January 31, 2017

Visiting Teaching Message February 2017


VISITING TEACHING MESSAGE

Christ’s Atonement Is Evidence of God’s Love

Prayerfully study this material and seek for inspiration to know what to share. How will understanding the purpose of Relief Society prepare daughters of God for the blessings of eternal life?

Understanding that our Heavenly Father gave His Only Begotten Son that we might have immortality and the potential for eternal life helps us feel of God’s infinite and incomprehensible love for us. Our Savior also loves us.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? …
“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
“Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:35, 38–39).
Of Jesus Christ’s Atonement, Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said: “The Savior’s suffering in Gethsemane and His agony on the cross redeem us from sin by satisfying the demands that justice has upon us. He extends mercy and pardons those who repent. The Atonement of Jesus Christ also satisfies the debt justice owes to us by healing and compensating us for any suffering we innocently endure. ‘For behold, he suffereth the pains of all men, yea, the pains of every living creature, both men, women, and children, who belong to the family of Adam’ (2 Nephi 9:21; see also Alma 7:11–12).”1
Christ has “graven [us] upon the palms of [His] hands” (Isaiah 49:16). Linda K. Burton, Relief Society General President, says, “That supreme act of love ought to send each of us to our knees in humble prayer to thank our Heavenly Father for loving us enough that He sent His Only Begotten and perfect Son to suffer for our sins, our heartaches, and all that seems unfair in our own individual lives.”2

Additional Scriptures and Information


Faith, Family, Relief

Consider This

How can we express our gratitude and love to God and to Jesus Christ for the gift of our Savior’s Atonement?


“Evidences of Love”

cji
2/1/17

Too often seeking a sign
when evidences all about
knowing of eternal love
from Heavenly Father
and surely his Son
our Savior, Jesus
need we need more
dare we even ask more
when so abundantly
we’ve truth – revelations
and evidences of love!

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Home Teaching February 2017


FIRST PRESIDENCY MESSAGE

“As I Have Loved You”




Some years ago a friend named Louis related to me a tender account about his gentle, soft-spoken mother. When she passed away, she left to her sons and daughters no fortune of finance but rather a heritage of wealth in example, in sacrifice, in obedience.
After the funeral eulogies had been spoken and the sad trek to the cemetery had been made, the grown family sorted through the meager possessions the mother had left. Among them, Louis discovered a note and a key. The note instructed: “In the corner bedroom, in the bottom drawer of my dresser, is a tiny box. It contains the treasure of my heart. This key will open the box.”
All wondered what their mother had of sufficient value to place under lock and key.
The box was removed from its resting place and opened carefully with the aid of the key. As Louis and the others examined the contents of the box, they found an individual photo of each child, with the child’s name and birth date. Louis then pulled out a homemade valentine. In crude, childlike penmanship, which he recognized as his own, he read the words he had written 60 years before: “Dear Mother, I love you.”
Hearts were tender, voices soft, and eyes moist. Mother’s treasure was her eternal family. Its strength rested on the bedrock foundation of “I love you.”
In today’s world, nowhere is that bedrock foundation of love needed more than in the home. And nowhere should the world find a better example of that foundation than in the homes of Latter-day Saints who have made love the heart of their family life.
To those of us who profess to be disciples of the Savior Jesus Christ, He gave this far-reaching instruction:
“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”1
If we would keep the commandment to love one another, we must treat each other with compassion and respect, showing our love in day-to-day interactions. Love offers a kind word, a patient response, a selfless act, an understanding ear, a forgiving heart. In all our associations, these and other such acts help make evident the love in our hearts.
President Gordon B. Hinckley (1910–2008) observed: “Love … is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Yet it is more than the end of the rainbow. Love is at the beginning also, and from it springs the beauty that arches across the sky on a stormy day. Love is the security for which children weep, the yearning of youth, the adhesive that binds marriage, and the lubricant that prevents devastating friction in the home; it is the peace of old age, the sunlight of hope shining through death. How rich are those who enjoy it in their associations with family, friends, church, and neighbors.”2
Love is the very essence of the gospel, the noblest attribute of the human soul. Love is the remedy for ailing families, ill communities, and sick nations. Love is a smile, a wave, a kind comment, and a compliment. Love is sacrifice, service, and selflessness.
Husbands, love your wives. Treat them with dignity and appreciation. Sisters, love your husbands. Treat them with honor and encouragement.
Parents, love your children. Pray for them, teach them, and testify to them. Children, love your parents. Show them respect, gratitude, and obedience.
Without the pure love of Christ, Mormon counsels, “[we] are nothing.”3 My prayer is that we may follow Mormon’s counsel to “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 of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him.”4

Teaching from This Message

President Monson teaches us the importance of demonstrating true Christlike love, particularly in the home. Consider what you can do to show love to those you teach. You could also ask them to discuss ways they can show more love to one another. You might encourage them to select one of those ideas and make plans to achieve it as a family. For instance, family members could offer a secret act of service to another family member each week. You might ask them to later reflect on how striving to reach their goal increased the love in their home.
Youth

Praying for Peace

By Sarah T.
The author lives in Arizona, USA.
My parents often attended meetings after church, and I would watch my three younger brothers and help them make lunch—though they were often short-tempered and hungry. Usually if they started fighting, I could solve the small problem quickly. But sometimes it was hard to make peace once a fight had started because I’d get agitated.
One afternoon, my brothers were having an especially hard time getting along. I found that my efforts to make peace only made things worse because I was upset. So I just made my own lunch and stopped talking. Finally, I announced, “I’m going to pray. Can we please be quiet for a minute?” Once they settled down, I asked for a blessing on the food. Before I closed the prayer, I added, “And please help us to be peacemakers.”
At first, they seemed not to hear and began fighting again. I was annoyed but knew I needed to be as loving and calm as I could be because I’d just prayed for peace. After a minute, I felt very calm. I ate without saying anything, and the boys eventually stopped fighting. I realized the peace I felt was an answer to a simple prayer. I had prayed to be a peacemaker, and my Heavenly Father had helped me stay calm when it was so tempting to yell. I know that He can truly give us peace.
Children

True Treasure

President Monson tells a story about a mother who had a special treasure box. When her children opened the box, they found pictures of themselves. The mother’s treasure was her family!
True treasure isn’t gold or jewels—it’s the people you love. Whom do you love? Draw a picture of them or write their names in the treasure box.


“Peacemakers Example Love”

cji
2/1/17

How much can we love another
needed to be obedient to Father
‘love thy neighbor as thyself’
are we found so to be loving
as the Father and the Son to us
are we the peacemakers to be
giving examples of love/service
caring enough for others to share
our best behavior and example
staying calm when chaos is about
truly keeping the admonition
‘as I have loved you – love one
another’ always and forever!


Copyright © 2017 – cji

January 30, 2017

"Random Suicide"


“Random Suicide”

cji
1/31/17

A nation which bends
leaving morality behind
denying any religion
allowing terrorists within
begging for and getting
 random suicide today
believing msm fully
forgetting any truth
random suicide here
non-selective who
daily murders done
without regard
to those who defend
their right to murder!


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"Wiggling Out"


“Wiggling Out”

cji
1/30/17

Incapable of comprehending
what evil today has been done
abandoned hope of recovery
lost all to never be found again
wiggling out the mind vacates
leaving a morass of mazes
face to face with such doing
seeing blankness reflect
what was is there no more
abandoned the edifice
once called by name
now only an illusion!


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January 29, 2017

"Truth is Reality"


“Truth is Reality”

cji
1/30/17

Too many living in illusion
believing follywood
creating false heroes
actors on the stage
living in un-reality
while there is reality
where truth is spoken
common sense/reason
without excuses
truth is reality!


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"How Much Done"


“How Much Done”

cji
1/30/17

Casting out devils
speaking in tongues*
taking up serpents
drinking of poison
nothing to hurt them
who are obedient
righteous and pure
much unknown
but most important
healing the sick
who shall recover
how much done
understanding
foolish testing
tempting the Father
none of the above
however in faith
good works
all can be done!

(*Tongues is where one speaks
their language and others
understand without translation)


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"Sign Follow Each"


“Signs Follow Each”

cji
1/30/17

Many ask for signs unseen
for without commitments
faith and works together
making covenants with God
only the wicked seek signs
while those who understand
doing all that’s required
the signs then follow each
the man with the priesthood
the women in the covenant
common sense and reason
making the signs normal
wherein the truth resides!

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"Baptized"


“Baptized”

cji
1/30/17

Many forms of baptism
all with a form of truth
most done without right
authority from on high
called to the priesthood
handed down via Prophets
so few understand this
while yet reading it all
3000 baptized by one
taking the authority
having not received
by those in authority
as then as it is today
all 3000 re-baptized
by those with authority
one Church – one baptism
for God is unchanging!


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"Being a Disciple"


“Being a Disciple”

cji
1/30/17

Disciples are not idle
they cannot be quiet
each you and I, others
are to teach the truth
allowing all to hear
letting them decide
for without agency
we’ve only Satan’s plan
coercion and lock step
being a disciple more
being a child of God
preaching the truth
the Gospel of Jesus
to the mission called!


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"Enduring to the End"


“Enduring to the End”

cji
1/30/17

Being a disciple of Jesus
requires much of each
worldly people reject you
even to ridicule and hate
much like the protesters
hearing not the truth
seeing not the good to be
turning to terrorism alone
taking pelf for their hours
while yet the few chosen
enduring to the end
knowing the Savior first
and thus knowing Father!


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"Doubting Not"


“Doubting Not”

cji
1/30/17

All who believe in Christ
doubting nothing of truth
being in obedience to him
loving him keeping His laws
easy the Commandments
harkening to James 1:5
and also James 1:27
there will be blessings
with none being withheld
doubting not in truth!


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Mormon 9:21-24


Mormon 9:21 Behold, I say unto you that whoso believeth in Christ, doubting nothing, whatsoever he shall ask the Father in the name of Christ it shall be granted him; and this promise is unto all, even unto the ends of the earth.
 22 For behold, thus said Jesus Christ, the Son of God, unto his disciples who should tarry, yea, and also to all his disciples, in the hearing of the multitude: Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature;
 23 And he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be damned;

 24 And these signs shall follow them that believe—in my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover;

"Could We Say"


“Could We Say”

Cji
1/30/17

Holding hands throughout
whether here or there
sometimes close together
others only mind melds
still touching each’s heart
knowing of eternal friends
could we say unbounded
for such is love known
friends from before
pre-existence till now
then beyond the veil
could we say forever?


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