I can see what she means. I HATE sitting towards the front, which is where my wife likes to sit. To have leadership that pushes that would be really hard on me.As a TBM with a PIMO husband and three small kids, getting to church on time was hard. My mornings were spent running around getting everyone ready, including my husband who always dragged his feet. Crying kids, irritable husband, so much energy spent. I was trying my hardest to do what was “right” for my family. We were ALWAYS late, but we could sneak in and sit in the overflow without disturbing people.
Then they stopped opening the overflow.
Almost every Sunday for the next two years we were in the forier with several other families. We were lucky if we could sit. It was loud and we could barely hear the speakers. It was a total waste of my time and emotional energy to get everyone ready. I begged 2 bishops during that time to please have it open. It made no difference.
The other families eventually stopped coming. I held out until Christmas. Being shut out of the meeting for Christmas was the last straw. It wasn’t just that the overflow was closed (and locked) on one of the most important days of the year, it was the total disregard for the needs of the families who relied on it. That was the only way to be part of the meeting. My voice meant nothing when I tried to help them understand, and my family meant nothing.
Why are some leaders so deaf to the needs of others? It's puzzling to me.