I recently decided to participate again in the home teaching program of the church. After about a decade of not wanting to be nominally involved in a program I had no time to participate in, I guess I felt that I would like to experience this aspect of Mormonism again. I have been asking people for advice as I approach a new list of five recipients, and I have noticed that when I ask “what do you think works for home teaching,” they almost invariably begin to tell me how “bad” they are at it (which means they do it infrequently), echoing innumerable Elders’ Quorum lessons. I’m not actually interested in browbeating or watching brows be beaten. I’m more interested in practical advice.
It occurs to me that others may be similarly interested. Some questions to guide your counsel:
1. What to do with small kids in the house?
2. Timing, frequency, days of week, duration?
3. What do people think of this Ensign message available each month?
I’m all ears.