I was excited to receive the picture attached from my dear friend, Eelco Scheltinga, who serves as President of the Den Haag Stake (diocese).
He and I meet regularly to discuss all aspects of missionary work in his stewardship.
In addition, he also meets regularly (like the other Stake Presidents – Angelo Leman, Percy de Wilde and Jerry Bletterman) with his Zone Leaders (ZL’s) and Sister Trainer Leaders (STL’s), who are assigned to work with many missionaries in other wards & branches.
These 5 missionaries are an essential part of the leadership team in his Stake.
I love the fact that he is sitting with them at home, around his dinner table, welcoming them with warmth, love and understanding.
In addition, it’s clear from their smiles, they enjoy meeting with one another!
“Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20)
Meeting together as a missionary council, with purpose, in a spirit of warm-hearted cooperation, they listen to one another, discuss concerns, make plans, set goals and search for solutions to the problems of the day.
Working through councils is a very effective way to get positive results.
Having sat in many councils, I know that when free, open and candid conversation is filled with love, patience, kindness and respect for the differing opinions and points of view that are usually on hand, the council is always a success.
Sparks of inspiration come, and decisions are made to plan and coordinate missionary work.
In the Old Testament, the Prophet Isaiah said; “Come now, and let us reason together” (Isaiah 1:18).
And in our day, we read in Doctrine & Covenants 50:10; “Let us reason together, that ye may understand.”
I know that it is by reasoning together, that we strengthen one another.
“Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.” (Proverbs 11:14)
It is clear the council system across our mission is alive and well, it is fully functioning and filled with vibrancy and enthusiasm, thus ensuring safety for each and every one of us.
M. Russell Ballard said those who learn to counsel effectively will “always end up with a better result, always end up with a better answer and, will always end up with a better spirit.”
How can counselling together bless you and your family?