Georgia Travers joined the Church in 2014 and has served in ward Young Women, Primary, and Relief Society presidencies, as Primary Activity Day leader, and currently as ward Relief Society president. She holds a BSc in Physics from the University of Bristol and a PGCE and MSc in Learning and Teaching from the University of Oxford. Georgia is currently raising three small children (including twins) and working part time as a secondary school Physics teacher—teaching ages 11-18—and as a national examiner for Physics GCSE qualifications.

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Highlights

04:00 Introduction to Georgia Travers

07:00 Georgia’s conversion story

12:30 Getting called as Relief Society president

13:30 Bringing her unique perspective to her calling as Relief Society president

15:20 Georgia loves combining science and religion. There has to be a place for both and they are more similar than most people think.

18:25 While Georgia loves the Church, she finds it a little rigid and she feels we could do things a little differently to make the church more inclusive to all. She shares a few things that have surprised her in our church.

21:00 There are small things that we can do in our leadership that can make a big difference. Georgia shares some ideas that she has gathered and feels that are important. For example, more worship music and ways to be more inclusive.

24:40 It’s important to come as we are and be able to show up at church as our true selves. Georgia does this by being very open in her church talks about her weaknesses and experiences and this allows others to also be authentic.

28:20 Georgia talks about trying to have more community outreach in their area in England, but it’s difficult because of people’s perceptions of our church. How can we show the community that we are a Christian church and not as scary as they think?

32:20 Georgia shares ways they are doing more community outreach.

34:10 Implementing Relief Society counsels at the beginning of Relief Society meetings.

39:00 Being Relief Society president has taught Georgia perspective and that everyone has their own battle and struggles.

40:00 Georgia’s final thoughts on leadership

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