LDS conference week continues with leadership auxiliary training

Additional workshops, leadership instruction begin after conference

Published: Tuesday, March 27 2012 12:01 a.m. MDT

Rosemary M. Wixom, general president of the Primary organization for the church's children, said "there is joy in serving in Primary. We have seen that joy in the faces of leaders and teacher throughout Primary all over the world as they plant the seeds of conversion within the hearts of the children — one by one."

At this year's Auxiliary Leadership Training Wixom and her associates will explore what she calls "the 'Why' of Primary."

"We will gather both in person, and by way of webcast," Wixom said. "We will feel the unity of our service as we discuss answers to questions such as: How does a child feel when we invite the Spirit through engaged teaching of doctrine and Primary music? What can a leader or a teacher do to strengthen each individual child?"

Primary leaders will also talk about the resources that are available to parents and Primary leaders on lds.org.

"Primary supports parents as they guide their children on the covenant path back to our Heavenly Father," Wixom said. "Together we can help children "Choose the Right" and be worthy and ready for their future. We will discover the sacred and joyful opportunity it is to simply be a part of a child's life."

Matthew O. Richardson, second counselor of the church's Sunday School general presidency, said "in the Auxiliary Leadership Training our ultimate goal is to help Sunday school presidencies improve learning and teaching in the church and in the home."

To that end, Richardson said the general presidency plans to focus attention on the church's online Leadership Training Library and "explore ways in which presidencies can better use this robust resource. Meeting attendees will have the opportunity to share ideas and discuss on how to use the site to better meet their needs."

And Young Men General President David L. Beck said the auxiliary training — held this year on May 10 instead of the traditional pre-conference session — "provides an opportunity to discuss counsel from Church leaders, understand better the doctrine of the Aaronic Priesthood and rejoice with outstanding examples of young men around the world as they perform their priesthood duties."

According to Beck, his presidency will focus on the church's relatively new "Duty to God" program and how it can strengthen young men. Attention will also be given to Scouting and other meaningful activities that can develop important skills in young men.

"Thoughts for using the recently revised 'For the Strength of Youth' will also be part of the discussion," Beck said.

The week will conclude Saturday and Sunday with the 182nd Annual General Conference of the church. General sessions will be held in the LDS Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City each day at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. A priesthood session will be held for males ages 12 and up Saturday evening at 6 p.m.

AUXILIARY LEADERSHIP TRAINING — SPRING 2012

* Spanish translation provided

? ASL provided on location only

(The same content is repeated in each session.)

Young Women

(Conference Center Theater)

Tuesday, March 27

9 - 11:30 a.m.

6:30 - 9 p.m.

Thursday, March 29

9 - 11:30 a.m.*

6:30 - 9 p.m.* ? (also available live online or on demand in English and Spanish at ywleadertraining.lds.org)

Relief Society

(Salt Lake Tabernacle)

Tuesday, March 27

Noon - 2:30 p.m.

6 - 8:30 p.m.* ?

Wednesday, March 28

Noon - 2:30 p.m.* (also available live online or on demand in English and Spanish at rsleadertraining.lds.org)

6 - 8:30 p.m.*

Primary

(Assembly Hall on Temple Square)

Wednesday, March 28

9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 29

9:30 - 11:30 a.m.*

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.* ? (also available live online or on demand in English and Spanish at prleadertraining.lds.org)

Sunday School

(Conference Center Theater)

Wednesday, March 28

6:30 - 8 p.m.* ? (also available live online or on demand in English and Spanish at ssleadertraining.lds.org)

Young Men

(Bountiful Regional Center, 835 North 400 East, North Salt Lake)

Thursday, May 10

7 - 9 p.m.* (also available live online or on demand in English and Spanish at ymleadertraining.lds.org)

Parking in downtown Salt Lake City is limited. Those attending the training are encouraged to carpool or use public transportation where possible. Please allow sufficient time to park.

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