December 31, 2014

Visiting Teaching January 2015

Visiting Teaching Message   The Attributes of Jesus Christ: Obedient Son

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Faith, Family, Relief

This is part of a series of Visiting Teaching Messages featuring attributes of the Savior.

Following Jesus Christ’s example of obedience increases our faith in Him. “Is it any wonder,” said Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “that Christ chooses first and foremost to define himself in relation to his father—that he loved him and obeyed him and submitted to him like the loyal son he was? … Obedience is the first law of heaven.”1

The scriptures teach “when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated” (D&C 130:21). Our spiritual growth takes place as we draw close to God through obedience and invite the power of the Savior’s Atonement into our lives.

“As we walk in obedience to the principles and commandments of the gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “we enjoy a continual flow of blessings promised by God in His covenant with us. Those blessings provide the resources we need to act rather than simply be acted upon as we go through life. … Obedience gives us greater control over our lives, greater capacity to come and go, to work and create.” 2

Additional Scriptures

From the Scriptures

“Can the spiritual strength that results from consistent obedience to the commandments be given to another person?” asked Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “The clear answer … is no.”3

The parable of the ten virgins is an example of this principle. While all of the virgins took their lamps to “meet the bridegroom,” only five were wise and took oil in their lamps. The other five were foolish because they “took no oil with them.”

Then the cry came at midnight: “Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.” All the virgins trimmed their lamps, but the foolish virgins had no oil. They said to the wise virgins, “Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.”

The wise virgins answered, “Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go … and buy for yourselves.” And while the foolish virgins were gone, the bridegroom came and the wise virgins went with him and “the door was shut”

Consider This

What are some examples of obedience in the scriptures?

“Called to Obey”





Follow the Saviors example

for he said, ‘become like me’

being obedient in all things

always doing Father’s will

referencing him in all things

thus we’re called to obey

becoming as they are

remembering who we are

thus knowing why we’re here

what’s eternal and what’s not

discerning truth from feelings

being constantly in tune

becoming like the Savior

we’ve to follow his example!


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Home Teaching January 2015

President Thomas S. Monson: “Follow the Prophets”

I served in the United States Navy toward the end of World War II. I was a seaman, the lowest possible rank in the navy. Then I qualified to be Seaman First Class, after which I qualified to be Yeoman Third Class.

World War II ended, and I was later discharged. But I made a decision that if ever I went back into the military, I wanted to serve as a commissioned officer. I thought, “No more mess kitchens for me, no more scrubbing the decks, if I can avoid it.”

After I was discharged, I joined the United States Naval Reserve. I went to drill every Monday night. I studied hard that I might qualify academically. I took every kind of examination imaginable: mental, physical, and emotional. Finally, there came the beautiful news: “You have been accepted to receive the commission of an ensign in the United States Naval Reserve.”

I gleefully showed it to my wife, Frances, and said, “I made it! I made it!” She hugged me and said, “You’ve worked hard enough to achieve it.”

But then something happened. I was called to be a counselor in my ward bishopric. The bishop’s council meeting was on the same evening as my navy drill meeting. I knew there was a terrible conflict. I knew that I didn’t have the time to pursue the Naval Reserve and my bishopric duties. What was I to do? A decision had to be made.

I prayed about it. Then I went to see the man who was my stake president when I was a boy, Elder Harold B. Lee (1899–1973), then of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. I sat down across the table from him. I told him how much I valued that commission. In fact, I showed him the copy of the letter of appointment I had received.

Harold B. Lee and Thomas S. Monson

Illustration by Paul Mann

After pondering the matter for a moment, he said to me, “Here’s what you should do, Brother Monson. You write a letter to the Bureau of Naval Affairs and tell them that because of your call as a member of the bishopric, you can’t accept that commission in the United States Naval Reserve.”

My heart sank. He added, “Then write to the commandant of the Twelfth Naval District in San Francisco indicating that you would like to be discharged from the reserve.”

I said, “Elder Lee, you don’t understand the military. Of course they will decline to give me that commission if I refuse to accept it, but the Twelfth Naval District isn’t going to let me off. With a war brewing in Korea, a noncommissioned officer will surely be called up. If called back, I would rather go back as a commissioned officer, but I won’t if I don’t accept this commission. Are you sure this is the counsel you want me to receive?”

Elder Lee put his hand on my shoulder and in a fatherly way said, “Brother Monson, have more faith. The military is not for you.”

I went home. I placed a tear-stained commission back in its envelope with its accompanying letter and declined to accept it. Then I wrote a letter to the Twelfth Naval District and requested a discharge from the Naval Reserve.

My discharge from the Naval Reserve was in the last group processed before the outbreak of the Korean War. My headquarters outfit was activated. Six weeks after I was called to be a counselor in the bishopric, I was called to be the bishop of my ward.

I would not hold the position in the Church I hold today had I not followed the counsel of a prophet, had I not prayed about that decision, had I not come to an appreciation of an important truth: the wisdom of God ofttimes appears as foolishness to men.1 But the greatest single lesson we can learn in mortality is that when God speaks and His children obey, they will always be right.

It has been said that history turns on small hinges, and so do our lives. Decisions determine destiny. But we are not left unaided in our decisions.

If you want to see the light of heaven, if you want to feel the inspiration of Almighty God, if you want to have that feeling within your bosom that your Heavenly Father is guiding you, then follow the prophets of God. When you follow the prophets, you will be in safe territory.

Teaching from This Message

Not many members of the Church will receive one-on-one counsel from an Apostle, as President Monson did. But we can still be blessed as we follow the teachings of prophets and apostles. Consider reading President Monson’s addresses from the last general conference (remember his opening and closing remarks too). Look for specific directions or calls to action. You could discuss what you learn with those you visit and consider ways to apply President Monson’s counsel.

For ideas on how to teach this message to youth and children, see page 6.


Counsel for Hard Choices


President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, told about a time when he followed prophetic counsel. During one general conference, President Ezra Taft Benson (1899–1994) urged members to get out of debt—specifically mortgage debt.

President Eyring said: “I turned to my wife after the meeting and asked, ‘Do you think there is any way we could do that?’ At first we couldn’t.” But by that evening he thought of a property they had unsuccessfully tried to sell for years. “We trusted God and … His servant’s message, [so] we placed a phone call. … I heard an answer that to this day strengthens my trust in God and His servants.” That same day a man had placed an offer on the Eyrings’ property for an amount just greater than their mortgage. The Eyrings soon became free of debt (see “Trust in God, Then Go and Do,” Liahona, Nov. 2010, 72–73).

You may not have a mortgage to pay, but prophetic counsel can guide you here and now through difficult decisions regarding work, education, a mission, and dating. Discuss with your family or peers about how you can follow the prophet when you have to make decisions


“Be Obedient”





In all things be obedient

one cannot go wrong/astray

if one listens and follows

those called and chosen

to lead the Saviors Church

on this earth at this time

forever and ever the same

Father and Son unchanging

therefore their Church too

we’ve to be obedient always

each Commandment knowing

living a life peculiar to worldly

one cannot go wrong/astray

if one is always obedient!


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"Awaken Within"

Mosiah 2:And these are the words which he aspake and caused to be written, saying: My brethren, all ye that have assembled yourselves together, you that can hear my words which I shall speak unto you this day; for I have not commanded you to come up hither to btrifle with the words which I shall speak, but that you should chearken unto me, and open your ears that ye may hear, and your dhearts that ye may understand, and your eminds that the fmysteries of God may be unfolded to your view.


Mosiah 2:33 For behold, there is a wo pronounced upon him who listeth to aobey that spirit; for if he listeth to obey him, and remaineth and dieth in his bsins, the same drinketh cdamnation to his own soul; for he receiveth for his wages an deverlasting epunishment, having transgressed the law of God contrary to his own knowledge.


Mosiah 2:41 And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and ahappy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are bblessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out cfaithful to the end they are received into dheaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it.

“Awaken Within”





Therefore given a new year

once more called to repent

opening hearts, feelings

that the blind might see

the deaf now able to hear

those adrift able to awaken

remembering those found

upon the oceans who sleep

will shortly die in the depths

come to the safe harbor

the Gospel of Jesus Christ

open to the fullness there

literal truths unblemished

needing no interpretations

The Holy Bible- Old and New

Book of Mormon as foretold

each testifying of our Savior

bold, clear, plainness to save

into eternal life so promised

covenanted by the Father

if we come unto him now

with obedience and not fear!


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December 30, 2014

“Coloring Shade”

“Coloring Shade”





Picking out various colors

mixing and matching each

browns with yellows and red

gold with purple and neon

caring not of the blends

for when one is guile

what matters in the mixing

when coloring shade?


Wasting time and effort

fooling as many as can

deception and beguiling

till confused and bending

apathetic having engrained

distractions more to see

loud noises which to hide

coloring shades of evil!


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December 29, 2014

“Today’s Zaibatsu”

“Today’s Zaibatsu”





Causing wars and destruction

caring only for the bottom line

enslaving others for their gains

owning presidents/senators

congress critters and judges

demeaning voters to submit

violence, shame, hate, greed

today’s zaibatsu alive/well

claiming for another’s best

too big for laws or justice

greed, power, lusts driven

the bottom line their god

wars and destruction means!


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Without relevance to today

wandering in speech astray

protesting only for ill-gains

killing (murdering) others

claiming justified by law

jungles come to the cities

incited by leaders negligent

ignoring what’s of value

decrying and beguiling

subjecting into new slaves

those conditioned to hate

coming from the outside

claiming no equity for them

thus claiming all not theirs

extraneous excuses lies!


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Marking the current generation

lacking motivation to increase

education worthless to them

mirroring our government today

connected only with the self

without any plan except pelf

not connected to the important

forgetting or never learning

purpose of mortality eternal

desultory in dress and language

morals, virtues lacking totally

mirroring our government today

the current generation almost!


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Disgracing our nation today

playing golf and spouting

praising those who destroy

having declared war on US

disguising ingratitude to US

rather to laugh and bow

tossing fodder to the beasts

sharing all about our troops

setting up ambushes/trades

setting free enemies/illegals

stealing honest people’s sweat

causing tears of disbelief

the opprobrium in government

shameful and absolutely evil

pretending to be good for all!


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Circling the evils within

training them to go about

drawing lines around good

constricting breath and air

defining freedom’s illegal

circling and editing laws

redefining lines of conduct

drawing lines around truth

constricting the Constitution

evils without circling all!


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Requests are accepted

something you’d like

a thought or a loved one

something for a reason

too many for a season

too many green done

hunting or guns alike

almost none rejected!


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