“From a Teacher: Partnered with the Spirit,” New Era, June 2012, 8–9
Being introduced to the responsibility of home teaching at such an early age made me feel like I was special, and it helped me to feel the Spirit. One of the people we home taught was a widow who lived alone. She struggled with various medical problems and always appreciated our visits and our company. Knowing that we were there to bring her happiness and to bring the priesthood into her home was a witness to me of how important our responsibility is.
Home teaching has also helped me get a head start on learning how to prepare lessons and schedule appointments with families. Learning and fulfilling the duties of priesthood callings isn’t as hard as it sounds. Our duty to magnify our callings is one that we don’t have to tackle by ourselves. As long as we do our part and prepare, we’ll never be left alone. Sometimes I find that I prepare a message for home teaching, and when it’s time to present it, I’m prompted to talk about something totally different. The message ends up being even better than I had planned. The Holy Ghost will be there for you, and if you ever feel like you don’t know how to handle the responsibility of holding the priesthood, just listen for the Spirit. The Holy Ghost will tell you what you need to say at the exact moment you need to say it (see D&C 100:5–6).