A new coordinated ministering effort is replacing home and visiting teaching—and it’s including the youth!
“Love one another; as I have loved you.”
Using the Savior’s own words, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles summed up the new ministering concept.
It’s not about administrative steps, he said in his April 2018 general conference address, and it’s not about filling out reports. Instead, the most important part about our new ministering efforts, which will now officially include youth ages 14 and older, is “heartfelt care for one another, motivated only by the pure love of Christ to do so.”
You might have a lot of questions since President Russell M. Nelson, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, announced the decision to “retire home teaching and visiting teaching as we have known them” and to “implement a newer, holier approach to caring for and ministering to others,” but remember that your most important questions can be answered by looking to the Savior’s example.
“Peter may have given the best description of the Savior’s mortal ministry in five words when he referred to Jesus, ‘who went about doing good,’” said President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
Pray to know how you can go about doing good.
“Each person has something important to contribute and has unique talents and abilities that help move this important work along,” said Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, recently released Young Women General President.
Remember that you can receive guidance from the Holy Ghost.
“As you have the privilege to represent the Savior in your ministering efforts, ask yourself, ‘How can I share the light of the gospel with this individual or family? What is the Spirit inspiring me to do?” taught Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society General President.
As you ponder how you will reach out to others, think about some of the other guidance we received at general conference:
- “Miracles happen when the children of God work together guided by the Spirit to reach out to others in need.” —Sister Reyna I. Aburto, Second Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency
- “This is the Church in action! This is pure religion! This is the gospel in its true sense as we succor, lift, and strengthen those in spiritual and temporal need! Doing so requires us to visit them and to assist them, that their testimonies of faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and His Atonement will be anchored in their hearts.” —President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
- “True disciples love to serve. They know that serving is an expression of true love. …
“Pure love is the true sign of every true disciple of Jesus Christ.” —Elder Massimo De Feo of the Seventy
- “Sometimes we think we have to do something grand and heroic to ‘count’ as serving our neighbors. Yet simple acts of service can have profound effects on others—as well as on ourselves.” —Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society General President
- “The primary purpose in this ministering idea will be, as was said of the people in Alma’s day, to ‘watch over their people, and … nourish them with things pertaining to righteousness.’” —Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
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