Prayer meetings are more than just a meeting, “it is a good work ethic booster”

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Vic Zhong

Kayla Purotu Kaimaram, a sophomore from Cook Islands majoring in Political Science, pointed out how praying before meetings can make a huge difference for employees and the people they serve. “I feel the respectful, friendly, and helpful treatment of employees is one of the biggest differences when compared to an organization that does not have prayer meetings. This is something a few guests point out and is largely a result of prayer meetings.”

Brother Marcus Martins, a professor in religion from Brazil, spoke of the importance of prayer at meetings. “Anyone is welcome to hold a brief informal prayer with a group of friends or co-workers, if they unanimously agree to do so, that’s not a ‘Church meeting,’ and the Church does not require it.”

Diandra Mongan, a freshman from Indonesia majoring in Communication Studies, shared how prayer meetings come in different forms. Having both experiences working at the Polynesian Cultural Center and on-campus, she said sometimes it comes as simple as just a prayer.

Jimmy Mapu, the manager of the Guest Services Department, shared his emotional connection with prayer meetings. “When I’m sad, or down, or need some cheering up, the team never fails me. I attend our prayer meeting and there’s a hymn, or a line in the prayer, or something in the spiritual thought that is shared, and it feels like it’s just for me.”

“I tell our team that this is a wonderful blessing, and we should never take it for granted.”

Michelle Yingsuet Lung, a junior from Hong Kong Majoring in TESOL education, said, “The spiritual thoughts given by students often helps me recognize the Lord’s hand in my work. This is not just a job. This feels like a mission to me. I am there to make a difference in people’s lives. If I don’t get to listen to a spiritual thought, I’d feel like I’m missing something.”

Mapu shared the reasons why his department has prayer meetings and how it is designed entirely for students to benefit and develop their skills in leadership. “Student Leaders conduct the meeting, invite team members to participate, and lead the training that follows. I meet with team leaders each morning before the meeting to ensure all assignments are prepared, and to share guidance and counsel, but the meeting is essentially theirs.”

He added, “Sometimes I feel like those of us on campus and here at the PCC have what I’ve come to call the ‘Justudents’ disorder, which we look at our employees as ‘just students.’ However, they are intelligent. They live independently on their own and in a country far from their homes. They are return-missionaries. They have traveled the world preaching the gospel as the Lord’s servants. They’re far more than mere students, and they are extremely capable, so we try to treat them that way.”

Taking into consideration how the future workplace might not always offer prayer meetings, Mongan said she can always prepare herself with a hymn. She even shared a scripture found in Doctrine and Covenants 25:12. “For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart; yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads.”

Lung shared the significant difference between having a prayer meeting in LDS institutions and not having one in her previous workplace back in Hong Kong. “I worked at Hong Kong Disneyland. They have something similar to prayer meetings, but that is usually for announcements. Staff is notified of any changes on products or schedules. We may receive trainings once in a while but not often. Prayer meetings help me transit to work smoothly. It gives me a time to ponder and think what I can do better at work today.”

 

Date Published: 
Monday, July 9, 2018
Last Edited: 
Monday, July 9, 2018