Visiting Teaching: Touching Lives

Some women in the stake were asked: How has your life been touched by visiting teaching or a visiting teacher? Over the next few weeks we'll feature their responses.

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This may not be typical, but by being a visiting teacher, I met one of my very best friends. I remember sitting in this woman’s home (I was new in the ward and didn’t know her). As I presented the lesson she nodded, and I thought at that moment—she gets me! It was a moment I (hopefully) won’t forget. She continues to be a great friend, and I’m so grateful for this blessing of visiting teaching.
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I like how visiting teaching helps you get to know people you probably wouldn’t have gotten to know. I don’t think we realize how we have the power to touch others’ lives.
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Through visiting teaching, I have truly felt the love my Father in Heaven has for me. My prayers have been answered through visiting teaching.
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My first visiting teacher was my first friend in the ward. She made me feel so loved, and we had a wonderful friendship because of her love and care. Years later, and in a different ward, she became my visiting teacher again! I was so excited! She’s the only visiting teacher I’ve had that I feel really loved me.

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I can do hard things when serving others. Loving those I visit helps me learn to understand their needs.
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Visiting teaching has been discipleship training for me. It gives me the pattern of how to serve, love, and minister to someone that I might not know very well but who is still my sister in the gospel. As I’ve become friends with the sisters I teach, I find that it also becomes easier and more natural to reach out and serve others as well. It’s increased my devotion to my Savior and helped me want to be more like Him. I want to be His hands to show love to His precious daughters.
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I remember being a newlywed in a new ward and feeling pretty lonely. I had visiting teachers that were wonderful, teaching lessons and making me feel welcome, included, and loved. It made all the difference!
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I was having a particularly stressful day. My visiting teacher texted me and asked me how I was. Twenty minutes later she showed up at the store I was at with a giant cup of my favorite drink. My whole attitude towards life changed!

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