WWLT Panel Draws on New Training Library

  • 13 February 2011

Article Highlights

  • During the training, the auxiliary general presidents discussed three important principles found in Handbook 2:
  • 1. Prepare spiritually
  • 2. Participate in councils
  • 3. Minister to others

“If you will do exactly as you’ve seen today, talk about [the video examples], discuss them, and take them to the Lord … you will be guided and directed on how you can help and strengthen and accomplish what you need to do in the callings which you’ve been given.” –Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

During the February 12, 2011 worldwide leadership training, the general presidents of the Church’s auxiliaries participated in a series of panel discussions that used examples drawn from a new online training resource.

The Leadership Training Library is a collection of real-life examples of leaders serving around the world that model principles found in Handbook 2. Shot in Brazil, England, Guatemala, and Korea, the videos are currently in translation and will be available online for use later in 2011.

Using these videos, the auxiliary general presidents, under the direction of Elders Robert D. Hales and Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Elder Craig C. Christensen of the Seventy, discussed three important principles found in Handbook 2.

1. Prepare Spiritually

“It is amazing how the Lord looks and waits for ways to bless us,” explained Rosemary Wixom, Primary general president, after viewing an example of how a Relief Society leader from South Korea earnestly asked for and received inspiration as she planned a meeting. 

Elder Andersen, discussing with Julie B. Beck, Relief Society general president, and Sister Wixom, said, “This is a spiritual work. It can only be done in the Lord’s way.” Panel members discussed how preparing spiritually allows leaders to focus on individuals, tailoring activities, lessons, and assignments to meet their needs. “Revelation is scattered among us,” Elder Andersen testified.

2. Participate in Councils

A true story of ward council members in Guatemala working together to successfully invite a family to return to full activity in the Church provided an opportunity for Elder Christensen to lead a discussion on working together in councils with all five auxiliary presidents: Sister Beck; Sister Wixom; Russell T. Osguthorpe, Sunday School general president; Elaine S. Dalton, Young Women general president; and David L. Beck, Young Men general president.

The panel discussed how the combined efforts of council members can help ward members progress, how active council members reduce the bishop’s load, and how leaders and members should listen, share, and seek the Lord’s will concerning ward members.

3. Minister to Others

The focus of the third video was a young man in England who is striving to stay fully active in the Church. The panel, moderated by Elder Hales and including Brother Osguthorpe, Brother Beck, and Sister Dalton, identified the importance of leaders working with parents, in Church councils, and with youth to create activities, lessons, and other opportunities for strengthening fellowship and testimony.

“If you will do exactly as you’ve seen today,” Elder Hales concluded, “talk about [the video examples], discuss them, and take them to the Lord . . . you will be guided and directed on how you can help and strengthen and accomplish what you need to do in the callings which you’ve been given.”