When I first heard Elder Holland begin talking about home teaching at conference, I was disappointed. His talks are often some of my favorite and I didn’t think he could match the heights of his best talks. I don’t know if this talk will be a classic like some of his others, but he did an amazing job of helping as he said to “life our vision” of home teaching. I specifically loved this invocation to understand the deeper purpose of the program:
“Brethren, the appeal I am making tonight is for you to lift your vision of home teaching. Please, in newer, better ways see yourselves as emissaries of the Lord to His children. That means leaving behind the tradition of a frantic, law of Moses–like, end-of-the-month calendar in which you rush to give a scripted message from the Church magazines that the family has already read. We would hope, rather, that you will establish an era of genuine, gospel-oriented concern for the members, watching over and caring for each other, addressing spiritual and temporal needs in any way that helps.”
Seeing ourselves emissaries of Christ would inevitably alter our behavior. That is how I saw myself as a missionary. And because of that vision, I was able to serve unfailing and with great diligence. I’ve seen the importance of home teaching, but I don’t think I’ve ever developed quite that zeal or sense of purpose. This talk is a call for me to rise up and do better.