my ministr(ies), we have had strong women’s groups. One Women’s Association found itself in the curious position of being the only remaining Women’s Association in the United Women’s Association. I have called women’s groups the “backbone” of a Church. Often they are elderly – yet generally speaking, a strong component of elderly people – on condition that this is balanced with other age groups – has been shown to promote growth in the Church. OBSERVATION: Since this is, in a sense, an “educational” blog, a potential problem with older women is that they may become downhearted – one might say negative – but with spiritual encouragement, this is always overcome. The photo was taken at the end of 2012.