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Visiting Teaching – Watching Over Each Other


I’ve mentioned Visiting Teaching before, and recently I went visiting teaching to a couple of sisters (ladies) I’m assigned to.

I picked up my companion and we drove over toward our first one.  When I had called to schedule the appointment, she asked if I knew where her house was.  I said I had her address but hadn’t ever been by there.  So she gave me directions.

Good thing she did, because she’s tucked away a little in the middle of a neighborhood that has streets twisting and turning in several directions.  But by following her instructions we had little trouble finding her.

She’s a dear little lady and the three of us had a great visit.  In light of our recent snowstorm we commiserated over trying to navigate roads in the snow, and how the street snow removal is not what it used to be.  We discussed how long we’ve lived in the area, raising our children, and how things have been going in our lives.  We found we had more in common than we realized, and we left basking in the warmth of true friendship and the blessings of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.

Our next appointment was another wonderful sister.  She was ready for us when we got there and had a box of yarn for my companion as they both thoroughly enjoy knitting and crocheting and making hand-made items of all kinds.  As we got to know each other I was amazed at how different our backgrounds, talents, likes, dislikes, challenges, and experiences are.  And it is interesting to see all the variety in each person’s life, and to be reminded how there really is a time and a season to all things.

And of course one thing we all had in common was the Church, the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Being united within this basic and fundamental, most glorious way was the best thing of all.  We know that we are daughters of our loving Father in Heaven, that He loves us, He knows us and our individual differences and circumstances.  And He has guided our paths to bring us to this point in our lives where we intersect and have the privilege of getting to know, love, and watch out for each other.

What a beautiful, perfect, and happy plan!  🙂

 

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Talked in Church This Sunday


Today I spoke in Church.  As I mentioned in my last post, the subject was: Christ –  The Light of the World.

Here are the basics of what I said:

This has been a beautiful week!  Being asked to talk about Christ – The Light of the World gave me a wonderful focus to my week.

I read the scriptures, searched the last General Conference talks, reviewed other resources from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and had many wonderful thoughts and inspiration.

Focusing on such an uplifting topic was wonderful!

In Moroni 7:15-17 it says:

For behold, my brethren, it is given unto you to judge, that ye may know good from evil; and the way to judge is as plain, that ye may know with a perfect knowledge, as the daylight is from the dark night.

For behold, the Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil; wherefore, I show unto you the way to judge; for every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God.

But whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do evil, and believe not in Christ, and deny him, and serve not God, then ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of the devil; for after this manner doth the devil work, for he persuadeth no man to do good, no, not one; neither do his angels; neither do they who subject themselves unto him.”

This means that the light of Christ (sometimes referred to as a conscience) is given to everyone so that we will be able to tell good from bad.  The way to tell the difference is plain, so that anyone will be able to know what is good and what is bad.

Anything that helps us to love God, want to pray to Him, or encourages us to do good to others, we know for sure those things are good and come from God.

And anything that teaches us not to believe in God, makes us not want to pray, or discourages us from doing things for others (service), we know for sure those things are not good and are from Satan.

This is the key.  Our loving Father in Heaven gave us the light of Christ and this key to understanding it so that we don’t have to wander in darkness.  It is very plain what is good and what is evil.

I was fortunate enough to have wonderful parents who loved the gospel and were very active in the Church!  They were born in Germany and lived through World War II as young children.

People there remained strong because they had the Church in their lives.  Even when they lost contact with Church Headquarters, they continued to read the scriptures and use the manuals they had to strengthen and support each other.

My mother’s strong faith and example was a strong influence in my life.  I learned what was good and have tried to hang on to that all my life.

We are so blessed in this day and age to have many, many resources for good around us.  In the world society struggles so much, and teaches many falsehoods, many of them so often that some people start thinking it sounds plausible.  We are not left to wander alone or to be tossed about with every whim that the latest fad dictates.

Heavenly Father has given us scriptures, modern-day prophets, the Church organization, and many wonderful resources.  We know who we are, who we can become, and how to get there!  We can have feelings of peace in this world and hope for great blessings in the world to come.

I am so thankful for the knowledge of the gospel that I have.  I know that God loves us, that we are His children, that He has sent us here for a glorious purpose, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has His power and authority to bind families together forever and enable us to return to live with God in His presence in peace and happiness with our family and friends for all eternity.  These blessings can be ours as we follow the principles and ordinances of Christ’s restored gospel.  In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Primary Program Time Again


Today was our Primary Program in Sacrament meeting.

I am still their pianist, a calling that I love!  I love working with the children, feeling their special and tender feelings for Jesus Christ and for Heavenly Father.  They love the prophet, President Thomas S. Monson, and they love each other and coming to church.

They also love singing.  This group has learned a few songs that have 2 parts or that have a descant (a part that is higher than the regular song).  They love doing this so much that although it is a smaller group than we’ve had for a few years, their singing was strong and clear!  Several people commented on it and on how much they enjoyed hearing it.  (And remember, this is the regular Primary children, not a special choir or group of the children.)

The Primary Program is one of, if not the best programs of the entire year.  And today’s program was truly inspirational.  The children behaved reverently during the whole thing, every one of them spoke clearly enough to be heard – even the youngest ones – and they truly helped us feel the Spirit of God in that meeting.

These children know who they are, they know where they come from, and they know where they are going.  They want to choose the right and feel the closeness of God in their lives.  They love their families, they are not perfect, but they know what to do when they do something wrong.  They are learning to stand for the right, to try to follow Jesus Christ’s example, and to strengthen their faith and their families.

That is what Primary helps children in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints do.  And it is the same, exact thing all over the world!  🙂