LDS conference week continues with leadership auxiliary training

Additional workshops, leadership instruction begin after conference

Published: Monday, March 26 2012 11:00 p.m. MDT

Relief Society President Julie B. Beck talks at the General Relief Society women's conference Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Tom Smart, Deseret News

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SALT LAKE CITY — A full week of training and instruction for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continues Tuesday, when the first two of eight auxiliary leadership training workshops are held at various locations in the Salt Lake City area.

LDS general conference week actually started Saturday evening with the General Young Women Meeting for young women, their mothers and leaders of the Young Women organization of the church. LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson attended that meeting and urged the young women of the church to live lives of belief, obedience and endurance.

"Seek heavenly guidance one day at a time," President Monson said Saturday. "Life by the yard is hard — by the inch, it's a cinch. Each of us can be true for just one day — and then one more, and then one more after that, until we've lived a lifetime guided by the spirit, a lifetime close to the Lord, a lifetime of good deeds and righteousness."

Beginning Tuesday, conference week continues with auxiliary leadership training workshops for the Primary, Relief Society, Sunday School and Young Women organizations (the Young Men organization will have its auxiliary training workshop May 10).

"As a general presidency and board, we look forward to gathering with the many Young Women leaders who will attend this year's Auxiliary Leadership Training – both in person and via webcast," said Elaine S. Dalton, general president of the church's Young Women organization. "These remarkable women have been called of God to lead His precious daughters. This training is a chance for us to lift these leaders, to learn together, and to share our tremendous love for them."

Dalton said during the Young Women training "we will talk about the tools available to help young women be a light in their homes and in their communities."

"Leaders can learn more about the newly revised 'For the Strength of Youth' that includes the standards from our current prophets for today's youth," she said. "We will share ideas on how leaders can celebrate the 100th anniversary of Young Women camp and how they can include Laurels as leaders."

Dalton said they will also talk to leaders about how they can help their young women survive and thrive in what President Boyd K. Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles called "enemy territory."

"One young woman, led by the Spirit, can change the world!" Dalton said. "Each young woman is blessed by faithful parents, inspired leaders, and others who mentor and help her prepare for and fulfill her divine mission. Together we can help her be ready and worthy to enter the temple. We look forward to gathering with this incredible purpose in mind."

Julie B. Beck, general president of the church's Relief Society organization for LDS women, said "auxiliary training meetings give us the opportunity to focus on leadership principles and help sisters to follow the Church Handbook. Some of the topics we always address include receiving revelation, working in councils, and ministering to others. We will also review how Relief Society is a full participant in the work of salvation."

Beck said she and her counselors are mindful of the dedicated service of Relief Society leaders around the world. "Relief Society presidents carry a heavy load," she said. "They assist bishops who have difficult responsibilities. We know that as local leaders are aligned with the purposes of Relief Society and prioritize effectively they will increase their effectiveness."

To that end, Beck said, "we anticipate that leaders will leave the training meetings feeling lighter not heavier. Our belief is that Relief Society presidencies have access to the Lord's help and we have faith that he sustains those who have been called to leadership positions."

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