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Highlights of the Disciple-Leader Conference

The Disciple-Leader Conference was last Saturday, and if you missed out on it, here are the highlights of the conference.

1. The Opening Speaker

The first speaker was President Ross Baron, the stake president for the YSA 3rd stake and a religion professor on campus. He gave the keynote address, according to the Disciple-Leader Conference program.

Baron talked about how to be a converted disciple-leader.

“I loved how he talked about being a listening leader,” said Elizabeth Billings, a sophomore at BYU-Idaho studying accounting. “How we need to be fully present to help spread the light of Christ.”

In the speech, Baron addressed how students here at BYU-I are facing hard times and quoted Winston Churchill.

“These are not dark days; these are great days – the greatest days our country has ever lived; and we must all thank God that we have been allowed, each of us according to our stations, to play a part in making these days memorable in the history of our race,” said Churchill.

Baron also spoke of the importance of morning prayer.

“I love that he focused on morning prayer as being able to create the lifestyle we need to become a disciple leader,” said Allison Petramalo, a junior studying health science.

2. Mentor Sessions

After the first speaker, students were sent to mentor groups to discuss how to become disciple leaders. There were 21 groups — each with a different pair of mentors and their own lesson plans.

3. Development Workshops

After the first mentor session, students had the opportunity to go to workshops where speakers would discuss different aspects of being a disciple leader. Four workshops were offered to students, and students were able to attend three of the four.

One of the speakers included Karla LaOrange, who spoke about being a disciple leader in the home and family. Her speech included bits of her personal struggle with infertility, giving a new perspective to motherhood and just how precious it is.

4. The Closing

At the end of the conference, there was a musical number with Crystal Erekson on the flute and accompanied by Kyler Wilcox on the piano. A closing speech was offered at the Taylor Chapel by the director of the Disciple-Leader Conference, Jaime Kloepfer. The speech included an invitation to join the Student Support group and help create events such as the Discple-Leader Conference.

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