WHAT'S THIS COMMON CORE MADE FROM?
1) Higher and Holier Practices
2) Deep and Lasting Conversion
3) Eternal Progression
WHY DO I NEED TO UNDERSTAND HOW THIS COMMON CORE WORKS TOGETHER?
Understanding the importantance of learning how these three core tenets of the Gospel work together, and the value of developing working skillsets for each tenet prepares us to progress and, as we become more skillful, our results become far more joyful.
As we become far more joyful, we can find greater personal encouragement and also be capable of encouraging and supporting others, even when things are very challenging.
There's a high likelihood that when we don't see how these three core tenets combine to work together, we remain less effective than we could otherwise become. Said more simply we miss opportunities to do significantly better. Let's see how:
When we don't cultivate a Deep and Lasting understanding of what the Savior wants us to do, we are more likely to miss plain and precious truths about how effective we can be in our homes, and in our Wards, and in our Stakes.
To the extent that we don't understand how inseparably connected each of these tenets are to the power of being able to love one another, and minister, and teach in the Savior's way; to a similar extent, we fail to fully prepare for the times when we need the constant influence of the Holy Ghost.
This is President Nelson's quote about this time which we need to be preparing for:
”In coming days, it will not be possible to survive spiritually without the guiding, directing, comforting, and constant influence of the Holy Ghost”
The good news is that when we gain new skills related to a deeper understanding of how guidance, direction, comfort, and influence can work in our lives and in the lives of the youth we have responsibilities to care for then, as we use our new skills, our ability to be far more successful increases.
Our happiness also increases, because we develop a more perfect brightness of hope that we are truly prepared to succeed in our stewardships. Through this preparation we progress and our results become far more joyful, even when things are very challenging.
The alternative is that when we struggle significantly over time, we are far more likely to return to the way we have done things in past, and when we return to doing things the way we have done things, in that moment we cease to strive to do the new higher and Holier and more Lasting things.
So this is why Deep and Lasting are so inseparably connected to Higher and Holier, because if, when we do hard or new things, and we do not deeply understand what we are doing, and why we are doing these hard or new things, we will at some point return to what we have always done, and we will have neither a deep nor lasting conversion, nor achieve Higher and Holier results.
LET'S DISCUSS SPECIFIC EXAMPLES OF WHERE THIS OCCURS IN OUR LIVES
So What's The Next Step At The Ward, And Ward Organizational Levels
A) Over Time, Determine Which Organizations Will Have Which Responsibilities for Each Audience
Under the keys of priesthood leadership at each level, leaders counsel together for the benefit of individuals and families. Council members also plan the work of the Church
pertaining to their assignments. Effective councils invite full expression from council members and unify their efforts in responding to individual, family, and organizational needs.
B) Over Time, Determine How Each Organization Will Accomplish And Report On Their Respective Responsibilities To Each Of The Following Groups:
Teachers, Learners, Organizational Presidencies, Ward Council, Bishopric, And Stake Leadership
C) Over Time, Determine How Much Stake Support Each Organization Could Use To Feel Fully Supported And Encouraged In Their New Responsibilities.
Because it makes no sense to ask Teachers, Organizational Presidencies, and Ward Councils, To off load Prior Bishopric Responsibilities, and then ask the very Bishopric Members who we are
trying to free up to do the orientation and training. Especially when the training requires showing all these good people how to do things which they have, in many cases, never done before. Rather, training by specialists at the ward or stake level would
seem to be a very effective way to orient and train as needed.