Quick Quotes on Visiting Teaching
"Visiting teaching is really so much more than a visit or a thought. It's how we connect with one another and have someone to rely on, someone to help, so meone to turn to when things fall apart, someone who wants us to draw closer to the Lord… Visiting teaching is the heart and soul of Relief Society." -Bonnie D. Parkin, RS General President, 2002-2007.
"Before visiting teachers go into a home, they should pray, study the message together, and consider the needs of the sisters they visit by asking questions like, "What within this message would be of help? What would meet her needs and lift her spirits?" It may be just a verse of scripture, but it is an opportunity to share. I think bonding begins when we share together as women." -*Bonnie D. Parkin, RS General President, 2002-2007.
"Our assignment is not only to make visits but to consistently carry the Spirit into homes, to bless families with the pure love of Christ, to inspire, encourage, lift, and fortify. Every home is in need of additional support. Visiting teachers bring that blessed reinforcement. It is a sacred trust we have been given. We can overcome the obstacles." -Bonnie D. Parkin, RS General President, 2002-2007.
"Every time we watch over one another, godlike qualities of love, patience, kindness, generosity, and spiritual commitment fill the souls of those we visit and enlarge our souls as well." -Bonnie D. Parkin, RS General President, 2002-2007.
"We don't "do" visiting teaching. We "are" visiting teachers. And in the process of fulfilling this most precious assignment, we become more like our Savior, Jesus Christ. We fulfill our covenants to teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom so that each woman is nourished by the good word of God." -Bonnie D. Parkin, RS General President, 2002-2007.
"I hope you open your schedules and your hearts as well as your doors as you experience the heart and soul of Relief Society; as you experience support, comfort, and friendship; as you experience watchcare. This is a great work watched over & cared for by Almighty God." -Bonnie D. Parkin, RS General President, 2002-2007.
"Women are hungry for things of the Spirit, for truths that counter the slide of virtues all around them. Visiting teaching is a measure of the heart, an unselfish work, a sacred trust that blesses both giver and receiver." -Bonnie D. Parkin, RS General President, 2002-2007.
"We visit teach because we've made covenants with the Lord, and they are fulfilled as we share our hearts and souls. We visit teach to extend charity, which is the "highest, noblest, strongest kind of love." -Bonnie D. Parkin, RS General President, 2002-2007.
"Visiting teaching is missionary work—reading the message, and then sharing what you believe the scripture means to you and saying, "What do you think about this scripture? How does it feel to you?" It's a dialogue together. It's sharing of hearts and testimony." -Bonnie D. Parkin, RS General President, 2002-2007.
"Visiting teaching is all about family. As we show charity to those we serve, we become family by affection. We all belong to the Lord's family, and when we serve sisters—and through them their families—we strengthen the family as designed in the heavens." -Bonnie D. Parkin, RS General President, 2002-2007.
"Visiting teaching is a way to help us care for and about each other. It is a way for us to develop the characteristics of a follower of Jesus Christ. It is a way to make sure that no one in the Lord's kingdom is alone." -Mary Ellen Smoot, RS General President 1997-2002.
"Through visiting teaching, we provide both spiritual and temporal watchcare.
Sharing a message as a central part of that watchcare—especially a message grounded in the scriptures and teachings from Church leaders—can bring the Spirit of the Lord into the lives and homes of those we visit." -Mary Ellen Smoot, RS General President 1997-2002.
"In visiting teaching we reach out to each other. Hands often speak as voices can't. A warm embrace conveys volumes. A laugh together unites us. A moment of sharing refreshes our souls. We cannot always lift the burden of one who is troubled, but we can lift her so she can bear it well" -Elaine L. Jack, RS General President 1990–1997.
"Visiting teaching gives us an opportunity to learn how to follow the Savior. As we extend love and unselfish service, we become instruments of the Lord, helping in times of physical, emotional, and spiritual need to touch hearts and change lives. -Barbara W. Winder, RS General President 1984–1990.
"Visiting teaching is the very essence of the gospel and gives us the opportunity to practice the principles found in Mosiah 18:8–9: 'willing to bear one another's burdens, … willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times, … that [we] may have eternal life.' " -Barbara W. Winder, RS General President 1984–1990.
"It is vital that each sister have visiting teachers—to convey a sense that she is needed, that someone loves and thinks about her. But equally important is the way the visiting teacher is able to grow in charity. By assigning our women to do visiting teaching, we give them the opportunity to develop the pure love of Christ, which can be the greatest blessing of their lives." - Barbara W. Winder, RS General President 1984–1990.
"We hope visiting teachers are praying for the Spirit of the Lord to direct them in meeting their sisters' needs. I think we have that responsibility and the right to know that the Lord really will work through us to serve each other." -Barbara B. Smith, RS General President 1974–1984.
"Visiting teaching is a tool given to us by the Lord. Properly used it is a great source of inspiration, strength, and comfort. We often hear of a sister whose prayers have been almost miraculously answered by visiting teachers in a time of need." -Barbara B. Smith, RS General President 1974–1984.
"In an urban world that is often filled with loneliness, in the midst of a crowd, visiting teachers are essential. They are the Lord's way of helping us keep in touch with each other, and I think they are his recognition of the sanctity of each home. What the visiting teaching program needs is more dedication to those we are called to visit." -Barbara B. Smith, RS General President 1974–1984.
"We should go personally into each other's homes, and we should tune our souls to the point that we may find those in need and offer friendship, help as needed, and courage to meet each day's challenges." -Barbara B. Smith, RS General President 1974–1984.
"I think visiting teaching is one of the greatest strengths we have as an organization. *Every* woman in this Church has the right and opportunity to serve as a visiting teacher. As the visiting teacher takes the gospel message to her assigned homes and reaches out to serve another's needs, she experiences personal growth." -Ann S. Reese, 2nd Counselor, RS General Presidency 1974–1984.
"Sometimes a woman just needs to talk with another woman. The visiting teaching visit fills that need. Visiting teaching also plays a significant role in welcoming the newly baptized sister into the Church. Women, with their sensitivity to the home, are often able to identify needs that may otherwise go unobserved." -Ann S. Reese, 2nd Counselor, RS General Presidency 1974–1984.
"Relief Society is according to your nature. It is natural for females to have feelings of charity. You are placed in a situation where you can act according to these sympathies, which God has planted in your bosoms. If you live up to these privileges, the angels cannot be restrained from being your associates!" -Prophet Joseph Smith
"When you go into the homes, there should be no vain babblings or impressive words. You are going to save souls, and who can tell but that many of the fine active people in the Church today are active because you were in their homes and gave them a new outlook, a new understanding. You pulled back the curtain. You extended their horizons. You gave them something new. Maybe they will never tell you about it in all their lives, but you did the work just the same." -President Spencer W. Kimball
"Watch over the church always"—not twenty minutes a month but always—"and be with and strengthen them"—not a knock at the door, but to be with them, and lift them and strengthen them, and empower them, and fortify them." - President Spencer W. Kimball.
"The purposes of visiting teaching are to build caring relationships with each sister and to offer support, comfort, and friendship. In visiting teaching, both the giver and receiver are blessed & strengthened in their church activity by their caring concern for one another." - Relief Society Handbook, 202.