Brothers and sisters,
Already a year ago I discussed with my missionary companion about what would we say in our home coming talks. This discussion took place on our way home from the last lesson of the evening. We had visited a less-active brother, helping him to figure out his faith and conviction.
Together with my companion we ended up to a simple message with three items. Of these I'd like to talk now.
1. Let's take good care of our home teaching assignments
2. Let's explain the gospel
3. Let's live according to the gospel
1. Let's Take Good Care of Our Home Teaching Assignments
At the concluding interview my mission president told me of the following when he served a bishop. Every home teaching companionship had several elderly sisters to take care of. Visiting percentage was not the highest. A comment along the lines of the following was made by one of the leaders in a priesthood meeting.
"Next time when you visit sister so and so (lonely, age 75+), you may consider to start by asking: "Sister so and so, now that it has been about a month of our last visit, would you tell how have you survived alone this whole month?"
So why do we home teach?
Point, which my mission president wanted me to understand was, that where a need is found, there we visit often. Home and visiting teaching are the easiest and clearest way to fulfill our baptismal covenant:
...and are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light; Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in...
(Book of Mormon, Mosiah 18:8-9)
Where the work is done well, there the Lord will send his children to hear the message of the restored gospel.
2. Let's Explain the Gospel
New members and many of the less- or in-active brothers and sisters are confused and unsure. Let us not be afraid of questions. People need answers. If we do not know, it is perfectly okay to say "I don't know, let's ask someone who knows". Let's guide each other in order to grow together on the ways of the gospel.
Reading from Ephesians chapter four. Paul teaches the members of the Church about the responsibilities of leaders and teachers. These verses are applicable to us too. We all do have a responsibility to teach and guide each other. Verses 11-16...
(The Holy Bible KJV, New Testament 4:11-16)
In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.