Some time ago I was gathered around a table with a group of my blogger friends for lunch. We were discussing a certain situation that had occurred involving one of us. I loved how naturally each woman made the events personal to herself, admitting how she would have felt in such circumstances and considering what she might have done if in the same situation. The woman felt supported and not alone and everyone walked away with a greater understanding of one another.
Today we hope to recreate that scene at Segullah as we launch a feature called Ask *Nine Women. We hope it will provide a place for reader-generated discussion, in which a reader will present a question or a situation and other readers will respond. This isn’t an advice column. The hope is to encourage an awareness of the variety of our experiences and promote dialogue.
For some time now I have found myself often feeling overwhelmed by what I see as an overscheduling of church activities. I want to support the various auxiliaries in my ward and stake, but as my children grow older it’s becoming harder and harder to find time to be home together as a family. I’ve brought up my concerns with leadership in my ward on more than one occasion and was greatly relieved when the topic was discussed at the Worldwide Training Meeting and leaders were told quite plainly to remember the purpose of auxiliaries is to support families. However, we continue to have weeks in which there are ward and stake activities 4 or 5 nights a week.
Q: Does anyone else ever feel this way? Which do you choose? Do you ever feel guilty about your choices? How do you strike a balance between being actively involved in your ward and stake and making time for your family?”
(*The number nine is arbitrary and not intended to in any way limit your participation. To submit a topic or question for Ask Nine Women please e-mail us at askninewomen [AT] gmail [DOT] com. Questions will be chosen for discussion at random but should be relevant to the purpose of Segullah, which is to “provoke thought and promote greater understanding and faith among Latter-day Saint women.”)