Visiting Teaching Message

Now, all of you at some time or another have come up with an issue you have about Relief Society visiting teaching. You say, “Well, I’m not really fond of my partner.” Or, “The sisters we’re asked to visit and I, don’t connect. Our schedules don’t match,” or “I’m afraid to go,” or “I’ve had a bad experience in the past,” or something else. I’m here to tell you that the Lord doesn’t care about your issues…. He cares about your consecration and your heart, and what you’re willing to give back. We can invent all the issues we want to not do the Lord’s work, but if we choose to come into this great society, this wonderful sisterhood that is here to provide relief, then we become part of the Lord’s work.

Julie B. Beck, “Visiting Teachers Are the Lord’s Agents”

Presidency Message

Dear Sisters

Let us remember that even those who have been wayward in the past or who are currently struggling can feel the touch of the Good Shepherd’s hand upon their heads and hear His voice saying: “Come on. You aren’t tied down anymore. You are free.” The Savior said, “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.”26 He can say that because He kept His covenants with love. The question then is, will we? May we go forth with faith, cheerful hearts, and a great desire to be covenant keepers. This is how we demonstrate our love for our Father in Heaven and our Savior, both of whom I testify with great love in the name of Jesus Christ,

September Presidency Message

“Marriage:  Watch and Learn”
By Elder L. Whitney Clayton
Of the Quorum of the Seventy
“The promises of the Lord are extended to all those who follow the pattern of life that builds happy, holy marriage relationships.
-the best marriage partners regard their marriages as priceless.
faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the foundation of happy eternal marriages.
repentance and humility build happy marriages
terrific marriages are completely respectful, transparent, and loyal.
successful couples love each other with complete devotion.
Marriage is a gift from God to us; the quality of our marriages is a gift from us to Him”.

September Visiting Teaching Message

Self-reliance is the ability, commitment, and effort to provide for the spiritual and temporal well-being of ourselves and of our families.

As we learn and apply the principles of self-reliance in our homes and communities, we have opportunities to care for the poor and needy and to help others become self-reliant so they can endure times of adversity.

Elder Hales counseled us to become self-reliant temporally, “which includes getting a postsecondary education or vocational training, learning to work, and living within our means. By avoiding debt and saving money now, we are prepared for full-time Church service in the years to come. The purpose of both temporal and spiritual self-reliance is to get ourselves on higher ground so that we can lift others in need.”

Presidency Message

The Family A Proclamation to the World
•    Marriage is central to God’s eternal plan
•    Happiness in family life is achieved when founded on the teachings of Jesus Christ
•    Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on true gospel principles
The proclamation serves as a guide to create a home of sanctity and a family of righteousness and love. “The more surely you rear your children in the ways of the gospel of Jesus Christ, with love and high expectation, the more likely that there will be peace in their lives,” said Elder Eran A. Call of the Second Quorum of the Seventy. “[The proclamation] teaches and warns against abuse, infidelity and immorality. It promotes wholesome family values based on hard work, discipline, love and recreation, and the teachings of Jesus Christ.

use a watch as a compass

If you’ve got a watch, and it’s not digital, you can use it like a compass. First, point the hour hand towards the sun. Then find an imaginary line halfway between the hour hand and the 12 on the watch face. (During daylight savings time, the halfway line is between the hour hand and the 1.) That imaginary line points south. North, of course, is 180 degrees in the other direction.
If you’ll wait awhile, you can watch the sun and see which way it is moving. If it’s rising, that’s east. If it’s setting, that’s west. You’re oriented.

Presidency Message

HEAVENLY FATHER HAS LOVINGLY COMMANDED ‘PREPARE EVERY NEED FULL THING’ SEE D&C 109.8 SO THAT IF ADVERSITY COME , WE MAY CARE FOR OURSELFS AND OUR NEIGHBORS. WORLDWIDE MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO PREPARE FOR ADVERSITY IN LIFE BY HAVING A BASIC SUPPLY OF FOOD AND WATER AND SOME MONEY IN SAVINGS. BE WISE AS YOU STORE FOOD AND WATER. DO NOT GO TO EXTREMES; IT IS NOT PRUDENT WITH CAREFUL PLANNING YOU CAN.

Visiting Teaching Message

Jesus Christ was a master teacher. He set the example for us as He “taught women in multitudes and as individuals, on the street and by the seashore, at the well and in their homes. He showed loving-kindness toward them and healed them and their family members.”1
He taught Martha and Mary and “invited them to become His disciples and partake of salvation, ‘that good part’ [Luke 10:42] that would never be taken from them.”2
In our latter-day scriptures, the Lord commanded us to “teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom” (D&C 88:77). Of teaching and learning doctrine, Cheryl A. Esplin, second counselor in the Primary general presidency, said, “Learning to fully understand the doctrines of the gospel is a process of a lifetime and comes ‘line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little’ (2 Nephi 28:30).”3
As we learn, study, and pray, we will teach with the power of the Holy Ghost, who will carry our message “unto the hearts of the children of men [and women]” (2 Nephi 33:1).