February 11, 2015
Dear Elder Jacob Romney Tonini,
Your role and purpose as a District Leader in the Oregon Eugene Mission is to help the missionaries in your district understand and live the principles in Preach My Gospel.
You play a vital role in sustaining and enhancing the atmosphere of the mission. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit you will lead your missionaries; teaching and providing the example for obedience, diligence, working by the spirit and humility. Specifically you will lead by example in planning, teaching, finding, inviting and working with members.
You earn the missionaries respect when you demonstrate effective work in your own area. As you produce and bring people to Christ; building a successful area, missionaries will want to be like you. You are expected to lead the way with your area; you should lead out in all key indicators.
Lead like Moroni would:
“…if all men had been, and were, and ever would be like unto Moroni; behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever.” Moroni 48:17
At the district level you should use the Training Model (Explain, Demonstrate, Practice, Evaluate and Re-Practice). Hold your missionaries responsible for their own growth and development.
Always be teaching; what you do on exchanges will greatly impact your district’s success. That’s when you can demonstrate and develop in them skills and ability to find, teach and commit. Don’t forget the value of teaching your missionaries how to work with members.
In addition to the above counsel, please see attached specific duties of a District Leader.
With profound love,
/s/ H. Jeffery Russell
CC: Stake President, Bishop and Parents