Saturday, August 25, 2012

September 2012 Visiting Teaching Lesson

Special Needs and Service Rendered

Prayerfully study this material and, as appropriate, discuss it with the sisters you visit. Use the questions to help you strengthen your sisters and to make Relief Society an active part of your own life.
“The needs of others are ever present,” said President Thomas S. Monson, “and each of us can do something to help someone. … Unless we lose ourselves in service to others, there is little purpose to our own lives.”1
As visiting teachers we can sincerely come to know and love each sister we visit. Service to those we visit will flow naturally out of our love for them (see John 13:34–35).
How can we know the spiritual and temporal needs of our sisters so we can render service when it is needed? As visiting teachers, we are entitled to receive inspiration when we pray about those we visit.
Maintaining regular contact with our sisters is also important. Personal visits, telephone calls, a note of encouragement, e-mails, sitting with her, a sincere compliment, reaching out to her at church, helping her in time of illness or need, and other acts of service all help us watch over and strengthen each other.2
Visiting teachers are asked to report the well-being of sisters, any special needs they have, and the service rendered to them. These kinds of reports and our service to our sisters help us demonstrate our discipleship.3

From Our History

Serving one another has always been at the heart of visiting teaching. Through ongoing service we bring kindness and friendship that go beyond monthly visits. It is our caring that counts.
“My desire is to plead with our sisters to stop worrying about a phone call or a quarterly or monthly visit,” said Mary Ellen Smoot, the 13th Relief Society general president. She asked us to “concentrate instead on nurturing tender souls.”4
President Spencer W. Kimball (1895–1985) taught, “It is vital that we serve each other in the kingdom.” Yet he recognized that not all service need be heroic. “So often, our acts of service consist of simple encouragement or of giving … help with mundane tasks,” he said, “but what glorious consequences can flow … from small but deliberate deeds!”5
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What Can I Do?

  1. 1.Am I seeking personal inspiration to know how to respond to the spiritual and temporal needs of each sister I’m assigned to watch over?
  2. 2.How do the sisters I watch over know that I care about them and their families?

Show References


  1. 1.Thomas S. Monson, “What Have I Done for Someone Today?” Ensign, Nov. 2009, 85.
  2. 2.See Handbook 2: Administering the Church (2010), 9.5.1.
  3. 3.See Handbook 2, 9.5.4.
  4. 4.Mary Ellen Smoot, in Daughters in My Kingdom: The History and Work of Relief Society (2011), 117.
  5. 5.Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball (2006), 82.

September Newsletter

Welcome to Relief Society
"And now, my beloved brethren, I desire that ye should remember these things, and that ye should work out your salvation with fear before God, and that ye should no more deny the coming of Christ; that ye contend no more against the Holy Ghost, but that ye receive it, and take upon you the name of Christ; that ye humble yourselves even to the dust, and worship God, in whatsoever place ye may be in, in spirit and in truth; and that ye live in thanksgiving daily, for the many mercies and blessings which he doth bestow upon you."Alma 34:37-38, Book of Mormon

Sept. Lesson Schedule

3 – Relief Society Presidency

9 – The Strengthening Power of Faith P. 179

15-16 – Stake Conference

23 –  “Thanks Be to God” Elder Russell M. Ballard
30- Combined  

September Birthdays

 1 – Paula Johnson                               13 – Annie Bass

 1 – Tonya Wyrick                               14 – Sierra Myles

 3 – Lora Westmoreland                      15 – Leona Ates

 5 – Delayna Easterling                       16 – Anna Johnston

 6 – Tyanna Bush                                18 – Tasha Powell

 6 – Lorena Jensen                                24 - Monica Mock

 7 – Katie Trudo                                  25 – Cindy Scott

13 - Crystal Freasier                             26 – Pecola Goins

Quotes from the Minute Book:

The popular institutions of the day should not be our guide—that as daughters of Zion we should set an example for all the world.” Eliza R. Snow
· “We must cherish one another, watch over one another, comfort one another, and give instruction that we may all sit down in Heaven together.” Lucy Mack Smith
· “Nothing is so much calculated as to lead people to forsake sin as to take them by the hand and watch over them in tenderness.”
Joseph Smith
· “Our duties to each other, seek out and relieve the distressed, that each member should be ambitious to do good—that the members should deal frankly with each other, to watch over the morals and be very careful of the character and reputation of the members of the institution.” Emma Smith

"Yea, I would that ye would come forth and harden not your hearts any longer; for behold, now is the time and the day of your salvation; and therefore, if ye will repent and harden not your hearts, immediately shall the great plan of redemption be brought about unto you. For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors."