Tue - Jun 24, 2008 : 05:59 pm
I just got done preparing my message for my home-teaching visit tonight, and after reading through the matieral the 2nd time, a thought came to my head, although I'm not sure how I'm gonna get it out. Here goes nothing.
As I was thinking of home-teaching in general, the thought came that "love" is pretty much the strongest power on earth. Love is the means by which our Savior performed the sacrifice by which we all can obtain eternal life. Love is the means by which the Father was able to send His Son to do such a thing.
I also have learned that the means by which we are able increase our capacity to love is through righteous living, and selfless service to others.
Why, then, do almost all members of our church have the opportunity to be a "home teacher" or a "visiting teacher"? Well... Consider that one of the three missions of the church is "perfect the saints". This means, "everyone who has been baptized, active in the church, inactive, or aggressively against the church".
I've struggled with going to my home-teachee's homes when they don't want me there in the first place. This is my problem, not theirs. The attitude of the home-teachee (unless they explicitly state they don't want to be home-taught) really doesn't matter. It might make it more difficult, should they be non-receptive, but the fact remains that I should still make an effort to befriend and teach them - regardless.
I personally believe that everyone has a home-teaching / visiting-teaching calling because we all need to learn how to better love our fellow-man. Once we have that down, God will give us more.
Anyway... Nothing super doctrinal here; just a few of my feelings.
I've always found it interesting that those who are, and have been, actively magnifying their home-teaching callings are usually the ones who are given greater responsibility in the church. I personally believe it's all about love and faith, and our individual capacity to show it.