Friday, September 11, 2009
September 2009Visiting Teaching Message
I have actually read through the message already and just forgot to list it for your reference. This Quote from the message from Elder Wirthlin, painted such a beautiful picture, I think my handout will come from this. Look for it as I have it only created in my mind. I will hurry and try to get it on the "Visiting Teaching Surprise" site right away.http://visitingteachingsurprise.blogspot.com/ Keep checking back. For those of you who don't know what I am talking about, I am adding Elder Wirthlin's message here:
Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin (1917–2008) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: "Faithful members of the Church should be like oak trees and should extend deep roots into the fertile soil of the fundamental principles of the gospel. We should understand and live by the simple, basic truths and not complicate them. Our foundations should be solid and deep-rooted so we can withstand the winds of temptation, false doctrine, adversity, and the onslaught of the adversary without being swayed or uprooted. . . .
"Spiritual nourishment is just as important as a balanced diet to keep us strong and healthy. We nourish ourselves spiritually by partaking of the sacrament weekly, reading the scriptures daily, praying daily in personal and family prayer, and performing temple work regularly. Our spiritual strengths are like batteries; they need to be charged and frequently recharged" ("Deep Roots," Ensign, Nov. 1994, 75).
I think that like Elder Wirthlin says, if faithful members of the church extended our roots deeply in the fertil soil of the gospel principles, then we ourselves can withstand temptations that are thrown at us by the adversary, or "Old Scratch" as my dad use to call him. There needs to be such a balance in our lives. Obviously we need food to nourish our body, but we need to feed our Spirits constantly as well. Just as our body becomes weak from lack of food or water, our Spirits can suffer deeply if we don't provide the proper nourishment. That nourishment is what is said in Elder Wirthlins quote... partaking of the Sacrament weekly, reading the scriptures daily, praying daily in personal and family prayer and going to the temple and doing temple work. Of course there are other things to strengthen our Spirits such as Attend all our meetings, have Family Home Evening, and others as well.
I have been serving as a missionary in the LDS Addiction Recovery Program along with my partner, my husband. We have served now for about 24 months. We have loved this experience working with individuals who are suffering from their own addiction or the addiction of someone they love and care about. Something that we notice when individuals come for the first time and that they generally express in their sharing, is that they feel that they are in a cloud of darkness and can't see the light. Satan is the maker of that cloud of darkness and his tools are addictions of all kinds, drugs, alcohol, illegal acts and behaviors, cheating, stealing, lying and all maner of deception. Most individuals are at their lowest point, which has given them the humility it takes to reach out for help.
It is always a testimony to me of the Lord's love for his children because one of the first tendermercies He gives is the Spirit of the Holy Ghost. This Holy Spirit enters the meetings and fills the hearts of those in attendance and especially those who are there for the first time, with light, and warmth. One gentleman who was not a member of the church came to his first meeting. He began sobbing from the moment he entered and sat down as the meeting began. When it became time for sharing, he was still crying and began to appologize to the others in the room that he didn't know why he was crying. He then said something that is the key.... He said, "I feel something that I have never felt before, and I don't know what it is, but it feels good." Of course I now what he was feeling, and that was the Spirit and it was a tender mercy sent from the Lord to one and all of his children whom he loves, who are suffering from addiction.
Alot of Addicts are members of the church who have strayed from their roots, enough to lead them on a path that doesn't lead to happiness. But those roots are still there, maybe alittle more shallow that they were at first, but they know who they need to call upon and give their will up to Him. Only by doing so, can they begin on their road to recovery.
I am so grateful to Heavenly Father for providing me and you the tools to keep ourselves nourished in the Gospel. This nourishment keeps our roots holding firm strong when the strong winds and tumolts blow into our lives. I pray that all of us will do our parts to keep steadfast like the Oak tree, and hold fast to what we have been taught keeping firmly rooted in the gospel, so that we will not stray. If we have strayed, I pray that we can remember the warmth of the Spirit, and come back. I also pray for strength in the generations that follow us, because they are going to need to have their roots so firmly planted in the gospsel soil to withstand the nasty, ugly perversions that there are in the world today. Satan has unleashed his most vile and noxious temptations. May our children and grandchildren hold fast to their roots and remember what they have been taught.
You are all loved! Sincerely, Katie G.
P.S. If you are interesed in the new blog that I have created, feel free to go to http://thanksgivingvillageward.blogspot.com/ and take a look around. Make sure to comment and let me know what you think, so that I know you have dropped by.
General Conference Talks
General Conference Reports
Proceedings of Recent General Conferences
What shall we give?
An Apostles Easter Thoughts on Christ
This short video is an Important message from the mouths of our Prophets!
July 6 - Pioneer Cooking
Click on this link to take you to the Pioneer Recipes:
I was also thinking that if you were to copy some of these recipes and print them off, that might be a fun handout for the Sisters you Visit Teach!
July 2nd - Diana Lucina Spicer Block
Visiting Teaching Tips, handouts and Ideas
For many years, I have been creating very cute and fun things to take to the ladies I Visit Teach. I have shared from time to time, my ideas with others and they have really appreciated them. I decided that since I do these anyway, I would start doing one every month and then post it on this blog to share with anyone for their Visiting Teaching. I do need to make a disclaimer.... the ideas, thoughts, stories, graphics etc. used are created by me and they are not in any way official LDS Church quotes, handouts or ideas. They are my creations or others as noted, except for the quotes that will come directly from the Monthly Visiting Teaching message found in the Ensign. Also, many thanks to the talented designers of the digital paper and elements that I use to create the beautiful artwork, and handouts you see on my blog.
You can go to http://www.lds.org/ and look up and even print the monthly message if you do not have your own Ensign magazine subscription in English or to choose to read the Liahona or Ensign in a different language go to http://lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=03103c7ff44f2010VgnVCM1000001f5e340aRCRD&locale=0.
For Spanish you can go to http://www.sud.org.es/
I highly recommend you get your own subscription because you will find a wealth of really good & wholesome, moral reading, that you can't find anywhere else. If you go to http://www.lds.org/ and click on "Gospel Library" then click on "Magazines" you can order your own Ensign, Liahona, New Era, or Friend magazines.
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"Returning to the Past" A Relief Society Activity Idea
I just found your blog. It is so great. I love the idea of the Hearts of Angels. I am trying to figure out how we can use it for our VT conference and incorporate some of the things for our VT interviews. I am a new R/S president and all these things we have to do throughout the year are a little overwhelming. I love all of you ideas. So much work involved, thank you for being willing to share with all of us! I would love anything else you could pass my way.
WE had the thought earlier to use a theme of "Returning to the past" for our activities this year. So all of your old-fashioned pictures will be great to use as invites and handouts.
You might be interested in the idea we had for our B-Day dinner. We always have a progressive dinner in December to the homes of different sisters. We divide them up into about 5 smaller groups and go around to the different sisters homes in the ward. Because of the weather we cancelled it and had it at the church. We decided to do it for our B-Day dinner instead when the weather would be better. We are having the women bring a sack lunch with them and to wear something old, like a grandmothers broach or shawl, or to dress up in the time of the 1800's, and to bring a pint jar with a lid. We will have the sisters make lemonade at the first house and take with them in the jar that they brought, and then go to the next house. At the last house we will have and old fashioned cake to serve like apple walnut cake or something like that.
We still have some details to work out but at the end each member of the presidency will be at a different home and will share a prepared script. It will be written as if they were at the very first R/S meeting when the prophet Joseph Smith organized the R/S with just a handful of women.
Anyway, thank you for sharing what you have! You have a great talent!
Stacey McClellan - Blackfoot, Idaho
SELF RELIANT SISTERS BLOG HAS A GREAT ACTIVITY ABOUT GARDENING WITH KIDS - go to http://selfreliantsisters.blogspot.com/ It is well worth the time and a terriffic idea as Spring is just around the corner! Here is a tiny bit of information that you will see at the site.....
Gardening with Kids has great tips on getting kids started with gardening. Give your child some space; literally! Kids loving having spaces that are all their own, whether it`s their own desk area in the house, or the tent they've created with chairs and blankets in the family room. The same is true for gardening. Dedicate a small plot of the garden just for them. Put a fancy border around it, perhaps purchase one of the stepping stone making kits found at crafts stores in which they can mold their name and make their hand print.
Let them join you at the nursery. Let your kids know you value their opinion. Ask them which kinds of plants, flowers, and vegetables they like. Explain what will work well in your garden and what won't.
Give them (limited) choices. While you're at the nursery, ask them if they'd like pansies or petunias, marigolds or zinnias. This will give them the feeling of power without letting it get out of control.
Remind them money doesn't grow on trees. With older children discuss the budget. Let them help select seeds and blossoming plants at the nursery - and turn it into a math lesson. Let your child do the money calculations; they can tell you when the money runs out.
Let your child do what he will (especially if you have a preschooler). Let him dig, explore, play with bugs. You may be tempted to steer your child in another direction (like actually watering or weeding his garden), but this is a great way for your child to explore this exciting new universe.
Plan, plan, plan. If you have older children, say 8 or 9 or older, let them plot out their own garden on paper. Provide him or her with graph paper, pencils and seed catalogs. Give them a group of flowers and vegetables from which to choose, and then let them draw out their garden.
Get them their own gardening tools. Nothing will motivate your little gardener more than having her own little shovel, her own gardening gloves, and her own watering pail. And don't forget those bright colored rubber boots. You need to go to the site and explore all the rest of the links and ideas.