Visiting Teaching Message (Apr ’14)
VISITING TEACHING MESSAGE – The Divine Mission of Jesus Christ: Savior and Redeemer (Ensign/Liahona April 2014)
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Among the most significant of Jesus Christ’s descriptive titles is Redeemer,” said Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “Redeem means to pay off an obligation or a debt.Redeem can also mean to rescue or set free as by paying a ransom. … Each of these meanings suggests different facets of the great Redemption accomplished by Jesus Christ through His Atonement, which includes, in the words of the dictionary, ‘to deliver from sin and its penalties, as by a sacrifice made for the sinner.’”1
Linda K. Burton, Relief Society general president, said: “Heavenly Father … sent His Only Begotten and perfect Son to suffer for our sins, our heartaches, and all that seems unfair in our own individual lives.
“… One woman who had been through years of trial and sorrow said through her tears, ‘I have come to realize that I am like an old 20-dollar bill—crumpled, torn, dirty, abused, and scarred. But … I am still worth the full 20 dollars.’ This woman knows that she … was worth enough to [God] to send His Son to atone for her, individually. Every sister in the Church should know what this woman knows.”2
From the Scriptures
2 Nephi 2:6; Wherefore, redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah; for he is full of grace and truth.
Helaman 5:11–12; And he hath power given unto him from the Father to redeem them from their sins because of repentance; therefore he hath sent his angels to declare the tidings of the conditions of repentance, which bringeth unto the power of the Redeemer, unto the salvation of their souls.
And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.
Moses 1:39 For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.
From Our History
The New Testament includes accounts of women who exercised faith in Jesus Christ, learned and lived His teachings, and testified of His ministry, miracles, and majesty.
Jesus said to the woman at the well:
“Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
“The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not . …
“I know that [the Messiah] cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.
“Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.”
She “then left her waterpot” and bore testimony of Him in the city. (SeeJohn 4:6–30.)
What Can I Do?
- How can we show gratitude to the Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ?
- How can we partake of the blessings of our Savior’s atoning sacrifice in our lives?
- D. Todd Christofferson, “Redemption,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2013, 109.
- Linda K. Burton, “Is Faith in the Atonement of Jesus Christ Written in Our Hearts?” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2012, 114