking to the man involved, regular form ‘Recommendation for Advancement from the Aaronic to the Melchizedek Priesthood’ properly filled out and signed.

2. The candidate for ordination will be notified by the bishop, upon request of the stake presidency, to meet with and be interviewed by the stake president or a counselor in the stake presidency, who will question him carefully and require him to fill in the questions on the back of the form ‘Recommendation for Ordination in the Melchizedek Priesthood’ and sign the same.

3. The endorsement of the bishop of the ward in which the candidate is a member of record is then to be obtained.  The bishop will also sign as the president of the priests’ quorum to which the candidate now belongs.

4. The approval of the high council will next be obtained.

5. After all of the foregoing, the name is to be presented before the priesthood of the stake for approval, the candidate being present.

6. Following approval at the stake priesthood meeting, the candidate will be ordained under the direction of the stake presidency, the two forms above mentioned going to the stake clerk for filing.

7. When a person has been ordained, he should receive a certificate of ordination signed by the president and secretary of the quorum.  Before the certificate of ordination is delivered, however, it should be cleared through the ward clerk so that his records will be complete.  This certificate should be carefully preserved as an evidence of ordination.

8. ‘Upon presentation of a certificate of ordination, a person may be admitted to membership in his quorum, by vote of the members, provided he has been accepted as a member of the ward in which he resides.  If he does not have a certificate of ordination and the membership record card upon which he is received in the ward names his priesthood, this record should be accepted as evidence that he holds the office sepcified, unless there is proof to the contrary.’  (See Handbook of Instructions, page 21.)

Answer 49B:  When a man is recommended for ordination from elder to seventy, the steps to be followed are:

1. After joint consideration and approval by the stake presidency and seventies quorum presidents, the stake president shall invite the candidate in for a personal interview with the stake president or a member of the stake presidency, having the candidate answer and sign the questions listed on the form ‘Recommendation for Ordination in the Melchizedek Priesthood.’

2. The stake president will then obtain the signature of the bishop and the approval of the president of the quorum to which the candidate now belongs.

3. Their recommendation is then to be approved by the high council.

4. Recommendation is then submitted for the consideration and approval of the First Council of the Seventy.

5. When approved, steps will then be taken by the First Council of the Seventy to have the new member ordained.

6. ‘Men recommended for ordination to the office of seventy should show ability to proclaim the gospel, possess the missionary spirit, and manifest a willingness to respond to a missionary call.  They will be interviewed by a member of the First Council of the Seventy, the Council of the Twelve, or an assistant to the Council of the Twelve, in addition to the interview of the stake president as required in the standard recommendation form for ordination.  This interview proving satisfactory, the ordination will be attended to by a member of the First Council of the Seventy, Council of the Twelve, or an assistant to the Council of the Twelve.’  (See Handbook of Instructions, page 19.)

7. Before ordination, the candidate will of course be approved at the stake priesthood meeting.

8. ‘After interview and ordination by a member of the First Council of the Seventy, the Council of the Twelve, or an assistant to the Council of the Twelve, the First Council will then issue a certificate of ordination which will be sent to the stake clerk who shall deliver it to the quorum in which the newly ordained member is enrolled.  The stake clerk will also notify the ward clerk of the ordination.’  (See Handbook of Instructions, page 20.)

Answer 49C:  When a man is to be ordained from seventy to high priest, the steps to be followed are:

1. The stake president will, after consultation with the presidents of the seventies quorum affected, make recommendation to the First Council of the Seventy, stating the reasons therefore.

2. After approval is obtained from the First Council of the Seventy, the stake president or his counselor assigned shall interview the candidate, having him answer the questions on the reverse side of the form ‘Recommendation for Ordination in the Melchizedek Priesthood’ and sign.

3. The stake president shall then obtain the signature of the bishop and the president of the quorum to which the candidate belongs.

4. Approval is to be had by the high council.

5. Name is to be presented for approval before the priesthood of the stake.

6. Following approval at the stake priesthood meeting, the candidate will be ordained under the direction of the stake presidency and the presidency of the high priests quorum, the form ‘Recommendation for Ordination in the Melchizedek Priesthood’ going to the stake clerk for filing.

7. See No. 7 under 49A.

8. See No. 8 under 49A.

Answer 49D:  When a man is to be ordained from an elder to a high priest, the following steps should be observed:

1. The candidate will be notified to meet with and be interviewed by the stake president or a counselor in the stake presidency, who will question him carefully and will require him to fill in the questions on the back of the form ‘Recommendation for Ordination in the Melchizedek Priesthood’ and sign the form.

2. The endorsement of the bishop of the ward in which the candidate is a member is then to be obtained. 

3. The signature of the president of the quorum to which he now belongs is to be secured.

4. The approval of the high council will next be obtained.

5. After all of the foregoing, the name is to be presented before the priesthood of the stake for approval, the candidate being present.

6. Following approval at the stake priesthood meeting, the candidate will be ordained under the direction of the stake presidency and the presidency of the high priests quorum, the form ‘Recommendation for Ordination to the Melchizedek Priesthood’ going to the stake clerk for filing.

7. See No. 7 under 49A.

8. See No. 8 under 49A.”

(“Melchizedek Priesthood,” IE 49(3):172, 180, Mar., 1946)

Mar.:  Excommunications.

[11 listed, no causes.]  (IE 49(3):179, Mar., 1946)

Apr.:  Excommunications.

[7 listed, no causes.]  (IE 49(4):223, Apr., 1946)

May:  MP leadership meeting described.

“An important part of the Melchizedek Priesthood program of the Church as set up by the general committee in charge is the joint monthly stake Melchizedek Priesthood leadership and monthly priesthood leadership meeting described in letter P-13, sent to all priesthood officers.

Inasmuch as some stakes still do not seem to understand fully the program, herewith are again set forth those instructions outlining the duties and responsibilities of priesthood officers in this regard as well as the departments that should be organized and the manner in which they should be conducted. . . .”  (“Melchizedek Priesthood,” IE 49(5):298, May, 1946)

Jun.:  Excommunications.

[18 listed, no causes.]  (IE 49(6):388, Jun., 1946)

Jun.:  Rehabilitation of quorum members.

“To Presidents of Priesthood Quorums and Group Leaders

Dear Brethren:

Ever trying to find ways and means of improving the work of priesthood in the Church, the general priesthood committee submits to you the following patterns of welfare service for the priesthood quorums and hopes that it may serve to stimulate greater interest and activity:

Rehabilitation of quorum members is primarily a priesthood quorum activity.

Welfare implies an interest in the personal well-being of each member of a quorum by every other member.

Personal well-being implies that a quorum member shall have the means of supporting, not only himself, but also those dependent upon him, either from his own business or from gainful employment with another.

One of the functions of the personal welfare committee is to aid in finding gainful employment for every employable member.  To reach this end the committee should have available a list of the members of the quorum which will show, not onlyi the names of the members, but their training and adaptability for employment.  It should also show who are the unemployed among them.

Every member of the quorum should then be constantly alert to discover any possible openings that may be adapted to the brethren of the quorum and such openings should be reported to the quorum personal welfare committee who should then introduce the unemployed to these possibilities, giving him what encouragement and aid it can.

During the recent depression some quorums achieved the goal of placing every unemployed member in a gainful position.

Another service which quorums have rendered has been the turning of business to the members who have their own establishments.

To accomlish this, lists of the various businesses and establishments of the members, with their locations, have been circulated among the members who have made it a point to patronize their fellows.  This has been the means of keeping some men in their own businesses.

Still another service has been emergency aid to members of their families.  A person had his house burned to the ground.  The priesthood quorums of the locality furnished the labor for him to rebuild before winter.  A quorum member died, and his fellows remodeled his widow’s home into a three apartment building, from which she gained a living.

Another type of service has been the gardening and canning porject by which members have saved themselves much, as well as gained tremendously in quorum and fraternal spirit.

The foregoing types of service have all been for the personal well-being of the quorum members themselves, but there remains the project that is undertaken to supply the budget requirements of the general welfare committee.  To do this properly, the committee of the quorums should have available a list of the members, with a tabulation of possible free time so as properly to adjust the time of rendering the required service.  This may be as varied as the requirements of the general committee and so far as possible men should be drawn for the type of service best adapted to them.

General Priesthood Committee

Joseph Fielding Smith, Chairman.”

(“Melchizedek Priesthood,” IE 49(6):394-395, Jun., 1946)

Jun.:  Increase in Standard Quorum Awards.

“The Presiding Bishop’s office have just announced that the number of Standard Quorum Awards distributed to date for 1945 are in excess of the total number awarded for the entire year of 1944.  The same record applies to Individual Certificates of Award.  This is the tenth consecutive year in which an increase has been made over the previous year.”  (“Aaronic Priesthood,” IE 49(6):397, Jun., 1946)

Jul.:  Excommunications–including Fawn Brodie.

[5 listed, no causes; including Fawn M. Brodie, excommunicated 1 Jun., 1946, in the New England Mission.]  (IE 49(7):470, Jul., 1946)

Aug.:  Excommunications.

[7 listed, no causes.]  (IE 49(8):511, Aug., 1946)

Sep.:  Excommunications.

[4 listed, no causes.]  (IE 49(9):575, Sep., 1946)

Oct.:  Maintenance of Elders & 70s at full strength.

“The Lord, by revelation, establishes the number of elders in a quorum, stating that there are to be ninety-six.  (See D&C 107:89.)  This pattern, thus established by the Lord, warrants that an earnest effort be made in every quorum area to conform thereto.  An examination of reports from the stakes indicates there are many designated quorums with greatly depleted memberships.  Some of these groups fall below a majority membership, i.e.–forty-nine.  Similar conditions obtain in some quorums of seventy.  The Lord establishes by revelation seventy as the number, but in some instances at least, there are quorum organizations having less than a majority of thirty-six members.  These conditions should not exist, and where they do, should not persist if a correction can be effected.  It is the duty of presidents of quorums and the presidents of stakes, to keep a watchful eye on the quorums.  Not only should the individual member’s interests be looked after, but also the quorum interests generally.

We admonish that care and attention be given promptly, to the strengthening of any quorums requiring it.  A survey may reveal within many quorum areas brethren worthy of ordination.  If, of course, new members cannot be found to strengthen depleted quorums, and there is no likely prospect of the situation changing in a reasonable length of time, consideration could well be given to consolidating two or more such groups.

Reports indicate also that there are many quorums with greatly excessive memberships–some having more than enought for two full quorums.  Neither should this condition obtain, and where it does, study should be given to quorum division, or realignment of quorum areas to maintain proper balance within the quorums.

In the contemplation of new quorums, divisions should not be undertaken without at least a majority membership and reasonable certainty that these majorities may be maintained, with building up to full quorum strength as the ultimate in view.

We urge upon the presidents of quorums and the presidents of stakes the propriety of giving early consideration to the matters outlined herein, with a view to effecting any changes requisite at this time.”  (“Melchizedek Priesthood,” IE 49(10):650, Oct., 1946)

Oct.:  The personal confidential interviews. 

The season is approaching when the personal interview between the presidents of quorums and the membership should be completed.  Many quorum presidencies are undoubtedly nearing the completion of this particular assignment.  All others should arrange to make their visits and interviews at an early date so there will be no delays in completing the confidential annual report in season.

Purpose of Interview:

These interviews are not intended as inquisitions with resultant punishment for any infractions revealed.  Neither is it intended that they be mere questionnaires reduced to a fact-finding basis.  It is not the intent to ‘put our brethren on the spot’ or embarrass them in any manner, but it represents an effort by the presidency of the quorum to determine the needs of their brethren, that the presidency may better serve and help those in need.  Any information obtained purely for the sake of reporting will have little value, but if some constructive program results that will help correct any weaknesses revealed through these interviews, a real contribution will have been made, both in the private interest of members and in the quorum generally.

Mechanics of Visits:

Seek to have all circumstances attending your visit favorable to your purpose.  Where possible make your visits by appointment at a time convenient to your brethren.  Your interview should be privately held and most inoffensively conducted.  The greatest amount of tact must be employed.  Any spirit of contention or criticism must be scrupulously avoided.  You are not visiting as a judge, neither as a witness, but as a brother in the discharge of an assigned duty which you do in the spirit of love and helpfulness.  You make each approach with a prayer in your heart.  Any information obtained must be kept in strictest confidence.  The information desired may not necessarily be obtained in a single visit but perhaps in a series of contacts throughout the year, which is by far the more desirable method.  It may even be possible to obtain all the information required without propounding a direct question.

It is suggested that the same care be exercised in the approach and plan that one would exercise if he were out to win business in an important transaction.  There is the ‘getting acquainted’ opportunity sought after.  Then there are the cultivation of friendship and the building of confidence, which are followed by the approach to make the sale.  This routine may require just an occasional friendly chat, an opportunity for which you have carefully planned and made.  It may require an invitation to lunch, the ball game, or to the theater.  At any rate, it is going to require that you go ‘out of your way’ in the hope of eventually gaining your objective.  Such contacts with the membership of your quorum will not be tainted with the thought of ‘personal gain,’ but inspired by an unselfish desire to be of service.  However, you may find the adoption of sound business principles profitable in winning your prospect.

The Follow-up:

Where irregularities or weaknesses are revealed, appropriate remedies are tactfully suggested.  Seek only to inspire hope and determination to improve.  The doctrines of repentance and forgiveness are among those paramount in the gospel structure.  Inspire within your members a desire for increased fellowship with the quorum, and greater participation in quorum affairs.

Should you find an unwholesome attitude existing in a brother’s heart, endeavor to assist him in correcting the difficulty; such assistance, however, must not be obvious to him.  He may resent it.

When the spirit of love prompts a quorum president’s every act, there will be a rebound of love from the membership that will add new zest to presidency, and new life and vigor to the quorum.

We appeal to the presidencies of quorums to make their interviews in the spirit of pure fellowship; make them promptly, and in a way and manner that will insure their being followed by a blessing.”  (“Melchizedek Priesthood,” IE 49(10):650, Oct., 1946)

Oct.:  How often should quorum presidencies meet?

“Question 54:  How often is it deemed advisable for quorum presidency meetings to be held?

Answer 54:  Council meetings should be held as often as circumstances warrant, but at least weekly.  Quorums achieving the most are those in which an alert presidency confer frequently, watch over, and plan carefully the work of their quorums.  Usually the fact that a quorum presidency feel there is nothing pertaining to the quorum that would require their attention is the surest sign that they should meet frequently.  They have plenty to do without being aware of it, and the quorum suffers as a result of their lack of vision and foresight.  The General Authorities of the Church have long urged that the presidencies of quorums meet weekly in council meeting.”  (“Melchizedek Priesthood,” IE 49(10):651, Oct., 1946)

ca. 1946:  Suggested Projects for MP Quorums.

“Take the necessary steps to make sure each quorum member understands how to perform the ordinances of the Church.  When requests for administration to the sick come in, an experienced man takes with him one not so experienced so that he may learn how to perform this ordinance.  A quorum may invite its members to attend one of the regular baptismal services at the tabernacle font, so that by observation of the actual ordinance they may understand how it is performed.  The blessing of babies is taught by arranging for the quorum members to attend fast meeting and observe the manner in which it is done.  Likewise the confirmation of new members of the Church.

Arrange with the bishop of the ward to permit members of the priesthood quorums to participate with the bishopric in the blessing of babies and confirmation of new members at each fast meeting service throughout the year.

Work out a definite schedule by which the quorum members will assist in the performance of temple work on the list of 100,000 names which have been assembled under the direction of the First Presidency.  Decide on a certain number of names to be done per month per quorum.

. . . .

List the names of inactive members of the quorum, and arrange to have each one visited at least once a month with the thought in mind of re-kindling interest in Church attendance.

. . . .

Let the ward teaching by quorum members be directed through the Church Service committee, under the supervision of the quorum presidency and bishopric, in full cooperation with the ward plan, and have the committee follow.

. . . . 

Visit the homes of the sick, and if your members or members of their families are in the hospital visit them, using wisdom in the length of the visit, of course.  But merely visiting the sick is not enough for an active priesthood quorum.

If the head of the family is ill, he is unable to do his usual work at home, on the farm, or elsewhere.  As far as it is possible, the quorum members should be assigned to help do that work.  If a farm needs irrigating, the priesthood quorum will do his irrigating for him; if cows must be milked, this will be taken care of.  If wood and coal are needed in the home, and none but the wife or little tots are there to do it, the priesthood quorum through its personal welfare committee should be there to give the necessary assistance.  The helping hand is often far more effective in case of illness than a mere bedside visit to the patient.

Visit the homes of men who are in the service, and do this regularly.  If married men from your quorum are in the service, go to the homes of these people and proffer the assistance of the quorum members in doing chores too heavy for a woman to do, in making repairs on the property, in doing many of the other things requiring the attention of a man around the home.

Inquire into the personal needs of the families.  Do they need more food, clothing or fuel than they are receiving?  Is something needed to augment the slight income allowed the families of most soldiers?

Inquire also as to whether the wives of the quorum members may be of assistance to the wife and family of this soldier boy.  It may be this wife is not well acquainted in the ward, and feels much alone because of it.  What better could the wives of the quorum members do than to make friends with this woman, and take her into their circle of acquaintances, and include her in their social and other functions?

Write once a month to every member from your quorum swho is serving in the armed forces of the nation, or who is away from home for any other reason.  Assign quorum members to assist with this work so that the soldier boys will hear from various of the brethren, and thus get better with a larger number, and at the same time have the advantage of variety in letter writing.  Continued correspondence will keep the ties up, and will make more sure that the soldier boy will come to quorum meeting when he returns.  Every man away from the quorum meeting is still the responsibility of the quorum.  Letter writing is a splendid way to keep up the friendly contact.

Assist returning soldiers to find work when they come home.  This is soon to become a major problem for which every quorum should begin to plan at once.  Many of these soldiers will return physically unable to resume their former employment.  What will they do?  To help answer the question successfully ins the opportunity of every priesthood quorum.  Other soldiers will be handicapped in other ways.  All will find it difficult to readjust from military to civilian life.  A friendly hand, a cooperative spirit, and genuine assistance in getting properly placed and oriented can be extended by every priesthood quorum through its personal welfare committee.

Some quorums have members who are accepting old age assistance from the government.  Such groups should cooperate with their bishoprics in laboring with such persons and members of their families, and first determine if the family can take care of such cases and if they are able, have them do it.  If the family is not willing or able to do so, then it is the duty of the personal welfare committee to consult with the bishop concerning ways and means of extending sufficient Church help to permit the individual to decline further state or county aid.

If quorums have members who are unable to fully support themselves, the committee should see to it that sufficient Church aid is extended to care for the needs of such members.

. . . . 

The quorum should have a good social every two or three months.  Vary them so that interest will be maintained.

. . . .

These are but a few of the many projects which quorum committees may develop.  If the quorum officers and the committees themselves, will meet regularly and carefully plan these activities, they will go far toward revitalizing every priesthood quorum in the Church.


Your stake presidency and quorum officers have received the letter sent out by President George F. Richards under date of Nov. 7, 1945, detailing the changes in the proposed plan for Melchizedek Priesthood quorum work.  If you do not  now have that letter, write in to the General Melchizedek Priesthood Committee, 47 East South Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah, and request copies.  That letter contains many important suggestions regarding the objectives of the quorum, the duties of the quorum officers, and the organization of the stake Melchizedek Priesthood Committee, as well as quorum committees.”  (“Suggested Projects for Melchizedek Priesthood Quorums,” LDS Archives, Pfo M251.3 C561s c.2, ca. 1946; xerox)