> I have heard that half of all elders are inactive. But that
> fewer than 5 percent of high priests are inactive. Can anyone
> here confirm or deny this?
I can't confirm or deny Church-wide, of course, but around here that's
not the case. 50% is approximately right for the elders, probably a bit
high, but 5% is definitely too low for the high priests.
> I speculate that by the time a man is called to be a high
> priest he has proven that his interest in the gospel is not
> a temporary thing. Elders, because they are generally much
> younger, have not lived long enough to demonstrate by their
> record that they will remain active no matter what.
Maybe in some places, but I doubt that's the case here. Of the six
elder's quorum presidents I have had in Redmond, four have been over 40
years old. Of the other two, one was a recent convert of about 26 years
of age, and the other was in his early 30s and was clearly being
fast-tracked and groomed for administrative service (he's currently in
the bishopric). Our elder's quorum has also, until very recently,
included a very active brother in his 50s and several very active men in
their 40s. They had long since "demonstrated by their record" their
activity. But we live in a very active area with lots of
leadership-quality men, and I suspect the local leaders prefer not to
make men high priests just because they have turned 30 or 40 or 50 or
whatever. Just my suspicions.
I do agree with at least one thing you've said: High priests are far
more likely to be active than elders. This is to be expected, since high
priests are the leaders, and the leaders are usually selected from among
the most active and faithful of the Saints (men). But that should not be
considered a slight upon those faithful Saints of whatever age who are
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