Lesson Helps

September 2017 Visiting Teaching and First Presidency Messages


This month's messages remind us of the importance of living prophets and what it means to be "of one heart."

Visiting Teaching Message

"Of One Heart"

“And the Lord called his people Zion, because they were of one heart and one mind, and dwelt in righteousness; and there was no poor among them” (Moses 7:18). How can we become one?

Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said: “At the heart of the English word atonement is the word one. If all mankind understood this, there would never be anyone with whom we would not be concerned, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, or social or economic standing. We would strive to emulate the Savior and would never be unkind, indifferent, disrespectful, or insensitive to others.”

Read the full message on lds.org.

Additional Reading Suggestion: "What Greater Goodness Can We Know: Christlike Friends," by Kathleen H. Hughes

First Presidency Message

"Prophets to Guide Us" by President Thomas S. Monson

A few years ago, I was sitting in the room of the Salt Lake Temple where the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles meet once a week. I gazed up at the wall which faces the First Presidency, and there I observed portraits of each of the Presidents of the Church.

As I gazed at them, my predecessors—from the Prophet Joseph Smith (1805–44) to President Gordon B. Hinckley (1910–2008)—I thought, “How grateful I am for the guidance of each one.”

These are great men who never wavered, never faltered, and never failed. These are men of God. As I think of the modern-day prophets I have known and loved, I recall their lives, their attributes, and their inspired teachings.

Read the full message on lds.org.

Additional Reading Suggestion: "God Is at the Helm," by Elder M. Russell Ballard

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