Visiting Teaching Message:
Follow the Light
After Jesus was born, Wise Men brought Him gifts. They followed a new, bright star in the sky to find Him.
Follow the path to get to Jesus. What gifts could you bring Him?
This is part of a series of Visiting Teaching Messages featuring divine attributes of the Savior. “In the scriptures, compassion means literally ‘to suffer with.’ It also means to show sympathy, pity, and mercy for another.”
“Jesus provided us many examples of compassionate concern,” said President. “The crippled man at the pool of Bethesda; the woman taken in adultery; the woman at Jacob’s well; the daughter of Jairus; Lazarus, brother of Mary and Martha—each represented a casualty on the Jericho road. Each needed help.
“To the cripple at Bethesda, Jesus said, ‘Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.’ To the sinful woman came the counsel, ‘Go, and sin no more.’ To help her who came to draw water, He provided a well of water ‘springing up into everlasting life.’ To the dead daughter of Jairus came the command, ‘Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.’ To the entombed Lazarus, ‘Come forth.’
“The Savior has always shown unlimited capacity for compassion. … Let us open the door of our hearts, that He—the living example of true compassion—may enter.”
From the Scriptures
“My husband and I knelt by the side of our 17-year-old daughter and pleaded for her life,” said Linda S. Reeves, second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency. “The answer was no, but … we have come to know … that … [the Savior] feels compassion for us in our sorrows.”
“One of my favorite stories from the Savior’s life is the story of Lazarus. The scriptures tell us that ‘Jesus loved Martha, … her sister [Mary], and [their brother] Lazarus.’” When Lazarus became ill, word was sent to Jesus, but when He arrived Lazarus had already died. Mary ran to Jesus, fell down at His feet, and wept. When Jesus saw Mary weeping, “he groaned in the spirit, and … wept” ().
“That is our charge. We must feel and see for ourselves and then help all of Heavenly Father’s children to feel and see and know that our Savior has taken upon Himself not only all our sins but also our pains and our suffering and afflictions so that He can know what we feel and how to comfort us.”
Who could be blessed by your compassion?
“A Time of Giving”
Every day and every season
there’s a need for one giving
love, sharing time, and gifts
compassionate service for all
food, clothing, babysitting
cleaning floors – washing dishes
taking time for others in need
thus at Christmas time noticed
more feel to enjoin themselves
being creative in their thinking
maybe once a month to do
some small act of love/service
to last the whole year round
every day and every season!
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