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Would You Rather…and Why? (HT/VT Edition)

Rusty - March 22, 2007

Would you rather have a good home/visiting teaching companion and difficult families/sisters to visit OR have a difficult companion and easy families/sisters to visit?



  1. Hmm.. I think I would rather have a good companion and difficult families. With a good companion we can work together to seek the Spirit’s counsel in how best to approach and help these families. With a bad companion, having the Spirit there will be difficult, getting any visits done at all will be near impossible, and “easy families” won’t be benefitted as much as “difficult families” with a strong, spiritual lesson.

    My 2ยข. Dang, the end of the month draws near… :)

    Comment by Connor — March 22, 2007 @ 9:14 am

  2. Good companion, for sure. I hate being in the position of trying to influence a peer to their duty. I don’t mind so much asking people if we can come over and getting told no or being avoided or whatever. Since I’ve been in the city I’ve never been assigned less than five or six familiies (it’s been as high as eight or nine), and usually four or five of those families don’t want visits. That’s no big deal because you don’t have to try them every month. You can regularly visit the one or two families that do want visits, give the no visit folks a call every once in a while, and call it good.

    Just so you know. our stake calls it 100% if you visit your active families every other month, your semi-active, receptive families monthly, and contact your “don’t want visits” folks every six months.

    Comment by Tom — March 22, 2007 @ 9:14 am

  3. Good companion cause then he’ll do all the work and I can just be along for the ride.

    Comment by Matt W. — March 22, 2007 @ 9:24 am

  4. I’d prefer good people.

    Because I’d likely simply ditch my companion and go myself, which is the way I prefer it in the first place.

    I generally don’t like having companions. I didn’t like pairing up with fellow students in school for class projects either.

    Comment by Seth R. — March 22, 2007 @ 9:24 am

  5. I’m with Seth R. I would prefer good people, too. I’ve always struggled with doing my VT with a companion, mainly because of scheduling issues. It’s so much easier to do it without a companion. My ward is populated with little old ladies who won’t go out after dark, and I work full-time. That sort of puts a damper on the companion thing.

    Comment by Keri — March 22, 2007 @ 10:38 am

  6. Good companion:

    Apparently if you have a bad companion, you can just go by yourself. So I opt to have a good companion and then we just won’t visit the difficult people. Rather, we’ll just go see a movie together or something. I may lose my soul, but I’ve gained a friend.

    In all honesty, it’s really hard to preach the gospel when you aren’t in line with your companion. So, despite my sarcasm, I actually would choose the good companion.

    Comment by Garth — March 22, 2007 @ 11:31 am

  7. I’m with Seth and Keri–good families. One companion never returned my calls and I actually never met him until he needed help moving out of the ward. (That was the only time he returned my call or answered the door.) He was my favorite companion. I didn’t have any three-way scheduling problems or had to worry who’s turn it was for the lesson. Oh to have a companion like that again!

    Comment by jose — March 22, 2007 @ 2:35 pm

  8. Good companion.

    Hands-down… the phrase “inspiring a peer to duty” is spot-on: it’s “easier” to encourage families as a healthy companionship than inspire a companion and (maybe families) as a single home teacher.

    Comment by Silus Grok — March 22, 2007 @ 4:57 pm

  9. Good people, but maybe I’m just used to it. Luckily, however, I currently have both.

    Comment by Kim Siever — March 22, 2007 @ 6:22 pm

  10. I asked this question because I used to have a fantastic companion and very difficult families and now I have a difficult companion and very easy families. And I used to be 100%, built good relationships, had a good time. Now I’m terrible. And I feel bad because I have a responsiblity to both my companion (trust me, I do) and to my families.

    Sadly, a good family is actually kinda despiriting to me. My mind tells me that they’re okay and don’t need a visit or message, therefore I don’t need to go through the trouble of dragging my companion along and doing the visit. Ugh.

    Comment by Rusty — March 22, 2007 @ 7:31 pm

  11. I’m with you, Russ. I had a companion last year who would tell me every week he’d do this and that to get us all set up with our home teachees (can’t really be called families in a singles ward. Which is another, more awkward part of working in a singles ward) then not be there the next week or call me or call me back. He later told mentioned in a group activity that he did all his home teaching through MySpace.

    So yeah, good comp by FAR!!

    Comment by Bret — March 22, 2007 @ 8:38 pm

  12. I’ve got a companion who is active but getting him to go out with me is like pulling teeth. The sad part is I think his wife makes him feel bad about going (she’s active too). In addition, my teachees are all less-active single women older than my mother (BRT is TOUGH). So look on the bright side Rusty. I would be happy with atleast ONE of the two.

    Comment by cj douglass — March 22, 2007 @ 9:56 pm

  13. Good companion. For SURE.

    Comment by Cheryl — March 24, 2007 @ 10:43 am

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