March 2010 Visiting Teaching Message

Strengthening Faith in God the Father and Jesus Christ through Personal Scripture Study

Do you know what I like about this month’s message – it’s all about feasting. For example, one of the scriptures listed in this month’s message reads:

Come, my brethren, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters; and he that hath no money, come buy and eat; yea, come buy wine and milk without money and without price.

Wherefore, do not spend money for that which is of no worth, nor your labor for that which cannot satisfy. Hearken diligently unto me, and remember the words which I have spoken; and come unto the Holy One of Israel, and feast upon that which perisheth not, neither can be corrupted, and let your soul delight in fatness.” – 2 Nephi 9:50-51

So…we are told to be “spiritual fatties!” Isn’t this exciting? We don’t want to be spiritual waifs. Woo hoo! Okay, kidding aside, I want to say how much I love this month’s message.

I especially love the quote given by President Kimball:

We want our sisters to be scholars of the scriptures. … You need an acquaintanceship with his eternal truths for your own well being, and for the purposes of teaching your own children and all others who come within your influence.

We want our homes to be blessed with sister scriptorians — whether you are single or married, young or old, widowed or living in a family. . . .Become scholars of the scriptures – – not to put others down, but to lift them up!” (emphasis added)

I love the notion of being a sister scriptorian. This is a desire that I’ve had for a long time. I want to know the scriptures. I want the scriptures to become a part of me. Elder Eyring gave an interview in the Ensign a few years ago – about reading the scriptures. He gave the following promise “We all can have the dream of someday having the word of God be so much a part of us that the Lord can draw upon it and we can learn to think as He does. And in the process we can come unto Him.” – (July, 2005).

Isn’t this also what the Lord teaches us to do? – “Seek not to declare my word, but first seek to obtain my word, and then shall your tongue be loosed; then, if you desire, you shall have my Spirit and my word, yea, the power of God unto the convincing of men.” – (D&C 11:21). This scripture is given to Hyrum Smith – when he wanted to serve a mission, and it is applicable to us – women. Mothers, can you think of a better parenting tool? I have felt prompted time and again that if I will make scripture study paramount in my life, then I will be empowered with the Spirit of God. … Then I will know what to say to my children in various circumstances. The mentioned blessing is also helpful in marriages, at the workplace, amongst friends, when overcoming trials, in the dating world, and at times when we are lonely. Having the Spirit with us – that He will loose our tongues and guide our words is a wonderful promise. It is powerful, and it applies to all of us, uniquely, but we must first have the word in our souls – the Spirit cannot draw from an empty well.

We have an important duties as Relief Society Sisters. Many of us are mothers, wives, employees, aunts, grandmothers, or sisters. We can better fulfill our duties when draw upon the power of the scriptures.

All of us are daughters of our Heavenly Father. The best way to be a good daughter is to build a relationship with Him by going to Him in prayer and then feasting on His word. As we do so, we grow…

We can be excited about getting (spiritually) fat!

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