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I’m amazed at how every conference, our leaders spend some time talking about how to lead the youth. There were a few talks that really stood out to me and I wanted to take some time to highlight a few of them.
Brother Brough is well-qualified to speak about the needs of the youth, as the second counselor in the General Young Men presidency. He shared three tips for leading and guiding the youth. They are:
- be with the youth
- help them connect with heaven
- let the youth lead
Big surprise, my favorite part was what he says about letting the youth lead.
“Like the loving parent who holds the hand of a toddler learning to walk, we must let go in order for youth to progress. Letting youth lead requires patience and love. It is harder and takes more time than doing it ourselves. They may stumble along the way, but we walk beside them.” – M. Joseph Brough
I love President Eyring’s talk from the Women’s Session for two reasons. First, he talked about unity and how to achieve it. Second, he mentions that a young woman may know the needs of a fellow young woman better than her adult leaders do. I wholeheartedly agree!
His story about disciplining his son and being corrected by the Spirit is a great lesson about how to maintain unity. As he grabbed his son by the shoulders, the Spirit whispered, “You are holding a great person.”
Sometimes, we struggle just like President Eyring to see the great person standing in front of us. When we allow our frustration, anger or hurt feelings to cloud our judgement, unity can be hard to maintain. When we do our best to see the best in those around us and affirm that, unity will come more easily.
Your turn! Which talks would you say every youth leader should study from this recent session of conference?