A few weeks/month ago I saw this really great idea on Pinterest. I knew I had to do this for the sisters in my Relief Society, so I pinned it and have been thinking about it ever since.

This last Sunday I had the opportunity to teach in Relief Society, so after much prayer and searching, I decided to teach on…
“Reaching Our Full Potential as Disciples of Christ”
First, let’s back up a little bit to a few weeks ago…I knew I was going to be teaching the 1st Sunday of March, so I started praying and looking for ideas on what I needed to teach the sisters.
I always begin my search with reading the Ensign, so I started with the January Ensign and read it. Then I read the February issue, and in that issue was my answer.
On page 17 of the February Ensign there is a wonderful article titled:
After I read this article I knew I needed to teach about being a better disciple of Christ.
If you haven’t read this article you should, it’s a great one!
I began my lesson with an object lesson.
I had an empty container and told the sisters that this container represented our lives. I then asked them to share different things that fill our lives from day to day:
Facebook or Pinterest 🙂
And so on….
As they shared their thoughts I added to the container. I had some candy to represent the worldly things and cotton balls to represent the things that are pleasing to our Heavenly Father.
{I wanted to use small balls, but I couldn’t find any, so I used candy & cotton balls. :)}
Then I said, ‘More often than not our lives are filled with things of the world rather than things of importance or things that are pleasing to our Heavenly Father.
I then shared a quote from President Uchtdorf:
“Our Heavenly Father sees our real potential. He knows things about us that we do not know ourselves. He prompts us during our lifetime to fulfill the measure of our creation, to live a good life, and to return to His presence.
Why, then, do we devote so much of our time and energy to things that are so fleeting, so inconsequential, and so superficial? Do we refuse to see the folly in the pursuit of the trivial and transient?
Would it not be wiser for us to “lay up for [ourselves] treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal”?5
How do we do this? By following the example of the Savior, by incorporating His teachings in our daily lives, by truly loving God and our fellowman.
We certainly cannot do this with a dragging-our-feet, staring-at-our-watch, complaining-as-we-go approach to discipleship.”
We then discussed what a disciple is and what it meant to the sisters.
“A disciple of Christ is one who is learning to be like Christ—learning to think, to feel, and to act as He does. To be a true disciple, to fulfill that learning task, is the most demanding regimen known to man. No other discipline compares…in either requirements or rewards.” {Chauncey C Riddle, ‘Becoming a Disciple,’ Ensign Sept. 1974}
How can we be better disciples of Christ in our everyday lives?
Here is a great quote from President Uchtdorf that can help us answer this question:
When it comes to living the gospel, we should not be like the boy who dipped his toe in the water and then claimed he went swimming. As sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father, we are capable of so much more. For that, good intentions are not enough. We must do. Even more important, we must become what Heavenly Father wants us to be.
Declaring our testimony of the gospel is good, but being a living example of the restored gospel is better. Wishing to be more faithful to our covenants is good; actually being faithful to sacred covenants—including living a virtuous life, paying our tithes and offerings, keeping the Word of Wisdom, and serving those in need—is much better. Announcing that we will dedicate more time for family prayer, scripture study, and wholesome family activities is good; but actually doing all these things steadily will bring heavenly blessings to our lives.
Discipleship is the pursuit of holiness and happiness. It is the path to our best and happiest self.
I love that last part of the quote
“Discipleship is the pursuit of holiness and happiness. It is the path to our best & happiest self.”
Don’t we all want to be happy? Especially in today’s world that is filled with anger and negativity.
Then why do we keep ourselves from such great happiness as President Uchtdorf talked about?
Because as one of the quotes from before…Discipleship is a demanding regimen….it takes work, but we can do it! All we have to do is try. ‘Try a little harder to be a littler better!’{Pres. Hinckley, love it!}
I’ve had this on my mind a lot lately….how to be happier, improve my life, improve my testimony, improve my relationship with my Savior & Heavenly Father.
And I know I know the answer of how to accomplish this, but it’s something that we must truly desire in order to accomplish it.
SO…back to the idea I saw awhile back.
After reading the article in the Ensign I decided to do my own little experiment to better my relationship with the Savior.
And the idea that I saw is going to help me accomplish just that!
Over the next 12 weeks I (and other sisters in our ward) will be studying a specific scripture for 1 week.
As we read and ponder that scripture we are supposed to write down our feelings and experiences we may have. There is also a list of questions to ask ourselves to help us ponder each scripture more fully.
Our first scripture for this week is:
Helaman 5:12
I LOVE this scripture! I’ve read it and have thought about it a lot this week.
“…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.”
I looked up this scripture in my study guide book and it had this thought:
In the scripture it says ‘they cannotfall’. It doesn’t say they may not or probably won’t…it says they/we cannot.
What an amazing promise we are given if we only will build our foundation upon the rock, our Savior Jesus Christ.
I handed out my little handout to each of the sisters and invited them to take the challenge with me and gain a greater relationship with our Savior.
Would you like to join me on my 12 week challenge?
Because today I am sharing my handout with all of you. Just click the link below and print it out. Then keep it in your scriptures or on your nightstand or somewhere you will see it everyday.
I decided to do a small version of the original {original idea found here}.
The original idea had the 12 week Scripture Shedule and the questions printed on larger pieces of paper and then glued to notebooks.
As the sisters participated in the 12 week challenge they could write their feelings down inside the notebook.
I decided to make a mini version to fit in scriptures.
I am so excited for this challenge, and I hope I can stick with it and better my relationship with the Savior. I would love for you to join me too. I will try to share thoughts and scriptures throughout the 12 weeks, and I would love to hear your thoughts as well.
I am so grateful to have this wonderful gospel in my life and for a loving Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ who puts up with me.
I know how impatient I can get with my own children just for not picking up toys or dirty clothes. I can’t imagine what I would be like if I were in Heavenly Father’s shoes and I was my own daughter, haha {did that make sense???}.
Our Heavenly Father loves us! And I am so grateful for that.
{If you would like a full-size version visit this link: Life at 490 2nd St: 12 Week Challenge Printable}
Have a wonderful day!



11 thoughts on “{12 Weeks of Christ}: A More Personal Relationship With the Savior

  1. Mandi Roth

    I really Love this idea. I’m downloading it now and I’m going to do this starting this Sunday. Thanks for sharing this. I’ve needed something like this. 🙂


  2. Emily

    Found you via Sugardoodle on Facebook. Just wanted to say thank you so much for this! The printable is absolutely beautiful. I also like the small size – i’d like to glue both sheets onto a pretty piece of cardstock and use it as a bookmark for my notebook or scriptures. Thank you!


  3. Kristin and Jay

    I am so happy you are my friend :). I’m sitting here planning my young women’s lesson and whenever I see a lesson help from this site it makes me happy:). Totally doing this for a combined lesson in a couple weeks. Thanks for the idea!!


  4. Anonymous

    I love this idea, but it is NOT a quote from President Monson, but Elder Yoshihiko Kikuchi of the Seventy, and the quote has been altered.


    1. Sheena

      Thanks for the comment. I actually fixed the error today. The blog where I found the original idea from actually had Pres. Monson’s name. I should have checked to make sure it was correct, but didn’t.
      I have now given credit to Elder Kikuchi. Just click the link for the updated version. Thanks!


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