August 2017 Visiting Teaching and First Presidency Messages

by | Aug. 01, 2017

Lesson Helps

This month's visiting teaching and First Presidency messages remind us of the importance of living a consecrated life as disciples of Christ.

Visiting Teaching Message

"Living a Consecrated Life"

Elder Neal A. Maxwell (1926–2004) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said: “We tend to think of consecration only as yielding up, when divinely directed, our material possessions. But ultimate consecration is the yielding up of oneself to God” (Neal A. Maxwell, “Consecrate Thy Performance,”Ensign, May 2002, 36).

As we consecrate ourselves to the purposes of God, our faith in Jesus Christ and in His Atonement will increase. As we live a consecrated life, we can be made holy through those actions.

Read the entire message on lds.org

Additional Reading Suggestion: "Approaching the Throne of God with Confidence," by Elder Jörg Klebingat 

First Presidency Message

"A Disciple's Life," by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Thirty years ago in Ghana, a young college student named Doe stepped inside an LDS meetinghouse for the first time. A friend had invited Doe to come with her, and Doe was curious to know what the Church was like.

The people there were so nice and warm that she couldn’t help but wonder, “What kind of church is this?”

Doe felt so impressed that she decided to learn more about the Church and its people, who were filled with so much joy. But as soon as she began doing so, well-meaning family and friends began to oppose her at every turn. They said terrible things about the Church and did all they could to dissuade her.

But Doe had received a testimony.

Read the entire message on lds.org

Additional Reading Suggestion: "Discipleship," by President James E. Faust

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