15.4 Stake Auxiliaries
The Young Men, Relief Society, Young Women, Primary, and Sunday School organizations are auxiliaries to the priesthood. Each auxiliary has a presidency that serves under the direction of the stake presidency. The members of the stake Young Men presidency are Melchizedek Priesthood holders. The members of the stake Sunday School presidency are also priesthood holders; where possible, they should hold the Melchizedek Priesthood. The members of the presidencies of the Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary are women.
This chapter outlines the responsibilities that stake auxiliary leaders have in common. In addition, the stake Relief Society and Sunday School presidencies have some responsibilities that are unique to their organizations. Those responsibilities are outlined in 9.8.2 and 12.7.3, respectively.
Stake Auxiliary Presidencies
The principal responsibilities of stake auxiliary presidencies are to assist the stake presidency and to instruct and support ward auxiliary presidencies. They do not fulfill assignments that should be fulfilled on the ward or family level.
Stake auxiliary presidencies have the following responsibilities:
They orient newly called ward auxiliary presidencies. They also provide ongoing encouragement, support, and instruction for ward auxiliary presidencies and teachers. They should base some of their instruction on chapters 1–6 in this handbook and the chapter for their auxiliary organization. They meet with these leaders regularly to learn of their needs, discuss the needs of the members they serve, and communicate information from the stake presidency. Periodically they visit ward meetings and classes as arranged with ward leaders.
They instruct ward auxiliary leaders in stake auxiliary leadership meetings, which are generally held once a year. If local circumstances and travel time do not put undue burdens on leaders, the stake presidency may authorize a second leadership meeting each year. (See 18.3.11.) Bishops may request additional instruction for ward auxiliary presidencies.
Members of auxiliary presidencies counsel together regularly in their own presidency meetings. They also meet regularly with the member of the stake presidency who oversees their work and the high councilor assigned to their organization.
Auxiliary presidents serve on the stake council. As members of this council, they participate in efforts to build faith and strengthen individuals and families in the stake.
The stake Relief Society presidency identifies the needs of local sisters and considers whether stake or multistake activities would help meet those needs. These leaders then recommend activities to the stake presidency. Occasionally stake or multistake activities for women may include young women and girls ages 8 and older. The stake Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary presidencies counsel together to recommend such activities to the stake presidency (see 13.3.1).
Auxiliary presidents submit recommendations to the stake presidency about members who may be called to serve in their organizations. In making these recommendations, they follow the guidelines in 19.1.1 and 19.1.2.
Stake Auxiliary Secretaries
Under the direction of stake auxiliary presidents, stake auxiliary secretaries have the following responsibilities:
They prepare agendas for presidency meetings.
They attend presidency meetings, take notes, and keep track of assignments.
They keep other records and prepare reports as the presidency requests.
They help prepare the annual budget for their auxiliary and account for expenses.
They provide training for ward auxiliary secretaries as assigned. This training may include instruction on recording and reporting attendance.