2008 Worldwide Leadership Training Meeting: Building Up a Righteous Posterity

On February 9 the Church held its annual Worldwide Leadership Training Meeting. Normally these are for a specific subset of members, usually ward and stake leaders. This time it was for all adults in the Church (18 and up). The topic was Building a Righteous Posterity.

I was working that day, but left for a couple of hours so I could watch the broadcast. There were essentially 4 sections to the broadcast:

  • Introduction and remarks by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
  • Information on “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” by President Boyd K. Packer
  • Roundtable discussion with Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Julie B. Beck, Susan W. Tanner and Cheryl C. Lant
  • Closing remarks by President Thomas S. Monson

My feelings about the broadcast are mixed. I wasn’t impressed with the format. It seems that the leaders speak with much more power at General Conference. I like the idea of roundtable discussions, but half the time the participants’ heads were down reading their notes (things didn’t seem very spontaneous). By the time President Monson spoke, we were already at the 2-hour mark so my attention was certainly drifting.

With all that being said, I also acknowledge that the resulting material is excellent. I made quite a few notes, and I’m sure there will be many people using material from the broadcast in talks. Perhaps my favourite line was by Cheryl C. Lant, the Primary General president. During a section of the roundtable about unity in marriage, the dialog went as follows:

Sister Lant
You know, there’s so much talk in today’s world about “are my needs being met?” You hear that so much.

Elder Holland
Yes, needs is a very big word.

Sister Lant
Yes, “my needs aren’t being met.” And I think if we could just get to the point where we are thinking about someone else’s needs, our needs are met. That’s the best way to get our needs met, if we are looking to take care of somebody else.

I agree whole-heartedly! If we would stop worrying about ourselves and start thinking about others, everything would be better; our jobs, our marriages, our callings.

For more information on the broadcast, try the following links:

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