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By 'Editor, LDSCaNews'

Seventy Counsels Lethbridge Saints

LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, CANADA -- As part of their sixth stake conference since their inception on 26 October 1997, members of the Lethbridge Alberta West Stake were pleased to listen to Elder Bruce B. Bingham of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy.

In two leadership sessions on 21 April 2001 and one general session on 22 April 2001, Elder Bingham focused on the importance of missionary work and being doers of the word rather than only hearers. To emphasise this principle, Elder Bingham dismissed Saturday's Priesthood Leadership Session one half hour early and encouraged ward and stake leaders to go and visit the less active and part-member families in their wards for the remaining half hour.

Tyler Mandin, the stake mission president, was one of the many present that day who heeded Elder Bingham's counsel. President Mandin was strongly impressed to go visit a single mother of less active teenaged sons whom he home teaches and whom he has been struggling with to know how to serve her better.

Upon arriving at her home, President Mandin found her youngest son home and he was invited to join him for a video game. The mother soon entered the room and invited her son to play a piece he had been practicing on the piano recently.

Mandin, an accomplished musician himself, was quite impressed; particular because the boy has never taken lessons. Recognising an opportunity to take more of a personal role in this boy's life, President Mandin offered to teach this young man weekly piano lessons. He recognised not only the opportunity to teach the son an appreciation of music but to teach him self discipline, an attribute that would be vital should the boy avoid the cycle of drugs and violence his older brothers have fallen into. The young man accepted the offer enthusiastically.

Elder Bingham related a personal experience of his to the West Lethbridge saints in the General Session. While he was serving as a stake president a number of years ago, he had assigned himself as a home teacher to a less active member of his stake, though they lived in different wards. Elder Bingham related his personal concern for Brother Bill Brown and related a number of experiences he had with Brother Brown which helped lead to his later return to the Church.

Brother Brown is the grandson of Elder Hugh B. Brown, a counsellor to President David O. McKay and who had moved to Southern Alberta with his father when he was 14 years old.


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