Here's the letter:
We see nothing sinister in electronic devices. Indeed, we look forward to their use across the mission field. For now, however, the majority of, if not all, missionaries use bound books for scripture reference. Since we consider our scripture searches to be foundational learning, we prefer to use the same.
We have no problem with an individual primary teacher allowing hand-helds in the boundary of his/her classroom. We respect the decisions of our wonderful teachers. But in the common opening and closing exercises and during Sharing Time, we would like our young people to have actual books.
Please know, and we must be clear here, our young people have not abused the use of these devices. We respect their electronic savvy and appreciate that this might be an unpopular request. We mean no offense. Nor are we implying that we would confiscate the devices. There's no need. I've never seen a young person in our ward be inconsiderate or disrespectful. We would simply ask them to put the device away. And they would do so.
Thank you for your understanding,
Clovis III Ward Primary Presidency"
I think we have all been hurt at one time or another by the words of another.
Perhaps it was even something we needed to know, something that would benefit our lives.
But because of the way it is presented to us, we are offended and hurt
and can't even hear what is being said.
A good piece of writing, like the above email, is a work of art.
I like to reread it, and then read it again.
I can't imagine they would get any negative responses from either the parents or children.
It doesn't tamper with anyone's ego.
It doesn't put defenses up.
Instead, it is positive, and even charming.
And no doubt the original issue will be solved.