17 If any man will ado his bwill, he shall cknow of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.
Dropping by and having a brief conversation on the doorstep of the families you teach is good, but people will not open up to someone who just pops in on them briefly each month, so it makes it hard to know if there is anything they need your help with. You have to build a relationship of trust with them first.
A better way is to plan before you go visit. Pray, prepare a lesson, and think of things you can invite them to do (like studying some scriptures you have shared with them in your lesson).
At your next visit follow-up on those things you talked about last time and anything you may have invited them to do.
Lesson 5: “This Is the Spirit of Revelation” 24
Doctrine and Covenants 6, 8, 9
The Bible Dictionary states, "Without revelation, all would be guesswork, darkness, and confusion. "
Write down every impression you receive and see how involved the Lord is in your life. Perhaps we would recognize revelation more.
Doctrine and Covenants 9:8
8 But, behold, I say unto you, that you must astudy it out in your bmind; then you must cask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your dbosom shall eburn within you; therefore, you shall ffeel that it is right.
By studying, making a decision, and asking God if it is right we learn. We learn in life how to make good decisions on our own, rather than having God do everything for us, much like we do with our own children.
Most of the revelations recorded in the Doctrine and Covenants were received when someone was pondering the scriptures.
Elder Boyd K. Packer said, “No message appears in scripture more times, in more ways than ‘Ask, and ye shall receive’ ” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1991, 26; or Ensign, Nov. 1991, 21).
From the Bulletin
- Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together. (Vincent van Gogh 1853-1890)
- By small and simple things, great things are brought to pass. (Alma 37:6, 7)
- Seek Help Early - Average couples wait six years before seeking help.
- Edit Yourself - Avoid saying every critical thought.
- Eliminate Demands. Make Gentle Requests - Humbly ask him/her, "Would you be willing to..."
- Soften "Start Up" - Bring up problems gently and without blame.
- Accept Influence - How well are you accepting sudden changes?
- Have High Standard - ...but have a level of tolerance for bad behavior.
- Repair and Exit Arguments - Happy couples know how to repair the situation before an argument gets completely out of control.
- The Bright Side - Say positive statements to and about each other in public and in private situations.
- Making Changes in the Other Person - Start with yourself. You cannot change anyone else.
- "Where love is, there is God also."