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Latter-day Saint (Mormon) Leadership Best Practices

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Latter-day Saint (Mormon) Leadership Best Practices






Mental Health & Youth | An Interview with Jody Moore

Jody Moore is a mother, speaker, Master Certified Life Coach and the owner of Jody Moore Coaching where she helps women improve their self-concept, live from empowering emotions and accomplish their goals. She has a multiple-7-figure coaching practice where she works with her clients online, teaching classes and hosting live calls, supplemented with live events. She has four children ages 4 to 13 and resides with them and her husband in Spokane, Washington. Prior to founding her coaching...


How I Lead as Stake Relief Society President | An Interview with Sue Peterson

Sue Peterson has been a stake Relief Society president in Elk Ridge, Utah, for three years. She joined the Church at age 21 and has previously served as a ward Relief Society president, with the Young Women, in Sunday School, and as a Webelos leader. Sue enjoys writing and has taught journalism and drama classes. She and her husband Jack have been married 40 years and have six daughters and 12 grandchildren. Highlights 5:45 Her calling as stake Relief Society president 7:30 Calls herself a...


How Connection Can Improve Your Ward’s Mental Health | An Interview with Geoff Steurer

Geoff Steurer is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice in St. George, Utah, with over 20 years of experience. He is the co-author of Love You, Hate the Porn: Healing a Relationship Damaged by Virtual Infidelity and the host of the weekly podcast, "From Crisis to Connection". He has produced workbooks, audio programs, and online courses helping couples and individuals heal from the impact of sexual betrayal, unwanted pornography use, partner betrayal trauma, and...


How I Lead as Bishop | An Interview with Donald Kelly

Donald Kelly has served as a bishop, executive secretary, Sunday School teacher, YSA representative, and in an elders quorum presidency. He joined the Church as a teenager, served a mission in Detroit, Michigan, and graduated from Brigham Young University Idaho with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on marketing. He is the founder and CEO of The Sales Evangelist sales training organization in South Florida, and host of The Sales Evangelist podcast. Highlights...


Anxiety Management Using Gospel Principles | An Interview with David Morgan

Dr. David Morgan received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Master of Science in Counseling and Guidance, and Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology, all from Brigham Young University. He has worked in the mental health field for more than 25 years and has been a licensed psychologist for almost 20 years. Dr. Morgan maintains a private psychology practice in Washington state. He is a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and currently serves as the...


Navigating the Intersection of Faith and Politics | An Interview with Thomas Griffith

Judge Thomas B. Griffith is an expert in constitutional law. He has served as chief counsel for both the U.S. Senate and for Brigham Young University, and was appointed to a judgeship by George W. Bush on the Washington, D.C., Court of Appeals, from which he recently retired. In his church experience he has served as both a bishop and a stake president. He lives in Virginia, practices law in D.C., and teaches at Harvard Law School. In this collaboratory episode, Kurt Francom and Faith...


Leading the Restoration Today | An Interview with Patrick Mason

Patrick Mason holds the Leonard J. Arrington Chair of Mormon History and Culture at Utah State University. He is the author of multiple books, including Planted: Belief and Belonging in an Age of Doubt and Restoration: God's Call to the 21st-Century World. He and his wife Melissa have four children and live in Logan, Utah, where he currently serves as ward Sunday School president. Highlights 5:30 What led him to write the book Restoration 8:00 Change and restoration on every level 9:35 God...


How I Lead as a Bishop in Germany | An Interview with Joshua Konietz

Joshua Konietz is the grandson of one of the pioneers for the Church in Europe, and served in the England Birmingham mission. He has served as elders quorum president, high counselor, and as a bishop for three years. Joshua manages a development team working in northern Europe to reduce auto and industrial weight and CO2 emissions. He and his wife Janina live in Friedrichsdorf, Germany, near the Frankfurt temple, and are the parents of three children. Highlights 3:45 The Church experience...


Bringing Out the Best in Those We Lead | An Interview with Jeff Mask

Jeff Mask is a business growth and leadership expert, international speaker, and CEO coach to some of the best and brightest business minds around the world. At church he has loved serving the youth in his wards and stakes from California, Arizona, and Utah over the past 20 years. He is currently the Stake Mission Preparation teacher for his stake. Jeff and his wife are the parents of four children. Highlights 5:00 Jeff's purpose and work coaching CEOs 7:00 Getting past imposter syndrome:...


Leading Those with Special Needs | An Interview with Stan Beagley

Stan Beagley and his wife are the parents of four children, including a young adult son with nonverbal autism. He joined the Church at age 17 and served a mission to Paraguay, then attended Dixie State and Brigham Young University. Stan is the President and CEO of the Piano Gallery stores and has served as the chairman of the Carmen B. Pingree Autism Foundation and on the board of directors of Valley Behavioral Health in Salt Lake City, with an emphasis on autism advocacy. He has served in...


Creating and Empowering Leaders Through Ward Council | An Interview with Louie Hamner

Louie D. Hamner III has served with bishoprics as a ward clerk, finance clerk, and executive secretary, as a bishop and a bishop's counselor, as a Young Men president, and in the elders quorum. He grew up in a farming community in Mount Auburn, Indiana, and graduated from Utah Valley University in Accounting. Today he owns Vanguard Title Insurance Agency, one of the largest title companies in Utah, and Acclaimed Title in Texas. Louie and his wife Vivian have three children. Highlights 5:00 A...


How We Lead as a Stake Presidency | Inoculating the Youth from Difficult Church Doctrine/Historical Topics

Sandy Utah Willow Creek Stake Presidency, Joe Staples, Davis Smith, and Alan Matheson share their experiences teaching the youth in their stake about the gospel topics essays, as well as members struggling with their faith. Joe Staples recently stepped away from a 22-year career as Chief Marketing Officer and is now a Go-to-Market Advisor, using his experience to help other companies succeed. Joe grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada, and converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints...


Disrupting Your Calling | An Interview with Whitney Johnson

This is a rebroadcast. The episode originally ran in February 2018. Whitney Johnson started as a secretary on Wall Street while taking business classes at night. She worked her way up to an award-winning equity analyst and later co-founded an investment firm with the late Clayton Christensen, She is the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of Build an “A” Team, and Disrupt Yourself, and hosts the weekly Disrupt Yourself podcast. Whitney grew up in San Jose, California and served a...


Connecting Others to Jesus Through the Cross at Calvary | An Interview with John Hilton III

John Hilton III is an associate professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University. He previously worked with the Seminaries and Institutes program for eleven years and has a master's degree from Harvard and a PhD from BYU, both in education. He is the author of several books including The Founder of Our Peace and Considering the Cross. John and his wife Lani have six children and live in Utah. © BYU PHOTO 2011-Kylea Knecht/BYU-All Rights Reserved Highlights 5:20 The question he...


How I Lead as a Primary Teacher | An Interview with Megan Hanson

Megan Hanson is originally from Idaho and has lived in Utah and now Arizona. She has taught in Primary, Young Women, youth classes, and gospel doctrine, and offers lesson helps for parents and teachers to help them be confident and stay on top of teaching Come Follow Me at Love Pray Teach. In this podcast, she talks about effective methods of leading and teaching online lessons with Primary children. Highlights 5:40 Plan (for Primary presidencies) Decide what is age-appropriate to teach...


Is Aspiring Wrong?

In this solo episode, Kurt considers the concept of aspiring to lead and shares ideas and experiences prompted by a series of newsletter messages. Highlights 4:15 Where the topic of aspiring started in the newsletter 8:25 Responses to newsletter messages: Is it okay for someone to aspire? 9:40 Quotes about not aspiring 11:00 Hypothetical situation and survey: Harry wants to be bishop 13:00 Aspiring can be a form of pride and a hunger for power; who is this teaching turning away? 15:20 Who...


Leading People into the Abrahamic Covenant | An Interview with Kerry Muhlestein

Kerry Muhlestein is a professor and director of research in the Department of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University, and also the director of the BYU Egypt Excavation Project. He has taught in the history department of three universities and has been part of award-winning history publications. He received his BS in psychology with a Hebrew minor from BYU, his MA in Ancient Near Eastern studies from BYU, and his PhD from UCLA in Egyptology. He and his wife, Julianne, are the parents...


How I Lead as a Stake Young Women President | An Interview with Sharla Goettl

Sharla Goettl lives in Newberg, Oregon, where she serves as a stake Young Women president. In-person activities are still fully restricted there right now, but they have been able to see great success by crafting non-virtual but safely-interactive activities, and are implementing changes that will improve class/quorum leadership. Sharla is the author of the book Spiritual Resilience: Leading Our Youth to Go and Do. Highlights 3:38 Status during pandemic. No Stake youth conference or...


I Love My Ward! | An Interview with Clint Pulver

Clint Pulver is an Emmy Award-winning, motivational keynote speaker, author, musician, and workforce expert. The president and founder of The Center for Employee Retention, Clint has transformed how corporations create lasting loyalty through his work and research as “The Undercover Millennial”. His book I Love It Here shares how extraordinary leaders create companies their people never want to leave, and in this interview he helps translate some of that wisdom into local leadership in the...


How I Lead as a Virtual Missionary | An Interview with Norman Hill

Norman Hill worked for ExxonMobil for 25 years and then for Reliant Energy as the vice president of Human Resources. He served as the mission president of the Ghana Accra Mission, temporarily including the Sierra Leone Freetown Mission, and is the author of What They Don’t Teach You at the MTC. Highlights 5:00 What methods have been shown to be successful with online missionaries 7:30 Missionaries can start with their interests and find ways to share those with others 8:00 Norm shares...