President Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women General President, talked about the meaning and the method of achieving lifetime commitment at the 2020 Mission Leadership Seminar.
Many encounters in the life of President Cordon have taught her values of good missionary service.
She served a full-time mission to Portugal, witnessed her parents serve as president and companion of the church, and then presided over the Brazil Curitiba mission with her husband.
President Cordon explained that the missionary work is not only about baptizing new members, but about “nurturing Jesus Christ ‘s lifetime followers,” as Church News reported.
“We rejoice when they choose to be baptized, but nothing compares to the whole-souled gratitude when these faithful converts remain firm in the faith of Christ,” said President Cordon.
She went on to give three key elements of member retention: anchoring member’s testimonies in Christ, creating steadfast relationships, and becoming engaged in the work. President Cordon encouraged mission leaders to teach these principles to missionaries, not only for the sake of converts but for the missionaries themselves.
“You have a unique role as mission leaders—not only do you have a vision and testimony of retention, you have an opportunity to build missionaries who are capable of helping others become lifelong disciples of Jesus Christ,” she said. “The beautiful thing about helping your missionaries see the vision of retention is that they better understand this eternal truth for themselves. You will increase their desire to hold firm in the faith of Christ.”