The message for this month’s Visiting Teaching Lesson was called, ‘Pray for Each Sister by Name’. Click on link to read it in full.
The object of this lesson is for members to know the person they’re assigned to on a deeper level, rather than a surface knowledge of the one they’re caring for in their visits.
While that sounds admirable, we have to take into consideration what their leaders added to the fray…sigh…as you’ll see, it becomes quite laborious, and far from truth.
David Bednar (LDS apostle), and Julie Beck (former Relief Society President) were both quoted as saying there’s power in using the name of those you’re praying for because ‘our souls increase their capacity to hear’, and it ‘strengthens us as individuals’.
That’s odd considering our post two days ago when Bednar said that out of respect you shouldn’t use the Lord’s name too often. As we mentioned then, saying God’s name aloud can only strengthen our relationship with Him. Hmmm…
The other memorable teaching from this lesson came from Henry Eyring. He said they should ‘pray to know their hearts’.
President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, 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.”
We’re praying they understand God’s word when He said no one can know the heart of man except for himself, and God 1 Cor 2:11. Remember beloved, only He is omniscient!
How can they know exactly what God wants for the other person when they’re not praying to the God of the Bible? Furthermore, the admonition of Eyring telling these women to ‘do it all’, is superfluous. It’s a blanket statement that can never be fulfilled, because only the Lord is capable of doing such a feat!
Pray, please, for those who are teaching this lesson, and for the recipients!
With Love in Christ;