June 30, 2017

Visiting Teaching July 2017


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?

“Jesus achieved perfect unity with the Father by submitting Himself, both flesh and spirit, to the will of the Father,” taught Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
“… Surely we will not be one with God and Christ until we make Their will and interest our greatest desire. Such submissiveness is not reached in a day, but through the Holy Spirit, the Lord will tutor us if we are willing until, in process of time, it may accurately be said that He is in us as the Father is in Him.”1
Linda K. Burton, former Relief Society General President, taught how to work toward this unity: “Making and keeping our covenants is an expression of our commitment to become like the Savior. The ideal is to strive for the attitude best expressed in a few phrases of a favorite hymn: ‘I’ll go where you want me to go. … I’ll say what you want me to say. … I’ll be what you want me to be.’”2
Elder Christofferson also reminded us that “as we endeavor day by day and week by week to follow the path of Christ, our spirit asserts its preeminence, the battle within subsides, and temptations cease to trouble.”3
Neill F. Marriott, Second Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency, bears testimony of the blessings of striving to align our will with God’s will: “I have struggled to banish the mortal desire to have things myway, eventually realizing that my way is oh so lacking, limited, and inferior to the way of Jesus Christ. ‘His way is the path that leads to happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come’ [“The Living Christ”; emphasis added].”4 Let us strive humbly to become one with our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.
Additional Scriptures and Information
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Consider This

How does doing the will of God help us to become more like Him?


1.       D. Todd Christofferson, “That They May Be One in Us,” Liahona,Nov. 2002, 72, 73.
2.       Linda K. Burton, “The Power, Joy, and Love of Covenant Keeping,”Liahona, Nov. 2013, 111.
3.       D. Todd Christofferson, “That They May Be One in Us,” 71.
4.       Neill F. Marriott, “Yielding Our Hearts to God,” Liahona, Nov. 2015, 32.

“One = One”


My sheep shall be but one
one mind–and one purpose
thus is the plan of salvation
that we might all be one
eternal and forever a family
generation upon generation
becoming as Father and Son
one mind - one purpose
one shepherd one flock
one = one eternally!

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20170701 Home Teaching July 2017

FIRST PRESIDENCY MESSAGE The Reward of Enduring Well 
First Counselor in the First Presidency
When I was a young man, I served in the Church as a counselor to a wise district president. He was constantly trying to teach me. I remember the advice he once gave to me: “When you meet someone, treat them as if they were in serious trouble, and you will be right more than half the time.” I thought then that he was pessimistic. Now, more than 50 years later, I can see how well he understood the world and life.
We all have trials to face—at times, very difficult trials. We know that the Lord allows us to go through trials in order for us to be polished and perfected so we can be with Him forever.
The Lord taught the Prophet Joseph Smith in Liberty Jail that the reward for enduring his trials well would help qualify him for eternal life: “My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment;
“And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes” (D&C 121:7–8).
So many things beat upon us in a lifetime that it may seem hard to endure well. It can seem that way to a family depending on crops when there is no rain. They may wonder, “How long can we hold on?” It can seem that way to a youth faced with resisting the rising flood of filth and temptation. It can seem that way to a young man struggling to get the education or training he needs for a job to support a wife and family. It can seem that way to a person who can’t find a job or who has lost job after job as businesses close their doors. It can seem that way to those faced with the erosion of health and physical strength, which may come early or late in life for them or for those they love.
But a loving God has not set such tests before us simply to see if we can endure difficulty but rather to see if we can endure them well and so become polished.
The First Presidency taught Elder Parley P. Pratt (1807–57) when he was a newly called member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “You have enlisted in a cause that requires your whole attention; … become a polished shaft. … You must endure much toil, much labor, and many privations to become perfectly polished. … Your Heavenly Father requires it; the field is His; the work is His; and He will … cheer you … and buoy you up.”1
In the book of Hebrews, Paul speaks of the fruit of enduring well: “Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby” (Hebrews 12:11).
Our trials and our difficulties give us the opportunity to learn and grow, and they may even change our very nature. If we can turn to the Savior in our extremity, our souls can be polished as we endure.
Therefore, the first thing to remember is to pray always (see D&C 10:5Alma 34:19–29).
The second thing is to strive continuously to keep the commandments—whatever the opposition, the temptation, or the tumult around us (see Mosiah 4:30).
The third crucial thing to do is to serve the Lord (see D&C 4:220:31).
In the Master’s service, we come to know and love Him. We will, if we persevere in prayer and faithful service, begin to recognize the hand of the Savior and the influence of the Holy Ghost in our life. Many of us have for a period given such service and felt that companionship. If you think back on that time, you will remember that there were changes in you. The temptation to do evil seemed to lessen. The desire to do good increased. Those who knew you best and loved you may have said: “You have become kinder and more patient. You don’t seem to be the same person.”
You weren’t the same person. You were changed through the Atonement of Jesus Christ because you relied on Him in the time of your trial.
I promise you that the Lord will come to your aid in your trials if you seek and serve Him and that your soul will be polished in the process. I challenge you to put your trust in Him in all your adversities.
I know that God the Father lives and that He hears and answers our every prayer. I know that His Son, Jesus Christ, paid the price of all of our sins and that He wants us to come to Him. I know that the Father and the Son watch over us and have prepared a way for us to endure well and to come home again.
Teaching from This Message
We all have challenges that test our faith and ability to endure. Consider the needs and challenges of those you teach. Before visiting, you could pray for guidance to know how to better help them endure well. You might consider discussing both the principles and the scriptures President Eyring mentions, including prayer, service, and keeping the commandments. You might also share personal experiences of how you have been blessed in ways that have helped you endure well.

Youth When My Friend Died By Samantha Linton

The author lives in Utah, USA.
During my junior year in high school, my friend had a brain aneurism and passed away the next day. Although I was a member of the Church, I still struggled. I had been taught my entire life that I could turn to Heavenly Father and the Savior for anything, but I never had to go through something like this before.
I cried for hours, trying to find something—anything—to give me peace. The night after her passing, I turned to the hymnbook. As I flipped through the pages, I landed on “Abide with Me; ’Tis Eventide” (Hymns, no. 165). The third verse stuck out to me:
Abide with me; ’tis eventide,
And lone will be the night
If I cannot commune with thee,
Nor find in thee my light.
The darkness of the world, I fear,
Would in my home abide.
O Savior, stay this night with me;
Behold, ’tis eventide.
This verse filled me with so much peace. I knew then that not only could the Savior stay that night with me but that He also knew exactly how I was feeling. I know that the love I felt through the hymn not only got me through that night but has also gotten me through many other trials I’ve endured.
You can download “Abide with Me; ’Tis Eventide” at lds.org/go/7176.


Children Focus on Jesus

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When we focus on Jesus, He can help us handle the hard things in life. Loving others, keeping the commandments, and praying to Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ are all ways to focus on Jesus.
Draw pictures in the blank squares so that each row and each column has a picture for love, prayer, and commandments.


1.       Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt, ed. Parley P. Pratt Jr. (1979), 120.

“To Endure Well”


Without murmur or complaint
welcoming the fiery trials
seeking refining and purification
moving always toward light
being found worthy always
obedience in covenants
to endure well till the end
knowing the Savior personally
thus knowing his Father
finding Zion’s road easy
finding Zion’s road easy!

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June 29, 2017

“Prevailing Mephistophelean” (Epilogue:)

“Prevailing Mephistophelean”
Beguiling men women
children even infants
those in the womb
such ingenuity applied
drugs and satanic games
evil in all apparent dress
prevailing mephistophelean
typical of men/women today!)

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(6) "Ritual of Passage"

“Ritual of Passage”
Lies upon the truths
what not to believe
or better what too
ritual of passage long
many difficult curves
traversing many roads
unable to stay the course
Zion’s road only to travel!

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(5) "Wars of Definition"

“Wars of Definition”
There was a Russian poet
who dismissed all words
expressing without meaning
while yet having to use words
wars of definition extremes
without meaning or multiple
diverse and confusing
prevailing mephistophelean
satan unwilling to quit
agreeing with the Russian!

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(4) "Evolving"

Darwin had no idea
devious minds of men
creating evolution false
arguments presented
whether true or false
mixing and matching
evolving forms unknown
unrecognizable new form
evolving facts from air!

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(3) "Beginning Spins"

“Beginning Spins”
Beguiling confusions
renewing the language
dis-interpreting almost
creating illusions false
round and round spin
mixing colors profusions
beginning spins guile
confusions beguiling!

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(2) "Talking Points"

“Talking Points”
Influencing another
seeking allies about
baiting the hook
trying this and that
till getting a bite
(a vote – an ally)
talking points about
lies or truths unknown!

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(1) "Ethics Prevailed"

“Ethics Prevailed”
When might be the question
certainly not since Cain
while honor has been
even if only among friends
short lived and/or eternal
even among the twelve
a traitor supped often
we’ve always to wonder
when ethics prevailed?

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"Prevailing Mephistophelean" (Prologue:)

“Prevailing Mephistophelean”


Wanders the wobbly world
evil balancing one way
honesty grasping another
prevailing mephistophelean
where in evil usually wins
the imbalance noticeable
quietly with bombasticism
chaotically spreading evil
honesty comes out often
only to be shunted aside!)

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June 28, 2017

"Common Sense or Not"

“Common Sense or Not”


What is the thought of truth
can one tell it from a lie
if so when and how to know
can one be so ignorant
never to know the differences
while truth is revealed always
by the breath of the Spirit
giving a prompting beforehand
while a lie brings confusion
without common sense reason
even a child knows a lie
while most adults require one
how sad for our nation
rather to have lies comfort
than truths surety to trust!

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