A sister missionary shares lessons in becoming a leader

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  • maezona Bryn Mawr, PA
    March 19, 2014 6:20 p.m.

    I loved reading this story and found wisdom and applications for life that apply to more than missionaries. Even though a Nauvoo mission has unique aspects that differ in some ways from other missions, this story shows that losing oneself in serving the Lord and others is common to all missions.

  • Llew40 Sandy, UT
    March 17, 2014 9:10 p.m.

    Lucky sister who never searched for people to teach, never experienced a single door slam in the face, or had to witness firsthand all the cohabitation that made it so challenging to find and baptize an entire family. For her it was all song and dance. A mission isn't a vacation.

  • andreaj Nashville, TN
    March 16, 2014 8:02 p.m.

    I used another equally great story from "Do Not Attempt in Heels", in my Laurels lesson today. So many gems. It is wonderful to have such a resource for my Young Women.

  • EKH Belmont, MA
    March 16, 2014 6:00 p.m.

    This story made me laugh out loud several times. I think I learned something about leadership along the way, too! Glad it made the Deseret News.

    March 16, 2014 11:26 a.m.

    The experience with Sister Miles leaves an obvious Martha/Mary reference. Be that as it may; I had a similar experience with my son. We were weeding potatoes in my Dad's garden, and each of our six children had their own row assigned. Mom and I finished ours earlier than the others, and went on to other chores. When I finished furrowing a bean row, I noticed that the other children were close to finishing their potato rows. But Danny was still working around the first few plants. Hearing me yelling at him to get busy, my Dad came up to me and wrapped an arm around my shoulders; then kindly commented: "I've been watching Danny, and he doesn't know a potato from a weed. Now if you'll just go work with him for a few minutes, he'll get the job done."
    So I did, and then Danny did. Dad's advice turned out to be some of the best leadership training I ever had!