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Plan to hold shorter LDS meetings in Boston Stake canceled

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Posted at 11:05 PM, Nov 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-24 01:13:10-05

SALT LAKE CITY — A two-month experiment in a Boston, Massachusetts LDS Stake to shorten Sunday meeting services has been canceled.

Boston stake leaders with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced they were going to test the new schedule beginning in January. The plan has been canceled after recognizing it was not within Church guidelines, according to a statement from LDS Church Headquarters.

The full statement reads:

“After recognizing it was not within Church guidelines, local Church leadership in the Boston Massachusetts Stake decided to drop plans to shorten the standard Sunday worship meeting schedule. The two-month experiment set to begin in the stake in January was planned locally with good intentions to better observe the Sabbath Day.”

John Dehlin, the man behind the Mormon Stories podcast who was excommunicated for apostasy, posted on Facebook Sunday that the Boston LDS Stake had plans to change their meeting from three hours to two hours and 15 minutes.

“Sacrament will be last. Elimination of all but essential Sunday meetings, i.e. fewer firesides, choir rehearsals, etc. Emphasis of the day is taking of the Sacrament and having time for families,” Dehlin wrote on Facebook.