Dean Andersen has served as a counselor in a stake presidency, high councilor, Seminary teacher, scoutmaster, and bishopric counselor, among many other callings. He was recently released as a stake president. He speaks Japanese, French, and Spanish after serving a mission in Japan, living in France while working for a French company, and serving with three Spanish-speaking wards in his stake. Dean and his wife Colleen live in Houston, Texas, where he works as a CPA/CFO. They have eight children and 28 grandchildren.

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Highlights

3:10 Introduction to Dean Anderson and his background.

4:30 Getting called as stake president when their plan was only to be in that area for a year. Dean was over an inner-city stake with a lot of students and a lot of immigrants.

7:10 The difficulty and unique dynamic of having a lot of students in the stake

10:20 Choosing counselors for the stake presidency. Dean had only been in the ward and area for six months so he didn’t really know very many people.

11:00 Dean’s leadership experience and the unique circumstances of their stake. Switching from an all-Spanish stake to integrate English and Spanish wards into a new stake. Starting a stake from scratch basically.

17:40 The difficulty of finding bishops

19:15 Principle one – Focusing on your inadequacies is actually selfish

22:40 Principle two – God can do amazing things through weak, simple and flawed servants that keep humbling trying

24:40 Dean shares a story of a bishop that felt completely inadequate and shocked when he was called but eventually flourished in his calling and is now a counselor in the new stake presidency.

26:00 Principle three – As priesthood leaders we can only be effective according to principles set forth by section 121. Kindness, gentleness, meekness, love unfeigned, etc.

29:10 Principle four – God doesn’t punish people

35:10 Things that Dean has found that work for running an effective stake conference

38:50 Dean reflects on his time as a stake president and the miracles he has witnessed.

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