Friday, August 28, 2009

The purpose of home teaching

I thought this was a one-time statement, but i’ve now heard it twice in sacrament meetings, so i’d like to register my objection to it:

  • Home teaching is intended to provide priesthood leadership in homes that don’t have the priesthood present.

This is, i would argue, untrue—rather, home teaching is intended (in part) to provide priesthood assistance to homes without the priesthood present (as well as those that do). This is an important difference.


Heather the Mama Duk said...

I would say that is one reason (your reason not the other one) and another reason is to be an extra set of eyes and ears for the priesthood leadership of the ward.

And of course the main reason is to make those who do not do their monthly visit feel immensely guilty and to exercise their creativity in coming up with the reason why they didn't.

David B said...

I always used to joke that i was going to start reporting my home teaching on a fiscal month basis (maybe with the turn occurring on every 20th), just to mess with the statistics.

This is what comes of being called as an elders quorum secretary at 18, and hearing all the creativity while still pretty young.