*Sally and Sam Seymore took your advice (or ignored you) and went and saw the Bishop together. In talking to them, Bishop Smith understood that Sally and Sam had problems beyond differing feelings about the church. He also realized these were problems beyond the scope of his training. He suggested the two of them go to counseling together. He suggested a couple of therapists as good options at LDS Family Services. Bishop Smith emphasized how important it was they go see an LDS counselor.
Bishop Smith even offered to pay for their therapist out of ward fast offerings if Sam and Sally could not afford it. Sam and Sally did have a tight budget.
Sam was willing to go to counseling, but for him an LDS therapist was out of the question. If the kids didn’t play soccer this season, they could afford a good therapist he heard about from a friend at work. Sally really wanted to go to an LDS therapist. She felt only an LDS therapist would really understand what she was going through, and emphasize the good family values she wanted to maintain. She also hated to have the kids miss out on soccer.
Sam and Sally should:
1. Go to the therapist Sam chose.
2. Go to the therapist Sally chose and use the ward budget.
3. Go to the therapist Sam chose, and use the ward budget. (The budget will pay for a therapist, even when the therapist is not LDS.)
4. Go to the therapist Sally chose and use the kids’ soccer money. They should be willing to pay for it to save their marriage.
5. I don’t care! I’m sick of Sam and Sally