July 31, 2013

Home Teaching Message August 2013

Home Teaching Message August 2013

Recognize, Remember, and Give Thanks

President Henry B. Eyring, 1st Counselor in 1st Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

God asks that we give thanks to Him for whatever blessings we receive from Him. It is easy for us to become mechanical in our prayers of gratitude, often repeating the same words but without the intent to give our thanks as a gift of the heart to God. We are to “give thanks … in the Spirit” (D&C 46:32) so we can feel real gratitude for what God has given us.

How can we remember even a part of all God has done for us? The Apostle John recorded what the Savior taught us about a gift of remembrance that comes through the gift of the Holy Ghost: “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (John 14:26).

The Holy Ghost brings back memories of what God has taught us. And one of the ways God teaches us is with His blessings; and so, if we choose to exercise faith, the Holy Ghost will bring God’s kindnesses to our remembrance.

You could test that in prayer today. You could follow the command “Thou shalt thank the Lord thy God in all things” (D&C 59:7).

President Ezra Taft Benson (1899–1994) suggested that prayer creates time to do that. He said: “The Prophet Joseph said at one time that one of the greatest sins of which the Latter-day Saints would be guilty is the sin of ingratitude. I presume most of us have not thought of that as a great sin. There is a great tendency for us in our prayers and in our pleadings with the Lord to ask for additional blessings. But sometimes I feel we need to devote more of our prayers to expressions of gratitude and thanksgiving for blessings already received. We enjoy so much.”1

You could have such an experience with the gift of the Holy Ghost today. You could begin a private prayer with thanks. You could start to count your blessings and then pause for a moment. If you exercise faith, with the gift of the Holy Ghost, you will find that memories of other blessings will flood into your mind. If you begin to express gratitude for each of them, your prayer may take a little longer than usual. Remembrance will come, and so will gratitude.

You could try the same thing as you write an entry in your journal. The Holy Ghost has helped people with that since the beginning of time. You remember that the book of Moses says, “And a book of remembrance was kept, in the which was recorded, in the language of Adam, for it was given unto as many as called upon God to write by the spirit of inspiration” (Moses 6:5).

President Spencer W. Kimball (1895–1985) described that process of inspired writing: “Those who keep a book of remembrance are more likely to keep the Lord in remembrance in their daily lives. Journals are a way of counting our blessings and of leaving an inventory of these blessings for our posterity.”2

As you start to write, you could ask yourself, “How did God bless me and those I love today?” If you do that often enough and with faith, you will find yourself remembering blessings. And sometimes you will have gifts brought to your mind that you failed to notice during the day but that you will then know were a touch of God’s hand in your life.

I pray that we may make a continuing effort in faith to recognize, remember, and give thanks for what our Heavenly Father and our Savior have done and are doing to open the way home to Them.

Teaching from this Message

In his message, President Eyring invites us to remember Heavenly Father’s kindnesses in our prayers. Discuss with those you teach how praying with gratitude can help us recognize God’s hand in our lives. Consider kneeling to pray with those you teach and suggest to whoever says the prayer that he or she express only thanks.

You could also study the importance of gratitude by reading these verses in addition to the verses that President Eyring mentioned: Psalm 100; Mosiah 2:19–22; Alma 26:8; 34:38; Doctrine and Covenants 59:21; 78:19; 136:28.


Take Inventory


President Eyring quotes President Spencer W. Kimball (1895–1985) as saying that “journals are a way of counting our blessings and of leaving an inventory of these blessings for our posterity.” In general conference in October 2012, President Thomas S. Monson gave his testimony of journal writing. He shared some experiences from his life, adding, “My daily journal, kept over all these years, has helped provide some specifics which I most likely would not otherwise be able to recount.” He counseled, “Take an inventory of your life and look specifically for the blessings, large and small, you have received” (“Consider the Blessings,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2012, 86). Work at following the counsel of these prophets and set goals to write in your journal.


Many Ways to Say Thank You


“All over the world at the end of day,

Heav’nly Father’s children kneel down and pray,

Each saying thank you in his own special way.”

(“Children All Over the World,” Children’s Songbook, 16.)

Match the different ways of saying thank you with the countries of the world where those languages are spoken. Some of these languages are spoken in more than one country!

map illustrations

“A Simple Thank You!”





How often a child’s simple prayer

expressing thoughts of thankfulness

gratefully speaking to his Father

knowing Him in ways we’ve forgot

thus understanding of the plainness

clarion clear in exchanging love

never complicated or too lengthy

just enough to gratefully sharing

within this love a simple thank you!


Copyright © 2013 – cji

Visiting Teaching August 2013


Visiting Teaching August 2013


The purposes of Church welfare are to help members become self-reliant, to care for the poor and needy, and to give service. Welfare is central to the work of Relief Society. President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, has taught:
“[The Lord] has from the beginning of time provided ways for His disciples to help. He has invited His children to consecrate their time, their means, and themselves to join with Him in serving others. …
“He has invited and commanded us to participate in His work to lift up those in need. We make a covenant to do that in the waters of baptism and in the holy temples of God. We renew the covenant on Sundays when we partake of the sacrament.”1
Under the direction of the bishop or branch president, local leaders assist with spiritual and temporal welfare. Opportunities to serve often begin with visiting teachers who seek inspiration to know how to respond to the needs of each sister they visit.

From the Scriptures

From Our History

On June 9, 1842, the Prophet Joseph Smith charged the sisters in Relief Society to “relieve the poor” and to “save souls.”2 These goals are still at the heart of Relief Society and are expressed in our motto, “Charity never faileth” (1 Corinthians 13:8).
Our fifth Relief Society general president, Emmeline B. Wells, and her counselors launched this motto in 1913 as a reminder of our founding principles: “We do declare it our purpose to … [hold] fast to the inspired teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith when he revealed the plan by which women were to be empowered through the calling of the priesthood to be grouped into suitable organizations for the purpose of ministering to the sick, assisting the needy, comforting the aged, warning the unwary, and succoring the orphans.”3
Today the Relief Society has a worldwide reach as sisters extend charity, the pure love of Christ, to their neighbors (see Moroni 7:46–47).

What Can I Do?

1.  How am I preparing to care for myself and for my family spiritually and temporally?
2.  How can I follow the Savior’s example as I help meet the needs of the sisters I watch over?
“Welfare is to Lift”
Without burden or restraint
caring for another to lift
helping one to learn skills
able to thus self-provide
teaching one to fish alone
thus having for times of need
the Scriptures able to heed
giving of manna and not stone
lengthening another’s stride
their personal larder then fills
giving freedom’s awesome gift
without burden or restraint!
Copyright © 2013 – cji

July 30, 2013


Voiding oneself from the world
ignoring truth and reasoning’s
excluding any who disagree
believing everyone else wrong
pushing a disease of deceit
enveloping all within mirrors
creating a cocoon of lying
believing transparent to all!
Copyright © 2013 – cji


Bringing to life fantasy
using black hats magic
peas under the thimbles
only no peas to be found
no rabbits in the hats either
just chicanery of politics
destroying a nation laughing
thinking subterfuge so funny
sophisticated and urbane
ignoring what is right
pretending wrong is okay!
Copyright © 2013 – cji

July 29, 2013

“For Good or For Evil”

“For Good or For Evil”
A word can lift up a person
Or it can also shame a person;
Water can quench a thirst
Or a huge dam to burst;
Electricity can help to light
Or can take a life at night;
Fire can warm up a home
Or destroy all on its own;
A river can be a waterway
Or to cause flooding today;
For good can succor a brother
While evil can kill another;
Which will we thus recount
Which will we thus account?
Copyright © 2013 – cji

July 28, 2013

“The Last Cucumber”

“The Last Cucumber”
Trading tales of future spaces
starting yesterday to finish
trying for the day before today
going at the rate of inch
every ten years to move
endless time in the love
grandpa and granddaughter
bonding in a zillion ways
infinity the time to display
but uncaring today to play
serious and understanding
the last cucumber to divide
giggles never once to subside
great is the wonder of love
even down to the other day
the last cucumber to divide!
Copyright © 2013 – cji

"This is Truth" (a short series of thoughts)

1 Nephi 1:3 And I know that the record which I make is true; and I make it with mine own hand; and I make it according to my knowledge. (a Prophet of God 600BC)


*Church – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


“This is Truth”




When a true Prophet speaks;

It is always an eternal truth!


Men and women of the world

reject and continue to reject

stone and murder the Prophets

they make jokes vile and lewd

projecting an irrational hatred

which still today is the same;


Truth is still truth eternally

thus whether one believes

part or none as most choose

ignoring the literal meanings

Scriptures taught as rote

Greek Philosophy to the fore;


Are each of us accepting truth

When a true Prophet speaks?


Copyright © 2013 – cji


“Offended for a Word”





How slightingly to be offended

making excuses for disobedience

justifying actions not wanting

ignoring the Ten Commandments

either in part or in whole today

feelings hurt without cause

seeking to magnify they’re hurt

offended for a word they choose

hearing not what was said

accepting instead their excuse

for not being obedient to truth!


Copyright © 2013 – cji


“Members Are People”





In most any organization found

people are always people to be

frail and with many weaknesses

strengths and hardheadedness

saying what they say too quick

inserting feet and even their socks

members of the Church* the same

anxiously striving to be friendly

while making mistakes as all do

thus while the Church* is true

members are people still the same

upon which many measure truth!


Copyright © 2013 – cji


“Worldly Rhetoric”





Laying on the sizzle to sell

more important than the truth

changing and altering truth

never to take any literally

who can believe resurrection

certainly not to be taken whole

but an idea without meaning

giving the Savior no body

and only a non-feeling form

entwined with Father as one

with neither one nor the other

creating an illusion void

certainly all the Prophets

simply repeating old tales

and anyway one only believe

mattering not what they think

common sense to ignore

providing what people want

more important than the truth

laying on the sizzle to sell!


Copyright © 2013 – cji


“The Church*”





Only one Church* not many

Only one Savior not many

Only one Gospel not many

Only one Father called God

Only one Church* not many;


Apostasy comes from within

impossible to come without

to apostatize is 1st to belong

once apostatized all changed

as a dead tree no live branches

thus unable to reform again

needing a restoration needed;


Only one Church* not many

Only one Savior not many

Only one Gospel not many

Only one Father called God

Only one Church* not many!


Copyright © 2013 – cji



“The Lizard”





Often spoken of living water

that which keeps one alive

thus in the Scriptures full

that which is able to give life

not just for this world today

but for eternal life forever

much like the lizard found

carrying living water to all

drawn by horses or mules

sometimes oxen or cows

to the canal/ditch for water

barreled and encased

then back to the wanting

the Scriptures our lizard

taken only literally to live

without infusion worldly

pure, clarion clear, simple

common sense is truth

often spoken as living water!


Copyright © 2013 – cji


“Stalled in Time”





Second hands without movement

no more seeing in endless time

blankness and special darkness

second hands not moving at all

surely the time has not stopped

hanging limp in the winds to feel

minds stalled in the time warp

so much to absorb and to learn

stretching out in endless thought

stalled in time without motion

surely just a hesitation in breath!


Copyright © 2013 – cji


“This is Truth 2”





Nothing the world can say

regardless of what to think

there was an apostasy

the Church* taken away

nothing left to reform from

only again to be restored

as Prophesized in Scripture

one more time before the end

a last dispensation to endure

clearly declared in doctrine

announced by all Prophets

foretold by the Savior

proclaimed by Prophet’s today

having been restored now

Prophet’s, Apostles, 70’s

Priesthood and Authority

the Gospel the same eternal

One Church, One Gospel

One Baptism, One Church*!


Copyright © 2013 – cji


The Articles of Faith of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

1 We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.

 2 We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.

 3 We believe that through the  Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.

 4 We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.

 5 We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.

 6 We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.

 7 We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.

 8 We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.

 9 We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.

 10 We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.

 11 We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.

 12 We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.

 13 We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.

Joseph Smith, Jr.


(Writers note: The above 13 articles are the reason for the Crucifixtion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – and for the murder of Joseph Smith, Jr. in 1844)