We anticipate that leaders will leave the training meetings feeling lighter not heavier. —Julie B. Beck, general president of the Relief Society
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."
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.)
(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)
(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.*
(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)
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Wednesday, March 28
6:30 - 8 p.m.* ? (also available live online or on demand in English and Spanish at ssleadertraining.lds.org)
(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.