Zone Leader Council on Wednesday, March 2 was an excellent experience. We listened to and learned from one another in powerful ways as we received personal revelation concerning our own assignments.
We felt the Lord's love as President Laycock invited us as leaders in this mission, to remember the Doctrine taught in Proverbs 29:18:
"Where there is no vision, the people perish:
but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
As missionaries, we are invited to follow the example of Jesus Christ as we lead, guide, and direct others. To be effective leaders, our communication and teaching must be clear.
Together, we studied, "Jesus: the Perfect Leader" by Spencer W. Kimball. Then we discussed the principles of leadership that Christ emulated during his earthly ministry. President Laycock reminded our leaders that they are the examples to our missionaries. He asked them if they are reading and sharing the Book of Mormon as we have asked every missionary in our mission to do. They responded positively by sharing examples of how they have been able to use the Book of Mormon in their teaching.
We reminded all of our leaders how important it is to focus on the Book of Mormon, to work to receive revelation through personal study of the Book of Mormon, to double our efforts to find new investigators, and to lead with love. The Savior's leadership was selfless. He put himself and his own needs second and ministered to others beyond the call of duty, tirelessly, lovingly, effectively.
We asked, "What kind of leaders are we? Do we listen with love?" Jesus sought to be discerning with others, never seeking to control them, but always working to lead with love.
As we sat in our circle and looked into each others' eyes, we felt the Lord's love and approval. We all shared our feelings about how we can strengthen one another and invite every missionary in the Chile, Santiago East Mission to move to a higher personal spiritual level. Our dear young leaders shared heartfelt suggestions that will definitely move our entire mission to higher spiritual ground. What a blessing it is for us to serve with our missionaries!