February 29, 2016

"Inferring Right is Wrong"

“Inferring Right is Wrong”


Never able to deny the truth
thus changing the meanings
hollowing out the insides
throwing away all the good
leaving only the shell behind
unable to sustain life more
inferring right is wrong now
giving into political denial
destroying first America
then only then the world!

Copyright © 2016 – cji

Home teach message March 2016

First Presidency Message: “Learn of Me”

In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are all teachers and we are all learners. To all comes this gentle invitation from our Lord: “Learn of me … and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”1
I invite all Latter-day Saints to ponder their efforts to teach and to learn and to look to the Savior as our Guide in doing so. We know that this “teacher come from God”2 was more than a mere teacher. He who taught us to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, all our souls, all our strength, and all our minds, and to love our neighbor as ourselves, is the Master Teacher and the Exemplar of the perfect life.
He it was who declared: “Come, follow me.”3 “I have set an example for you.”4

Except Ye Be Converted

Jesus taught a simple yet profound truth as recorded in Matthew. After He and His disciples had descended from the Mount of Transfiguration, they paused at Galilee and then went to Capernaum. There the disciples came unto Jesus, asking:
“Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
“And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
“And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.”5
In the Church, the goal of gospel teaching is not to pour information into the minds of God’s children, whether at home, in the classroom, or in the mission field. It is not to show how much the parent, teacher, or missionary knows. Nor is it merely to increase knowledge about the Savior and His Church.
The basic goal of teaching is to help the sons and daughters of Heavenly Father return to His presence and enjoy eternal life with Him. To do this, gospel teaching must encourage them along the path of daily discipleship and sacred covenants. The aim is to inspire individuals to think about, feel about, and then do something about living gospel principles. The objective is to develop faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and to become converted to His gospel.
Teaching which blesses and converts and saves is teaching which emulates the Savior’s example. Teachers who emulate the Savior’s example love and serve those they teach. They inspire their listeners with eternal lessons of divine truth. They live lives worth emulating.

Love and Serve

The Savior’s entire ministry exemplified love of neighbor. Indeed, His love and service were often His lesson. In like manner, the teachers I remember best are the teachers who knew, loved, and cared about their students. They sought the lost sheep. They taught life lessons which I shall always remember.
One such teacher was Lucy Gertsch. She knew each of her students. She unfailingly called on those who missed a Sunday or who just didn’t come. We knew she cared about us. None of us has ever forgotten her or the lessons she taught.
Many years later, when Lucy was nearing the end of her life, I visited with her. We reminisced concerning those days so long before when she had been our teacher. We spoke of each member of our class and discussed what each one was now doing. Her love and caring spanned a lifetime.
I love the Lord’s injunction found in the Doctrine and Covenants:
“I give unto you a commandment that you shall teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom.
“Teach ye diligently and my grace shall attend you.”6
Lucy Gertsch taught diligently because she loved untiringly.

Offer Hope and Truth

The Apostle Peter counseled, “Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you.”7
Perhaps the greatest hope a teacher can offer is the hope found in the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
“And what is it that ye shall hope for?” Mormon asked. “Behold I say unto you that ye shall have hope through the atonement of Christ and the power of his resurrection, to be raised unto life eternal, and this because of your faith in him.”8
Teachers, lift up your voices and testify to the true nature of the Godhead. Declare your witness concerning the Book of Mormon. Convey the glorious and beautiful truths contained in the plan of salvation. Use Church-approved materials, especially the scriptures, to teach the truths of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ in their purity and simplicity. Remember the Savior’s injunction to “search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”9
Help God’s children understand what is genuine and important in this life. Help them develop the strength to choose paths that will keep them safely on the way to eternal life.
Teach truth, and the Holy Ghost will attend your efforts.

“Learn of Me”

Because Jesus Christ was perfectly obedient and submissive to His Father, He “increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.”10 Do we have the determination to do likewise? Just as Jesus “received grace for grace,”11 we must patiently and persistently seek light and knowledge from God in our efforts to learn the gospel.
Listening is an essential element of learning. When preparing to be taught, we prayerfully seek inspiration and confirmation from the Holy Ghost. We ponder, we pray, we apply gospel lessons, and we seek the Father’s will for us.12
Jesus “taught … many things by parables,”13 which require ears to hear, eyes to see, and hearts to understand. As we live worthily, we can better hear the whisperings of the Holy Ghost, which can “teach [us] all things, and bring all things to [our] remembrance.”14
When we respond to the Lord’s gentle invitation, “Learn of me,” we become partakers of His divine power. Let us, therefore, go forward in the spirit of obedience, following our Exemplar by teaching as He would have us teach and learning as He would have us learn.

Teaching from this message

President Monson invites us to “ponder [our] efforts to teach and to learn and to look to the Savior as our Guide in doing so.” You might consider searching the scriptures with those you visit to find insights into the ways that Jesus Christ taught and learned. You could start with some of the scriptures President Monson referenced, such as Matthew 11:29, John 5:30, and Mark 4:2. You could discuss how what you have learned about Christ can help you “become partakers of His divine power.”


Learning about Jesus

Illustration by Katie McDee
The Holy Ghost gives us peaceful feelings to help us know that Jesus is real and loves us. Write or draw something that you have learned about Jesus.

“Discerning Our Savior”


Read and ponder the Scriptures
within them is who our Savior is
and what we are required to know
difficult it is to love another
unknown and a stranger to each
thus unhidden is who He is really
and each responsible for knowing
to discern all about Him today
able then to keep Commandments
reading and pondering His life!

Copyright © 2016 – cji

Visiting Teaching Message March 2016


Created in the Image of God


Prayerfully study this material and seek to know what to share. How will understanding “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” increase your faith in God and bless those you watch over through visiting teaching? For more information, go to reliefsociety.lds.org.

Faith, Family, Relief

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. …
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” (Genesis 1:26–27).
God is our Heavenly Father, and He created us in His image. Of this truth, President Thomas S. Monson said: “God our Father has ears with which to hear our prayers. He has eyes with which to see our actions. He has a mouth with which to speak to us. He has a heart with which to feel compassion and love. He is real. He is living. We are his children made in his image. We look like him and he looks like us.”1
“Latter-day Saints see all people as children of God in a full and complete sense; they consider every person divine in origin, nature, and potential.”2 Each is “a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents.”3
“[The Prophet] Joseph Smith also learned that God desires that His children receive the same kind of exalted existence of which He partakes.”4 As God said, “For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39).

Additional Scriptures

From the Scriptures

The brother of Jared in the Book of Mormon sought for a way to light the eight barges designed to carry the Jaredites across the waters to the promised land. He “did molten out of a rock sixteen small stones” and prayed that God would “touch these stones” with His finger “that they may shine forth in darkness.” And God “stretched forth his hand and touched the stones one by one.” The veil was taken from the eyes of the brother of Jared, and “he saw the finger of the Lord; and it was as the finger of a man. …
“And the Lord said unto him: Believest thou the words which I shall speak?
“And he answered: Yea, Lord.”
And “the Lord showed himself unto [the brother of Jared]” and said, “Seest thou that ye are created after mine own image? Yea, even all men were created in the beginning after mine own image.” (See Ether 3:1–17.)

Consider This

How does knowing that each person is created in God’s image help us in our association with others?
“In Who’s Image”


Fail not to understand
who’s image created
we’re in our Father’s
His Only Begotten Son
created to look like them
and if worthy to become
for as the Father and Son
we too can become
repeated in the Scriptures
one cannot deny this truth
by failing to understand!

Copyright © 2016 – cji

"Keeping Sanity"

“Keeping Sanity”


Unable to laugh too serious
coping with coughing/choking
working to better understand
keeping sanity under control
watching the world destruct
going here and there wildly
reacting and seldom acting
making decisions after the fact
crying into the deep crevasses
dragging the night into day
darkening all and everything
so serious unable to laugh!

Copyright © 2016 – cji

February 28, 2016

"One More Thought" (on attention)

“One More Thought”
(on attention)


Indifference in the larger picture
wandering in and out of malls
watching the boob tube hours
contemplating the next conquest
we’ve one more thought today
and the way we each behave
entering in no small quest
calling upon Father’s powers
hearing our plaintive calls
placing us under his stricture!

Copyright © 2016 – cji

"Social Networks"

“Social Networks”


Womb to tomb mentality
caring for the unborn
some never to be born
caring for the slovenly
continuing in their slums
caring for the illegals
giving away our money
caring for the terrorists
giving them our freedoms
social networks at work
destroying this nation
indeed the whole world
womb to tomb buried!

Copyright © 2016 – cji

"No Items to Show"

“No Items to Show”


Blank pages telling stories
lies, good deeds, fortunes
msm hides all good for them
thus blank checks given
where no items to show
without proof nothing known
destroying all that was
leaving ashes and zip
caring only for their own
leaving the nation wanting
blank pages telling stories!

Copyright © 2016 – cji




Just off the ground found
high enough to be above
their smell not being smelt
their offensives missed
hovering away from reality
as their stench pervasive
their offensives open wounds
decaying within the streets
while amid the rats and snakes
just off the ground hovering!

Copyright © 2016 – cji

"What is Best"

“What is Best”


Too many selfishly looking
what is best for them
never for the nation to be
wanting power – wealth
seeking continued dominion
shredding all that’s good
caring not for truth/right
destroying the Constitution
wantonly denying God’s Law
what is best not for the many
but for the few/elect/selfish!

Copyright © 2016 – cji




Within the world today
good/evil taking sides
everyone to be on one
no fence sitting to be
either for the good
or for the evil found
make sure you’re bound
on the side of good
don’t play wait and see
for the day will be won
when Father abides
within the world today!

Copyright © 2016 – cji