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Area Business Weekends
Meeting of the Twelve
December 8, 2015

Regulating the Church
The Twelve are a Traveling Presiding High Council, to
officiate in the name of the Lord, under the direction of
the Presidency of the Church, agreeable to the institution
of heaven; to build up the church, and regulate all the
affairs of the same in all nations.
D&C 107:33
Area business weekends provide members of the Twelve
with opportunities to fulfill this duty.

Area Business
What Is Area Business?
• Unassigned weekends (50 in the first half of 2016)
• Left open to address needs of the Church
• Dialogue with Seven Presidents to develop recommendations
Examples:

Elder Oaks’ trip to Idaho to address apostasy
Elder Ballard’s meetings with Young Single Adult
stake and ward leaders in Utah County
Elder Holland’s trip to the East to increase
effectiveness of ward councils

Issues and Ideas Leading People Away from the Gospel
Ordain
Women

John
Dehlin

Pornography

Secular
Chastity

Disagree
with current
policies

Far Left

False
prophets

Sabbath

Lack of
commitment

Denver
Snuffer
Last days/
end of world
predictions

Lack of
righteousness

Incredulity
over Church
history

Language and
cultural problems
“-ites”

Robert
Norman

Church has
lost its way
or is deficient

Need
“something
more”

Far Right

Identifying Where to Focus
Options
1. Areas experiencing major deviations from established doctrines.
2. Areas where the “world” is causing a severe lack of
commitment.
3. Areas where there is significant diversity in language and culture.

4. Meetings or teaching opportunities with those not of our faith to
further faith, family, and religious freedom or other worthy
objectives.

Possible Process for Assignments
• As assigned by the Assignment Committee, members of the Twelve
may:
- Rotate through the various domestic coordinating councils.
- Address a particular problem, as requested by the Seven Presidents.
- Respond to specific opportunities to meet with those not of our faith.
• The assignment would focus on some or all of the stakes in a
coordinating council.
• The assignment may include the assigned member of the Presidency
of the Seventy, an Area Assistant, or an Area Seventy.
(continued)

Possible Process for Assignments
• On Saturday, the member of the Twelve, in consultation with
the member of the Presidency of the Seventy assigned to the
Area, could choose to meet with:
- Stake presidents in an interactive training meeting.
- Bishops in an interactive training meeting.
- Bishops and Relief Society presidents in an interactive
training meeting.
- Other combinations of members, leaders, or missionaries.
- A particular group in a Saturday night devotional.
(continued)

Possible Process for Assignments
• The member of the Twelve could hold a special stake
conference on Sunday morning in a stake identified by the
member of the Presidency of the Seventy as having the
greatest need.


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