Stake Presidency

Purpose and Duties of the High Council

Purpose and Duties of the High Council.PDF

Doctrine & Covenants 124:131 “And again, I say unto you, I give unto you a high council, for the cornerstone of Zion.”

  1. Serve as a liaison between the stake and your assigned ward. Assure that information and instruction received in stake council and stake high council meeting is disseminated to assigned units. Be the eyes and ears of the stake presidency. Keep the stake doctrinally pure.
  2. Train yourself using the church general handbook (chapters 1-4, 6.5, and 8) then train those you serve.
  3. Extend callings as assigned. Use the (Stake Calling Form) whenever possible, to initiate a call and to verify completion of the proposed calling. Assure that the person called has all the appropriate materials and training to successfully fulfill their assignment.
  4. Hold personal interviews with your unit priesthood leaders regularly.
  5. Report regularly to a member of the stake presidency regarding the health of your assigned units.
  6. Meet regularly with elders quorum presidencies in assigned units, and teach them their duties. Make sure that ward missionary coordination meetings (huddles) and ward temple & family history coordination meetings (huddles) are being held regularly and functioning properly.
  7. Meet regularly with elders quorum presidencies in assigned units as well as quorum second hour meetings.
  8. Meet regularly with the bishopric in assigned units when invited by the bishop or directed by the stake presidency.
  9. Meet regularly with the ward council in assigned units.
  10. Attend stake meetings, including high council, stake council, priesthood leadership, and adult leadership committee. If you must be unavoidably absent, be responsible to notify the stake executive secretary.
  11. Thoughtfully and prayerfully prepare assigned sacrament meeting talks using the topics and references assigned by the stake presidency. Bishops may be consulted as to any items they wish to have covered in the talk.
  12. Take full responsibility for any stake organization you may have been assigned to oversee. Unitedly work with the organization presidencies and leaders in all their duties and efforts.
  13. Use the North America Southwest Area Plan to teach the importance of ordinances and staying on the “covenant path” as well as their recent direction to “increase membership in the church through convert baptisms”.
  14. Magnify your calling as a leader in the stake:
    • As you represent the stake presidency, act with all the honor and dignity inherent in your calling.
    • When acting in your calling, white shirts and ties are always appropriate.
    • Read scriptures and pray daily.
    • Hold a current temple recommend and regularly attend the temple.
    • Recognize, teach, and use the power of councils as taught by Elder Ballard.
    • Maintain strict confidentiality.
    • Model correct behavior.
    • Constantly seek teaching topics and be prepared for teaching opportunities.
    • Keep and honor the Sabbath day.
    • Teach and testify of the importance of ministering to members in a “higher and holier way”.

High Council Speaking Assignments

2022 HC speaking assignments 2022-01-06

High Council Speaking Topics

2022 Overarching Theme: Fortifying Your Spiritual Foundation

“The voices and pressures of the world are engaging and numerous. But too many voices are deceptive, seductive, and can pull us off the covenant path. To avoid the inevitable heartbreak that follows, I plead with you today to counter the lure of the world by making time for the Lord in your life—each and every day. “My brothers and sisters, I plead with you to make time for the Lord! Make your own spiritual foundation firm and able to stand the test of time by doing those things that allow the Holy Ghost to be with you always.” (President Russel M Nelson, Conference, October 2021, Make Time for the Lord)

“Please believe me when I say that when your spiritual foundation is built solidly upon Jesus Christ, you have no need to fear. As you are true to your covenants made in the temple, you will be strengthened by His power. Then, when spiritual earthquakes occur, you will be able to stand strong because your spiritual foundation is solid and immovable.” (President Russell M Nelson, Conference, October 2021, The Temple and Your Spiritual Foundation)

Monthly topics based on the Temple Recommend Interview Questions *Topics/Themes subject to change
High Council Speaking Topics 2022-01-06.PDF

January 16, 2022

Fortifying Your Spiritual Foundation by Having Faith in and a Testimony of God, the Eternal Father; His Son, Jesus Christ; and the Holy Ghost.
Go Forward in Faith - April 2020, President Russell M Nelson
After the Trial of our Faith - October 2019, Elder Jorge M Alvarado
The Power of Sustaining Faith - April 2019, President Henry B Eyring
Firm and Steadfast in the Faith of Christ - October 2018, Elder D Todd Christofferson

February 20, 2022

Fortifying Your Spiritual Foundation by Having a Testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and of His Role as Your Savior and Redeemer
What Has Our Savior Done for Us? - April 2021, President Dallin H Oaks
Behold the Lamb of God - April 2019, Elder Jeffery R Holland
Lessons from Liberty Jail - September 2008. Elder Jeffery R Holland
For Ye are Bought with a Price - May 1957, Elder Joseph Fielding Smith

March 20, 2022

Fortifying Your Spiritual Foundation by Having a Testimony of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
A Good Foundation against the Time to Come - April 2020, Elder Gary E Stevenson
The True and Living Church - April 2008, President Henry B Eyring
Truth Restored - August 2006, Elder Dieter F Uchtdorf
The Scriptures and the Restoration - November 2003, Elder L Tom Perry

May 15, 2022

Fortifying Your Spiritual Foundation by Sustaining the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the Prophet, Seer, and Revelator and as the Only Person on the Earth Authorized to Exercise all Priesthood Keys
The Voice of the Lord - October 2017, Elder Neil L Anderson
Hold Fast to the Words of the Prophets - March 2007, Elder Neil L Anderson
Fourteen Fundamentals in Following the Prophet - February 1980. President Ezra Taft Benson
A Profile of a Prophet - October 1955, Elder Hugh B Brown

June 19, 2022

Fortifying Your Spiritual Foundation by Sustaining the Members of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles as Prophets, Seers, and Revelators
The Twelve - April 2008, President Boyd K. Packer
Prophets, Seers, and Revelators - October 2004, Elder Jeffery R. Holland
The Twelve Apostles - October 1996, President Boyd K. Packer
Special Witnesses for Christ - April 1984, President Gordon B. Hinkley

July 17, 2022

Fortifying Your Spiritual Foundation by Striving for Moral Cleanliness in Your Thoughts and Behavior
Be an Example and a Light - October 2015, Thomas S. Monson
The Instrument of Your Mind and the Foundation of Your Character - February 2003, President Boyd K. Packer
“The Desires of Our Hearts” - October 1985, Elder Dallin H. Oaks
“Purify Your Thoughts” - October 1983, Elder H. Burke Peterson

August 21, 2022

Fortifying Your Spiritual Foundation by Obeying the Law of Chastity
We Believe in Being Chaste - April 2013, Elder David A. Bednar
Guardians of Virtue - April 2011, Sister Elaine S. Dalton
The Sanctity of the Body - October 2005, Sister Susan W. Tanner
“Ye Are the Temple of God” - October 2000, President Boyd K. Packer

September 18, 2022

Fortifying Your Spiritual Foundation by Following the Teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ in Your Private and Public Behavior with Members of Your Family and Others
Make Time for the Lord - October 2021, President Russell M. Nelson
Creating and Conveying a Christlike Culture: More Than a Job - August 2019, Elder Dale G. Renlund
“That They Might Have Joy” - December 2018, Elder David A. Bednar
Think on Christ - October 1983, President Ezra Taft Benson

October 16, 2022

Fortifying Your Spiritual Foundation by Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy, both at Home and at Church: Which Includes Attending Your Meetings and Preparing to Worthily Partake of the Sacrament; Living Your Life in Harmony with the Laws and Commandments of the Gospel
Lifelong Conversion - September 2021, Elder Dale G. Renlund
“Always Remember Him” - February 2019, Elder Ulisses Soares
Push Back Against the World - February 2007, Dallin H. Oaks
Keep the Commandments—Beginning Right Now! - September 1987, Elder M. Russell Ballard

November 20, 2022

Fortifying Your Spiritual Foundation by Being Honest in all That You Do
Honesty—The Heart of Spirituality September 2011, Elder Neil L. Anderson
True to the Faith - September 2007, President Gordon B. Hinckley
Be Honest in All Behavior - January 1973, Elder Dallin H. Oaks
We Believe in Being Honest - November 1955, Elder Mark E. Petersen

High Council Meetings

High Council meetings are the every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, at 7:00 pm.

High Council Roster

Name and Contact Info
Ward Assignment
Reports To
Larry Gonzalez (CC) Tahoe North
Ward Prospective Elders
Relief Society President Keele
Mark Gonda (PV) Peavine Valley
Ward Prospective Elders
Young Women
Young Women’s Camp
Bucks Lake
President Jolley
Darin Murphy (SK) Auditor Young Men President President Jolley
Sean Neahusan (BM) Auditor Primary
Baptism Coordinator
Building Key Coordinator
President Keele
Dan Hunsaker (HL) Auditor Missionary Work
Why I Believe Firesides
President Keele
Ryan Stodtmeister (SK) Skyline
Ward Prospective Elders
Sunday School
Audit Committee
President Keele
Roland Goode (HL) Hunter Lake
Ward Prospective Elders
Hospital Coordinator
President Jolley
Brian Anderson (CC) Auditor Stake Athletics/Activities
Mission Preparation
Temple Cleaning Coordinator
President Jolley
David Chamberlain (BM) Beaumont
Ward Prospective Elders
Temple/Family History/Indexing President Jolley
Charles Reno (CC) Canyon Creek
Ward Prospective Elders
Audit Committee
President Jolley
Matt Taylor (PV) Auditor Physical Facilities (PFR) President Keele

Ward Conference

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