Our homes are one of the most sacred and essential places we must protect will all our efforts in the last days. Nowhere is the role of “mother" more important! Sisters are a powerful and miraculous strengthen to the Church and Kingdom of God. It is in the home that we forge shields of faith for our children. Our homes must first be a “defense and a refuge” before the stake can fully be a “defense and a refuge”.
“Visiting teaching gives women the opportunity to watch over, strengthen, and teach one another. Through visiting teaching, the Relief Society president helps the bishop identify and resolve short-term and long-term needs of the sisters and their families” (Handbook 2, 9.5).
We invite every member of the stake to reach out more – to open our hearts and our homes to invite others into our lives. To share ourselves with our neighbors, our ward family, and anyone the Lord brings into our paths. We invite each of you to love one another more fully – to take time to listen and build relationships, to visit the sick and weary, to forgive an offense, to reconcile a relationship, to receive impressions each week concerning “whom the Lord would have us love”. It is through the Atonement we are privileged to participate with God – “As I have loved you, love one another”.