More than 100 student leaders and their advisers from six southern and central Utah institutes of religion were admonished to seek out everyone in their charge and lead them to Christ during a leadership conference here Feb. 3-4.
Hosted by the St. George Institute of Religion adjacent to the Dixie College campus, the Utah South Area Latter-day Saint Student Association Leadership Convention focused on reaching out and "bringing everyone to Christ."LDSSA officers and institute faculty members from Dixie, Southern Utah State College, Salt Lake Community College, Utah Valley Community College, College of Eastern Utah and Snow College attended.
Elder Hugh W. Pinnock of the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy introduced the convention theme as the keynote speaker at a banquet Feb. 3.
"Each one has the responsibility to build others and to make others more secure in the gospel," Elder Pinnock said. "It is important to leave people and circumstances better than you find them."
He cited examples of young people who have served admirably, then explained that these times of accomplishment also are times of preparation for even greater achievement and service.
Workshops on Feb. 4 were the "heart of the program," reported Paul R. Searle, LDSSA adviser and instructor at the St. George Institute.
Elder Pinnock conducted a session on leadership, emphasizing the necessity of being organized so time can be spent on top priorities. "Whatever we concentrate on, we accomplish," he pointed out.
The importance of turning thoughts toward others and following accomplishment with service was touched on by Elder Pinnock, who encouraged those attending to learn in their youth the task of "self-forgetting."
"Often the effectiveness of your leadership can be measured by the number of people you involve in meaningful activities," said Elder Pinnock.
Three other workshops were conducted. Scott L. Andersen, LDSSA adviser at the UVCC Institute in Provo, said leaders should "do something good that is difficult - exercise, early morning scripture study and the like - daily."
This victory over self, combined with communion with the divine, leads to spiritual strength, Andersen taught.
Michael W. Bawden, director of the Ephraim (Utah) Institute conducted a session on idea sharing. He reviewed the mission of the Church - perfecting the saints, proclaiming the gospel and redeeming the dead - and discussed how LDSSA could integrate those goals in their programs and activities.
George D. Durrant, who teaches at the UVCC Institute, talked about bringing every one to Christ. He explained the process of spiritual rebirth:
People, he said, listen to the enticings of the Spirit, which stimulates faith and confidence in God and self. A person becomes spiritually born again and then needs to reach out to others.
"We were ordained to uplift people before the world was," Durrant said.