Christiane Lauener was born and raised in Switzerland to a Canadian mother and a Swiss father—both the only converts in their families. She has served as a ward Relief Society president, in Primary and Young Women presidencies, Sunday School, public relations, and probably every other calling a woman can have. She is currently serving as the stake Relief Society president for the second time.
Christiane served in the Canada Winnipeg mission and later earned a bachelors degree in English Literature. She is married and the mother of four grown sons, including one with severe disabilities, and works as an assistant to a patent engineer. A recurring highlight is her weekly visit to the temple, and she counts her faithfulness to God and His to her as the greatest blessing in life.
02:30 Christiane shares her background and what the church is like in Switzerland. Navigating church with multiple languages.
07:10 Christiane was surprised to be called a second time to be stake Relief Society president. She shares her leadership experience.
09:00 Visiting the wards in her stake and how they do meetings as a stake
11:15 What are the main concerns of Relief Society presidents right now?
14:50 One of the most important principles for Christiane is personal conversion.
19:40 Stepping up and speaking in stake council. Christiane has been bold in sharing her ideas but they aren’t always well received. However, she keeps going and keeps speaking up.
23:00 Women need to be more seen in our wards and stakes. There is conflict over women leaders sitting on the stand. It’s important for not only the women to be seen but so that they can also see the ward and who might be struggling. Also having young women contribute in sacrament meeting.
27:20 There seems to be more balance seeing men and women serve in the temple than in our Sunday meetings. People visiting our church aren’t seeing the women and probably don’t know that there is a whole organization for the women in our church.
29:30 Switzerland is the motor of Europe. For many years Switzerland had the only temple in Europe. Many of the members of Switzerland emigrated to the US and the growth of the Church there has been slower.
33:30 Do members understand the depth of the changes that President Nelson has made since becoming prophet? The importance of the work of the family and home.
36:15 Christiane shares the people and books that have changed her and inspired her life.
38:45 What motherhood and leadership have taught Christiane and made her a better follower of Jesus Christ
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