Call to Action, January 2011
In the most recent general Relief Society meeting, Sister Julie B. Beck, Relief Society general president, taught: “We study our history because it helps us change. Ultimately, the value of history is not so much in its dates, times, and places. It is valuable because it teaches us the principles, purposes, and patterns we are to follow, it helps us know who we are and what we are to do, and it unites us in strengthening the homes of Zion and building the kingdom of God on the earth” (Nov. 2010 Liahona or Ensign, 115).
There are many types of history: Church history, family history, world history, personal history. What have you learned or what changes have you experienced from your study of these history sources? Share your experiences with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Henry B. Eyring, “The Enduring Legacy of Relief Society,” Liahona, Nov. 2009, 121–25
- L. Tom Perry, “The Past Way of Facing the Future,” Liahona, Nov. 2009, 73–76
- Julie B. Beck, “‘Daughters in My Kingdom’: The History and Work of Relief Society,” Ensign, Nov. 2010, 112–15
December Call to Action
President Boyd K. Packer taught: “Family history work has the power to do something for the dead. It has an equal power to do something to the living. They understand that they are tying their family together, their living family here with those who have gone before.”
Sister Beck also reminds us that “family history and temple work continue to be some of the primary obligations of Relief Society.” How are you and your family fulfilling this responsibility? Share your experiences with us at email@example.com.
- Henry B. Eyring, “Hearts Bound Together,” Ensign, May 2005, 77
- Boyd K. Packer, “Your Family History: Getting Started,” Ensign, Aug. 2003, 12–17
- Russell M. Nelson, “Generations Linked in Love,” Ensign, May 2010, 91–94
- Julie B. Beck, “Studying the Work of Relief Society,” Ensign, Jan. 2010, 32–37
- Thomas S. Monson
- President of the Church
- October 2010, General Conference
- Related Topics Missionary work, general conference, temples
Please select your message from these general conference addresses.
- Thomas S. Monson, "As We Meet Together Again," Oct. 2010 general conference
- Robert D. Hales, "Couple Missionaries: A Time to Serve," Liahona, July 2001, 28-31
- M. Russell Ballard, "One More," Liahona, May 2005, 69-71
- Russell M. Nelson, "Senior Missionaries and the Gospel," Liahona, Nov. 2004, 79-82
November Call to Action
In the first address given in the October 2010 general conference, President Thomas S. Monson issued this call to action:
"May I mention a matter close to my heart and which deserves our serious attention. I speak of missionary work.
"First, to young men of the Aaronic Priesthood and to you young men who are becoming elders: I repeat what prophets have long taught-that every worthy, able young man should prepare to serve a mission. . . .
"A word to you young sisters . . . we welcome your service.
"And now to you mature brothers and sisters: we need many, many more senior couples. . . .
"To those of you who are not yet to the season of life when you might serve a couples mission, I urge you to prepare now for the day when you and your spouse might do so."
As you ponder this message, ask yourself, "How am I preparing myself, my children, and others for missionary service?" Share your experiences with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
By Julie B. Beck
Relief Society general president
Liahona and Ensign, Sept. 2010
As parents, leaders, and Church members, we are preparing this generation for the blessings of Abraham, for the temple. We have the responsibility to be very clear on key points of doctrine found in the proclamation on the family. Motherhood and fatherhood are eternal roles and responsibilities. Each of us carries the responsibility for either the male or the female half of the plan.
By Silvia H. Allred
First counselor in the Relief Society general presidency
Liahona and Ensign, Aug. 2010
Through His prophets, the Lord invites those who have not yet received the blessings of the temple to do whatever may be necessary to qualify to receive them. He invites those who have already received these blessings to return as often as possible to enjoy again the experience, to increase their vision and understanding of His eternal plan.
By Barbara Thompson
Second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency
Liahona and Ensign, July 2010
Scriptures, family home evening, and family prayer will strengthen families. We need to take every opportunity to strengthen families and support one another to stay on the right path.
It is not possible to make real change all by ourselves. Our own willpower and our own good intentions are not enough. When we make mistakes or choose poorly, we must have the help of our Savior to get back on track. We partake of the sacrament week after week to show our faith in His power to change us. We confess our sins and promise to forsake them.
The temple is a house of learning. Much of the instruction imparted in the temple is symbolic and learned by the Spirit. This means we are taught from on high. … Our understanding of the meaning of the ordinances and covenants will increase as we return to the temple often with the attitude of learning and contemplating the eternal truths taught. … Let us enjoy the spiritual strength and the revelation we receive as we attend the temple regularly.
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.