Reality VT: Do I need a memorable Visiting Teacher?
Real thoughts & experiences by Real Visiting Teachers = Reality VT
Sandra said, “I wish I could but in all the years I have been a member I haven’t a v.t. In my home long enough to have one good story.”
Edie said, “Favorites…..the ones that come.”
Why do I feel sad for the Sisters who don’t have memorable Visiting Teachers? It’s good they are consistent, but why not memorable?
Is it because my 1st Visiting Teacher was my guardian angel who helped me remember I am a Daughter of God who loves me and I wish everyone could have someone like her?
Is it because I have also gone without any Visiting Teachers at all?
Is it because I need a memorable story to be a good Visiting Teacher myself?
Is it because I’ve had sisters visit me in the past who I only saw once every other month?
Is it because I’ve had amazing consistent and thoughtful Visiting Teachers who have served me and my family especially in difficult times and I wish I could be like them?
Is it because I wish I could be a better Visiting Teacher and know that I could be doing better to help them grow in their testimonies of our Savior?
Is it because I know I could be a better Visiting Teacher and I’m not for some reason, excuse or another? Maybe a little bit of everything.
What are some things I can do to strengthen those bonds of friendship with the sisters I Visit Teach? with my Companion too? to help our visits be more memorable and more effective in the lives of the Sisters we Visit Teach? Not so they can brag about us and make us feel awesome, but so they can feel soooooo loved that they too will be inspired to be better Visiting Teachers and when they share stories with others about how they were loved it can help inspire more sisters to Come Unto Christ through Visiting Teaching as well!
Sandra went on to say “But the other side of the coin is I love being a v.t.”
Sandra really nailed it! Why does she love it? What a testament of the kind of sister she is. She only needs the Savior’s example to know how to serve others, I can learn a lot from Sandra. I know she won’t wish herself an awesome Visiting Teacher, but how I pray she’ll be blessed by a VTer just like her someday, together they will truly be blessed by their love for our Savior.
In a General Conference address titled “What Thinks Christ of Me?” in April 2012 ELDER NEIL L. ANDERSEN Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said “discipleship is not a competition at all but an invitation TO ALL.” (emphasis added)
Elder Andersen goes onto say, ‘Even with His love for all mankind, Jesus reprovingly referred to some around Him as hypocrites,4 fools,5 and workers of iniquity.6 He approvingly called others children of the kingdom7 and the light of the world.8 He disapprovingly referred to some as blinded9 and unfruitful.10He commended others as pure in heart11 and hungering after righteousness.12 He lamented that some were faithless13 and of the world,14 but others He esteemed as chosen,15 disciples,16 friends.17 And so we each ask, “What thinks Christ of me?”’
It’s not about what my Visiting Teacher does or doesn’t do. It’s about what I’m doing as a Visiting Teacher!
What does Christ think of me as a Visiting Teacher? How can I become a better disciple of Christ? I can think of a few things I’m not doing on a daily basis that will help me. What has helped you?