Friday, March 21, 2014
# 36: I Felt the Spirit When I Did My Home Teaching
Maybe I'm strange, but I really enjoy home teaching. I like going to visit people I wouldn't ordinarily visit, I like chatting with them, and I like sharing a spiritual message and saying a prayer with the people that I home teach.
Right now I home teach a lady with a lot of problems. I won't use her real name. I'll just call her Sister Crazy. She's a convert, she's got 4 children from 4 different men, she recently got knee replacement surgery, she used to be addicted to cocaine, and her kids have pretty bad emotional and psychological problems. Last time I was there, her 7 year old son said to her, "I hate you, Mom."
It's a bad situation, but I'm there to help, in whatever small way I can. I think just showing up once a month and showing that she's loved by her church community makes a difference. And Sister Crazy is better off with the Church in her life than without it.
Usually, on my drive home from home teaching, as I think about what I've done, I feel the Spirit. And when I get home, I'm usually do a little bit better as a husband and as a father. I'm a little more kind and compassionate and helpful and happy.
My home teaching companion and I treat Sister Crazy with respect and show her the love of Jesus Christ, and I read the message from the First Presidency out of the Ensign magazine. And the messages are always wonderful. They're about love, prayer, faith, charity, service, and other righteous principles.
Our visits with her usually last an hour, and most of the time she's telling us about her problems, and most of the time she ends up crying. She's the type of person who most people would want to get away from and forget about.
But Jesus has not forgotten about her. In a mysterious way that we can't comprehend, Jesus understands her problems. In fact, she's probably the type of person that Jesus would have hung out with. Remember when the hyper-religous Jews criticized Jesus for hanging out with publicans and sinners? And remember what Jesus said? Jesus said, "the whole need not a physician, but them that are sick."
I'm not doing as good of a job as a home teacher as Jesus would have. I wish Jesus himself could be this lady's home teacher. I wish Jesus could be my home teacher. But God has set up this life to be the way it is, and we can only catch glimmers of God here and there.
It is our privilege and our responsibility as home teachers to stand in the place of Jesus when we go visit people. I hope that we act like Jesus, and treat people the way that Jesus would.
Who cares if Joseph Smith wrote the Book of Mormon and married the 14 year old Helen Mar Kimball? It's really not that big of a deal.