Dave’ Top Ten List of LDS Church-Related Changes Over the Last 40 Years
1. The cost of building and operating local churches to be funded solely by tithing and not financial donations from members.
2. Ricks College is no more.
3. Sacrament meeting, Sunday school, and priesthood and relief society combined into a 3 hour Sunday service (no more evening sacrament meetings).
4. A 2-year mission reduced to 18 months and then back to 2 years.
5. Members started cleaning church buildings.
6. Carpeted gymnasiums replace wood floors in new churches and then back to wood floors again. (On a similar note, older churches used to have windows on the classroom doors, then the church went with solid wood doors that were kind of uninviting, and now we are going back to windows on classroom doors – great for parents who want to check up on their kids.)
7. A practice hymn was added immediately following sacrament meeting, and then removed (hallelujah!)
8. BYU Provo allows shorts on campus.
9. Changes to the temple endowment.
10. All worthy males allowed to receive the priesthood.
Dave’s Top 3 List of Changes to Come in the Next 40 Years
1. Church shortened to 2 hours. First a 40 minute sacrament meeting with one talk from someone in a ward leadership position, followed by a 40 minute primary and Sunday school block, and then a 40 minute priesthood and relief society block. (Primary leaders and young kids are happy.)
2. BYU Provo allows nicely trimmed beards but BYU Idaho still banning shorts.
3. Members are allowed once again to cook food in church kitchens.