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According to ministering.lds.org, “For many years, home teachers and visiting teachers have responded to assignments to visit the house of each member monthly, deliver a message, and help as needed. Countless hours of devoted and selfless service have been given in this great work.
“Building on that devotion, Church leaders now ask members to increase their focus on Christlike caring for others, both spiritually and temporally. To emphasize that caring, the former programs of home teaching and visiting teaching are now a common effort referred to as ‘ministering,’ overseen by the elders quorum and Relief Society presidencies under the direction of the bishop.”
This ministering may now include young women, ages 14–18, as companions to Relief Society sisters. Priests and teachers continue as companions to Melchizedek Priesthood holders.
The First Presidency explained that these “ministering brothers” and “ministering sisters” prayerfully seek to serve as Christ would. They determine through communication and inspiration the frequency and type of contact they have with those to whom they give care, the letter said. They will also counsel with their leaders at least once a quarter regarding the needs of those whom they have been invited to care for.
While the ministering adjustments may take some time to implement, the First Presidency directed, “The quorum adjustments should be implemented promptly.”
The letter and more information on ministering can be found at ministering.lds.org, which went live immediately following the Sunday afternoon session of general conference.
For the full text of the letter as well as answers to questions on ministering that might be asked frequently, visit ministering.lds.org. More resources, such as instructional outlines and videos, will be coming soon.
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