"(Visiting Teaching) is a very serious resposiability; it really is. But it is not a heavy burden, it just takes a little more faith. It is worthy of our best efforts." President Gordan B. Hinkly.
Growing up in the church I have had many opportunity's to see visiting teaching in action. Weather it was sisters bring meals in to my mom and our family just after she had a baby, watching my mom diligently go visiting teaching every month, or threw more person and intimate experiences that I've had.
When I turned 18 and was given the chance be a vising teacher I accepted because that's just what you are suppose to do. Accept a call that Heavenly Father has given you. It wasn't tell many years later that I would truly appreciate what Visiting Teaching truly is and means.
My first experience happened when I and my husband were dealing with a miscarriage of our first pregnancy. I was having a very hard time dealing with it because well for one its just hard to deal with that sort of thing and two it was our first. I didn't know the sisters who were assigned to me very well at the time but they came to see me as soon as they found out. One of them had experienced the same thing and knew exactly how I felt and new just the right words to say to me for comfort. I know that she was truly called by heavenly father to be an aid for me at such a hard time in my life.
Skipping forward now a few years and I'm in a new ward with a new Companion. We have been companions for over 2 years and have a system for what we have found to work well. One of us will call the sisters and set up the appointments and the other will give the lesson. We try to visit one sister a week and that way we don't end up over whelmed with trying to get it all done all at once.
It wasn't until a month ago though that I realized that Visiting Teaching doesn't just benefit those we go to but is also there to help us. In my 5th month of pregnancy I developed some hip problems that have caused me to be mostly house bound. At the end of September I got a call from one of the sisters I go Visiting Teaching to. She was worried about me because we hadn't been buy that month and she had heard that I was having some health problems and wanted to know what she could do to help. I quickly told her what was going on and that I couldn't do much around the house. She said well can I call on the Relief Society to get you some help? What do you need. I thought for a moment and then told her that if we could get help with meals once a week and if someone could come help clean once a week that would be a huge help to me and my family. She said okay and we hung up. It wasn't more then an hour latter that she called me again saying she had talked to the RS President and that starting Sunday they would ask people sisters to volunteer to help out for as long as was needed. It has been almost a full month and my heart is full of gratitude for that sister who called me when I should have been calling her.
I know that Visiting teaching is a wonderful calling and we may never know the full extent of its blessings to us or to those we serve and teach. But I do know that it is a calling I will never take for granite again.