Read through thoughts and quotes from the September Visiting Teaching message. Also enjoy the monthly visiting teaching free printable down below.
It can be daunting to read through the headlines of our day. We live in the Latter-days when the work is hastening but with the hastening comes great sorrow and turmoil. This last couple weeks with the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and Irma my heart has been lifted reading about all the love that has spread throughout the communities regardless of race, gender, sexual preference, or age. My heart has been lifted looking at photos of people helping each other, people who come from different backgrounds, people making human chains to rescue others, volunteers working hours apon hours to save others.
Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said: “At the heart of the English word atonement is the word one. If all mankind understood this, there would never be anyone with whom we would not be concerned, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, or social or economic standing. We would strive to emulate the Savior and would never be unkind, indifferent, disrespectful, or insensitive to others.”
How beautiful is it that through such a tragedy the light of Christ is able to shine through these people. “And the Lord called his people Zion, because they were of one heart and one mind, and dwelt in righteousness; and there was no poor among them” (Moses 7:18). How can we become one always? How can we improve ourselves personally to treat others as ourselves? How can we further promote the love of Christ in our communities?
I truly believe this is our mission of the Relief Society that expands on our motto, “Our opportunity as covenant-keeping daughters of God is not just to learn from our own challenges; it is to unite in empathy and compassion as we support other members of the family of God in their struggles.”3 What better way to be more like Christ than to try to understand the trials we have yet to experience but our neighbors are experiencing. May we strive to mourn with those who mourn, to serve when we are able without judgement, to be one.
What is visiting teaching?
In case you’re wondering what I’m talking about, visiting teaching is a program in the LDS or Mormon church that asks female members to visiting assigned sisters or other female adult members over 18 once a month. The program is in place with the principal of service in mind and so that all members will be looked after and have their needs met. Every month there is a new spiritual message to share with your sisters. And with each of these messages I create a free printable. Personally, I have loved the friendships I have gained from serving and visiting teaching. In the LDS church there is also a program for the men called home teaching. If you would like to learn more about Mormons or the LDS church click here.
To go along with the message I’ve made this free visiting teaching printable! Instructions are below. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful time visiting your sisters. I make these each month to go along with each message so come back monthly to get yours! Looking for more resources check out my General Conference Activties here. And with conference coming up check out my Color the Temples coloring book I illustrated.