Handbook 2:
Administering the Church

Leadership in the Church of Jesus Christ

 

3.1 The Savior’s Way of Leading

All Church leaders are called to help other people become “true followers of … Jesus Christ” (Moroni 7:48). To do this, leaders first strive to be the Savior’s faithful disciples, living each day so that they can return to live in God’s presence. Then they can help others develop strong testimonies and draw nearer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Church programs and activities help achieve these purposes.

Leaders can best teach others how to be “true followers” by their personal example. This pattern—being a faithful disciple in order to help others become faithful disciples—is the purpose behind every calling in the Church.

When leaders serve according to this pattern, they help Church members desire to be worthy of temple marriage and the blessing of an eternal family.