Sierra Larson serves as a stake Relief Society president in Brandon, Florida, and previously served as a ward Relief Society president. She served a mission in Santiago, Dominican Republic, earned a master’s degree in Social Work, and is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in trauma. She recently joined the Chaplain Corp in the United States Air Force and graduated with a second master’s in Divinity, with a focus in spiritual leadership. Sierra and her husband Joe Larson have three children.

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4:40 Sierra’s background, how she met her husband, and military experience

9:45 Day to day responsibilities of a chaplain in the military

12:30 Sierra’s leadership roles. She served as ward Relief Society president and then stake Relief Society president.

14:30 Praying to have a vision for the ward Relief Society and creating a vision statement. This statement has helped Sierra have a focus and communicate what they need to do and why.

17:00 When beginning a new calling, Sierra suggests that the most important things are seeking revelation and reading the handbook. She then created templates to make sure that she was covering all her bases.

18:20 Sierra’s ward and stake demographics

19:30 Sierra’s routine as a stake Relief Society president and how she works with her counselors

23:00 Sierra’s stake Relief Society conference. Their conference with focus on 3 values:

  1. Authenticity and vulnerability
  2. Inclusion and loving everyone when we are all so different
  3. Women’s strength and drawing down power from heaven to do God’s work

25:40 Getting together all the Relief Society presidents for an informal gathering just to get to know each other and minister to them

27:40 * Leadership principle: Lead yourself to Christ and rely on Him to accomplish His work

29:10 * Leadership principle: Be a servant leader

29:45 Sierra shares an experience she had and how she applies the leadership principle of being a servant leader. Serving in the way that Christ would and being humble enough to do anything that’s needed.

33:20 * Leadership principle: Have an inspired vision and plan

36:00 Sierra’s final thoughts on being a leader and the way she leads

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