October 2013 General Conference, Priesthood Session
Taught by Tara Gotfredson
Last month's goal was to have 100% visiting teaching. We are hoping it went well for everyone and appreciate your extra effort to visit with the sisters.
Have you ever been in a situation that was new or uncomfortable? What helped you to become more comfortable?
Would a few people be willing to share their favorite story about Christ?
Most stories about Christ have to do with Him going out of His way to care for the one. Our goal for Relief Society for March is patterned after the life of the Savior. Our goal is all about fellowshipping.
"Fellowshipping is an important priesthood responsibility. Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthood quorums are to act in concert with the sisters under the direction of the bishop to ensure that each person is welcomed with love and kindness. Home teachers and visiting teachers will be watchful to ensure that no one is forgotten or ignored."
What can we do to fellowship the sisters in our ward (both sisters that we visit teach and others)? What have others done to help you feel more welcome?
"Unity is not achieved by ignoring and isolating members who seem to be different or weaker and only associating with people who are like us. On the contrary, unity is gained by welcoming and serving those who are new and who have particular needs. These members are a blessing for the Church and provide us with opportunities to serve our neighbors and thus purify our own hearts."
"In this Church there are no strangers and no outcasts. There are only brothers and sisters. The knowledge that we have of an Eternal Father helps us be more sensitive to the brotherhood and sisterhood that should exist among all men and women upon the earth."
Why is it important to fellowship sisters that are different from you?
“And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”
As we think about how to fellowship those around us, we can pray for the spirit's help.
Our goal for this month is to make an invitation to a sister to make them feel welcome. You can decide what the invitation will be but here are some ideas:
- invite a family over for dinner
- have a play date with another mom and her kids
- invite a family over for FHE
- invite a couple over for dessert and a game night
- go out to eat with another couple
- have a girls night with a couple of ladies in the neighborhood (make sure you are inviting someone new that you don't know well!)
We will be checking back with you on how the invitations are going.
If there is time, introduce April's goal as well: approach general conference with three questions to seek answers to.