One of my counsellors and his wife were asked by the executive secretary to say the opening and closing prayers in Sacrament on Sunday. Afterward, they were discussing since his wife may be out with their infant at the end of the meeting, she may not be able to say the closing prayer. I suggested to him that they switch it around: she to give the opening prayer, and he to give the closing. I know we’ve had to do that in the past.
He discussed this with the executive secretary and the executive secretary told him that wouldn’t work because only a priesthood holder can open a sacrament meeting. It turned out instead that my counsellor gave the opening prayer and the executive secretary gave the closing prayer.
I had never heard of this until then. Is it like this in other wards? I know of at least two wards where this wasn’t the case.