Monday, November 25, 2013

What is Zion?

The Lord commands us to “seek to bring forth and establish the cause of Zion” (D&C 6:6). Zion refers to the Lord’s people who are of one heart and one mind and dwell together in righteousness. We can establish Zion by building unity and spiritual strength in our homes, wards or branches, and communities.

Scriptures to Mark

Mosiah 18:21; D&C 38:26–27 (We should seek unity)

1 Nephi 13:37; D&C 6:6 (Seek to bring forth Zion)

4 Nephi 1:1–18 (The Nephites and Lamanites live together in a Zion-like state)

D&C 97:21; Moses 7:18 (What is Zion?)

Study and Ponder

Henry B. Eyring, “Our Hearts Knit as One,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2008, 68–71

D. Todd Christofferson, “Come to Zion,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2008, 37–40

Zion,” True to the Faith (2004), 189–90

As Sisters in Zion, Hymns, no. 309

Act on What you Learn

  • Reach out to someone who doesn’t feel included in their circle of friends.
  • Strengthen a relationship with a family member or friend (see Divine Nature value experience 3 in Personal Progress).

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

How can I help my less-active friends return to church?

As part of our commitment to “stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places” (Mosiah 18:9), we reach out to Latter-day Saint friends and neighbors who are not coming to church. We can help them by making sure they feel our genuine love and concern by sharing our testimonies through our words and actions and by including them in our activities.

Scriptures to Mark

Luke 15 (Parables of the lost sheep, lost coin, and prodigal son)

Luke 22:32; John 21:15–17; 1 Peter 5:2–4 (The Lord commands us to strengthen each other)

Alma 31:34–35; D&C 18:10–16 (The worth of souls is great)

Study and Ponder

Thomas S. Monson, “Sugar Beets and the Worth of a Soul,” Ensign, July 2009, 3–5 (see also the video “Sugar Beets and the Worth of a Soul”)

Thomas S. Monson, “See Others as They May Become,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2012, 68–71

Jeffrey R. Holland, “Prophets in the Land Again,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2006, 104–7

Gordon B. Hinckley, “The Faith to Move Mountains,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2006, 83–84

Act on What you Learn

  • Complete Good Works value experience 7 in Personal Progress.
  • Pray for inspiration on how to help a friend or family member return to church and invite that person to come to church or a Mutual activity.
  • Follow through with any plans they made today to reach out to a less-active class member.

Friday, November 15, 2013

What can I do to help new members of the Church?

For many people, becoming a member of the Church can be challenging. It may involve leaving behind old friendships and adjusting to a new way of life. Each new member of the Church needs friendship, a responsibility, and nurturing with “the good word of God” (Moroni 6:4). We can help new members by befriending them, serving alongside them, and sharing our testimonies with them.

Scriptures to Mark

Luke 22:32; Romans 15:1–2; Moroni 6:4–5; D&C 81:5; 108:7 (Strengthen fellow Saints)

John 21:15–17 (Feed my sheep)

Study and Ponder

Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “You Are My Hands,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2010, 68–75

Henry B. Eyring, “True Friends,” Ensign, May 2002, 26–29

Helping New Members and Less-Active Members,” Teaching, No Greater Call (1999), 37

Act on What you Learn

  • Invite a new member to come to a Mutual activity or other ward event.
  • Share their testimonies with a new member.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

How can I prepare to establish a Christ-centered home?

Building the kingdom of God begins with building a righteous home and family. The family is the most important unit of the Church. As members of the Church, we should establish a home where the Spirit is present. A Christ-centered home offers us a place of defense against sin, refuge from the world, and committed, genuine love. Whether our home is large or small, it can be a “house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God” (D&C 88:119).

Scriptures to Mark

Ezekiel 16:44 (The importance of a mother’s example)

Psalms 127:3; 2 Nephi 25:26; Mosiah 4:14–15; D&C 68:25–28; 88:119; 93:40 (Parents are commanded to teach and nurture their children)

Alma 53:20–21; 56:47–48 (Helaman’s stripling warriors were taught by their mothers)

Study and Ponder

The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2010, 129

Richard G. Scott, “For Peace at Home,Ensign or Liahona, May 2013

L. Tom Perry, “Becoming Goodly Parents,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2012, 26–28

Jeffrey R. Holland, “General Patterns and Specific Lives,” worldwide leadership training meeting, Feb. 2008

Family,” For the Strength of Youth (2011), 14–15

Act on What you Learn

  • Help their parents by being a positive influence in their homes now.
  • Identify good mothers they know, learn from them, and follow their examples.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

How does Heavenly Father want me to use my spiritual gifts?

Spiritual gifts are blessings or abilities that are given by the power of the Holy Ghost. As children of Heavenly Father, we all have spiritual gifts. God gives us these gifts so that we can serve others and help build His kingdom. He has commanded us to diligently seek out and develop our spiritual gifts.

Scriptures to Mark

D&C 46:8–10 (Why we are given spiritual gifts)

D&C 46:11–12 (Spiritual gifts are given to everyone)

Articles of Faith 1:7 (We believe in spiritual gifts)

Study and Ponder

Henry B. Eyring, “Help Them Aim High,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2012, 60–67

David A. Bednar, “Quick to Observe,” Ensign, Dec. 2006, 31–36; or Liahona, Dec. 2006, 14–20

Spiritual Gifts,” True to the Faith (2004), 165–67

The Gifts of the Spirit,” Gospel Principles (2009), 125–32

Act on What you Learn

  • Pray earnestly to understand their own spiritual gifts and seek to use them for the benefit of others.
  • Complete Individual Worth value experience 7 in Personal Progress.

Friday, November 1, 2013

What does it mean to “stand as witnesses of God”?

When we are baptized, we covenant to “stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that [we] may be in” (Mosiah 18:9). Our testimonies of the gospel and our good examples can inspire our friends and neighbors to want to learn more about the Savior and His gospel.

Scriptures to Mark

1 Timothy 4:12 (Be an example of the believers)

1 Peter 3:15 (Be ready always to give an answer to those who ask about our beliefs)

Mosiah 18:9 (We are willing to stand as witnesses of God)

D&C 28:16; 100:3–8 (If we open our mouths, they will be filled with what to say)

D&C 84:85 (If we treasure up the word, the things we should say will be given to us)

Study and Ponder

Jeffrey R. Holland, “‘Witnesses unto Me,’” Ensign, May 2001, 14–16, or Liahona, July 2001, 15–17.

Jeffrey R. Holland, “Israel, Israel, God Is Calling,” Church Educational System devotional, Sept. 9, 2012

Elaine S. Dalton, “At All Times, in All Things, and in All Places,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2008, 116–18

Ann M. Dibb, “I Know It. I Live It. I Love It,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2012, 10–12

Missionary Work,” Preach My Gospel (2004), 84

Act on What you Learn

  • Pray for opportunities to share the gospel and discuss in a future class the experiences they have.
  • Carry pass-along cards with them to school and look for opportunities to use them to share the gospel.
  • Study chapter 3 of Preach My Gospel to prepare to talk to others about the restored gospel.

Friday, October 25, 2013

How can I find solutions to my challenges and problems?

Self-reliance includes the ability to find solutions to our own problems and challenges. Many of these solutions are found in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Our Heavenly Father is mindful of the challenges we face. He loves us and wants to help us. We should pray for guidance as we seek answers to our challenges in the scriptures and the words of the prophets and apostles.

Scriptures to mark

Proverbs 3:5–6; Matthew 11:28–30; Mark 4:36–39; Alma 7:11–13; Alma 37:35–37; 38:5 (Seek the Lord’s help with challenges and problems)

Study and ponder

Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Forget Me Not,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2011, 120–23

Jeffrey R. Holland, “Broken Things to Mend,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2006, 69–71

Physical and Emotional Health,” For the Strength of Youth (2012), 25–27

act on what you have learned

  • Study the scriptures with a specific question or problem in mind. Record in a journal the impressions and answers from the Spirit.
  • Choose a topic in the For the Strength of Youth pamphlet they would like to improve in. Keep a journal of their efforts and successes in the coming week.