It would probably cut down on posts here....much less "what does the church say about...."
I don't think it will cut down on that at all. We'll just have more people who have access to the answer. My legacy on lds.net is ending.
I can see this sparking more than one "But the Handbook says X Bishop!" conversation.
That's when the bishop should pull out the new section about uniformity and adapting to local needs
Besides, as has already been pointed out by the Church, these books are not scripture, so we don't necessarily have to adhere to them as if they were.
Forget racing other lds.net members to find the best answer to a question via a google search, now it'll be via the handbook. I'm thinking we should organize the first ever Church Handbook Chase (like a Scripture Chase). Moe, you're not allowed to participate, but you can be a judge and double check our speed and accuracy.
Ah, but you have to go head-to-head against me to win the tournament. If you can't beat me, you only get the door prize.
Sounds like you have already read it. We received a letter along with our that said don't review until the broadcast. Did you not get this letter?
I got the letter. I read it anyway. Probably a good thing too. I was able to stop the bishopric from doing a couple of things in October that they would have just had to undo in November.
But no, I've never been very good at following instructions. And I'm very hypocritical about too. I absolutely refused to let any other leaders see their copies while I read the whole thing.
This is really a good idea as it does help with general questions greatly. So does the boring book 1 as well. To bad they are not going to put portions that are known policies from it online where folks could read it too. That would cut down on question such as...."I'm going to send out my wedding dates to get a jump on the big day even though I have seen the bishop yet for a recommend" type posts here.
The only part of the new Book 1 that has anything that could address 'general questions' are the sealing policies and the disciplinary council policies. But there's no need for a general knowledge here. Also, the content of Book 1 is administratively intense and has very little instruction--a stark contrast to the new Book 2.