I like that my posting schedule worked out to have the visiting teaching message for the month of December fall right after Thanksgiving. On the day when we give thanks and also turn to the upcoming Christmas holiday it seems very appropriate to share the message about The Divine Mission of Jesus Christ: The Only Begotten Son. While there are so many things I love about the Christmas season the celebration of Christ is my very favorite.
Download this month’s handout to take to the ladies you visit teach or send it to them in the mail.
I always love putting together the November visiting teaching message because this means I get to choose any quote I like from General Conference the month before. I end up going through the talks and reading them again and finding new insights that I missed when hearing them for the first time. And while you don’t have to use the same talk I picked when visiting your sisters, you can still take them a little handout with a beautiful quote from our prophet.
This quote is from President Monson’s talk “I Will Not Fail Thee, Nor Forsake Thee” which can be read, along with all of the talks from General Conference, on the church’s website.
The message for this month is called The Divine Mission of Jesus Christ: Creator and it can be read in its entirety here. I had a hard time choosing which quote to put on the handout because I love so much of what is being taught in this message. A couple of my favorites are:
“How grateful we should be that a wise Creator fashioned an earth and placed us here,” said President Thomas S. Monson, “… that we might experience a time of testing, an opportunity to prove ourselves in order to qualify for all that God has prepared for us to receive.”
And these words from President Dieter F. Uchtdorf: “This is a paradox of man: compared to God, man is nothing; yet we are everything to God.” Knowing that Jesus Christ created the earth for us because we mean everything to Heavenly Father can help us increase our love for Them.
But I ultimately chose this beautiful promise from the prophet Joseph Smith. I hope that as you share it with the sisters you teach you’ll feel the truth of the words.
The message for this month is on self-reliance, which is the ability, commitment, and effort to provide for the spiritual and temporal well-being of ourselves and of our families. The message includes this wonderful counsel from Elder Hales “become self-reliant temporally, “which includes getting a post-secondary education or vocational training, learning to work, and living within our means. By avoiding debt and saving money now, we are prepared for full-time Church service in the years to come. The purpose of both temporal and spiritual self-reliance is to get ourselves on higher ground so that we can lift others in need.”
Download the handout to take to the sisters you teach or send it to them in the mail with a letter or card!
The message for this month is on Welfare and how it is “central to the work of the Relief Society.” When the Relief Society was founded the sisters were charged “to relieve the poor” and to “save souls.” These goals are still at the heart of Relief Society and are expressed in our motto, “Charity never faileth.”
You can download the PDF to take to the sister’s you teach or send it to them in the mail along with a letter letting them know you care.
July’s message is called Teaching and Learning the Gospel and the full message can be read on the church’s website here. As women in the church we have many opportunities to be teachers- primary workers, serving in young women’s, mothers, visiting teachers, etc. This is why it is so important to study the gospel. “After all, who has any greater need to ‘treasure up’ the truths of the gospel (on which they may call in their moments of need) than do women and mothers who do so much nurturing and teaching?”
Download the PDF handout to take to the sisters you teach or send it to them in the mail with a card!