Local church leaders from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Boston changed their minds after a report surfaced earlier today that they were going to test shorter Sunday church meetings beginning in January.
LDS Church spokesperson Dale Jones issued the following statement Monday, Nov. 23:
"After recognizing it was not within Church guidelines, local Church leadership in the Boston Massachusetts Stake decided to drop plans to shorten the standard Sunday worship meeting schedule. The two-month experiment set to begin in the stake in January was planned locally with good intentions to better observe the Sabbath Day.”
The local church leaders’ original plans to shorten the usual three-hour meeting block to two hours and 15 minutes was posted by former Mormon John Dehlin to his Facebook page for the Mormon Stories podcast. Dehlin was excommunicated from the LDS Church for apostasy earlier this year.
“Emphasis of the day is the taking of the sacrament, and having time for families,” the Facebook post stated.