Posted 12 March 2013 - 12:32 AM
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Posted 13 March 2013 - 12:10 AM
The brother I was assigned is nice enough, just... Different. Not someone I'd proactively engage with outside of this calling.
You just summarized one of the most important aspects of Home teaching in one sentence!
Sometimes, in order to get to know others, we have to be assigned to be their friend. Then, as you magnify your calling, you actually ARE their friends!
Posted 18 March 2013 - 12:23 PM
And perhaps..just perhaps...You are the person this person needs to strengthen them in some way.
It works the other way as well. One of my teachers is functionally illiterate; not the type of person I meet in my life as a professor. He struggles to read the message, but if he doesn't have to read, he is fine talking about the Scriptures. One of my visiting teachees is functioning at a low normal mental level and is in an assisted living facility. Again, I would never wind up knowing anyone like this in my 'real' life.
It has been a blessing to me to know both of these people. It has improved my patience and my empathy. I would never have chosen to work with them. My ward is full of doctor and professors - people I have much more in common with intellectually and socially, but having to work with them in some way every month, I think has made me a better person. HF knew what he was doing to send them to a snob like me.
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