Better Home Teaching in the LDS (Mormon) Church

Use This List of Ideas to be a More Effective and Efficient Home Teacher

Home Teachers visiting an LDS family
Home teachers visit a Latter-day Saint family Home teachers visit a Latter-day Saint family. Photo courtesy of © 2011 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

Home Teaching is the divinely approved program for families and individuals to be looked after and have their needs cared for by the Church. Every LDS member should have two priesthood holders assigned to them. These home teachers are members of the local unit where the member resides.

If the member is an adult woman 18+, she will have Visiting Teachers assigned to her in addition to the Home Teachers.

Visiting Teachers operate much as the Home Teachers do.

Church leaders continually encourage priesthood men and boys to take their home teaching responsibilities seriously and to truly care for the families they are assigned to visit.

Home teachers should be in contact with their families at least monthly. In addition, any circumstances and events in a family should be reported up the leadership hierarchy so that local church leaders know the circumstances and needs of all local members.

These ideas can help better your home teaching including your relationship with your companion and the families you visit. There are four different home teaching areas below, including ideas for home teaching less active families.

How To Be Better Home Teaching Companions:

  • Become friends
  • Keep in touch
  • Remember each other’s birthdays
  • Socialize together at church and at activities
  • Support each other
  • Get along
  • Encourage each other (especially those who are new to home teaching)
  • Be a motivator, even if it means doing most or all of the work
  • Decide in advance who will make the assignments and who will plan the lesson (one brother can do everything one month and the other can do it the next month or you can split the assignments and then switch them each month)

How To Be Better Home Teachers:

  • "Just Do It"
  • Plan early
  • Listen to your families and get to know them
  • Pray for your families and pray for inspiration to help them
  • Be aware of their needs (look beneath the surface) including health concerns
  • Don't make them a statistic, love them
  • Don't give up or be discouraged, have faith
  • Respect them, don't judge them
  • Have a message prepared but be open for spiritually inspired messages or other teaching opportunities
  • Remember their birthdays
  • Socialize with your home teaching families at church and at activities
  • One monthly visit/contact should be the minimum not the maximum

How to Have Better Home Teaching Visits:

  • Teach with love
  • Pray with your companion before the visit
  • Begin and end each visit with a prayer
  • Leave your own troubles at the door
  • Learn to listen, don't just talk
  • Cultivate Christ-like attributes
  • Don't gossip during or after your visits (center conversations around those present)
  • Keep your visits confidential (unless something important should be reported to the Bishop)
  • Be positive and uplifting

How to Home Teach Less Active Families:
Including many of the ideas above here are some additional ideas to help you home teach those families who are less active or who don't want to be home taught:

  • Make an effort to contact them more than once a month
  • Invite them to activities/church
  • Serve them
  • Try all kinds of ways to contact them (notes, cards, treats, phone calls, flowers, small gifts, etc.)
  • Leave a copy of the monthly message or other inspired thoughts/scriptures (it might be their only spiritual contact for the month)
  • Pray for inspiration for other types of approaches you could use, such as humor or other special type of service
  • Talk to their family or friends (if available) to see if they have any special concerns (such as health/allergies)
  • Talk to their Visiting Teachers to see if they have had contact with them and if so see if you can accompany them on their next visit so the families can get to know you
  • Always pray for them

When we do our best the Lord will do the rest. Remember this is His work and if you are willing He will use you as a tool to accomplish his work.

Updated by Krista Cook.