The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or LDS, maintains a sisterhood program known as visiting teaching. Each woman of the congregation is assigned to visit another woman or two in the group each month, to deliver a special message, a card or just to spend time getting to know each other, according to lds.org. The idea is to develop friendships, give service, help out when needed and strengthen sisterhood. In order to explain the program and teach the women in the congregation what is needed to fulfill visiting teaching assignments, the visiting teaching coordinator should conduct workshops.
It Takes Time
The visiting teaching coordinator can emphasize the importance of giving quality time at each monthly visit. For the demonstration, she should set up two long tables, with one set with a tablecloth and lovely centerpieces. The other should be set with newspaper covering it and wilted flowers. She must prepare two different frosted cakes—one beautifully decorated, and the other decorated quickly, with a less than professional appearance. Serve half of the women in attendance with the beautiful cake, while the other half receive the less attractive cake on napkins.
The visiting teaching leader should ask the women questions about their desserts, guiding the discussion toward how receiving and eating the beautiful cake makes the women feel special, whereas the hastily made cake—still a sweet dessert covered in frosting—made them feel as if they weren’t as important. The conclusion for the workshop should highlight that loving each other means taking time to develop relationships, show sincere concern and work hard to let each woman know she is special.
Vicki Visiting Teacher
The visiting teaching coordinator should recruit a few helpers to put on a workshop skit. In the skit, one actress plays Vicki Visiting Teacher and demonstrates what not to do when visiting teaching. The other actress portrays the woman needing a visit. In a humorous way, Vickie Visiting Teacher goes through a visit that displays all the things that women shouldn’t do. Examples of this include calling and making an appointment to visit right during dinner, looking bored during the visit, dominate the conversation without really listening, spreading gossip, keeping an eye on the clock about when to leave and ignore the woman’s request for help.
At the conclusion of the skit, the visiting teaching coordinator can solicit comments from the women attending and discuss more effective ways to build sisterhood and strengthen friendships.
Develop a workshop around the theme of road construction and the roadblocks that come up that discourage women from completing their visiting teaching each month. The visiting teaching coordinator can create anywhere from 6 to 8 road signs, such as Dead End, Do Not Enter, Yield, Stop, Speed Limit, Detour and so forth. Each sign represents a roadblock typical for women. Examples include being too busy, feeling shy, forgetting and having conflicting schedules. The visiting teaching coordinator can then open up the discussion so women can discuss ideas on how to overcome these roadblocks.