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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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