The Plan

In the Missionary Handbook it states that leaders are to "represent the mission president in carrying out his plans for the mission." As part of our leadership training, we asked our leaders if they know what our plan includes. We were pleased that they were able to quickly list much of our vision and plan. Their list included:

  • Create and support a culture of obedience because we love the Savior
  • Follow the Missionary Handbook
  • Share the good news
  • Develop a stronger testimony of the Book of Mormon
  • Live by the Mission Statement
  • Become a Preach My Gospel missionary
  • Be healthy-spiritually and physically
  • Improve temporal well-being 
  • Help others to find true conversion
  • Become master teachers and teach by the Spirit
  • Become dignified missionaries
  • Strive to achieve the Standards of Excellence every week
  • Listen to every opinion

The Missionary Handbook continues: "Opportunities to lead other missionaries should never be treated lightly. Missionary leaders should always remember that their loyalty is first to the Lord, then to their mission president, then to missionaries." 

It is a blessing to a mission to have strong leaders who understand that "their goal is not merely to supervise or motivate, but to lift, encourage, inspire, and bless." (Missionary Handbook)

"Jesus . . . said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many." (Mathew 20:25-28)

We are grateful for leaders who minister to those they lead. They give their lives to this work through their goodness, steadiness and faithfulness. Many of them feel inadequate and yet rise to the sacred trust of leadership. They learn as they work and come to understand that the best way to lead is to serve. 

Tutuila Leaders 

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