Leading LDS http://leadinglds.com Become a Leader, not a Calling Tue, 27 Jan 2015 01:33:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1LDS leaders are faced with problems relating to home/visiting teaching, activation, missionary work, class participation, and many more. It’s time we consider applying established research and innovative ideas in order to find fresh ideas for these perpetual problems. By doing so, it will help leaders approach problems differently. There are also leaders that are currently over-coming problems with ideas that could be shared with the masses. We must find those LDS leaders and invite them to share. We encourage all to share ideas and strategies that have brought success in your respective ward or stake.Whether you are called to preside over meetings or vacuum cereal off benches LeadingLDS is for you. Regardless of your calling all are leaders in the church through example and fellowship. Leading LDS clean Leading LDS kurt@leadinglds.com kurt@leadinglds.com (Leading LDS) Leading in the LDS World Leading LDS http://leadinglds.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/Leading-LDS-Podcast.pnghttp://leadinglds.com How I Lead in Peru: Bishop Oswaldo Tello | 4 Time Bishophttp://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/how-i-lead-in-peru-bishop-oswaldo-tello-4-time-bishop.html http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/how-i-lead-in-peru-bishop-oswaldo-tello-4-time-bishop.html#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:29:42 +0000 http://leadinglds.com/?p=1957 http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/how-i-lead-in-peru-bishop-oswaldo-tello-4-time-bishop.html/feed 0 Oswaldo Tello is originally from Lima, Peru where he was baptized at the age of 18. While serving a mission a little more than a year after his baptism in the Peru Mission his family slowly began to join the church. - Oswaldo Tello is originally from Lima, Peru where he was baptized at the age of 18. While serving a mission a little more than a year after his baptism in the Peru Mission his family slowly began to join the church.After his mission he started his family and career in the banking industry. In 1992 he was called for the first time as a bishop and served until a job change came which moved he and his family to Chiclayo, Peru. He was subsequently called again as bishop but only served for 6 months before Elder Jay E. Jenson visited to form the Chiclayo Peru Latina Stake and call Oswaldo to serve as the stake president.Promotions and a new career focus came in the form of social and economic development which brought opportunities to live and serve in more native areas of Peru where he provided leadership in various branches.Moving back to life in the city have brought him the chance to serve as a bishop two more times including today where he currently lives in Arequipa where the church will be breaking ground on a new temple some time in 2015. Leadership principles discussed include:What changes you experience having served as a bishop multiple times What his interactions with General Authorities have taught him about humility The unique challenges of administering welfare resources without the presence of a storehouse How social and economic conditions require the modification of certain programs and youth activities. How he relied on his wife as another counselor when it came to understanding the needs of the ward in generalShout out to Jon Albright for writing the summary for this podcast episode Leading LDS clean 1:05:15 Ward Councils Gone Wrong & Purpose of LDS Disciplinary Councilshttp://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/ward-councils-gone-wrong-purpose-of-lds-disciplinary-councils.html http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/ward-councils-gone-wrong-purpose-of-lds-disciplinary-councils.html#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:38:56 +0000 http://leadinglds.com/?p=1960 http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/ward-councils-gone-wrong-purpose-of-lds-disciplinary-councils.html/feed 0 This is an episode of random thoughts, I'd love to hear your random thoughts as well. - My first thought is regarding the discussion of disciplinary councils. Have you participated in such councils? Has your experience been good? Bad? Spiritual? This is an episode of random thoughts, I'd love to hear your random thoughts as well.My first thought is regarding the discussion of disciplinary councils. Have you participated in such councils? Has your experience been good? Bad? Spiritual? I shared some thoughts on the subject over at This Week in Mormons in my article titled Mormon Disciplinary Councils Aren't About Sin. Please give the article a read and then share your thoughts below. I don't expect everyone to agree with me, but I'd love to have an open dialogue about the topic. I want to thank the This Week in Mormons team for allowing me to share my thoughts. They've been very good to me.I also received some fan mail this week! ;) I'm kidding, of course, but I did get an email from a faithful executive secretary that experienced an awkward ward council full of finger pointing and yelling.Here's what the email said: Thanks for creating such a great site and resource for members of the church. I'm currently the executive secretary in my ward and not technically a leader, but I enjoy learning about it. I especially like your Saint Nicholas talk :)I have a question though... have you experienced any conflict or dislike among the auxiliary leaders in your ward? If so, how did you handle or help the situation.In our ward council a few weeks ago there was finger pointing and a screaming match over not having enough butter at the ward Christmas party and the Relief Society president ended up storming out of the room. I had never seen people lose it in a setting like that, and I thought it was an isolated situation in a unique ward. However, a friend in our last ward mentioned that there was a conflict in one of his ward councils recently, and ended with the ward mission leader walking out.From what I saw, in both cases the Bishop's handled it well, but I am not sure what was said behind close doors. These may be isolated situations, but I'm sure that it happens else where in the church. How would you counsel in a situation like that?I'll keep reading and listening. Thanks. I give my response in the podcast episode, but in short, the solution to a situation like this comes from the book Crucial Accountability: Tools for Resolving Violated Expectations, Broken Commitments, and Bad Behavior. If you haven't read this book, GO. READ. IT. NOW. It has had a great impact on my communication as a leader and helped me diffuse awkward situations.I'd love to hear how others would have handled this situation or other stories of when ward council blows up! :) Please comment below. Leading LDS clean 19:55 Teaching Help: Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson | Chapter 3http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/teaching-help-teachings-of-ezra-taft-benson-chapter-3.html http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/teaching-help-teachings-of-ezra-taft-benson-chapter-3.html#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 20:37:10 +0000 http://leadinglds.com/?p=1932 http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/teaching-help-teachings-of-ezra-taft-benson-chapter-3.html/feed 0 Scouting in the LDS Church | Interview with Director of LDS-BSAhttp://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/scouting-in-the-lds-church-interview-with-director-of-lds-bsa.html http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/scouting-in-the-lds-church-interview-with-director-of-lds-bsa.html#comments Sat, 10 Jan 2015 21:10:14 +0000 http://leadinglds.com/?p=1934 http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/scouting-in-the-lds-church-interview-with-director-of-lds-bsa.html/feed 0 Mark Francis is the director of LDS-BSA Relations, which is a branch of the Boy Scouts of America that strives to maintain a positive and helpful relationship with the LDS church. - In this interview we discuss: - Mark Francis is the director of LDS-BSA Relations, which is a branch of the Boy Scouts of America that strives to maintain a positive and helpful relationship with the LDS church.In this interview we discuss:A brief history of relationship between The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Boy Scouts of America. How LDS Scout troops differ from non-LDS Scout troops The Green Scouting Handbook Why LDS Scout Troops are based on geography Option to combine scouting units, especially as it pertains to areas outside of Utah and Idaho LDS Scouting Objectives (Purposes of the Aaronic Priesthood) LDS members in non-LDS troops False Traditions in LDS Troops How do to motivate LDS men called as Scout leaders How to create an effective Scouting experience for boys not interested in the outdoors The role of parents in Scouting Scouting leadership trainings (i.e. Philmont Training) More information about the Philmont Training The future of the Boy Scouts of America's relationship with the LDS Church Pres. Monson’s relationship with the BSA Leading LDS clean 55:07 Why Your Bishop Should Be A Rookie | Book Review: Rookie Smartshttp://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/bishop-should-be-a-rookie.html http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/bishop-should-be-a-rookie.html#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 23:50:16 +0000 http://leadinglds.com/?p=1921 http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/bishop-should-be-a-rookie.html/feed 0 Are you the same Bishop/President/Counselor/Teacher today as you were on week two of your calling? As you look back to the rookie you, are there ideas and a spark that made your new calling something exciting and your service such that benefited those ... Are you the same Bishop/President/Counselor/Teacher today as you were on week two of your calling? As you look back to the rookie you, are there ideas and a spark that made your new calling something exciting and your service such that benefited those ... Leading LDS clean 43:10 Teaching Help: Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson | Chapter 2http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/teaching-help-teachings-of-ezra-taft-benson-chapter-2.html http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/teaching-help-teachings-of-ezra-taft-benson-chapter-2.html#comments Mon, 05 Jan 2015 00:06:14 +0000 http://leadinglds.com/?p=1905 http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/teaching-help-teachings-of-ezra-taft-benson-chapter-2.html/feed 1 Teaching Help: Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson | Chapter 1http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/teaching-help-teachings-of-ezra-taft-benson-chapter-1.html http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/teaching-help-teachings-of-ezra-taft-benson-chapter-1.html#comments Fri, 02 Jan 2015 17:27:33 +0000 http://leadinglds.com/?p=1887 http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/teaching-help-teachings-of-ezra-taft-benson-chapter-1.html/feed 4 How To Report Home Teaching Electronically | RETURNandREPORT.COMhttp://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2014/12/how-to-report-home-teaching-electronically-returnandreport-com.html http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2014/12/how-to-report-home-teaching-electronically-returnandreport-com.html#comments Sat, 27 Dec 2014 20:34:27 +0000 http://leadinglds.com/?p=1894 http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2014/12/how-to-report-home-teaching-electronically-returnandreport-com.html/feed 1 Have you ever been frustrated with trying to collect home teaching and visiting teaching information? - Brad Oldham is a software developer and winner of the 2008 LDS Tech Award from Irvine, CA. In 2006 his Stake President challenged his Elder’s Quoru... Have you ever been frustrated with trying to collect home teaching and visiting teaching information?Brad Oldham is a software developer and winner of the 2008 LDS Tech Award from Irvine, CA. In 2006 his Stake President challenged his Elder’s Quorum to report their home teaching 3 times per month. In response to that challenge Brad, serving in an elder's quorum presidency at the time, began working on the application now called ReturnAndReport.com.In this discussion Brad talks through the purpose, implementation and some of the issues of an online reporting system for home and visiting teaching.We are looking for willing participants who would like to integrate Return and Report in their ward. If you would like to be included in the group of test cases we will follow up with please contact Kurt. Websites referred to during the podcast: RETURNandREPORT.comHome Teaching Helper Specific discussion links from tech.lds.org: Return and Report Website OverviewReturn and Report Strengths and WeaknessesHT / VT Application Discussion Leading LDS clean 47:28 Special Christmas Episode | Saint Nicholas Is Realhttp://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2014/12/special-christmas-episode-saint-nicholas-is-real.html http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2014/12/special-christmas-episode-saint-nicholas-is-real.html#comments Wed, 24 Dec 2014 16:24:20 +0000 http://leadinglds.com/?p=1890 http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2014/12/special-christmas-episode-saint-nicholas-is-real.html/feed 0 I wasn't planning on posting this episode until I was on the treadmill this morning (burning off the various calories that I will be eating over the next 24 hours). As I ran I was watching a BYUtv movie titled Silent Night. I wasn't planning on posting this episode until I was on the treadmill this morning (burning off the various calories that I will be eating over the next 24 hours). As I ran I was watching a BYUtv movie titled Silent Night. I strongly recommend you watch this. It's a great Christmas movie and one that teaches great church leadership principles. It's also free to watch on BYUtv.org.After watching this movie my thoughts went to my message I shared with my ward this past Sunday. I thought it would be a simple and short message to share with the LeadingLDS world. The story and information I share during my remarks can be found HERE. I adjusted a few parts just to be sure not to spoil any believing young parishioners.I hope you find the story of Saint Nicholas inspiring and a story that points you to the message of Jesus Christ.Merry Christmas! Leading LDS clean 14:27 “It is better to look up!” | Leader to Leader Episode 10http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2014/12/it-is-better-to-look-up-leader-to-leader-episode-10.html http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2014/12/it-is-better-to-look-up-leader-to-leader-episode-10.html#comments Tue, 23 Dec 2014 18:41:21 +0000 http://leadinglds.com/?p=1882 http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2014/12/it-is-better-to-look-up-leader-to-leader-episode-10.html/feed 0 This story was shared by Elder Carl B. Cook in the October 2011 General Conference. At the end of a particularly tiring day toward the end of my first week as a General Authority, my briefcase was overloaded and my mind was preoccupied with the questi... This story was shared by Elder Carl B. Cook in the October 2011 General Conference. At the end of a particularly tiring day toward the end of my first week as a General Authority, my briefcase was overloaded and my mind was preoccupied with the question “How can I possibly do this?” I left the office of the Seventy and entered the elevator of the Church Administration Building. As the elevator descended, my head was down and I stared blankly at the floor.The door opened and someone entered, but I didn’t look up. As the door closed, I heard someone ask, “What are you looking at down there?” I recognized that voice—it was President Thomas S. Monson.I quickly looked up and responded, “Oh, nothing.” (I’m sure that clever response inspired confidence in my abilities!)But he had seen my subdued countenance and my heavy briefcase. He smiled and lovingly suggested, while pointing heavenward, “It is better to look up!” As we traveled down one more level, he cheerfully explained that he was on his way to the temple. When he bid me farewell, his parting glance spoke again to my heart, “Now, remember, it is better to look up.”As we parted, the words of a scripture came to mind: “Believe in God; believe that he is … ; believe that he has all wisdom, and all power, both in heaven and in earth.” As I thought of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ’s power, my heart found the comfort I had sought in vain from the floor of that descending elevator.Since then I have pondered this experience and the role of prophets. I was burdened and my head was down. As the prophet spoke, I looked to him. He redirected my focus to look up to God, where I could be healed and strengthened through Christ’s Atonement. That is what prophets do for us. They lead us to God. Leading LDS clean 5:33