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"The duty of home teachers cannot always be satisfied with a once-a-month
visit. They need to be caring and willing to serve as the need arises.
I know of members of one high priests group who take tools when they go
home teaching. We do not expect home teachers to be able to fix everything,
such as computers and other highly technical equipment. They can, however,
offer their wisdom and experience in assisting their assigned families
to find the needed help. Caring home teachers should make appointments
in advance, if possible. Aaronic Priesthood home teaching companions can
learn lifelong lessons and be greatly blessed by serving with faithful
Melchizedek Priesthood senior companions."
"How do we help? To lighten the load of the bishopric, auxiliary presidencies
and Melchizedek Priesthood quorum presidencies and group leaders need to
exercise initiative and fully function in the great responsibilities of
their callings. Bishops are responsible to call; they should not be required
to beg or push. All of us should accept the callings we are given and serve
in all diligence. The most common calling received for men is home teacher
and for women is Relief Society visiting teacher. When properly performed,
these vital callings can substantially lighten the load of the bishopric.
Home teachers and visiting teachers are the eyes and ears and hands of
the bishop. Brothers and sisters, help the bishop and his counselors by
reliable, faithful performance of your visits and oversight as home teachers
and visiting teachers."
"Many of our assignments in the Church are shared with companions. Ever since the Lord sent out His disciples two by two, companionships have advanced the work of the Kingdom. The Lord's law of witnesses requires that "in the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established." When the grieving women came to the empty tomb that first glorious Easter morn, it was two heavenly messengers who declared, "He is not here, but is risen." After the Lord's ascension from the Mount of Olives, two messengers bore testimony of the risen Lord. And both the Father and the Son together visited Joseph Smith to begin the glorious work of the Restoration. In bearing testimony and establishing truth, two are better than one. Building on this divine model, the home teaching and visiting teaching programs of the Church have thus been organized. Companionships are called "to watch over the church always, and be with and strengthen [others]." We would hope that new converts would be given special attention by home teachers and visiting teachers. All assigned brothers and sisters may magnify their responsibilities to care for and nurture those to whom they are called to serve. Local leaders prayerfully make these assignments under the direction of priesthood authority and the spirit of revelation. So when your leaders ask you to serve, we hope that you will respond as if the Lord Himself were asking because, indeed, so He is: 'whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same.' "