Poll: Visiting teaching
Diversity is the spice of life. But there are times that we just want to be surrounded by people that share our perspective or that we think we can understand based on shared experience or background. These types of relationships can be comfort food for our souls. The foreign richness of a life that looks completely different from ours can stretch the limits of our palette, but it can also cause indigestion in the form of awkward silences and ill-placed advice. It can take a while to move away from our comfort zones and get used to new flavors and perspectives, but it can be very rewarding to increase our awareness and tolerance of what we may not be exposed to on a regular basis.
Of course, often times, it is simply the schedule and location details that prove problematic in diversifying our relationships, even those that are assigned through church. Sometimes the differences (whatever form they come in) work, and sometimes they don’t. But what would your ideal VT companionship look like at this time in your life? Would you like your visiting teachers to be similar to you in some way so that they can understand where you’re coming from? How about the women you teach? Is it harder to help them when you don’t feel like you can relate to them? How do similarities and differences affect our ability to serve those around us? Should they even be considered when matches are being made?
If you don’t currently participate in the program, imagine what you would like your matches to be if you did, or share with us any problematic or successful partnerships you had in the past.