Gospel Art Picture Kit
Heavenly Father established home teaching to help every Latter-day Saint remain steadfast in the faith. President Ezra Taft Benson taught that home teaching is an inspired program that can touch our hearts, change our lives, and help us all achieve exaltation. He explained that home teaching is “the priesthood way of watching over the Saints and accomplishing the mission of the Church” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1987, 60; or Ensign, May 1987, 48).
Home teachers represent Jesus Christ in looking after the welfare of Church members. Each month Church members receive visits from their home teachers, usually a Melchizedek Priesthood bearer accompanied by an Aaronic Priesthood teacher or priest. During the visit, they teach a gospel message and offer to pray with the family. Home teachers watch for opportunities to offer service and friendship to families and individuals under their care. Members of the Church can turn to their home teachers in times of need, for special priesthood blessings, or to perform ordinances such as baptisms or confirmations.
Each month throughout the Church two priesthood holders go together to visit assigned families and individuals in their ward or branch. These two men are called by the branch president or bishop to represent Jesus Christ in looking after and caring for the people. As they visit each home they teach a gospel message and offer to pray with the family. They also offer to serve the family in various ways when the family needs help.
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