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It’s not the end of the month. I just wanted to post a reminder about the May Visiting Teaching Message from lds.org:

“May Visiting Teaching Message

Because the May issues of the Ensign and Liahona contain a report of general conference, the magazines do not contain a specific Visiting Teaching Message. Visiting teachers are encouraged to prayerfully select a conference address to share with those they teach.

Visit LDS.org’s general conference archive for conference proceedings in several formats.”

This is a fantastic opportunity to individualize the Visiting Teaching message for the sisters in your care!

In honor of this past Mother’s Day, here’s a video message from a mother who learned what really matters:

THANK YOU to the bishop and everyone who made Mother’s Day so special for the Agoura 1st Ward ladies. The luncheon they provided was delicious, and the entertainment made me laugh and sometimes fight back tears (thank goodness for ice water). It is clear that our ward leaders value womanhood and motherhood, and I’m grateful to be under their capable stewardship.

As always, once you’ve visited with your sisters, let me know they’ve been taken care of! katrina.lantz@gmail.com
God Bless!

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It’s that time of the month again!! No, not that time. Extreme Visiting Teaching Week! That’s right. Next week is the last week to get your April visiting teaching reported so we’ll know for sure that everyone is being taken care of.

Yes, April is coming to a close, and we are all probably hoping that these recent rain showers are being put to good use for May’s flowers. God is wise, and He never wastes rain. So be of good cheer, and if the cloudy weather gets you down, just give your visiting teachees a call!

Joy in service comes as we connect with one another. In reaching out, we are helping ourselves just as much as we are helping others. This month, I actually called the woman I am supposed to visit to ask for a huge favor. I know, that’s backwards, but here’s the story:

My three-year-old cherubim discovered that if he was really quiet, nobody would notice him breaking off bits of toilet paper and flushing them down the toilet. It must have given him a secret sense of glee, because he did this with an entire roll of toilet paper–yeah, a brand new one. I thought I had dodged a bullet because the toilet seemed to be functioning just fine. The next day, however, the toilet figured out that if it was quiet enough, it could flood the entire bathroom in an inch and a half of poo water. I’m sorry to pain you, but so it was! By the time I thought to myself, “Hey, is that septic smell coming from Sam’s pants?” the carpet in the hallway was already soaked. If you’re thinking, GROSS! you are not alone.

The wonderful lady who I visit happens to live in my apartment complex, so I called Jen and begged her via voicemail to take Sam off my hands while I cleaned up, since I was about to put baby LJ down for a nap anyway. She called me right back, and–even though she had a church meeting going on at her house–dropped everything to pick Sam up so he could play with her sons while I handled the small crisis. Well, it was small…depending on your gag reflexes. Mine happen to be very strong, so I was okay.

Thank Heaven for Jen M., and for the Bissell Little Green wet/dry vac. After the initial scare that maybe Mom was giving him away, Sam really enjoyed playing with his friends. And when I was ready to retrieve him (sorry I left him so long, Jen), I stayed and talked a while with my fabulous visiting teachee. She was making chocolate cookies for an event and we all got to “test” them for her.

Now, this is not an experience I plan to duplicate each month (we’ve taken away Sam’s toilet paper privileges), but I did learn something from it. The visiting teaching relationship can go both ways. If we’re too busy thinking about what we’re doing in that relationship, we might miss appreciating the spectacular talents and service shared by those we are meant to teach. Just as parents and teachers learn from their children–well, maybe not just like that, since we are all adults–we can be uplifted by those we have been called to uplift.

So this month, my challenge to you ladies is to notice and appreciate your sisters for their many talents and the service they give, even when it isn’t sought. Doing this will only strengthen the love we have for each other, and help us to see why God loves us each so much.

And if you haven’t already, drop me a line via phone or email (katrina.lantz@gmail.com) to let me know whether you’ve visited, called, or written to your lovely visiting teachees. The message is here.

And thank you for being so on-top-of-things last month! As a district, we did pretty darn great. I’m looking forward to an even better April.

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Hi! My name is Katrina Lantz and I’ve recently been called to be a Visiting Teaching supervisor. Since I have never been very good at consistently doing my visiting teaching, much less REPORTING it to anyone, I am excited for this opportunity to mend my ways by about 100%. 🙂

Here, I will be posting reminders, inspirational talks or stories, and friendly monologue of my own experiences with visiting teaching. You are welcome to read along and comment to make my monologue a pleasant dialogue. But if you would rather simply do your visiting teaching and report it via phone, I am available for that, as well! You can always email me at katrina.lantz@gmail.com to get your reporting done and through. I will regularly post a reminder around the 20th of the month that will look something like this:

I do have a personal testimony of the importance of this sacred work. It is through visiting teaching that we truly become sisters in Christ, and sisters in Zion. In my life, I have had several very special visiting teachers, companions, or visiting teachees, who have each taught me and blessed my heart with their love and gentle encouragement. From helping me to paint my kitchen when I was pregnant, to helping me pack for a big move with a new baby, to just offering me a smile and sharing a bit of themselves with me, their support has been cherished. We are all daughters of our Heavenly Father, and He smiles when we love each other.

“There is one who smiles on high when there’s love at home.”- Hymn Book “Love at Home”

For the talk from which I stole my blog title, read: Julie Beck\’s \”A Sacred Work\”

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