September RS Newsletter

Becoming Prayerful

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We are focusing on David A. Bednar's book "The Power to Become"

Presidency Message

“Be prayerful. … You need His help, and you know that you need His help. You cannot do it alone.”

As President Gordon B. Hinckley stated, we “cannot do it alone.” We cannot make it through this life without the help of our Heavenly Father. We need the power of prayer in our lives.

Prayer is a gift from our Heavenly Father—a gift that will help us throughout our entire lives. We cannot make it through this life alone. By following the prophet’s counsel to be prayerful the Lord will bless us. Through His power He will give us strength to overcome the evil things of this world. For the Lord is, as President Hinckley reminded us, “The source of all wisdom and power.” And it is only through Him that we gain the answers and guidance that we need in order to return to and live with Him someday.

September Visiting Teaching Message

Divine Attributes of Jesus Christ: Powerful and Full of Glory

This is part of a series of Visiting Teaching Messages featuring divine attributes of the Savior.

The scriptures teach us that Jesus Christ “received all power, both in heaven and on earth, and the glory of the Father was with him” (D&C 93:17). Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said that by this power our Savior created the heavens and earth, performed miracles, and endured the pain of Gethsemane and Calvary.1 As we come to understand this, our faith in Christ will increase, and we will become stronger.

As we make and keep temple covenants, the Lord blesses us with His power. Linda K. Burton, Relief Society general president, said: “Covenant keeping strengthens, empowers, and protects. … I recently met a dear new friend. She testified that after she had received her temple endowment, she felt strengthened with power to resist temptations.”2

Nephi bears testimony of covenant power: “I, Nephi, beheld the power of the Lamb of God, that it descended … upon the covenant people of the Lord, … and they were armed with righteousness and with the power of God in great glory” (1 Nephi 14:14).

Importance of Relief Society

"Relief Society is not just a class on Sunday. It isn't just a place we go if we are not teaching in the Primary or Young Women organizations. It is the Lord's organization for women. Participation in Relief Society is part of our glorious heritage and blessing as women in the Lord's Church.

"In those early meetings of Relief Society, Joseph Smith advised the sisters to teach one another the gospel of Jesus Christ. He said, 'The... Society is not only to relieve the poor, but to save souls.'1

"Sisters, now more than ever, we need women to step up and be strong. We need women who declare the truth with strength, faith, and boldness. We need women to set an example of righteousness. We need women to be 'anxiously engaged in a good cause.'2 We need to live so that our lives bear witness that we love our Heavenly Father and the Savior Jesus Christ and that we will do what They have asked us to do. We need to rescue 'all that is finest down deep inside of [us]'3 so that as daughters of God we can do our part to build the kingdom of God. We will have help to do this. As Joseph declared, 'If you live up to your privileges, the angels cannot be restrained from being your associates.'4

"Let us bear one another's burdens, mourn with those who mourn, comfort those who stand in need of comfort, and thus keep the covenants we have made.5"
- Barbra Thompson
("Now Let Us Rejoice," General Conference, October 2008; Ensign, November 2008.)