This is a guest post by Michael Davidson
[We are in the hallway of a chapel, just outside of the bishop’s office. The bishop approaches with his keys in his hand to open the door, but is stopped by Bro. and Sis. Jones before entering.]
Bro Jones: Bishop! So glad we found you. Can we have a quick word with you?
Bishop: Sure, I have a couple of minutes before my next appointment, come right in.
[All three enter the bishop’s office and take their seats.]
Sis. Jones: Bishop, you know that we love and appreciate everything you do for the members of the ward, and in particular, our youth.
Bishop: Thank you for saying so, Sis. Jones.
Bro. Jones: Absolutely, but we are concerned about a couple of things.
Bishop: Oh, what’s that?
Bro. Jones: Well, we are a bit uneasy about certain Church policies regarding interviews with our kids. This is what we want to talk to you about.
Bishop: [with a look of concern] What seems to be the problem?
Sis. Jones: With all due respect, we don’t believe that you have the proper training or experience to discuss matters of “worthiness” [Sis Jones does air quotes] with our children, and we wanted to talk to you about that as Robert, Jr. is turning 12 this week.
Bro. Jones: As a result, we just wanted to tell you that we will not be allowing you, or anyone else in the ward or the stake, to meet with Robert one on one. If you have to meet with him, one of us has to be present and we will not tolerate you asking any inappropriate questions related to his “worthiness.” [Bro Jones does air quotes.]
Bishop: As you say, Robert Jr. is turning 12 and I was planning on visiting with him about being ordained a deacon this afternoon, as well as to get a recommend to go to the temple. You would be welcome to attend if Robert Jr. wishes to have you here.