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Cresting 30: Don Osmond on MormonTimes.com: Home teaching – the cliquebuster

It

doesn't matter if you're single, or married; home teaching has got to

be the most laborious responsibility in the church. Or, is it?

Contrary

to popular belief, home teaching is actually rewarding and a great way

to make friends, which is a must in any Mormon singles ward.

Singles

wards are cliquish. (Don't even think about denying it.) You've got

your class of '07 passing notes during sacrament, the RMs speaking in

Portuguese reminiscing of mission days, and the cresting-30 crowd desperately hanging on to that last year before being ostracized.

For this reason, we have home teaching — the cliquebuster.

Let's

be honest. You've been assigned to break out of your comfort zone and

visit complete strangers. That makes just about anyone a little antsy.

So, how do we make those awkward home-teaching visit less uncomfortable?

Let me offer three simple tactics I was taught years ago: Keep it short; keep it real; keep it fun.

Keep it short. We live in a five-second world. No one has time to kill two hours on any given Sunday. Schedule

your visit for a half-hour, tops! If your home teachees require more time, you'll know.

Keep it real. The object of home teaching is to befriend people, and help them feel welcomed within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

You can't be friends with a phony.

Keep it fun. Look, we all know we're living in the latter days, and the world is going to be destroyed. Lighten

up! Go read 2 Nephi 2:25.

Home teaching is just what you make of it.

OK, elder's quorum is dismissed.