This past Sunday during our 5th Sunday lesson (during the priesthood and relief society hour) we had a short activity that was quite telling. We allowed everyone to settle into their chairs where ever they wished. Many sat by friends or spouses others simply found an available seat. During the lesson I randomly seated everyone into groups of four. I then had each person rate on a scale from 1-10 how well they knew the other three people in their group. I then asked the group to add up and find the average rating between the four of them. We then wrote down each average on the board and then took the average of the entire room.
My ward is generally friendly so I anticipated the average to be 5 or 6. I was shocked when the average came out as 2.5. We then discussed ways to improve that average.
Imagine if the fellowship average was a strong 8 or 9. Think of what a new member of the ward would experience as they walked into the chapel for the first time? They would never want to leave or they would for sure look forward to attending the following week.
Is a 9 or 10 possible? I think so. If not, it is worth trying for.
I challenge you to put your Elder’s Quorum or Relief Society through this experiment. Post your findings below. If you are above 7 I want to visit your ward and see what you are doing.