May 31, 2016

Visiting Teaching Message June 2016

VISITING TEACHING MESSAGE Temple Ordinances and Covenants


All the ordinances necessary for salvation and exaltation are accompanied by covenants with God. “Making and keeping covenants means choosing to bind ourselves to our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ,” said Linda K. Burton, Relief Society general president.1

Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said:
“The Lord said, ‘In the ordinances … the power of godliness is manifest.’
“There are special blessings from God for every worthy person who is baptized, receives the Holy Ghost, and regularly partakes of the sacrament.”2
“When men and women go to the temple,” said Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “they are both endowed with the same power, which is priesthood power …
“… All men and all women have access to this power for help in their lives. All who have made sacred covenants with the Lord and who honor those covenants are eligible to receive personal revelation, to be blessed by the ministering of angels, to commune with God, to receive the fulness of the gospel, and, ultimately, to become heirs alongside Jesus Christ of all our Father has.”3
Additional Scriptures
Living Stories
In 2007, four days after a massive earthquake in Peru, Elder Marcus B. Nash of the Seventy met branch president Wenceslao Conde and his wife, Pamela. “Elder Nash asked Sister Conde how her little children were. With a smile, she replied that through the goodness of God they were all safe and well. He asked about the Condes’ home.
“‘It’s gone,’ she said simply.
“… ’And yet,’ Elder Nash noted, ‘you are smiling as we talk.’
“’Yes,’ she said, ‘I have prayed and I am at peace. We have all we need. We have each other, we have our children, we are sealed in the temple, we have this marvelous Church, and we have the Lord. We can build again with the Lord’s help.’ …
“What is it about making and keeping covenants with God that gives us the power to smile through hardships, to convert tribulation into triumph … ?”
“The source is God. Our access to that power is through our covenants with Him.”4
Consider This
How do temple ordinances and covenants strengthen and empower us?

“Within Sacred Walls”


Within the House of the Lord
sanctuary from the world
doing as Paul had taught
works for our kindred dead
as also for the living
married for time all eternity
covenants and ordinances
performed by proper authority
all if worthy remaining pure
within sacred walls quiet!

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Home Teaching Message June 2016


Second Counselor in the First Presidency

Have you ever opened a box of parts, pulled out the assembly instructions, and thought, “This doesn’t make any sense at all”?
Sometimes, despite our best intentions and inner confidence, we pull out a part and ask, “What is that for?” or “How does that fit?”
Our frustration grows as we look at the box and notice a disclaimer that says, “Assembly required—ages 8 and up.” Because we still don’t have a clue, this does not boost our confidence or our self-esteem.
Sometimes we have a similar experience with the gospel. As we look at some part of it, we may scratch our heads and wonder what that part is for. Or as we examine another part, we may realize that even after trying hard to fully understand, we just can’t figure out why that part was included.
Our Heavenly Father Is Our Mentor
Fortunately, our Heavenly Father has given us wonderful instructions for structuring our lives and putting together our best selves. Those instructions work regardless of our age or circumstance. He has given us the gospel and the Church ofJesus Christ. He has given us the plan of redemption, the plan of salvation, even the plan of happiness. He has not left us alone with all the uncertainties or challenges of life, saying, “Here you go. Good luck. Figure it out.”
If we will only be patient and look with a humble heart and an open mind, we will find that God has given us many tools to better understand His comprehensive instructions for our happiness in life:
·         He has given us the priceless gift of the Holy Ghost, which has the potential to be our personal, heavenly tutor as we study the word of God and attempt to bring our thoughts and actions into alignment with His word.
·         He has given us 24/7 access to Him through prayers of faith and supplications of real intent.
·         He has given us modern-day apostles and prophets, who reveal the word of God in our day and have the authority to bind or seal on earth and in heaven.
·         He has restored His Church—an organization of believers who work together to help one another as they work out their salvation with fear, trembling, and unparalleled joy.1
·         He has given us the holy scriptures—His written word to us.
·         He has given myriad tools of modern technology to help us in our walk of discipleship. Many of these marvelous instruments can be found at
Why has our Heavenly Father given us so much help? Because He loves us. And because, as He said of Himself, “This is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.”2
In other words, Heavenly Father is our God, and God is a mentor to us.
Our Father in Heaven knows His children’s needs better than anyone else. It is His work and glory to help us at every turn, giving us marvelous temporal and spiritual resources to help us on our path to return to Him.
Every Father Is a Mentor
In some parts of the world, fathers are honored by families and society in the month of June. It is always good to honor and respect our parents. Fathers do many good things for their families and have many admirable attributes. Two of the most important roles fathers have in the lives of their children are those of being a good example and a mentor. Fathers do more than tell their children what is right or wrong; they do much more than toss a manual at them and expect them to figure out life for themselves.
Fathers mentor their precious children and show by their good example the way an honest life is lived. Fathers do not leave their children alone but rush to their aid, helping them to their feet whenever they stumble. And sometimes when wisdom suggests, fathers allow their children to struggle, realizing that this may be the best way for them to learn.
We Are All Mentors
While earthly fathers do this for their own children, the spirit of mentoring is something we need to offer all of God’s children, regardless of age, location, or circumstance. Remember, God’s children are our brothers and sisters; we are all of the same eternal family.
In this sense, let us all be mentors—eager to reach out and help one another to become our best selves. Because we are God’s offspring, we do have the potential to become like Him. Loving God and our fellowmen, keeping God’s commandments, and following Christ’s example are the straight, narrow, and joyful path back into the presence of our heavenly parents.
If the God of the universe cares so much about us that He is a mentor to us, perhaps we too can reach out to our fellowmen, regardless of their color, race, socioeconomic circumstances, language, or religion. Let us become inspired mentors and bless the lives of others—not only our own children but also all of God’s children throughout the world.
Teaching from This Message
You may want to begin by asking those you teach to think of a moment when Heavenly Father mentored them. You could then ask them to think of the similarities between that moment and a moment when they felt mentored by their earthly father. Invite them to write down the similarities in how they were mentored. You could challenge them to try to emulate the thing they wrote down in an effort to be a better example to others.
Heavenly Father’s Help
Because Heavenly Father loves us, He has given us many tools, or gifts, to help us. Match each gift with its picture below. How can you use these gifts to bless your life and to bless others?
priesthood power
love for others
apostles and prophets

“Mentoring Others”


Awakening each day in prayer
thanking and being grateful
to Heavenly Father for all
thus being in sacred awe
that he would mentor each
during every aspect of life
giving us an eternal lesson
we too should be mentors
to our children and families
to our friends and neighbors
thus able to close each day
being grateful for all in awe!

Copyright © 2016 – cji

"Within the Garden"

“Within the Garden”


Wherefore is the fruit or produce
within the garden or vineyard
seeking and working therein
finding the good and prepared
sharing – dunging – watering
much to be done in the fields
white and ready to harvest
only after careful preparation
thus found in Father’s service
preparing and harvesting
obedient to the Spirit always
within the garden or vineyard!

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May 30, 2016

"Another Day"

“Another Day”


The weekend is over
thoughts return to the day
riots and desecrations
a thing of the past
putrid humans beings
go back into their holes
until another opportunity
to steal, rob, rape, scream
appears in their territory
another day wh is silent
ignoring our nations evil
lauding and demeaning
what’s good and fair
msm skewing the news
making good evil
another day to begin
withering in the sun
homeless still there
illegals entrenched
many going to work
to pay for the entitled
whether in congress
or in the inner-city!

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"Decoration Day" (May 6, 1866) (Memorial Day)

“Decoration Day”
(May 6, 1866)


Known today as Memorial Day
started to honor the falling dead
of American soldiers in wars
first the Civil War both sides
now extending back to 1774
honoring brave men/women
seeking first freedom/peace
the peace has never appeared
however the fragile freedom did
now being destroyed from within
we’ve become a hated nation
where we’ve spilt blood often
in most foreign nations known
we’ve been allies with most
China, Russia, Middle East
France, England, Vietnam
and the list continues
where American blood fell
where graves left behind
hated in the UN on our soil
mass rioters of illegals within
coming here because leaving
what was worse than here
sadly or even proudly
we loved them more than
their hatred of us today
such is the life of warfare
strange bedfellow for awhile
then adversaries once more
there is no thank you in war
only the demand to be #1
losing is a disgrace to most
thus seeking redemption
by hating the victor or worse
the one who bailed them out
today no different than then
‘Decoration Day-Memorial Day’
American’s united honor the dead
illegal aliens honor their hate
our government* honors none
except their selfish desires
we’ve much to learn discern
no longer taught in schools
our university’s a disgrace
thus on-the-job learning
in the home learning needed
freedom is worth dying for
but better worth living for
loving the only free nation
which without the US
there would be no freedom
anywhere in the world today
so my brother/sister I love
your sacrifices not in vain
they stand as a beacon
allowing those who know
those who care enough
seeking the truth of freedom
remembering your valor
for them and for us today!

*Those who support our current administration
in the treason and other acts of disrespect
for the United States of America and our
Constitution and our freedoms today!)

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May 29, 2016

"More From the Weekend" (Stepping back)

“More From the Weekend”
(Stepping back:
Giving honor among thieves
bringing the reality of truth
war is a literal hellish thing
it has a life of its own decay
able to penetrate within
desecrating most thinking
distorting the parades
denying what really happened
while savoring the day
honoring the dead
while not forgetting
the terrible cost of blood!)

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(5) "Lies of our Leaders"

“Lies of our Leaders”
There are no Chinese soldiers
yet thousands killed or captive
over and over leaders lie
and today we harbor others
denying provided aid to enemies
Sec. of States negotiate
giving away our safety
with nothing in return
they fatten their resumes’
their pockets and win acclaim
msm praises them always
these lies of our leaders
never-ending in war or death!
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(4) "Atrocities 2"

“Atrocities 2”
Remembering most hidden
done in the shade of black
only discovered by chance
or someone bragging doing
Ft. Pillow/Paraguayan War
Greek Pontic Genocide
Armenian Genocide (by Turkey)
Kayyn Massacre (by Russia)
Visgrad Massacres (’92-’95)
Marzabotto Massacre (’43-’44)
The Damour Massacre (Islam)
Japanese Chemical Massacres
with many still ongoing today
amid which we seem unfeeling
hands tied as the on-lookers!
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(3) "Is This the Reason"

“Is This the Reason”
Trying to reason of the why
we seek for a peace denied
moments of love seep within
seeing our loved ones safe
if even for this single moment
where protected from evil
they’re able to smile and play
pondering the plight of war
and if this is the reason why?

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