The Visiting Teaching message for February is about “The Restoration of all Things”. It talks about the restoration of the Church, and the essential place of Relief Society therein. For my lesson I altered a drawing of a church from last year’s Primary Outline for Sharing Time. It is a lesson aid to help talk about Christ’s primitive Church, the Apostasy, and the Restoration of the Gospel. The only detail I changed from the original drawing is the heart in the center. It represents the faithful women in the ancient Church like Mary, Martha and Tabitha (all mentioned in this month’s VT message).
After you cut the church apart and discuss the Apostasy (when Christ’s Church, priesthood and revelation were taken away from the earth), put the pieces back together to signify the restoration of the Gospel.
Sister Julie B. Beck has taught that “we know through the Prophet Joseph Smith that Relief Society was a formal part of the Restoration.” The process of restoration began with the First Vision in 1820 and continued “line upon line, precept upon precept” (D&C 98:12). When the Relief Society was formally organized on March 17, 1842, the Prophet taught the women about their essential place in the restored Church. He said, “The Church was never perfectly organized until the women were thus organized.