Sunday, July 7, 2013

11 Keys to good Visiting Teaching

Today in Relief Society our lesson was on how to be a successful visiting teacher.  These are the scripture references for each of the eleven keys to success.
1.  Work with your companion 
Ecclesiasles 4:9-10
     Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.
     For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.

2.  Pray before you visit
II Nephi 32:9
     But behold, I say unto you that ye must pray always, and not faint; that ye must not perform any thing unto the Lord save in the first place ye shall pray unto the Father in the name of Christ, that he will consecrate they performance unto thee, that they performance may be for the welfare of they soul.

 3.  Reflect love
Alma 38:12
     Use boldness, but not overbearance; and also see that ye bridle all your passions, that ye may be filled with love, see that ye refrain from idleness.
Galatians 5:13-14
     For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love, serve one another.
     For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love they neighbour as thyself.

4.  Be sensitive in what we say
Mosiah 4:30
     But this much I can tell you, that if ye do not watch yourselves, and your thoughts, and your words, and your deeds, and observe the commandments of God, and continue in the faith of what ye have heard concerning the coming of our Lord, even unto the end of your lives, ye must perish. And now, O man, remember, and perish not. 
1 Timothy 4:16
     Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them:  for in doing this thou shall both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

5.  Notice sister wants and needs
Alma 34:27
     Yea, and when you do not cry unto the Lord, let your hearts be full, drawn out in prayer unto him continually for your welfare, and also for the welfare of those who are around you.

6.  Listen to those you visit
May 2001 Ensign Jeffery R. Holland "Witness unto Me"
     "If we listen with love, we won't need to wonder what to say.  It will be given to us-by the Spirit and by our friends."

7.  Report through proper channels
D&C 72:3-5
      And verily in this thing ye have done wisely, for it is required of the Lord, at the hand of every steward, to render an account of his stewardship, both in time and in eternity.
      For he who is faithful and wise in time is accounted worthy to inherit the mansions prepared for him of my Father.
      Verily I say unto you, the elders of the church in this part of my vineyard  shall render an account of their stewardship unto the bishop, who shall be appointed of me in this part of my vineyards.

8.  Do not listen to rumors
Matthew 12:36
     But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

9.  Choose a better way and report quickly
D&C 70:3-4
      I, the Lord, have appointed them, and ordained them to be stewards over the revelations and commandments which I have given unto them, and which I shall hereafter give unto them;
      And an account of this stewardship will I require of them in the day of judgment.

10.  Think how wonderful Relief Society is
II Nephi 28:30
     For behold, thus saith the Lord God:  I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more; and from them that shall say, We have enough, from them shall be taken away even that which they have.

11. Take advantage of opportunities
III Nephi 13:20
     But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.

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