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I posted here for a little while last year but life got busy. Since then, I've had a baby, kids are a year older and I'm just busy busy busy.
Anyway, I guess that brings me to my question. I've never had a visiting teacher, or at least not any that actually ever came over. This past Sunday, I got handed a slip of paper with names on it and told I was their visiting teacher. So now what do I do? I don't know who my visiting teacher companion is although I have her name, just don't know who she is. I also don't know any of the sisters I'm supposed to teach. I don't even know what I'm supposed to teach. I feel stupid for asking but honestly, I have never been taught and don't know what I'm supposed to do. Is there a certain way I'm supposed to do this or do I just show up? I'm sure everyone just assumes I know what I'm doing, but I haven't a clue.
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The best thing to do is call your companion first, and let her know you don't know the ladies you're supposed to teach. You set up an appointment with your girls and usually one of you prepares part of the lesson from the Ensign to share, and basically just get to know them. The point is to bring the Spirit into the home of each one of them, and if they have any needs, to pass them on to the RS president who passes that on to the bishop.
And it doesn't always have to be formal either, I've set up "ice cream" appointments and card making nights with my girls where we just sort of socialized and got to know each other as friends (though that shouldn't happen every month, since we do want to bring the spirit into the home).
Good luck! I hope you get some great teachers yourself.