The Bishop would like to meet with you
Years ago, as a convert to the Mormon church, one of the things that really turned me off was the practice of being called for a meeting with the Bishop. The way it worked went like this: the Ward Clerk (who set the appointments for the Bishop) would call you at home and tell you that the Bishop would like to meet with you. Then he would arrange a time and set the appointment. That’s it. What’s wrong with this scenario? Well, the member is given no information whatsoever as to what this meeting is about. None. We are talking about adults here who are called on the carpet so to speak with no knowledge of the reason. There can be various reasons for this such as the church has found out you’ve done something "wrong" and wants to talk to you about it and possibly send you to a Church Court as Jeffrey has written about. However, the usual reason is to extend a “calling” (i.e. a church job). So my question is why is that not mentioned? The clerk could (and should) say; “Bishop Shortpants would like to talk to you about possibly helping out in the church nursery. Could you come see him Thursday at 7:00?” This would be the appropriate way to conduct business with another adult human being. But instead, Mormons are treated like children being called into the Principal's office. Now why would anyone subject themselves to such treatment? Why indeed.