Follow up to Irvine Ward Priesthood Quorum Instruction 6 Nov. 2016
(Summary of remarks made by Elder Holland Conference Priesthood Session 2016)
Home Teachers are to be God’s emissaries to His children, to love and care and pray for the people to whom you are assigned.
While working through our schedule to visit all homes, which may take some months to accomplish, we would make other kinds of contact with the individuals and families on our list via any of the means the Lord has provided.
Certainly we would watch for our families at church and, as the scripture says, would “speak one with another concerning the welfare of their souls.”
In addition, we would make phone calls, send emails and text messages, even tap out a greeting through one of the many forms of social media available to us. To help address special needs, we might send a scriptural quote or a line from a general conference talk or a Mormon Message drawn from the wealth of material on LDS.org
In the language of the First Presidency, we would do the best we could in the circumstances we faced with the resources available to us.
Brethren, the appeal I am making today is for you to lift your vision of home teaching.
Please, in newer, better ways see yourselves as emissaries of the Lord to His children.
That means leaving behind the tradition of a frantic, law of Moses–like, end-of-the-month calendar in which you rush to give a scripted message from the Church magazines that the family has already read.
We would hope, rather, that you will establish an era of genuine, gospel oriented concern for the members, watching over and caring for each other, addressing spiritual and temporal needs in any way that helps.
Now, as for what “counts” as home teaching, every good thing you do “counts,” so report it all.
Indeed, the report that matters most is how you have blessed and cared for those within your stewardship.
What matters is that you love your people and are fulfilling the commandment “to watch over the church always.”
May you be vigilant in tending the flock of God in ways consistent with your circumstances.
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