Wednesday Words by Pam

Visiting teaching is always a concern of the RS president, and its never ending changing assignments can be overwhelming at times, but of greatest concern for me is that each sister knows that she is loved and that we as sisters are able to love and serve one another through the visiting teaching program.  Thomas S. Monson says, “We are surrounded by those in need of our attention, our encouragement, our support, our comfort, our kindness. . . .We are the Lord’s hands here upon the earth, with the mandate to serve and to lift His children.  He is dependent upon each of us”(Daughters in My Kingdom).

From page 105 in Daughters in My Kingdom it reads, “The Savior calls His disciples to work with Him in His ministry, giving them the opportunity to serve others and become more like Him. In Relief Society, each sister has the opportunity to watch over and strengthen sisters one by one through visiting teaching.  Sister Julie B. Beck, the fifteenth Relief Society general president, said,  ‘Because we follow the example and teachings of Jesus Christ, we value this sacred assignment to love, know, serve, understand, teach, and minister in His behalf.'”

We tend to think of serving one another in visiting teaching when we each have specific needs, such as having a baby, having surgery, becoming ill, etc., but we must consider strengthening each others spiritual needs also.  We must learn to be each others friends and show our love to each other.  The hardest part of this challenge is to do it for those sisters  we don’t know.   We must be brave and reach out to those sisters, even if it is only in a note or a quick call.  To do nothing is to fail in our service.

Pres. Brigham Young said, “Let us have compassion upon each other, and let the strong tenderly nurse the weak into strength, guide the blind until they can see the way for themselves” (107).   How can we do this if we don’t take the risk to serve that sister we don’t know?

My challenge for this month is that we try a little harder to let our sisters know that we love them and care about  them.   Give them a call. Send them a note.  Talk to them at church, at the grocery store, the library.  Visit them in their homes whenever possible.  Let’s remember that we are doing this in the Savior’s behalf.

 

 

 

 

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