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Cresting 30: Home teaching: the singles-ward 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, elders quorum is dismissed.

Don Osmond, son of Donny and Debbie Osmond, is a public relations professional in the greater Salt Lake area as well as a professional bobsledder in Park City. Don's column, "Cresting 30," appears on on Mondays.

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