Friday, May 16, 2008

Hopefully making things clearer

Drat mentioned that he wasn't sure what I was talking about when I keep referring to Home teaching. So hopefully this article I found will explain things a bit better for any non LDS readers.

Home teaching (formerly called ward teaching) is a responsibility of priesthood holders in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Home teaching is a church program designed to allow families to be taught in their own homes, in addition to weekly church services. Typically, two members of the priesthood, of whom at least one must be an adult( i.e 18+), visit the home of approximately one to three assigned families once a month. Home teaching is organized at the ward level

Companionships are responsible for visiting each of their assigned families once per month. Visits are normally ½ hour. Home teachers may share a lesson or spiritual thought (typically the message from the church presidency for that month) and inquire concerning the needs and concerns of the family. Home teachers establish a relationship of trust with these families so that the families can call upon them in times of need.

LDS women have a similar system called Visiting Teaching. Women are assigned other women that they are to visit on a monthly basis. While the home teacher is responsible for the entire family, the visiting teacher concentrates on the needs of the women being visited, although this often involves the welfare of other family members.

Of course as you may have picked up, I haven't been able to fulfil this responsibility due to problems beyond my control.

I hope this makes things a bit clearer for anyone who was confused. Any questions give me a yell.


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