Home Ministry

A Few Points to Ponder…

·        Nephi, who lived in the days of Christ’s personal ministry to America, was commended for his “unwearyingness” in declaring the word that he had been given to teach the people. 

“…Blessed are thou, Nephi, for those things which thou hast done; for I have beheld how thou hast with unwearyingness declared the word which I have given unto thee, unto this people. 


And thou has not feared them, and hast not sought thine own life, but have sought my will, and to keep my  commandments.


And now because thou hast done this with such unwearyingness, behold, I will bless thee for ever; and I will make thee mighty in word and in deed, in faith and in works; yea, even that all things shall be done unto thee according to thy word…”


Helaman 3: 115-117

When we stand before our heavenly Father  someday, will he have the same commendation for us?

·        Resolve in you mind that personal sacrifice is necessary and expected by the Lord in carrying out his work.  (Notice that Nephi was also commended because he had not “sought his own life”).  If you are feeling a “strain” or challenge to see the families you have charge over, this probably means you are on the right track.

·        Make the conscious choice to make a difference in the lives of a few families.  Do not be lulled into believing that there is “nothing to do” until the Lord sets all things in order.  Consider that effective ministering in the homes may perhaps be one of the essential means that the Lord can use to do just that:  set all things in order.

·        Remember that there is not a single man called to the Lord’s work who does not have competing challenges for his time (i.e. job, family, bills to pay, personal interests).  We who endeavor to take this responsibility all making this commitment together, not only to the families being visited, but also to each of us providing home ministry.  This adds strength.  At the same time, we must trust that each other is endeavoring to carry out his responsibilities with all diligence, or the morale of the group may falter.  

·        Make each visit with a specific message and purpose. When going into a home, if the family asked, would you be able to state in a single sentence your purpose in coming to that home ?

As ministers for God, we can't be afraid to teach.   Alma  commanded nothing taught varying from the words which he spoke. 

Mosiah 9:51 And it came to pass that Alma, having authority from God, ordained priests; even one priest to every fifty of their number did he ordain to preach unto them, and to teach them concerning the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.

52 And he commanded them that they should teach nothing save it were the things which he had taught, and which had been spoken by the mouth of the holy prophets.

Home teaching is what Mormons (i.e. Utah Based LDS Church) attribute their #1 reason for success.