Just weeks ago, I finished up a church leadership assignment that spanned the last six years. For context, this role comprised leading about 4,000 members of our church locally and serving a long side several other wonderful leaders. In short, I served in a Stake Presidency of the Riverside, California Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This role required a significant consecration of time and effort often stretching my capacity and abilities.
The most joyous experiences were the individual one-on-one interactions with church members in interviews and counseling situations. In six years, it appears this totaled more than 2,000 individual one-on-one sessions. Yes, I am surprised by that as well… With this frequency of interactions, I began to identify certain patterns and themes which has sparked increased reflection and learning.