March 2017 Visiting Teaching Message: "The Enabling Power of Jesus Christ and His Atonement"

by | Mar. 02, 2017

Lesson Helps

This month's message focuses on how the Atonement can give us strength to overcome difficult situations and circumstances. As you think of the sisters you teach, try to focus on how to help them apply this message to individual trials you may know they are facing.  

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13). “Though we all have weaknesses, we can overcome them,” says President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency. “Indeed it is by the grace of God that, if we humble ourselves and have faith, weak things can become strong.”

Our Savior says in the Doctrine and Covenants, “I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up” (D&C 84:88).

Read the entire message on lds.org.

Supplemental Material:

Consider the following talk from Carolyn J. Rasmus, based on an address she gave at the BYU Women's Conference in 2006:

Some time ago, while serving as an institute teacher, I discovered that my students would occasionally come to me for comfort when they had problems. Over a period of many months, I became acquainted with a woman who shared with me her life story. It was not pretty. As a child she had often been abused, and this had led to years of therapy—and at times institutionalization—because she could not cope.

I remember the day she came to my office pleading for help. I could clearly see her pain, but I was just a teacher. I had had no training in how to comfort people who had suffered such things, and I pled with the Lord to know how I might help.

I recommended that she counsel with her bishop, but I also felt impressed to play some recorded Church hymns. After a time, when she was calmer, I seated her in my office chair. On the wall at eye level was a painting of Jesus Christ. I invited her to look into His eyes as I read to her from the scriptures:

“Fear not, little flock. … Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not” (D&C 6:34, 36).

Read the entire talk on lds.org.

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