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VT Conference Talk

VT Conference Talk

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Published by Magdalena Summers

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Published by: Magdalena Summers on Jun 06, 2011
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Good evening sister.

I am so glad I have the opportunity to speak to you about this wonderful program of visiting teaching. As many of you know I am convert so when I was introduced to the visiting teaching program I was not sure what exactly to do, and sometimes I still I don’t know what to do, so I am just glad we have these conferences to remind us of what the purpose of visiting teaching is. Does anybody know the pourpose of visiting teaching? According to the Church Handbook of Instructions, the purpose of visiting teaching is to build caring relationships with each sister and to offer support, comfort, and friendship. So how do we go about meeting this purpose. First, visit each assigned sister regularly, second, learn of the spiritual and temporal needs of the sister and her family, third offer appropriate assistance, and finally give spiritual instruction through a monthly message. Sisters fortunately the Lord equipped with the appropriate tools such as love, compassion, kindness, and charity to make this task easier for us. But how often do we forget about our handy tools, I will be the first one to admit it, especially when I am given a route and I know one of my sisters is inactive. Suddenly all my handy tools have been overpowered by fear, suddenly I have forgotten how to make a visit, or how to use the phone, or write a letter, or how to pray. Sister Mickelson our Stake Relief Society President said at the closing of our Women’s Conference, “As women of faith, the Lord has full confidence in our ability to reach out and to lift the one.” Sisters don’t let fear keep you from feeding the one. Not too long ago I was the one, and I remember getting those little notes at the foot of my door. During that rough period of my life I look back and think how I managed to get out of that mess. Well now I understand that Rachel Alger and Mary Ator were assigned to be my visiting teachers through divine revelation and although they did not make too many in home visits with me I know that they were praying for me. It is a blessing sisters, to pray for another sister and receive inspiration as to how the Lord would have us care for one of his daughters. Sisters visiting teaching is the Lord’s work when our focus is in on the people, so don’t be overwhelmed by teaching the message because no where on the purpose of visting teaching does it mention to teach, it clearly states to offer support, comfort, and friendship. In the words of President Faust, “No matter what circumstances you sisters experience, your influence can be marvelously farreaching. I believe some of you have a tendency to underestimate your profound capacity for blessing the lives of others. More often than not, it is not on the stage with some public pronouncement but in your example of righteousness and the countless gentle acts of love and kindness done so willingly, so often on a one-to-one basis." In closing I would love to share with you my testimony of visiting teaching, that I know that this program was designed through divine revelation to serve and bless the women of the Church that it came about in response to the desires of the hearts of the women of that time and that it parallel the purpose of the Relief Society to relieve the poor and to save souls. I also know that as sisters of this church we have no other responsibility outside of our family that has the potential to do as much good as does visiting teaching.

I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ.

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