First of all, let me say that I am truly sad about Pres Hinckley’s passing. He is a true inspiration, and I, as well as the church will greatly miss him. His humor, and candor will be greatly missed.
Newsweek has an interesting article found at http://www.newsweek.com/id/105857/page/2
It talks about diversity in the church, and some of the poor retention rates of converts. Pres Hinckley was one who was greatly concerned about retention of converts. I recently attended the LDS Film Festival, and watched a movie called “Errand of Angels” which should be due out in theaters later this year. One of the most interesting parts dealt with a dispute between sister missionaries. One felt an investigator of the church was ready for baptism, while the senior companion said something to the effect of, “if she’s ready to join the church, she can come to church a few more times.” I really think that it would be better to require prospective members to come to church for at least a month or two, before they can be baptized. Anyone agree/disagree?
Also, I really think it would be great if a Hispanic or black apostle was named. I understand the whole thing about inspiration, but wouldn’t it be great if there were some more color among the apostles? I remember when Helvicio Martens was called a member of the Quorum of 70, and as a missionary in South Carolina, I was really excited. However, the trend has not continued. Another film at the festival was “Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons.” I really think adding some color would really improve missionary work worldwide, as the church is a global church now.
Of course, I support the brethren, and will support whoever is called to be a new apostle, but I would love to see some more diversity.