Michelle D. Craig, first counselor in the Young Women general presidency. Amy A. Wright, First Counselor in the Primary General Presidency, and J. Annette Dennis, First Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency, recently completed a trip to Mexico.
But first, Sisters Craig and Wright were special guests at a soccer game for children with Down syndrome in Puebla de los Angeles, Mexico.
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The sisters accompanied Puebla City’s DIF (National System for Integrated Family Development) representative, Liliana Ortiz, during this lively match. Ortiz thanked the church for its interest in humanitarian projects in her community.
The children and youth who participated in this soccer game will be supported by the local government’s DIF program, which aims to promote the inclusion of people with Down’s syndrome and help develop their social skills by providing opportunities for learning and coexistence. is part of The program’s motto is ‘with you and direction’.
Liliana Ortiz then took a tour of the La Paz meetinghouse, one of the Church’s iconic buildings in Puebla. During her visit, she learned about the history of the city’s churches and the church’s various programs to help children and young people.
Ortiz then introduced Sister Craig, Sister Wright, and local leaders to some of the programs in which the city’s DIF participates, providing medical services to vulnerable people with special needs and limited resources. and provided assistance.
At the end of the tour, Ortiz was presented with a family statue as a token of appreciation for the mutual commitment of the Church and DIF to care for and strengthen families.
“God will do great things through you”
In a special devotional for children, Sister Wright shared a special message to children from President Russell M. Nelson.
“What do you know about Jesus?” Sister Wright asked. The children were excited and answered. “Jesus loves children very much,” replied one of the little ones.
In another example, groups of children rang different bells to create harmonies to a Primary song. Sister Wright used this example to emphasize the idea that each person is a child of God and has an important purpose.
“It is important to know how the Holy Ghost speaks to you,” added Sister Wright. To her parents, she made a point of teaching her children about this topic.
“It is important to encourage[children]to share their feelings,” said Sister Wright. “It’s not always tears [that the Holy Spirit manifests] But through other emotions such as peace, tranquility, love, joy…and they must learn to recognize it.
Finally, I drew one thing I could do to follow Jesus Christ, applying what I learned from Sister Wright. Sister Wright gave her final testimony.
“I testify to your ability to be a powerful instrument in His hands as we prepare together for His Second Coming,” she said.
Relief Society Devotional
Sister Dennis conducted a special devotional for Relief Society sisters in Puebla de los Angeles, Mexico.
According to attendees, Sister Dennis “filled the room with love from the moment she walked in.”
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In this devotional, which was also attended by Elder Carlos Gabaldon of the Seventy, Sister Dennis emphasized the importance of finding ways to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ in ways children can understand. “We all have young people and children in our sphere of influence,” she stressed.
She also talked about how covenants bring us closer to God’s power. She encouraged her sisters to come to his house and make and keep a covenant that she would be “a woman with the power of God.” She then quoted President Nelson.
Devotionals for Young Women and Young Men
Sister Craig delivered a devotional and special message for the young women and men of Puebla.
Elder Hugo Montoya, President of the Mexico Area, urged young people to find peace in Christ. “He gives us strength in the storm,” he said. “As we draw near to Christ, we find the peace we seek.”
After telling the story of her father climbing a very high mountain, Sister Craig explained that one of the rules of the mountain is never to go it alone, always have a companion. The guide said to her father:
“What does this story have to do with us?” asked Sister Craig. “Sometimes this path is very difficult. We are all following someone. We want to follow Jesus Christ and be like him, but it is not easy.”
She continued, “This year’s youth motto is ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’ But when Paul wrote this, he was in prison. there was.”
The image that accompanies this year’s motto depicts a tower of stone in balance, a symbol of Christ being the rock and a sign that points our way.
“We need to go on this journey to grow spiritually and become what we are supposed to be,” Sister Craig pointed out. “The Savior’s perfect life shows the path we must all take to find Him again.”
“Learning about Jesus Christ helps us recognize the signs that guide the way,” she testifies.
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