On Saturday, May 20, BYU-Idaho hosted a leadership conference for all students and staff in the John Taylor Building. The theme for the conference was “Meekness, not Weakness.” All speakers, breakout workshops and activities incorporated this theme.
“This conference is an opportunity to become more like our Savior and how we can become better, more powerful yet meek leaders within our communities and here at BYU-I,” said Seth Bagley, a volunteer disciple leader.
The $5 admission fee included a personalized lanyard, name tags, a notebook, a pen, a shirt, lunch and either a red or blue wristband for activities and workshops throughout the day.
Each group rotated through the various events. Both red and blue groups heard from the three different speakers: Brent Bean of the communication department, Jeffrey Meservy of the religion department and keynote speaker William Riggins, the director of the Student Honor Office.
Olea Updahl, a student attendee of the conference, expressed why she attended the event.
“It seems like a chance to get closer to the Savior, learn a little bit more and meet others who are willing to dedicate their learning on how to be a disciple,” Olea said.
Many students attended the conference not only as participants but as volunteers of the Student Leadership Council. Volunteers were tasked with managing ticket booths, group guidance, organizing the event and facilitating discussions.
Volunteer Natalie Jones shared that, as a busy student, she continues to place her time on focusing on the Lord and serving others. Despite these commitments, she has always found time for her schooling.
“It is a great opportunity to serve others and if you’re serving others, if you are putting spiritual needs first then everything else will fall into place,” Jones said.
The conference was one of many events hosted by the Student Leadership Council. Disciple Leadership Trainings are held frequently and are opportunities for all to not only grow within their leadership skills, but to become closer to the Savior.