Raising the bar on care of church buildings

To streamline expenses and redirect donations to worthy endeavors, the LDS Church relegated responsibility of building maintenance to local members. In most cases, cleaning our own church has made us more grateful, more responsible and more humble.

Despite the benefits, there have been tight budgets, volunteerism slacks and oversight that is perpetually delegated. Suddenly moms are toting spare toilet paper in Sunday church bags. We now bring our own dishwashing soap to kitchen functions and plan to stay hours after an activity to vacuum every inch of carpet, sweep every tiled entrance and empty every garbage can.

My Cub Scouts noticed something else: The American flag waving on a tall pole outside the church’s entrance had been neglected. Tattered and faded, it was definitely time to retire the stars and stripes, and it became a perfect opportunity for our Cub Scouts to show patriotism as well as ownership of the church’s privilege to fly a flag.

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