August 31, 2016

Visiting Teaching September 2016


Parenthood Is a Sacred Duty

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Our Heavenly Father established families to help us teach correct principles in a loving atmosphere. President Thomas S. Monson said: “Give your child a compliment and a hug; say, ‘I love you’ more; always express your thanks. Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved.”1
Susan W. Tanner, former Young Women general president, taught: “Our Father in Heaven exemplifies the pattern we should follow. He loves us, teaches us, is patient with us, and entrusts us with our agency. … Sometimes discipline, which means ‘to teach,’ is confused with criticism. Children—as well as people of all ages—improve behavior from love and encouragement more than from fault-finding.”2
“If we faithfully have family prayer, scripture study, family home evening,priesthood blessings, and Sabbath day observance,” said Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “our children will … be prepared for an eternal home in heaven, regardless of what befalls them in a difficult world.”3

Additional Scriptures

Living Stories

“I was reading the newspaper when one of my young grandsons snuggled up to me,” said Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “As I read, I was delighted to hear his sweet voice chattering on in the background. Imagine my surprise when, a few moments later, he pushed himself between me and the paper. Taking my face in his hands and pressing his nose up to mine, he asked, ‘Grandpa! Are you in there?’
“… Being there means understanding the hearts of our youth and connecting with them. And connecting with them means not just conversing with them but doing things with them too. …
“We must plan and take advantage of teaching moments. …
“… The more I live, the more I recognize that the teaching moments in my youth, especially those provided by my parents, have shaped my life and made me who I am.”4

Consider This

Why is the gospel best taught by the language and example of love?

“Our Sacred Duty”


Awakening each day to give
our children need us always
knowing we always are there
as they grow and mature
the love nurtured in childhood
transcends into their adulthood
we’ve to raise our children
unto our Heavenly Father
and to our Savior, his Son
this is our sacred duty
we’ve none more important
awakening into each day!

Copyright © 2016 – cji

Home Teaching - September 2016

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“Are We Listening?”


We’ve been Commanded
‘If we love the Lord ---
we keep his Commandments!’
love is the key word of life
obedience enforces our love
within our homes and ourselves
with our children and parents
siblings and especially others
so after love – compassion
but without obedience nothing
and our Heavenly Father
expects us to be obedient
always and in everything
are we listening or not
now to read this message!

Copyright © 2016 – cji


After Love, Then What?

Second Counselor in the First Presidency
Detail from He Healed Many, by J. Kirk Richards, courtesy of Illume Gallery
Our beloved prophet, President Thomas S. Monson, has taught that “love is the very essence of the gospel.”1
Love is so important that Jesus called it “the first and great commandment” and said that every other particle of the law and words of the prophets hang upon it.2
Love is the central motive for all we do in the Church. Every program, every meeting, every action we are part of as disciples of Jesus Christ should spring from this attribute—for without charity, “the pure love of Christ,” we are nothing.3
Once we understand this with our mind and heart, once we declare our love for God and for our fellowman—what then?
Is feeling compassion and love for others enough? Does declaring our love for God and our neighbor satisfy our obligation to God?

The Parable of the Two Sons

At the temple in Jerusalem, the chief priests and elders of the Jews approached Jesus to trap Him in His words. The Savior, however, turned the tables on them by telling a story.
“A certain man had two sons,” He began. The father went to the first and asked him to go work in the vineyard. But the son refused. Later that son “repented, and went.”
The father then went to his second son and asked him to go work in the vineyard. The second son assured him that he would go, but he never went.
Then the Savior turned to the priests and elders and asked, “Which one of these two sons did the will of his father?”
They had to admit that it was the first son—the one who said he would not go but later repented and went to work in the vineyard.4
The Savior used this story to emphasize an important principle—it is those who obey the commandments who truly love God.
Perhaps this is why Jesus asked the people to listen to and follow the words of the Pharisees and scribes but not to follow their example.5 These religious teachers did not walk the talk. They loved to talk about religion, but sadly they missed its essence.

Actions and Our Salvation

In one of the Savior’s final lessons to His disciples, He spoke to them of the final Judgment. The wicked and the righteous would be separated. The good would inherit eternal life; the wicked would be delivered to eternal punishment.
What was the difference between the two groups?
Those who demonstrated their love through action were saved. Those who did not were condemned.6 True conversion to the gospel of Jesus Christ and its values and principles will be witnessed by our actions in our daily lives.
In the end, mere declaration of love for God and fellowmen will not qualify us for exaltation. For, as Jesus taught, “not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”7

What Comes after Love?

The answer to the question “After love, then what?” can be simple and straightforward. If we truly love the Savior, we incline our hearts to Him and then we walk in the path of discipleship. When we love God, we will strive to keep His commandments.8
If we truly love our fellowmen, we extend ourselves to help “the poor and the needy, the sick and the afflicted.”9 For they who do these selfless acts of compassion and service,10 the same are disciples of Jesus Christ.
This is what comes after love.
This is the essence of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Teaching from This Message

President Uchtdorf defines true disciples of Jesus Christ as those who show their love for Him and for others through their actions. He teaches us that “if we truly love the Savior, we incline our hearts to Him and then we walk in the path of discipleship.” Consider asking those you teach in what ways love has motivated them to walk in the path of discipleship. You could share your experiences with them as well. You might consider inviting them to pray for more charity and strength to act out of love.


Keeping the Commandments and Loving Others

When we think of love, often the first things that come to mind are romantic movies, chocolate, and flowers. But love—true love—is a lot deeper and a lot more selfless than that. Jesus Christ lived for us and died for us because of His love for us. In fact, the two great commandments are to love God and love everyone else (seeMatthew 22:36–40). But how can we show others that we love them?
President Uchtdorf shares Christ’s parable of the two sons, one who works for his father and one who does not. The Savior makes the point that only the son who obeyed his father truly loved him. Similarly, when we obey God’s commands, we show that we love Him and want to return to Him.
But how do we show we love everyone else? President Uchtdorf explains that too: “If we truly love our fellowmen, we extend ourselves to help ‘the poor and the needy, the sick and the afflicted.’ For they who do these selfless acts of compassion and service, the same are disciples of Jesus Christ.”
So the next time you see your parent, a sibling, or a friend, think about serving them to show your affection for them. Not only will it make them and you happy, but it will make your Father in Heaven happy too.


Showing Love

Jesus shared a story of a father and his two sons. The father worked in a vineyard and asked his two sons to help. The first son said no at first but later came to help in the vineyard. The second son said that he would help, but then he never did. Jesus taught that the first son showed more love for his father by being obedient.
Act out this story! Then write or draw three things you can do to show your love for Heavenly Father.

August 30, 2016

(Intermission) (10) "A Quick Review"

“A Quick Review”
Taught in the pre-existence
choices made to obey Father
or instead to follow Satan
2/3rds received mortality
1/3 only became minions
without bodies or hope
then as an infant to awake
sent with a mission to do
the Plan to fulfill fully
some by age eight
baptized properly
by one having authority
receiving the Holy Ghost
others delaying the time
depending on parents
(or their guardians)
to teach and to love
correct principles all
onward to puberty
then as a teenager
now almost an adult
transcending a window
some on Missions
others in school
some just hanging out
many with a job
those with Baptism
choices critical
those without Baptism
seeking the path
leading to Zion’s road
what’s remembered
too many forgotten
where are we found
at this intermission?
Copyright © 2016 – cji

(To be continued)

(9) "Role Changing Eternal"

“Role Changing Eternal”
Choices now made for being
following the truth eternal
or opting out of the Plan
following instead the world
while lots of life still to go
some feel both decisions
are written in stone (not)
each day another trial
different temptations await
wherein we find repentance!
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(8) "Having Managed Puberty"

“Having Managed Puberty”
Ready to conquer the world
so far no speeding tickets
no brushed with the law
lots of good friends met
lifelong friendships to grow
naïve to the worldly things
considered square by some
younger sisters brothers
setting the example for
scared by the reality
no longer the age of eight
no longer just sixteen
transforming into an adult
understanding temptations
implementing the Plan
using prayer and reason
common sense to prevail!
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"Putting it All Together" (7) "Almost 20"

(Still have no photo capability - sorry)

“Putting it All Together”


“Almost 20”
Reviewing our past quick
born into mortality long ago
it seems like a lifetime ago
wanting so to grow up
to be even four years old
then can’t wait to be eight
oh to be a teenager
then all of sudden old
I mean able to drive
even going on dates
out of high school
into college or work
some gone on Missions
others laying around
having learned the Plan
either committed fully
passively going astray!
Copyright © 2016 – cji

August 29, 2016

(6) "Temptations"

Part of the Plan
involves our agency
making own choices
avoiding temptations
in a world of them
everywhere we look
everything we hear
the adversary attacks
there is no down time
we’re a teenager
fair game for all
wanting our virtue
wanting our values
temptations to avoid
our agency allows us
to feel the Spirit
as part of the plan!

(to be continued)

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(5) "Responsible"

Soon to be a teenager
now decisions counting
responsible for our virtue
to be able to tell the truth
trustworthy and reliable
putting aside temptations
making decisions before
thus no hesitations
to say ‘yes’ or ‘NO’
staying with the Plan
listening to the Spirit
feeling the promptings
knowing right from wrong
being self-responsible!
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"Putting it All Together" (4) "Accountable"

“Putting it All Together”


In a world of loud chaos
most regardless of age
want to stay unaccountable
refusing to accept ones-self
blaming others and all
yet we’ve to learn to be
accountable for ourselves
our actions – our thoughts
the who we are to become
after the age of eight (8)
the burden shifts to each
parents (guardians) support
the system ignores the Plan
but we each cannot ever
thus to be accountable!
Copyright © 2016 – cji

August 28, 2016

(3) "To Become Accountable"

“To Become Accountable”
Under the age of eight
we’ve to learn and grow
to become accountable
which age is that of eight
unless health precludes
at some point to begin
second part of the Plan!
(To be continued)

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(2) "To Learn From Parents*"

“To Learn From Parents*”
Parents are responsible
teaching right and wrong
the Commandments all
of truth, virtue, morals
making proper choices
and most important why
parents to be the teachers
and each of us to learn!
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*or guardians

(1) "To Get a Mortal Body"

“To Get a Mortal Body”
The first thing we needed
each and everyone here
was a mortal body to house
our eternal spirit while here
this was to be our Temple
to care for and nourish
either for good or evil
the choice being ours
after agreeing to the Plan!
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"Putting it All Together" (Prelude)

“Putting it All Together”


There was a plan
it is still the plan
everyone on this earth
approved of the plan
every single person
those who objected
were thrown out
following the adversary
becoming his minions
thus it is this Plan
which we need
to remember now
putting it all together!)
Copyright © 2016 – cji

August 27, 2016

"But a Season"

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“But a Season”


We’re born -  and we die
In-between we do what?

Some live life as a lie
no longer easy to spot!

But a season to thrive
productive and alive!

Or a season just to deny
not even asking about why!

Yet today is the Sabbath Day
a day to awaken to repent!

Able to quietly learn to pray
before this day too is spent!

Each have their own season
then to report their reason!

Excuses or truthful reason(s)
What will be your reason(s)!

Copyright © 2016 – cji