Our ward does a strange thing. At least I consider it strange. I'm curious to hear what you all think of this.
Brent was recently called as the priest advisor/venture scout leader. Last night was mutual and the Laurels & Priests had an activity planned to do what's called "home visits". My 1st impression was that maybe they'd be going to visit those who need help, service, the elderly, etc. That's not even close to what they do. Apparently, they choose a laurel and a priest to go visit their....bedrooms. Does that seem strange to you??? They say that the point is to promote a good environment in their rooms and to help these kids get to know each other better. They asked questions about the photos on the walls, etc. Everyone (leaders and all) cram into the room and ask the youth questions about themselves.
My question is this: Seriously, isn't there an more appropriate way to get to know each other? Why not meet in the living room and ask the youth to bring special items out of their bedrooms to share? I can't believe the leaders don't think this is a strange thing to be doing.
BYU won't even let the men down the hall (except for bathroom use) in girl's apts. Why do parents not seem to care? I don't think I'd be comfortable with all the ward's young men hanging out in my daughter's bedroom. Maybe I'm old fashioned and a prude, but I'm really bothered by this.
Let's hope I never get called to the YW in this ward. I don't think I'd be able to support this. Does that make me weird? (Don't answer that!) Even Brent said he thought the whole night was really strange. He didn't get the point of it either.
Oh-- and not to mention that the Priests just had a lesson on sex last week (we have a girl who's prego in our ward) that Brent felt was totally inappropriate. The leader made light of the situation and didn't even bother to bring in the sacredness of intimacy. His whole point in the lesson was this: 1. the right time, 2. the right place, & 3. the right person. The priests had a field day with #2. Try and figure that one out. Brent and & couldn't. Why is there a discussion with priests about the right "place" for sex?? We're seriously hoping the leader just didn't know how to state it correctly. Yikes! Not a lesson to try and teach unprepared.
Anyway, just curious if we're old prudes out here or if perhaps we should say something. What do you think?