Who decides Fast Sunday change?

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Who decides Fast Sunday change?

Postby zaneclark » Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:32 pm

With General Conference on the first Sunday, either the Mar 26 or Apr 9 will be Fast Sunday. Who decides? I have checked the Handbook, and can't find the answer.
Our ward has chosen April for several reasons, but the stake has chosen March.

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Re: Who decides Fast Sunday change?

Postby mfmohlma » Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:40 pm

The stake president chooses. (Obtuse reference but the only one I can find: Handbook 2, 13.6.11 regarding New Year's Eve falling on a Saturday: "The stake president schedules an alternate Sunday for observing fast day.")

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Re: Who decides Fast Sunday change?

Postby russellhltn » Thu Mar 16, 2017 2:19 pm

Lacking a better reference, I'd suggest that if the stake has made the decision, then the wards should follow it unless there's a reason to do otherwise. (Perhaps a ward conference on the selected date.)
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Re: Who decides Fast Sunday change?

Postby drepouille » Thu Mar 16, 2017 2:52 pm

From my time in the stake presidency, I can tell you it's like herding cats trying to get all the units in the stake to fast on the same Sunday.
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Re: Who decides Fast Sunday change?

Postby Biggles » Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:10 pm

Our Stake Presidency makes this decision and the wards comply. This way everyone knows where they stand. They schedule ward conferences appropriately, so we all can follow the same page!

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Re: Who decides Fast Sunday change?

Postby lajackson » Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:29 pm

Our stake presidency makes the decision when the annual calendar is prepared during the last quarter of the prior year. That way every ward and branch knows exactly what will be happening when.

It's not like General Conference is a surprise popup calendar item. The dates for the conference are known years in advance.

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Re: Who decides Fast Sunday change?

Postby russellhltn » Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:02 pm

lajackson wrote:It's not like General Conference is a surprise popup calendar item. The dates for the conference are known years in advance.

Usually. <grin>
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