Today's Favorite Verse: Moroni 6:4
"And after they had been received unto baptism, and were wrought upon and cleansed by the power of the Holy Ghost, they were numbered among the people of the church of Christ; and their names were taken, that they might be remembered and nourished by the good word of God, to keep them in the right way, to keep them continually watchful unto prayer, relying alone upon the merits of Christ, who was the author and the finisher of their faith."
The Lord numbereth his sheep and they all matter to him. How else could he leave the ninety and nine to go after the one sheep that had wondered? He had to know how many should be there. From the early days of the church we have been told the importance of keeping records. One record is the membership of His church. Those that enter into the baptismal covenant are counted. I like to think of home and visiting teaching as the role by which members are remembered and nourished, watched over and prayed for, and taught the word of God. It is one of the most important responsibilities as a member of Christ's church has to watch over his sheep. This is how we strengthen each other.
As Moroni was thinking over the loss of his people, did he wonder if home or visiting teaching would have made a difference? That it may have keep people from turning their backs on the Lord. This is probably the same message he is trying to warn us of today. I grieve as I see a wave of sisters in my ward simply say "I no longer want to be a visiting teacher". They are abandoning the order the Lord setup to feed his sheep, sometimes I wonder how we can get them all feed. Who do I ask to carry your load, that it might break their backs. Those that faithfully serve as home or visiting teachers will be cherished by the Lord and be strengthened. Yet, I grieve for what I see happening.
Day 414 Tami Fitzgerald Harris