Visiting Teaching Message December 2016

02 December

Leviticus 26:11-12; “And I will set my tabernacle among you: and my soul shall not abhor you. 12 And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.”

flowers-cartoon-8Liahona, ‘Family Joy Is Found in Righteousness,’ December 2016

In this month’s Visiting Teaching Message, Mormons were reminded their happiness and joy in the holiday season is found in their own righteousness. The apostle Henry Eyring told members the following –

“We can decide that we will do all we can to bring down the powers of heaven into [our] family.” And we’re most likely to promote love, service, obedience, and happiness in our homes by “[our children’s] hearing the word of God and then trying it in faith. If they do, their natures will be changed in a way that produces the happiness they seek.”4

If you’re a Christian, we’re certain you can see the fallacy in Mr. Eyring’s counsel!

1.You can’t ‘call down the powers of heaven’ by performing good works. Our dear Lord already sent His Son to fulfill the Law, and die in  your stead.

2.This man’s vernacular doesn’t reflect that of a true Christian.

3.The nature of man is transformed only through the sanctifying power of
God’s Holy Spirit working inside the believer. 1 Cor. 6:11

The rest of the article stated they have the role models of Nephi who moved his family out of the evil Lamanite territory in order to preserve his family, and keep them safe.

4.The Church has repeatedly stated for at least a decade now that the Book of Mormon is not historically true. Rather, they want Mormons to view the Book of Mormon as an inspirational collection of stories.

5.Why would someone point their families to something that isn’t true, and in fact contradicts God’s word?

6.Book of Mormon a Matter of Faith, not Fact

Return to Cumorah, 1998; “Our testimony of the Book of Mormon remains a matter of faith, and not based upon external proofs found from archaeology.” – Duane R. Aston, PhD.

Michael Coe, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Summer 1973, pp. 42, 46; “Let me now state uncategorically that as far as I know there is not one professionally trained archaeologist, who is not a Mormon, who sees any scientific justification for believing the foregoing to be true, … nothing, absolutely nothing, has ever shown up in any New World excavation which would suggest to a dispassionate observer that the Book of Mormon… is a historical document relating to the history of early migrants to our hemisphere.”

Our last item of interest in this month’s VTM, was a quote by the late apostle, Richard G. Scott who said the following at the April 2013 General Conference

“And while our family members can sometimes drift away from righteousness like the Nephites did, Elder Scott said that a Christ-centered home still “provides the greatest assurance for peace and refuge in our homes.” He acknowledged that “there will still be plenty of challenges or heartaches, but even in the midst of turmoil, we can enjoy inner peace and profound happiness.”5

It shouldn’t go unnoticed there was little, to no substance in his statement. Where is the hope from the Messiah God provided for us? What does his statement have to do with the Christmas season?

If family members have drifted away, what does that mean for you personally today?

The sad thing about this article is how it was missing anything about Jesus, His birth, what Jesus did for us, or why He was even born.

Pray for those who receive the Visiting Teachers into their homes!

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