Visiting Teacher

What is the purpose of visiting teaching?

9.5 Visiting teaching gives women the opportunity to watch over, strengthen, and teach one another. 

9.5.1 Visiting teachers sincerely come to know and love each sister, help her strengthen her faith, and give service. … Taking into account each sister’s individual needs and circumstances, visiting teachers have regular contact (monthly if possible) with those they are assigned. When a personal visit is not possible, visiting teachers may use phone calls, letters, e-mail, or other means to watch over and strengthen sisters.

9.5.1 When appropriate, visiting teachers share a gospel message. See the current Visiting Teaching Message.

9.5.1 Visiting teachers give compassionate service during times of illness, death, and other special circumstances. 

5.2.5 Visiting teachers have important responsibilities to establish friendships with new members.  

5.2.8 Visiting teachers and other members may attend the [Gospel Principles] class to provide fellowship [for new members or investigators].

Ask yourself: Do I understand the importance of visiting teaching? Make a list of goals that will help you serve your sisters better.

How do I minister to someone?

3.2.3 Like the Savior, leaders seek to minister to individuals and families, both spiritually and temporally. They care about each person, not just about managing an organization. They reach out to new members, less-active members, and those who may be lonely or in need of comfort.

The purpose of ministering is to help others become true followers of Jesus Christ. 

Reporting Visiting Teaching

9.5.4 The Relief Society presidency or those who are called to assist them receive monthly reports from visiting teachers. The visiting teachers report any special needs of the sisters they visit and any service rendered.

Do you understand the importance of reporting your visiting teaching?

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