September 30, 2015

Visiting Teaching Message October 2015

Visiting Teaching – October 2015

Divine Attributes of Jesus Christ: Filled with Charity and Love

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

The Influence of Righteous Women, by Julie Rogers
The Guide to the Scriptures defines charity as “the highest, noblest, strongest kind of love” (“Charity”). It is the pure love of Jesus Christ. As we learn of Jesus Christ and strive to become like Him, we will begin to feel His pure love in our lives and be prompted to love and serve others as He would. “Charity is having patience with someone who has let us down,” said President Thomas S. Monson. “It is resisting the impulse to become offended easily. It is accepting weaknesses and shortcomings. It is accepting people as they truly are. It is looking beyond physical appearances to attributes that will not dim through time. It is resisting the impulse to categorize others.”1
In the Book of Mormon, we learn the great truth that we “pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that [we] may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that [we] may become the sons [and daughters] of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure” (Moroni 7:48).

Additional Scriptures

From Our History

“A sister who had recently been widowed was grateful for visiting teachers who mourned with her and comforted her. She wrote: ‘I was in desperate need of someone to whom I could reach out; someone who would listen to me. … And they listened. They comforted me. They wept with me. And they hugged me … [and] helped me out of the deep despair and depression of those first months of loneliness.’
“Another woman summed up her feelings when she was the recipient of true charity from a visiting teacher: ‘I knew that I was more than just a number on the record books for her to visit. I knew that she cared about me.’”2
Like these sisters, many Latter-day Saints around the world can attest to the truth of this statement by President Boyd K. Packer (1924–2015), President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “How consoling it is to know that no matter where [a family may] go, a Church family awaits them. From the day they arrive, he will belong to a quorum of the priesthood and she will belong to Relief Society.”3

Consider This

How is Christ our perfect example of love and charity?

“So to Become”


So to become like Father
as did the Son emulate
becoming pure and clean
obedient and humbled
sharing tribulations as one
servants doing Father’s will
service to others willingly
so to become as Father!

Copyright © 2015 – cji

Home Teaching October 2015


Finish with Your Torch Still Lit

By President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Second Counselor in the First Presidency

In ancient Greece, runners competed in a relay race called a lampadedromia.1 In the race, runners held a torch in their hand and passed it on to the next runner until the final member of the team crossed the finish line.

The prize wasn’t awarded to the team that ran fastest—it was awarded to the first team to reach the finish line with its torch still lit.
There is a profound lesson here, one taught by prophets ancient and modern: while it is important to start the race, it is even more important that we finish with our torch still lit.

Solomon Started Strong

The great King Solomon is an example of someone who started strong. When he was young, he “loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father” (1 Kings 3:3). God was pleased with him and said, “Ask what I shall give thee” (1 Kings 3:5).
Instead of asking for riches or a long life, Solomon asked for “an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad” (1 Kings 3:9).
This pleased the Lord so much that He blessed Solomon not only with wisdom but also with wealth beyond measure and a long life.
Though Solomon was indeed very wise and did many great things, he did not finish strong. Sadly, later in his life, “Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and went not fully after the Lord” (1 Kings 11:6).

Finishing Our Own Race

How many times have we started something and not finished? Diets? Exercise programs? Commitments to read the scriptures daily? Decisions to be better disciples of Jesus Christ?
How often do we make resolutions in January and pursue them with red-hot determination for a few days, a few weeks, or even a few months only to find that by October, the flame of our commitment is little more than cold ash?
One day I ran across a funny picture of a dog lying next to a piece of paper he had shredded. It read, “Certificate of Dog-Obedience Training.”
We are like that sometimes.
We have good intentions; we start strong; we want to be our best self. But in the end we leave our resolutions shredded, discarded, and forgotten.
It’s human nature to stumble, fail, and sometimes want to drop out of the race. But as disciples of Jesus Christ, we have committed not only to begin the race but also to finish it—and finish it with our torch still burning brightly. The Savior promised His disciples, “He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved” (Matthew 24:13).
Let me paraphrase what the Savior has promised in our day: If we keep His commandments and finish with our torch still lit, we will have eternal life, which is the greatest of all the gifts of God (see D&C 14:7; see also2 Nephi 31:20).

The Light That Never Dies

Sometimes after stumbling, failing, or even giving up, we get discouraged and believe our light has gone out and our race is lost. But I testify that the Light of Christ cannot be extinguished. It shines in the darkest night and will relight our hearts if only we incline our hearts to Him (see 1 Kings 8:58).
No matter how often or how far we fall, the Light of Christ ever burns brightly. And even in the deepest night, if we but step toward Him, His light will consume the shadows and reignite our souls.
This race of discipleship is not a sprint; it’s a marathon. And it makes little difference how fast we go. In fact, the only way we can lose the race is by finally giving in or giving up.
As long as we continue to rise up and move toward our Savior, we win the race with our torches burning brightly.
For the torch is not about us or about what we do.
It is about the Savior of the world.
And that is a Light that can never be dimmed. It is a Light that swallows the darkness, heals our wounds, and blazes even in the midst of the deepest sorrow and unfathomable darkness.
It is a Light that surpasses understanding.
May each of us finish the path we have begun. And with the help of our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, we will finish joyfully and with our torches still lit.

Teaching from This Message

Consider encouraging those you teach to reflect on where they are in their “races” of life. Are their torches burning brightly? You could read the phrase that says the Light of Christ is “a Light that swallows the darkness, heals our wounds, and blazes even in the midst of the deepest sorrow and unfathomable darkness.” Then consider discussing with those you teach how the Light of Christ has influenced their lives in the past and how it influences their lives now.


Fuel Your Torch: The 30-Day Trial

For youth in the Church with busy lives, it can be easy to get stuck in a rut of routine, especially with spiritual things. We read our scriptures, pray, and worship the same way almost every day and then wonder why we seem to be in a spiritual slump.
One of the best ways to keep your spiritual torch burning brightly is to make sure you’re having meaningful spiritual experiences. But that is easier said than done, so here is a suggestion to help you continue to spiritually progress: Think of a gospel-related activity you’ve never done before (or hardly ever do) and commit to doing it every day for a month. You can start small because you’ll find that it’s easier to turn small changes into lasting ones. Doing things that take us out of our spiritual comfort zone might require more faith and effort on our part, but when we do them, we are inviting the Holy Ghost to be with us, and we are showing greater faith in Heavenly Father and a desire to draw nearer to Him. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
·         Make a goal to say your prayers morning and night. Try praying out loud.
·         Wake up 15 minutes early and read your scriptures before school.
·         Read past general conference talks.
·         Post a scripture from the Book of Mormon on social media.
·         Listen to hymns or Church music instead of your regular music.


Make Your Torch Brighter

A long time ago in Greece, there was a race where the runners held lit torches. Whoever ran the whole race with the torch still lit was the winner. President Uchtdorf says life is like that race. The torch we hold is the Light of Christ. When we try to be like Jesus Christ, we make our torches burn brighter.
“Enduring to the Finish”


There’s only one race to run
that of Father’s Plan for each
enduring to the end obedient
one must finish this race fully
within this world many give-up
deciding the worldly of value
choosing peers over the Father
which will we be found today
enduring to the finish or not
our royal parentage forgot
no longer able to in truth pray
ignoring messengers of Father
lives becoming less than swallow
as the world have given up
adoption of failure taken slowly
no longer being found obedient
which is it that we will reach
the finish of the only race to run!

Copyright © 2015 – cji

September 29, 2015

"Misery Sharing"

“Misery Sharing”


Becoming the clown prince
advocating indifference
combined with contention
divisions of the classes
baiting evil and greed
misery sharing within
tempting the fates all
tastelessness in a void
forgetting ever to lift up
putting down to be equal
a nation in full distress
bypassing love/forgiveness
advocating discrimination
titled as the world’s clown!

Copyright © 2015 – cji

September 28, 2015




Seeking to know where
seeking to know why
seeking to know how
seeking to know what
but where to find each
within the Scriptures
doctrine sound to follow
guidance always there
wonders of the love
our Father has for us
if we but turn/listen
how to find out all!

Copyright © 2015 – cji




Plentiful throughout world
almost 600 species known
popular once especially
Europe and the West
also to show allegiance
those supporting NB
wore the violet to remind
even as he was exiled
purple – passion – lively
violets a beauty unique
plentiful through the world!

Copyright © 2015 – cji

September 27, 2015

"Of Your Produce"

“Of Your Produce”


Toiling in the vineyard
in the garden hoeing
bending to Father’s will
thus where are your fruits
found among the briars
thorns and thistles thick
unfertile grounds hoed
pretending to believe
while not obeying
picking and choosing
playing in the world
exercising choices
of your produce
only worldly to be
without eternity
without lasting value
forgotten the garden
ignored the vineyard
bending to the world
and not to Father’s will!

Copyright © 2015 – cji

September 26, 2015




So many have questions
‘which church – if any’
‘why am I here – really’
big bang or creation
a Heavenly Father, or
so many in a vacuum
questions unanswered
scriptures say one thing
men/women another
regardless of religion
come here or come here
then harmony disappears
confusion and contention
taught of the adversary
while Father is constant
harmony and understanding
so different from the world
without questions – answers
generations of answers
clear – concise – pure
unlike the worldly known
for the Sabbath Day
to be kept holy – clean
unblemished of the world
yet men/women ignore
still asking their question
seeking no answers
only justifications
which are we?

Copyright © 2015 – cji

September 25, 2015




Plentiful throughout world
almost 600 species known
popular once especially
Europe and the West
also to show allegiance
those supporting NB
wore the violet to remind
even as he was exiled
 purple – passion – lively
violets a beauty unique
plentiful through the world!

Copyright © 2015 – cji

September 24, 2015

"Of the Evil" (see Job 21)

“Of the Evil”


Where is the reward
promised to the righteous
obeying ALL Commandments
All of the time without fear
when watching out of others
being laughed at – mocked
of the evil within this world
which flourishes in power
wealth – lusts – greeds
wherein is their reward
having it here on earth
thus Job answers (Job 21)
and we must repent
remaining righteous all
looking no longer wondering
being obedient in All
without regard to the worldly!

Copyright © 2015 – cji

Job 21:Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power?
 Their seed is established in their sight with them, and their offspring before their eyes.
 Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of God upon them.
 10 Their bull gendereth, and faileth not; their cow calveth, and casteth not her calf.
 11 They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance.
 12 They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ.
 13 They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave.
 14 Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways.
 15 What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?
 16 Lo, their good is not in their hand: the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
 17 How oft is the candle of the wicked put out! and how oft cometh their destruction upon them! God distributeth sorrows in his anger.
 18 They are as stubble before the wind, and as chaff that the storm carrieth away.
 19 God layeth up his iniquity for his children: here wardeth him, and he shall know it.
 20 His eyes shall see his destruction, and he shall drink of the wrath of the Almighty.
 21 For what pleasure hath he in his house after him, when the number of his months is cut off in the midst?
30 That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction? they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath.