Visiting Teaching Message (Mar '10)

Strengthening Faith in God the Father and Jesus Christ through Personal Scripture Study,” Ensign, Mar 2010


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Teach these scriptures and quotations or, if needed, another principle that will bless the sisters you visit. Bear testimony of the doctrine. Invite those you visit to share what they have felt and learned.

“When I was a new bride, … I was invited to a lunch for all of the Relief Society sisters in my ward who had read either the Book of Mormon or a short Church history book. I had become casual in my scripture reading, so I qualified to attend the luncheon by reading the short book because it was easier and took less time. As I was eating my lunch, I had a powerful feeling that though the history book was a good one, I should have read the Book of Mormon. The Holy Ghost was prompting me to change my scripture reading habits. That very day I began to read the Book of Mormon, and I have never stopped. … Because I started reading the scriptures daily, I have learned about my Heavenly Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and what I need to do to be like Them. …

“… Every woman can be a gospel doctrine instructor in her home, and every sister in the Church needs gospel knowledge as a leader and teacher. If you have not already developed the habit of daily scripture study, start now and keep studying in order to be prepared for your responsibilities in this life and in the eternities.”

Julie B. Beck, Relief Society general president.

“A study of the scriptures will help our testimonies and the testimonies of our family members. Our children today are growing up surrounded by voices urging them to abandon that which is right and to pursue, instead, the pleasures of the world. Unless they have a firm foundation in the gospel of Jesus Christ, a testimony of the truth, and a determination to live righteously, they are susceptible to these influences. It is our responsibility to fortify and protect them.”

President Thomas S. Monson.

“We want our sisters to be scholars of the scriptures. … You need an acquaintanceship with his eternal truths for your own well being, and for the purposes of teaching your own children and all others who come within your influence.”

“We want our homes to be blessed with sister scriptorians—whether you are single or married, young or old, widowed or living in a family. … Become scholars of the scriptures—not to put others down, but to lift them up!”4

President Spencer W. Kimball (1895–1985).

Helps for Visiting Teaching

During your visit, answer questions and share insights using the scriptures. Bear testimony of how scripture study has strengthened your faith. Ask the sister you visit to share how her study of the scriptures has strengthened her home and family.

Personal Preparation

*John 5:39
*2 Timothy 3:14–17
*2 Nephi 9:50–51; 31:20; 32:3–5
*D&C 138:1–11

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  1. What a great message. On they had a great website listed that came to my mind when I saw this months message. For those that have the internet is a great way to get the scriptures. It sends them the way you request them. You can get an RSS feed, by email and you can select how fast you want to read them. Its a great help.

  2. Totally agree with you Shawnalee. Thanks for the link! I love it and will use it. ♥ Linda

  3. I love this website. I always get great ideas :) I am the VT leader in my singles ward in Columbus, Ohio so I am always looking for fun ways to get the sisters excited to do their visiting teaching.

    Since I am always getting ideas from this site, I thought I would pass along the little blog that I run for my RS. This month for personal scripture study I created a Book of Mormon reading chart using the Columbus temple.

    Feel free to pass it along, anyone can download the full printable version from the blog post!

    Keep it up :)