Consiglio (leader council) was done by Skype this time. It's not the preferred way, but it still works. All the Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders participated. The theme was "Teach Repentance, Baptize Converts" and was the same theme used in the Worldwide Mission Fireside that was held a couple of weeks ago.
We talked about the importance of everybody working together to reach the same goals instead of every zone and district trying to do something different. The Assistants asked the question "Which way do you face?" and one of the missionaries responded "I face God". It was the perfect response.
"As we come together, we can move forward."
Another topic was "The time has come to look up!" and include God in everything we do. The missionaries look up to their leaders who look up to President Waddoups who looks up to God.
The topic of obedience was discussed, just like it is every time. We are told to talk about obedience each time we meet. The Assistants led a discussion about the story of Saul and how he was only partially obedient.
1 Samuel 15:20-24
And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the Lord,
and have gone the way which the Lord sent me,and have brought Agag
the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.
But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the
things which should have been utterly destroyed,
to sacrifice unto the Lord thy God in Gilgal.
And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,
as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
and to hearken than the fat of rams.
For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.
Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord,
he hath also rejected thee from being king.
And Saul said unto Samuel,
I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord, and thy words:
because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.
If God doesn't tolerate sin or disobedience, why do we? God wants us to obey His laws so He can bless us.
Doctrine and Covenants 130:20-21
There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world,
upon which all blessings are predicated—
And when we obtain any blessing from God,
it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated.