March 2018 Visiting Teaching Message
“Love is of the very essence of life. It is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Yet it is more than the end of the rainbow. Love is at the beginning also, and from it springs the beauty that arches across the sky on a stormy day. Love is the security for which children weep, the yearning of youth, the adhesive that binds marriage, and the lubricant that prevents devastating friction in the home; it is the peace of old age, the sunlight of hope shining through death. How rich are those who enjoy it in their associations with family, friends, church, and neighbors.”
It was perfect for March with St. Patrick’s Day and all, but I also liked the focus on how developing personal, loving relationships with others brightens our entire life.
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In the bags, I put a few rainbow candy sticks and punched two holes on the top so that I could tie it all together with some ribbon.
In the March 2018 Visiting Teaching Message, it talks about the miracles that happen in our lives when we pray for each sister we visit teach by name. There is power in purposeful and focused prayer that blesses not only the person being prayed for, but the person doing the praying.
Elder David A. Bednar said, “Praying for others with all of the energy of our souls increases our capacity to hear and to heed the voice of the Lord.”
Praying for others also allows us to personally partner with Heavenly Father as we work with Him to watch over His children.
President Henry B. Eyring said, “Pray for the way to know their hearts. … You will need to know what God would have you do to help them and to do it all, as nearly as you can, feeling God’s love for them.”
It is a partnership that is rich with blessings. We grow closer to Him and we learn to love others as He does. Our ability to do good also increases. I find that He takes of my time and resources and multiplies them much like He did with the bread and fish when he fed the 5,000. I bring what little I have and he turns it into what is needed.
Praying for others by name also ties us together in love and strengthens us all. Recently, as my children have gotten older, they have begun to pray more earnestly and personally for those they love and it has been incredible the spirit it brings to our home. We feel a greater connection with our Heavenly Father and with the people who they are praying for. It is impossible not to love somebody you are earnestly praying for. And like President Hinckley said about love, “from it springs the beauty that arches across the sky on a stormy day.”