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Welcome to my Visiting Teacher Blog! I’m a young (OK, OK, young at heart) mom trying to be a better Visiting Teacher, just like the rest of us. I’m a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and have been called to be a Visiting Teacher for 10 years now. I love the Visiting Teaching program and I can testify that it works. (see personal story below) By no means am I “the best” Visiting Teacher nor am I a supervisor or anything like that. Yes, I have been known to skip a month or 2, dropped the ball on some sisters and I am especially introverted when it comes to being assigned new sisters to Visit Teach, but my goal is to improve. I think Visiting Teaching is so important but it’s hard to know exactly what to do, especially if you’ve been assigned a new sister or even have 8 sisters to Visit Teach. There are several lessons, messages, discourses, scriptures, a couple of books, poems, videos and personal stories to learn from. So, I decided to start this blog to keep track of any good ideas, handouts I make for the sisters I visit Teach and other great findings into a useful place for myself and hope it can help anyone else who may want to improve their calling as a Visiting Teacher too. Feel free to comment, share your thoughts, ideas, inspiration, stories or struggles with me.

Love,
Linda

My Personal Story:

When I was about 19 while I was living in Boca Raton, Florida, I was going through a rough spot in life. I didn’t have very good friends, was living on my own and had to choose to attend church for myself and not because my parents “said so.” I’ve always known The Church was true but I struggled to do the essential things in life (i.e. pray, read scriptures…), I had to go to a new family ward and there were no sisters my age in Relief Society or at least none that I saw the few Sundays I attended. So, of course satan had his grip on me because I started to skip Church and I felt sad and unhappy. I was assigned 2 sisters to Visit Teach and needless to say I probably spoke to one of them twice. Although I was the worst Visiting Teacher I was assigned a Visiting Teacher who cared. I was told she couldn’t travel or leave her home so she hand wrote me letters and notes throughout each month. She also included a copy of the message with certain lines highlighted, bore her testimony and always reminded me that I was loved. I know she must have prayed for help and guidance to touch my spirit. I really did feel that she cared for me, even if she wasn’t able to visit. I looked forward to every letter from her. After several letters from her I decided I wanted to meet her and thank her for always remembering me. Unfortunately, no one could find her at church because she couldn’t leave her home, I was much to shy to call her myself or even try to visit her. Thanks to her letters I started to straighten out my life, I started doing the essentials, I attended Church, finally started participating in Relief Society and started to make new friends of all ages. I felt happy again and felt that I was doing the right things. I eventually met my wonderful husband while attending a fireside. My testimony of Visiting Teaching was strengthened because I knew it worked for me, so I’ve decided I would try to be a better Visiting Teacher like the angel who watched over me.

Unfortunately, I never saved any of the letters my angel sister sent me, I was never able to meet her, to thank her in person, nor do I remember her name but she’ll always have a special place in my heart. I just hope someday she’ll know what a blessing she was in my life and what a great Visiting Teacher she was to me. She magnified her calling and now it’s time I do the same.

This is my meager attempt at it, so bear with me.

36 Comments »

  • Cami Bodrero said:

    I love this Linda…thank you, thank you!

  • Becky said:

    I’m so glad you shared that experience. You’re awesome. Thanks for putting this together. I’m excited to use it in the future.

  • Katie G said:

    I wanted to congratulate you on a darling site to help LDS Sisters with their visiting teaching. I too have two blogs that I attempt to do the same. We are all in this together, and hopefully LDS sisters will have more success and get helpful ideas with Visiting teaching with all our tips and hints. You can visit my sites by going to http://visitingteachingtips.blogspot.com and http://visitingteachingsurprise.blogspot.com

    Keep up the good work and believe me I know how much time it takes, and know that you are doing something that will be of valuable service to so many!

  • admin (author) said:

    Katie,
    Oh wow! I LOVE YOUR WEBSITES. Seriously, you’ve done a great job. I was wondering if you’d let me borrow some ideas off your site along with some images to share with the ladies here? Of course I’d put a link back to your site. Feel free to use any of my ideas on your site so long as you link back here too. :) Thank you for all of your hard work too! It’s nice to know others care so much about Visiting Teaching too.
    Love you!
    Linda

  • Marti said:

    Just wanted to thank you so so much for your time and creativity!! I have not been happy with the quality of my visiting teaching, hence the google search for something fun. There is one lady I VT who is very open and sweet but she’s hard to visit. I printed a bookmark, wrote a short loving message on the back, put it in an envelope and left it on her doorstep. She was THRILLED! She texed me and said how much she loved it and that it was the message she needed on that day (be your best self). I used to have a visiting teacher who brought all sorts of cute things and I always wanted to be able to do that. Now I can. You are very much appreciated. You touch many many more lives than you can imagine. Sincerely, Marti from St. George, Utah

  • admin (author) said:

    Marti,
    Wow! What a great complement. Thank you for taking time to comment. I am so glad it helps you with your Visiting Teaching. Your comment was the message I needed today. :) Thank you!!! You’re so sweet to share your story and experience. It seems as though all forces are against you when you want/need to go Visiting Teaching so I am so glad you were able to make it for her. Thanks again for the comment and keep up the great work! If you ever have an idea let me know and I can see what I can come up with for us.
    Love ya,
    Linda

  • julie said:

    Hi Linda,

    Your poll about scheduling a time to visit your sisters was fun! I VT an 18 year old sister who was impossible to get a hold of. She actually avoided me. I found that texting her or sending a message on Facebook actually worked great. It is very impersonal to me to not talk on the phone and I really despise the modern technology for taking the human contact out of my day. But at least I get to schedule my visits, and get to visit with her when we meet.

    I have also found that for the hard to reach sister, inviting her to lunch at your home, or out for ice cream, or on a walk, works so much better than a sit on the couch and give a message visit. The sister who avoids me ends up being the sister who would like a friend the most.

    I love visiting teaching and your web site. Thanks for all your hard work!

    Julie

  • admin (author) said:

    Julie, You’re so cute! I love the texting idea, I’m not huge on the Facebook thing but I may have to join just to get the word out about VisitingTeaching.net, but I hear everyone’s on it. I text one of my sisters all the time. :) It’s just what works best for us too. I’m probably the one who would also prefer texting over voice. LOL. Oh well, I guess that has to do with the fact that I am so non-confrontational. But I’m learning.

    Oh and I soooo agree, the lunch, dinner or GNO is a great way to get to know your sisters outside of the normal weekly “hello-goodbye chat” especially if they don’t even go to church on Sundays for some reason or another. Then they eventually feel comfortable inviting you into their home. We invited our sister to the movies to watch a chick flick and sat there afterward just to get to know each other a little bit better. Each sister is different and so you just got to do what’s best. You are such a great Visiting Teacher! Thanks for your example and for sharing your experiences with me and everyone else. :) Keep up the great work. Love ya! Linda

  • Gladys de Araneda said:

    Hermana Linda:
    No hablo ingles, intente escribirle en la sección de ideas pero no pude por que no pude entender las palabras en ingles.

    Tengo una idea que quisiera compartir sobre las supervisora de maestras visitantes.

    Me encanta su pagina, hago las traducciones a través del google, y las adapto. Me gustaria compartir mis ideas adaptadas al español. Me gusta visitar los link de tu pagina, las cuales tambien adapto al español.

    si te interesa puedes responder por correo electronico

    Felicitaciones por tu trabajo y por la ayuda que nos brinda a las hermana que queremos ser mejores maestras visitantes.

    Con cariño
    Hermana Araneda

  • admin (author) said:

    Hermana Araneda, Muchisimas gracias por contactarme. Perdon que no te haya contestado mas temprano, siempre tengo varios emails. Seria chevere si pudieras compartir sus ideas conmigo. Me encantaría ponerlos en mi sitio de internet para que otras hermanas los puedan utilizar. Si te gustaria, mandame por ema sus ideas y cosas que haces y de que barrio assistes para que pueda incluir tu nombre tambien. :) Me alegra que te guste mi sitio de internet y que usas los materiales que pongo alli. Espero que tengas un buen dia. Yo uso google tambien para traducir pero no es perfecto. con mucho cariño, Linda

  • Gladys de Araneda said:

    Hermana Linda:

    Sería muy bueno que los materiales que estan en Pdf, los pusieran en otro programa, ya que cuando estan en Pdf no se puede modificar el idioma. Gracias por tu respuesta y muy agradecida por todo lo que hacer por el bien de la obra de nuestro Padre Celestial.

    Con cariño
    hermana Araneda

    Barrio Las Nieves
    Estaca Puente Alto
    Santiago, Chile

  • admin (author) said:

    Hermanita Araneda, Gracias por su commentario. Si tienes razon con el programa. Pero trabajo en una computadora Macintosh y entonces los programas que uso para desinar los PDF no son compatible con todas las computadoras. Pero si deseas traducir halgo mandame el texto y yo lo puedo agregar/cambiar y poner el PDF ya traducido. :) Wow eres de Chile, que chevere! con ♥, Linda

  • Nancy Fuller said:

    I have only been to your site the last two months, but I have to say I am so impressed!

    I would like to ask a suggestion however. I would like to see ideas for the next month’s lesson come before the first of the month. If you go out early in the month we end up missing some of your best ideas. As it is, we want to wait a week or two before we go out so that we can see what you come up with next.

    The August VT message is already posted on lds.org/gospel library. Is there any way we could start getting ideas posted so we could be ready to go out teaching earlier in the month?

  • admin (author) said:

    Nancy, I appreciate the comment and love that you desire to go out earlier. That’s great!!!! I was going to post ideas before the first but The Church doesn’t usually post their messages or links this early. (i.e. pdfs, mp3s…). Just this text version, must be a new development. I run this site along with 3 other different types of sites and I don’t have people to contribute to any of them yet, so I usually just create the handouts myself. (I’ll be a good deligator someday.) Sometimes, I get to them sooner than later. It’s also usually inspired (which is kind of neat) and the inspiration doesn’t come as quickly as I’d like it to either. I appreciate your request very much and it pains me to not have it sooner for you. However if you have an idea you’d like to share with me for this coming month’s message about Education and Life Long Learning I can most certainly design something from your idea. You are also welcome to search the site using a key word. For instance, this month was temples but because we had great talks in this past conference about temples the 2 print out ideas had already been designed and created. So you could easily use past handouts to enhance future VT messages.
    I would hate for you to go later in the month because you are waiting on me, but this also gives you the opportunity to either think up a new idea for your sisters, or even visit them again later to drop off the handout once it is posted.
    Again, I appreciate your visiting the site often and love that you appreciate what I do here. I do love it, it’s a lot of fun. Feel free to tell your friends and let them know to share their ideas with me too so that I don’t have to solely rely on my own ideas and wait around for my inspiration to come. LOL In the meantime I’ll get thinking!
    Oh and of course there is also the pre-made Visiting Teaching kits from Hand Picked Daisy (see the right sidebar) which you could purchase in advance. I know she does such a great job getting those kits made early for the sisters. :)
    Love ya, Linda

  • Gladys de Araneda said:

    Linda:

    Por favpr, me dices si te llegó un material que te mandé por contact,
    hoy día miéroles 19 de agosto 2009.

    Gracias

    Gladys de Araneda
    Barrio Las Nieves
    Estaca de Puente Alto
    Santiago Chile

  • admin (author) said:

    Gladys! Muchas gracias. Los puedes ver aqui: http://visitingteaching.net/blog/2009/08/visiting-teaching-treat-tues-21-pencil/
    ♥, Linda

  • Mormon Women: Who We Are said:

    Linda,

    We have had some women share experiences about visiting teaching on our site, for example here here and here.

    Also, would you be willing to let us share your story about visiting teaching on our site? If so, please email us at gmail, username mormonwoman.

    Thanks!

  • Mormon Women: Who We Are said:

    Hm. There were only supposed to be two links. Sorry. And one didn’t work! Trying again….

    Enid shares a story in her portrait here.

    p.s. Nos gustaria tener experiencias en Espanol tambien, por las hermanas que estan leyendo! :)

  • admin (author) said:

    MormonWomen,
    Thanks! I’m honored [blushing] that you would ask me. Sure feel free to use my experience, please also include a link to this site. I’ll be emailing you. Thanks for visiting!
    ♥, Linda

  • Judy said:

    Love this! My Young Adult daughter was just called into the R.S. Presidency at BYU…. what a great resource this will be for her!! Thank you!!

  • admin (author) said:

    Thanks Judy!
    You’re sweet to share this site with others. I hope it will be a good resource for her as well as others. <3 Linda

  • Janine said:

    looking for new ideas to encourage the sister to do visiting teaching

  • admin (author) said:

    Janine,
    Here’s the link to see all of the posts marked “supervisor.” They are meant to help the supervisors with their special calling. :) Hope it helps. Let me know if you have any other ideas or suggestions.
    http://visitingteaching.net/blog/tag/supervisor/
    ♥, Linda

  • Kensi said:

    Hi Linda,

    I just found your blog and I am so happy that I did. I just moved from NC to the island of Grenada with my husband and 2 children. The branch here is tiny and I have been given the role of RS teacher as well as Visiting Teacher Coordinator. I have always had callings in Primary and YWs so the whole RS thing is new to me, and I am intimidated. Many of the members here do not have very strong testimonies and many go inactive or are less active. I am hoping to do my best in my callings so that I can strengthen my RS sisters…. and I know your site is going to help me so much. Thanks for putting this together, I can already tell it is going to be a lifesaver!

    Thanks again,
    Kensi

  • Sharon said:

    I love this website! Visiting teaching is so important to me, and now that I am serving as a RS president, it is even more so. Thank you for putting this website together. There are so many motivating, fun ideas to use with our visiting teaching sisters!

  • Donna said:

    I love your blog site. It means that I can receive the Visiting Teaching message each month now. YAY!!!

    I downloaded the gift idea (scripture puzzle) and tomorrow I will print it out and have fun! It is late at night here in queensland, so I am not going to print it out now.

    Lots of love to all my sisters-in-the-Gospel,

    Donna

  • Beatriz Gorgorozo said:

    Hola linda realmente me encanta tu sitio, es maravilloso!!!! me gusta las ideas para presentar el mensaje mensual; aunque no hablo ingles me ayudo con el traductor ,
    un gran abrazo desde Uruguay
    Bea

  • Beatriz Gorgorozo said:

    una aclaración quise decir que solo hablo español, no entiendo el ingles pero bueno me ayudo con el traductor de Google
    besos
    Bea

  • Alba said:

    Hi, Linda !
    you`re fantastic !! Thank you so much for sharing with us, your Sisters :) your love and talents; they`re much appreciated.
    I am also from URUGUAY :), but I live in the USA now after having lived in Canada for a very long time[ “HOLA”, Beatriz y Gladys, como andan ? Abrazos para las dos ]
    I have been “all over the place” :) serving missions, but now I [ we ] am finally home, and I have recently been called again as a Visiting Teacher. This is for me a thrill that goes beyond words !! I have three dear Sisters on my route, and I love them much already. Thank you for helping make my calling much easier; I was able to download the “smileys” for this month, and I have sent them to my Sisters by mail because I have already done my Visiting Teaching.
    I am looking forward to the one [ s ] for the month of May; I know it`ll be great!
    I wish you the best, and thanks again for sharing your talents with me [ with us all :)]
    Abrazos para ti tambien,
    Alba

  • Francella Pola said:

    I thank you for being so creative in your ideas and actions, especially thru gift ideas and service ideas. I love visiting my sisters every month and sharing with them the messages.

  • Francella Pola said:

    Thank you for the talents that share with us siters that are new in the calling and hopefully that you will share with me thru my email and for anything to do with sisters in the Relief Society.

    Im looking forward in sharing your ideas with the sisters in my stake here in American Samoa. Im from Samoa and the president of our stake RS and really like to collect any ideas to fulfill my calling and are planning to do visiting teachers training in June this year.

    Thank you again. Love,
    Francella

  • Karen said:

    Thanks for the website. I love all the monthly enhancers. The kitchen pop up was a big hit! :)

  • Shayna said:

    Linda,

    I have a confession to make…I’m not a visiting teacher. My visiting teachers printed me out one of your handouts in March and I loved it! I saw this website at the bottom of the page and came looking. What you do here is great. I have since printed out stuff for myself just because. Thanks for all you do. It’s pretty amazing!
    Keep up the good work.

  • Kerri Jensen said:

    Hi Linda,
    I’m Kerri and was born and raised in Arizona. I love the messages from my visiting teachers and was really inspired by President’s Uchtdorf’s “Forget Me Not” talk. I am a Neonatal nurse and see the struggles some babies have to go through at the beginning of their lives and his talked helped put my life in perspective. I was inspired to create some “Forget Me Not” pendants and I listed them on Etsy. My website is called http://www.forgetmenotkeepsake.com and I would be interested in advertising on your site.

    Kerri

  • Alejandra said:

    Thanks for your Website, I love it!

  • Mirjam said:

    Hi! I’m Mirjam from Hungary. I’m 20 and feel like such a beginner in Visit Teach. Thank you for this site. It is really a big help and FUN.