Theron Andersen served in the Hong Kong mission and while he was out his family moved to Dixon, California and he came home to a new ward where he immediately began serving in the Young Men Presidency. He has served as Young Men secretary, assistant adviser, deacons quorum advisor, and president. He has also served as a Seminary teacher, scoutmaster, elders quorum counselor, and for the past five years as elders quorum president. He has worked for 25 years as a general building contractor, building high-end custom homes, and recently bought the company. Theron and his wife, Allison, have three daughters and live in Sacramento, California.


02:30 Introduction to the podcast episode.

04:00 Introduction to Theron and his background

05:30 Episodes from Leading Saints that impacted Theron and helped him as a leader. Learning how to help people with mental health issues and having the right resources to direct them to.

07:45 Ward demographics.

10:00 How Theron felt about becoming elders quorum president. He doesn’t feel like the typical leader with his beard, motorcycle, and helmet with skulls.

13:00 Theron shares his experience of beginning his new calling of elders quorum president. He had no idea what he was doing.

15:30 The culture of ministering. Theron shares what it means to him to really minister and be like the savior.

17:20 How do you move ministering forward in the quorum?

19:00 How would you coach someone on doing a ministering interview? What are the important things to talk about?

20:00 Making assignments and organizing ministering.

23:00 Stop ministering in a way that is meaningful to you but minister in a way that is meaningful to the receiver.

23:30 The changing church of today. This isn’t my father’s church from the 70s. We do things very different from how they were 30 years ago but some people want to hold on to the traditions.

27:30 The atonement is an extraordinary personal event. The way it affects us is different for each individual. Each person has to discover the atonement for themselves.

33:20 Final thoughts and how Theron has become a better leader and follower of Jesus Christ.


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