Visiting Teacher

The Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has been established by our Heavenly Father to organize, teach, and inspire His daughters and prepare them for the blessings of eternal life by helping them increase faith and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes, and seek out and help those in need.

Motto: Charity Never Faileth

The motto “Charity Never Faileth” stems from the first Relief Society meeting. The sisters were asked by the Prophet Joseph Smith to assist the brethren “in looking to the wants of the poor-searching after objects of charity, and in administering to their wants.” The sisters took this call to heart and became a society devoted to seeking out the poor and needy. (See <em>Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith</em> [2007], 452.)

Visiting Teaching: Ministering to Each and Every Sister

Visiting teachers sincerely come to know and love each sister, help her strengthen her faith, and give service. They seek personal inspiration to know how to respond to the spiritual and temporal needs of each sister they are assigned to visit.

Taking into account each sister’s individual needs and circumstances, visiting teachers have regular contact (monthly if possible) with those they are assigned. When a personal visit is not possible, visiting teachers may use phone calls, letters, e-mail, or other means to watch over and strengthen sisters.

When appropriate, visiting teachers share a gospel message. These messages may be from the monthly visiting teaching message printed in the Ensign or Liahona magazine and the scriptures.

Visiting teachers give compassionate service during times of illness, death, and other special circumstances. They assist the Relief Society president in coordinating short-term and long-term assistance when invited.

Why is Visiting Teaching Included in the Sherlock’s Home Blog?

The purpose of Sherlock’s Home is to empower, uplift, encourage and strengthen my friends and family. As a Visiting Teacher I come to love the women I teach and visit with. These women aren’t “assignments” to me but are my friends. I have been positively changed because of the simple service of visiting these friends and sharing messages of faith and hope. I share these same monthly messages with you in hopes that your additional feedback (comments) will help foster an online community of love, acceptance, kindness and sincerity that is lacking is so many other media posts today.




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