Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October 2014 Visiting Teaching Message

The Divine Mission of Jesus Christ: Bread of Life


Prayerfully study this material and seek to know what to share. How will understanding the life and mission of the Savior increase your faith in Him and bless those you watch over through visiting teaching? For more information, go to reliefsociety.lds.org.
This is part of a series of Visiting Teaching Messages featuring aspects of the mission of the Savior.

Christ last supper
Detail from In Remberance of Me, by Walter Rane

Jesus said, “I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever” (John 6:51). “Jesus teaches us, His disciples, that we should look to God each day for the bread—the help and sustenance—we require in that particular day,” said Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “The Lord’s invitation … speaks of a loving God, aware of even the small, daily needs of His children and eager to assist them, one by one. He is saying that we can ask in faith of that Being ‘that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given’ (James 1:5).”1 As we understand that Jesus Christ will provide for our needs, we will turn to Him for our spiritual sustenance.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles invites us “to join in the adventure of the earliest disciples of Christ who also yearned for the bread of life—those who did not go back but who came to Him, stayed with Him, and who recognized that for safety and salvation there was no other to whom they could ever go.”2

Additional Scriptures 

John 6:32–35; Alma 5:34; 3 Nephi 20:3–8

From the Scriptures

Jesus Christ was teaching a multitude of more than 4,000 people. After three days, He said to His disciples: “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have … nothing to eat:
“And if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way. …
“And his disciples answered him, From whence can a man satisfy these men with bread here in the wilderness?
“And [Jesus] asked them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven.”
Then Christ “took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set before them; …
“And they had a few small fishes: and he blessed, and commanded to set them also before them.
“So they did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets.” (See Mark 8:1–9.)

Consider This

When we come unto Christ, how does He nourish us?


Sunday, August 3, 2014

August 2014 Visiting Teaching Message



August 2014 Visiting Teaching Message
The Divine Mission of Jesus Christ: Messiah

    Prayerfully study this material and seek to know what to share. How will understanding the life and roles of the Savior increase your faith in Him and bless those you watch over through visiting teaching? For more information, go to reliefsociety.lds.org.

This is part of a series of Visiting Teaching Messages featuring aspects of the mission of the Savior.
Detail from The Second Coming, by Grant Romney Clawson, based on an original by Harry Anderson

The scriptures teach that we can dwell in the presence of God “through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah” (2 Nephi 2:8). Messiah is “an Aramaic and Hebrew word meaning ‘the anointed.’ … In the New Testament Jesus is called the Christ, which is the Greek equivalent of Messiah. It means the anointed Prophet, Priest, King, and Deliverer.”1

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles testified: “I know [Jesus Christ] is the Holy One of Israel, the Messiah who will one day come again in final glory, to reign on earth as Lord of lords and King of kings. I know that there is no other name given under heaven whereby a man [or woman] can be saved.”2

“[Jesus Christ] is the Savior and Redeemer of the world,” said President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency. “He is the promised Messiah. He lived a perfect life and atoned for our sins. He will ever be at our side. He will fight our battles. He is our hope; He is our salvation; He is the way.”3

Additional Scriptures
John 1:38–41; 4:25–26, 40–42; 2 Nephi 6:13; 25:16–17

From the Scriptures

Female disciples of Christ have been witnesses of His role as the Messiah. Mary Magdalene was a disciple of Jesus Christ. She was the first to see “the stone taken away from the sepulchre” on the morning of Christ’s Resurrection. She “stood without at the sepulchre weeping” after discovering that His body was no longer in the tomb.

Then “she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

“Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.

“Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.” Mary recognized that He was not the gardener but Jesus Christ, the Messiah. (See John 20:1–17.) 

Consider This
Why is it important to understand the Savior’s role as the Messiah?

    Notes
      1.Guide to the Scriptures, “Messiah,” scriptures.lds.org.
      2.   Jeffrey R. Holland, “The Only True God and Jesus Christ Whom He Hath Sent,” Ensign, Nov. 2007, 42.
      3. Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “The Way of the Disciple,” Ensign, May 2009, 78.
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

July 2014 Visiting Teaching Message



July 2014 Visiting Teaching Message

The Divine Mission of Jesus Christ: Advocate

Prayerfully study this material and seek to know what to share. How will understanding the life and mission of the Savior increase your faith in Him and bless those you watch over through visiting teaching? For more information, go to reliefsociety.lds.org.

This is part of a series of Visiting Teaching Messages featuring aspects of the mission of the Savior.
Jesus Christ in Gethsemane
Not My Will, but Thine, Be Done, by Harry Anderson, courtesy of pacific Press Publishing Association, Inc., may not be copied
Jesus Christ is our Advocate with the Father. The word advocate has Latin roots meaning “one who pleads for another.”1 The Savior pleads for us, using understanding, justice, and mercy. Knowing this can fill us with love and gratitude for His Atonement.
“Listen to [Jesus Christ] who is the advocate with the Father, who is pleading your cause before him—
“Saying: Father, behold the sufferings and death of him who did no sin, in whom thou wast well pleased; behold the blood of thy Son which was shed, the blood of him whom thou gavest that thyself might be glorified;
“Wherefore, Father, spare these my brethren that believe on my name, that they may come unto me and have everlasting life” (D&C 45:3–5).
Of Christ as our Advocate, Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said: “It is of great significance to me, that I may at any moment and in any circumstance approach through prayer the throne of grace, that my Heavenly Father will hear my petition, that my Advocate, him who did no sin, whose blood was shed, will plead my cause.”2

From the Scriptures

Throughout the history of the Lord’s Church, female disciples of Jesus Christ have followed His example. Esther was faithful and courageous. Her cousin Mordecai sent her a copy of the king’s decree that the Jews should be destroyed, and he charged her “to make request before [the king] for her people.” He added: “And who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:8, 14.)
Despite the danger, Esther agreed: “So will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish” (Esther 4:16).
Esther then spoke humbly to the king and “fell down at his feet, and besought him with tears … to reverse the letters … to destroy the Jews.” She added, “How can I endure to see the destruction of my kindred?” (see Esther 8:3, 5–6). The king’s heart was softened, and he granted her petition.3

Consider This

How can the advocacy of Jesus Christ inspire us to extend mercy and forgiveness to others?

    Notes

  1.   1. See Russell M. Nelson, “Jesus Christ—Our Master and More” (Brigham Young University fireside, Feb. 2, 1992), 4; speeches.byu.edu.
  2.   2. D. Todd Christofferson, “I Know in Whom I Have Trusted,” Ensign, May 1993, 83.
  3.   3. See also Daughters in My Kingdom: The History and Work of Relief Society (2011), 180.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

June 2014 Visiting Teaching Message


 June 2014 Visiting Teaching Message



                   The Divine Mission of Jesus Christ: Minister

    Prayerfully study this material and seek to know what to share. How will understanding the life and mission of the Savior increase your faith in Him and bless those you watch over through visiting teaching? For more information, go to reliefsociety.lds.org.

As we minister to others, we become true followers of Jesus Christ, who set the example for us. President Thomas S. Monson said: “We are surrounded by those in need. … We are the Lord’s hands here upon the earth, with the mandate to serve and to lift His children.”1

Linda K. Burton, Relief Society general president, taught: “With practice, each of us can become more like the Savior as we serve God’s children. To help us better [minister to] one another, I would like to suggest four words to remember: ‘First observe, then serve.’ … As we do so, we are keeping covenants, and our service, like President Monson’s, will be evidence of our discipleship.”2

We can pray each morning to recognize opportunities to serve others. “Heavenly Father will guide you, and angels will assist you,” said David L. Beck, Young Men general president. “You will be given power to bless lives and rescue souls.”3

From the Scriptures
Matthew 20:25–28; 1 Nephi 11:27–28; 3 Nephi 28:18
From Our History

At the October 1856 general conference, President Brigham Young (1801–77) announced that handcart pioneers were still crossing the plains and that everyone was to help gather supplies for them immediately. Lucy Meserve Smith wrote that women “stripped off their petticoats [large underskirts], stockings, and every thing they could spare, right there in the Tabernacle, and piled [them] into the wagons.”

As the rescued pioneers began to arrive in Salt Lake City, Lucy wrote, “I never took more … pleasure in any labor I ever performed in my life, such a unanimity of feeling prevailed. I only had to go into a store and make my wants known; if it was cloth, it was measured off without charge.”4
President George Albert Smith (1870–1951) said of ministering to others: “Our eternal happiness will be in proportion to the way that we devote ourselves to helping others.”5

Consider This
    1. How can prayer lead us to be instruments in the Lord’s hands?
    2. How can ministering to others help us keep our covenants?

Friday, May 2, 2014

May 2014 Visiting Teaching Message


May 2014 Visiting Teaching Message is to find a conference talk you are impressed with to share with your sisters!

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April 2014 Visiting Teaching Message

 

Visiting Teaching Message

April 2014
 Contact your sister by the 5th, make an appointment by
the 10th, visit by the 15th and report by the 20th

The Divine Mission of Jesus Christ: Savior and Redeemer

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This is part of a series of Visiting Teaching Messages featuring aspects of the mission of the Savior.
Among the most significant of Jesus Christ’s descriptive titles is Redeemer,” said Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “Redeem means to pay off an obligation or a debt. Redeem can also mean to rescue or set free as by paying a ransom. … Each of these meanings suggests different facets of the great Redemption accomplished by Jesus Christ through His Atonement, which includes, in the words of the dictionary, ‘to deliver from sin and its penalties, as by a sacrifice made for the sinner.’”1
Linda K. Burton, Relief Society general president, said: “Heavenly Father … sent His Only Begotten and perfect Son to suffer for our sins, our heartaches, and all that seems unfair in our own individual lives.
“… One woman who had been through years of trial and sorrow said through her tears, ‘I have come to realize that I am like an old 20-dollar bill—crumpled, torn, dirty, abused, and scarred. But … I am still worth the full 20 dollars.’ This woman knows that she … was worth enough to [God] to send His Son to atone for her, individually. Every sister in the Church should know what this woman knows.”2

From the Scriptures

From Our History

The New Testament includes accounts of women who exercised faith in Jesus Christ, learned and lived His teachings, and testified of His ministry, miracles, and majesty.
Jesus said to the woman at the well:
“Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
“The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not . …
“I know that [the Messiah] cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.
“Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.”
She “then left her waterpot” and bore testimony of Him in the city. (See John 4:6–30.)

What Can I Do?

  1. How can we show gratitude to the Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ?
  2. How can we partake of the blessings of our Savior’s atoning sacrifice in our lives?

        Notes

  1. D. Todd Christofferson, “Redemption,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2013, 109.
  2. Linda K. Burton, “Is Faith in the Atonement of Jesus Christ Written in Our Hearts?” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2012, 114.
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

March 2014 Visiting Teaching Message

March 2014 Visiting Teaching Message

March 2014 Visiting Teaching Message
The Divine Mission of Jesus Christ: Light of the World
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Faith, Family, Relief
This is part of a series of Visiting Teaching Messages featuring aspects of the mission of the Savior.
As we come to understand that Jesus Christ is the Light of the World, we will increase our faith in Him and become a light to others. Christ testified of His role as “the true light that lighteth every man [and woman] that cometh into the world” (D&C 93:2) and asked that we “hold up [His] light that it may shine unto the world” (3 Nephi 18:24).
Our prophets have also testified of the Light of Christ. President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, said: “Each time you choose to try to live more like the Savior, you will have your testimony strengthened. You will come in time to know for yourself that He is the Light of the World. … You will reflect to others the Light of Christ in your life.”1
Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said of our being a light to the world: “We need to protect our families and be at the forefront together with all people of goodwill in doing everything we can to preserve light, hope, and morality in our communities.”2
From the Scriptures
John 8:12; Doctrine and Covenants 50:24; 115:5
From Our History
Latter-day Saint women today continue to hold up their light.
On the 80th floor of a high-rise in Hong Kong, China, a single sister with physical disabilities—the only Latter-day Saint in her family—created a home that was a haven where she and visitors could feel the influence of the Spirit. She kept her scriptures, her Relief Society manuals, and her hymnbook nearby. She traveled to the temple to perform ordinances for her ancestors.3
In Brazil a righteous mother raised her children in the light of the gospel. Primary songs filled the air in her red brick home, and pictures from the Liahona of temples, prophets of God, and the Savior covered the walls. She and her husband sacrificed to be sealed in the temple so their children could be born in the covenant. Her constant prayer was that the Lord would help her bring up her children in the light, truth, and strength of the gospel.4
What Can I Do?
    1. Discuss what it means to be a light to the world today.
    2. Ponder how following the Light of Christ helps you endure trials.
   Notes
      1. Henry B. Eyring, “A Living Testimony,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2011, 128.
      2. Quentin L. Cook, “Let There Be Light!” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2010, 30.
      3.  See Daughters in My Kingdom: The History and Work of Relief Society (2011), 163–64.
      4.  See Daughters in My Kingdom, 164.
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