Bonifacio Global City Taguig, Philippines
”Yes, I understand that no Freudian travel agency anywhere could possibly arrange the number of guilt trips the subject of home teaching has provoked,” he told the congregation in the conference center. “I pray that my words instead will help us see ourselves as emissaries of the Lord to His children in newer, better ways,” he added.“That means leaving behind the tradition of a frantic, law of Moses–like, end-of-the-month calendar in which you rush to leave a scripted message from the Church magazines that the family has already read,” the apostle said.
When there are circumstances to visit a fellow member, we should take that opportunity. “We should not hesitate to take advantage of the technology the Lord has provided us,” he said.
The apostle reminds us to be more wise to remember that making phone calls, sending emails and text messages and even using any forms of social media will be a great tool to stay connected with one another.
”Yes, you can be a home teacher AND a home tweet-cher,” the apostle told the audience (humor).
”We would hope that you will establish an era of genuine, gospel-oriented concern for the members, watching over and caring for each other, addressing spiritual and temporal needs as best you can by any means possible,” he said.
“The reports that matters most is how you have blessed and cared for those within your stewardship, which has virtually nothing to do with a specific calendar or a particular location,” Elder Jeffrey R. Holland said.
In conclusion the apostle told the congregation that he plead with you to do the best you can in the circumstances you face with the resources available to you. What matters most is that you love your people and are fulfilling the commandment to “watch over the Church always.