March 31, 2015

“Morning Time”

“Morning Time”





Softly the breeze strengthens

carrying the songs of the birds

awakenings of mind and body

breathing in the new day air

finding comfort in first prayer

preparing for yet another day

morning time when to arise

slumber fading fast and sure

embracing responsibilities

kissing the loves of life

embracing each in turn

welcoming the newness

blessed is morning time!


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Home Teaching April 2015

FIRST PRESIDENCY MESSAGE President Monson Calls for Courage

By President Thomas S. Monson

Scarcely an hour passes, President Thomas S. Monson has observed, but what we are called upon to make choices of one kind or another.

To make wise choices, he counseled, we need courage—“the courage to say no, the courage to say yes. Decisions do determine destiny.”1

In the following excerpts, President Monson reminds Latter-day Saints that they need courage to stand for truth and righteousness, to defend what they believe, and to confront a world that is rejecting eternal values and principles.

“The call for courage comes constantly to each of us,” he said. “It has ever been so, and so shall it ever be.” 2

Courage Brings God’s Approval

“We will all face fear, experience ridicule, and meet opposition. Let us—all of us—have the courage to defy the consensus, the courage to stand for principle. Courage, not compromise, brings the smile of God’s approval. Courage becomes a living and an attractive virtue when it is regarded not only as a willingness to die manfully but also as the determination to live decently. As we move forward, striving to live as we should, we will surely receive help from the Lord and can find comfort in His words.”3

Withstand with Courage

“What does it mean to endure? I love this definition: to withstand with courage. Courage may be necessary for you to believe; it will at times be necessary as you obey. It will most certainly be required as you endure until that day when you will leave this mortal existence.”4

Have Courage to Stand for Truth

“[May] you have the courage to stand firm for truth and righteousness. Because the trend in society today is away from the values and principles the Lord has given us, you will almost certainly be called upon to defend that which you believe. Unless the roots of your testimony are firmly planted, it will be difficult for you to withstand the ridicule of those who challenge your faith. When firmly planted, your testimony of the gospel, of the Savior, and of our Heavenly Father will influence all that you do throughout your life.”5

We Need Spiritual and Moral Courage

“The messages portrayed on television, in movies, and in other media [today] are very often in direct opposition to that which we want our children to embrace and hold dear. It is our responsibility not only to teach them to be sound in spirit and doctrine but also to help them stay that way, regardless of the outside forces they may encounter. This will require much time and effort on our part—and in order to help others, we ourselves need the spiritual and moral courage to withstand the evil we see on every side.”6

Teaching from This Message

You might ask those you teach to think of a situation in the coming week—at home, at work, at school, or at church—that will require them to act with courage. They might face a fear, endure something challenging, stand for their beliefs, or decide to obey a principle of the gospel more fully. Invite them to share their thoughts or write them down.

May We Ever Be Courageous

“As we go about living from day to day, it is almost inevitable that our faith will be challenged. We may at times find ourselves surrounded by others and yet standing in the minority or even standing alone concerning what is acceptable and what is not. …

“May we ever be courageous and prepared to stand for what we believe, and if we must stand alone in the process, may we do so courageously, strengthened by the knowledge that in reality we are never alone when we stand with our Father in Heaven.”7


Someone Else’s Sarah By McKenzie Miller

The author lives in Utah, USA.

I used to find it difficult to use my beliefs as a response to a question as simple as “Why don’t you drink coffee?” In the past I came up with excuses like “It’s too bitter” or “I don’t like the taste.” Why was I embarrassed? Why was I so afraid to stand up for what I believe? Looking back now, I don’t understand exactly what I feared. But I do remember exactly when I stopped hiding behind excuses. One day in my high school English class, the teacher announced that we’d be viewing an episode of a TV show I knew I shouldn’t watch. While other students cheered in excitement, my classmate Sarah raised her hand and asked if she could leave.

When the teacher asked why, Sarah responded matter-of-factly, “Because I’m Mormon and I don’t watch shows with profanity.” Her courage to stand up in front of the class was amazing. Thanks to Sarah, I too stood up and waited outside with a clear conscience for the show to finish. I was forever changed. I started explaining my beliefs instead of avoiding the subject. And as a result, I found confidence in myself and participated even more in Church and school activities. I never told Sarah how much her example meant to me, but I try to emulate her example of confidence. I now realize that being a member of God’s wonderful, sacred Church is absolutely nothing to be ashamed about. I hope that I can, through my example, be someone else’s Sarah.


Courage in the Scriptures

President Monson teaches us to have courage and stand for what we believe. There are lots of examples in the scriptures of people who showed courage. Read the scripture next to each name. How did these people show courage and stand up for what they knew was right? Use the spaces to write or draw a picture of your answers.

Samuel the Lamanite (Helaman 13:2–4




“Calling Each”





Each breath of fresh air

asking what we stand for

are we in proper tune today

able to hear silent whispers

promptings of the Spirit

enduring to the very end

knowing for who we love

Heavenly Father foremost

Our Savior his Son foremost

knowing this love is obedience

thus calling each to account

that for which we believe!


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Visiting Teaching April 2015


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

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Faith, Family, Relief

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


Understanding that Jesus Christ is without guile and hypocrisy will help us faithfully strive to follow His example. Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin (1917–2008) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said: “To beguile is to deceive or lead astray. … A person without guile is a person of innocence, honest intent, and pure motives, whose life reflects the simple practice of conforming his [or her] daily actions to principles of integrity. … I believe the necessity for the members of the Church to be without guile may be more urgent now than at other times because many in the world apparently do not understand the importance of this virtue.”1

Of hypocrisy, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, said: “None of us is quite as Christlike as we know we should be. But we earnestly desire to overcome our faults and the tendency to sin. With our heart and soul we yearn to become better with the help of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.”2

We know “we will be judged according to our actions, the desires of our hearts, and the kind of people we have become.”3 Yet as we strive to repent, we will become more pure—and “blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8).

Additional Scriptures

From the Scriptures

Little children are without guile. Jesus Christ said: “Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. … And he took [the children] up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them” (Mark 10:14, 16).

Christ also ministered to the children in the Americas after His Crucifixion. He commanded that the people bring their little children to Him and “set them down upon the ground round about him, and Jesus stood in the midst; …

“… [And] he wept, and the multitude bare record of it, and he took their little children, one by one, and blessed them, and prayed unto the Father for them. …

“And as they looked to behold they cast their eyes towards heaven, and … they saw angels descending out of heaven as it were in the midst of fire; and they came down and encircled those little ones about, … and the angels did minister unto them” (3 Nephi 17:12, 21, 24).

Consider This

What can we learn about being without guile from little children? (See Guide to the Scriptures, “Guile.”)




“As the Child”





Pure and tenderly innocent

glowing from within warmth

as the child of our Father

knowing who he/she is

being perfect giving love

without guile or hypocrisy

tenderly providing others

who to follow righteously

warmth from within glowing

as the child we should be!



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March 30, 2015







Bitter sweet is the worldly

berating and abusing others

pretended professionalism

gloating within assumed power

demeaning another in spite;


How to respond in the right

thinking patiently for an hour

exercising full professionalism

treating all as sisters/brothers

forever sweet is to be worthy!


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March 29, 2015







Preparing for one’s meal

washing hands careful

using clean pots/pans

processing the veggies

setting of the table

placing all neatly about

all this to satisfy needs

physically and earthly

 needs only temporarily

on the morrow to hunger

with all this preparation

just for a physical meal

forgetting all about self

eternal within the soul

spiritual nourishment

daily prayer and service

seeking internal peace

purifying the soul

eternal meals to partake!


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March 28, 2015

"Double Visions"

“Double Vision”





Hard to see clearly

clouded and fogging

chaos causing blurs

noisy hollering

causing distraction

pretending religion

double vision

pelf and indignation

not a Sabbath warmth

getting men/women

raised vain excitement

pretended passions

pretending religion

forgetting the Father

forgetting the purpose

keeping the Sabbath

pondering Scriptures

literally true alone

quiet within peace

causing clear vision

pure religion

not defiled by man

clouding and fogging

clearly hard to see!


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“Finding Others”

“Finding Others”





Digging into the records

finding documentation

‘where two or more’

adding information

seeking truth always

finding others waiting

ancestors related

distance or close

extending invitations

within the Temple

sacred importance

documenting findings

into the records digging!


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March 27, 2015

“In Your Vineyard”

“In Your Vineyard”





Six days heavy labor

our force is so small

weeding, pruning

dunging the trees

resting on the Sabbath

then back to service

doing all one can do

our force is so small

least what others see

our cause is winning

Jesus overcame all

we’ve to follow him

doing his Father’s will

we the laborers small

in your vineyard

today, yesterday

tomorrow forever

doing what’s right

for the right reason

in the right place

one here and there

joining the truth

our force is small

the labor a joy!



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March 26, 2015

“Secret or Sacred”

“Secret or Sacred”





Giving one’s word

secret or sacred

making a covenant

secret or sacred

having one’s six

secret or sacred

telling the truth

secret or sacred

caring for others

secret or sacred

which to believe

determines self

secret or sacred

with Father’s

in mortality

our probation

to pass or fail

secret or sacred!


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