It's the 15th! Have you contacted your sisters yet?
D&C 123:11: “It is an imperative duty that we owe to all the rising generation.”
What Is My Responsibility to the Rising Generation?
Elder Neal A. Maxwell (1926–2004) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “Reserved by the Lord for this time, [the rising generation] must now bepreserved … and prepared for their special moment in human history! They have been held back to come forth at this time, but now they need to be pushed forward to meet their rendezvous. …
“Youth are not unlike prospective converts. There are those critical moments when their souls begin to tilt—toward the Lord or away from Him. These moments of decision cannot always be created, but when they occur, they must not be wasted. More often than not, these moments will occur in quiet and reverent conversation with parents, grandparents, a bishop, an adult leader, or a righteous peer” (“Unto the Rising Generation,” Ensign, Apr. 1985, 8, 10).
Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Presidency of the Seventy: “Our rising generation is worthy of our best efforts to support and strengthen them in their journey to adulthood. … In every action we take, in every place we go, with every Latter-day Saint young person we meet, we need to have an increased awareness of the need for strengthening, nurturing, and being an influence for good in their lives” (“Our Rising Generation,” Liahona and Ensign, May 2006, 47).
How Can I Nurture the Rising Generation?
President Gordon B. Hinckley (1910–2008): “Never forget that these little ones are the sons and daughters of God and that yours is a custodial relationship to them, that He was a parent before you were parents and that He has not relinquished His parental rights or interest in these His little ones. … Rear your children in love, in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Take care of your little ones. Welcome them into your homes, and nurture and love them with all of your hearts. They may do, in the years that come, some things you would not want them to do, but be patient, be patient. You have not failed as long as you have tried” (“Words of the Living Prophet,” Liahona, May 1998, 26–27; “Excerpts from Recent Addresses of President Gordon B. Hinckley,” Ensign, July 1997, 73).
Julie B. Beck, Relief Society general president: “To nurture means to cultivate, care for, and make grow. … Nurturing requires organization, patience, love, and work. Helping growth occur through nurturing is truly a powerful and influential role bestowed on women” (“Mothers Who Know,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2007, 76, 77).
Barbara Thompson, second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency: “As Relief Society sisters we can help one another to strengthen families. We are given opportunities to serve in many capacities. We constantly come in contact with children and youth who may need just what we can offer. You older sisters have much good advice and experience to share with younger mothers. Sometimes a Young Women leader or a Primary teacher says or does just the thing that is needed to reinforce what a parent is trying to teach. And obviously we don’t need any particular calling to reach out to a friend or neighbor” (“I Will Strengthen Thee; I Will Help Thee,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2007, 117)
Much of the essential Relief Society work we do doesn’t happen in meetings. Let’s focus now on learning about visiting teaching. 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. This is one duty we have in the Church where we are certain to have the help of the Lord if we ask for it. This is one responsibility that is certain to increase our faith and personal righteousness and strengthen our own homes and families as we become partners with the Lord. A sister in this Church has no other responsibility outside of her family that has the potential to do as much good as does visiting teaching.
Because this is the Lord’s program of individual watchcare for His daughters, the policies regarding visiting teaching are approved by the First Presidency as outlined in the Church Handbook of Instructions. Because visiting teaching focuses on individual sisters, Relief Society leaders do not organize women into groups for the purpose of visiting teaching.
The bishop, who is the ordained shepherd of the ward, cannot possibly watch over all of the Lord’s sheep at one time. He is dependent on inspired visiting teachers to help him. We know we should each choose to be a friend to everyone in our ward, but the bishop and Relief Society president have the responsibility to receive revelation as to who should be assigned to watch over and strengthen each individual sister. Ideally, every sister should watch over and strengthen at least one other sister in her ward. It is our blessing to pray for another sister and receive inspiration as to how the Lord would have us care for one of His daughters.
Visiting teaching becomes the Lord’s work when our focus is on people rather than percentages. In reality, visiting teaching is never finished. It is more a way of life than a task. Faithfully serving as a visiting teacher is evidence of our discipleship. We demonstrate our faith and follow a pattern established by the Lord as we report on our assignment every month. If our watchcare were primarily about reporting that every sister in the ward heard the Visiting Teaching Message printed each month in the Ensign and Liahona, it would be much more efficient to read it aloud to everyone in a sacrament meeting. Our reports are most helpful to the bishop and the Relief Society president when we inform them of the spiritual and temporal well-being of sisters and how we have been able to serve and love them.
How grateful I am for all of my visiting teachers who, over the years, have demonstrated their faith as they have served, taught, strengthened, and loved me in inspired ways.
Just a quick reminder about Leadership this Saturday, October 17, 2009, 10:00a.m. at the Stake Center. We will begin with a combined opening exercise in the chapel. Afterward all Relief Society Presidencies will meet together briefly in the Relief Society Room.
The Relief Society Presidents will stay in the Relief Society room with Sister Price.
Sisters Rosann Sparks' daughter is getting married the same weekend, so she will not be able to attend. Sister Sparks will meet with the Education Counselor and Relief Society teachers at a later date. She will be in contact once a date is picked.
Sister Carol Henderson will meet with the Enrichment Counselors and she has invited the Enrichment Leaders to attend.
There will not be a separation for the Secretaries. They may stay with the President or attend the Enrichment separation if you wish.
Contact Sister Price if you have any questions. Looking forward to seeing everyone.
On November 13th and 14th, the YW and YM Presidencies will be organizing a Mini Mission for the youth in our ward. This will entail dessert, the assigning of companions, training by the full-time missionaries, and practice on door approaches with leaders and other adults members of the ward on Friday night at the church building. That night, the the YW and YM will each be spending the night in their respective assigned places and will follow the study, sleeping, and waking schedule of a missionary. In the morning, each youth companionship will be assigned to a full-time missionary who will assist them in tracking in an assigned area. Lastly, all of the youth and missionaries will be meeting at the church building for a short testimony meeting and lunch. We're very excited about this activity and think it will be a very special experience for the youth. And we're asking for your help to make it so!
We need adults to be drivers, practice door approaches, and accompany youth with the missionaries. We are especially asking parents of youth to be involved. We are also in need of side dishes for the Saturday afternoon lunch. We'll be having chicken and need salads and other side dishes that go with it.
The activity is still over a month away, but we wanted to get everyone thinking of ways that they are willing to help. You may go ahead and contact me if you would to volunteer your time, driving skills, and/or food or you can wait until we sending around a sign-up list in Relief Society. Thank you in advance for your help in creating a spiritual and moving experience for our youth that will prepare them to be the Lord's missionaries.
We will be collecting clothes and canned goods to help Sis. Marasigan's aunt and friends in the Philippines. Items will be collected Sunday, Oct. 11th. We will have collection boxes in the church hallway.
Your donations will be greatly appreciated by our Brothers and Sisters in the Philippines and Sis. Marasigan's family.
Thank you in advance for your support and donations.