Home and Visiting Teaching Message Ideas September 2013

Home Teaching Message ideas:

[http://www.lds.org/ensign/2013/09/saints-for-all-seasons?lang=eng]Saints for All Seasons

Possible Questions:

What might Pres. Uchtdorf mean when he talks about passing through seasons spiritually?

What would be wrong with wanting to stay in the nice easy season all the time?

What can we do during the good seasons to prepare for the hard ones?

Message Quote:

Spencer W. Kimball (1895–1985):

“If we looked at mortality as the whole of existence, then pain, sorrow, failure, and short life would be calamity. But if we look upon life as an eternal thing stretching far into the premortal past and on into the eternal post-death future, then all happenings may be put in proper perspective. …

“Are we not exposed to temptations to test our strength, sickness that we might learn patience, death that we might be immortalized and glorified?”([http://www.lds.org/ensign/2013/09/saints-for-all-seasons?lang=eng]Read the rest)

Activity for Kids:

Use this game to help explain what the different seasons mean. [http://www.lds.org/ensign/2013/09/saints-for-all-seasons?lang=eng]Click here and scroll to the bottom

Visiting Teaching Message ideas:

[http://www.lds.org/ensign/2013/09/self-reliance?lang=eng]Self-Reliance

Possible Questions:

What does it mean to be spiritually self-reliant?

Is there more to temporal self-reliance than food storage?

Message Quotes:

“We become converted and spiritually self-reliant as we prayerfully live our covenants—through worthily partaking of the sacrament, being worthy of a temple recommend, and sacrificing to serve others.”

Elder Hales counseled us to become self-reliant temporally, “which includes getting a postsecondary 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.”

Ideas and Handouts:

[http://myhappytribe.com/handouts/visiting-teaching/september-2013-visiting-teaching-handout/]Handout 1

[http://pinkpolkadotcreations.com/2013/08/30/sept-2013-visiting-teaching-handout/]Handout 2

[http://saythiswrite.blogspot.com/p/visiting-teaching-handouts.html]Handout 3

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