Today was a very successful Sabbath for me. I instructed the high council to read the following business in each unit of my stake;
"President Paternoster in following the counsel to adapt the new church handbook of instructions to local needs would like to remind members of the following statement in section 21.1.6 of book 2.
"Church members should not seek the autographs of General Authorities or Area Seventies including signing in their scriptures, hymnals or programs. Doing so detracts from their sacred calling and the spirit of meetings. It could also prevent them from meeting other members. Members should not take photographs of General Authorities or Area Seventies in chapels."
In the spirit of this statement the stake presidency with support from the high council has decided that from this time forth this policy will also apply to the stake president. In this way he will not be hindered in the performance of his sacred duties.
Following these policies will help bring this stake closer to the Lord and the example he has set for us.
All in favor please manifest by the uplifted right hand. If there are any opposed please manifest it in like manner."
I am pleased to report that the high council members have all reported back to me and the votes were unanimous in the affirmative.