An Insider's Look at Mormon Culture

Here’s a poll for readers to solve a delicate visiting teaching situation. 

This situation occurred in my ward. The visiting teacher reported to the bishop that Sister A was not wearing her garments. The bishop called Sister A in to ask her about the garment situation. Sister A told me she had been doing her housework with a jacket over her sleeveless top, got too warm, slipped off her jacket, and pushed her garment sleeves up out of sight. She was pretty miffed at her visiting teacher. How should her visiting teacher have handled the situation?

Comments on: "Visiting Teacher Dilemma" (9)

  1. Whoa. Time for a new visiting teacher. Or NO visiting teacher.

    • I never talked to the visiting teacher about her action, but I think she believed it was her duty to report the sleeveless attire to the bishop. I’ve often wondered if there was a tactful way for the bishop to tell her it was none of her business.

  2. Why on earth in a million years would there be any reason to report it to anyone, let alone the bishop? The bishop has much better things to do with his time. Talk about adding a burden to his shoulders. Reporting this is just a “righteous” way to gossip and sow seeds of contention. The reporter’s motivation is not pure or good – she wants to get this other sister in some kind of trouble. Ugh.

    • Reporting to the bishop was definitely a dumb thing to do, but knowing the visiting teacher involved, I think she thought she was doing the right thing. Too many “Are you your brother’s keeper” lessons.

  3. Two of Three said:

    I wish people would just mind their own business. Makes it feel like big brother is watching.

  4. The Bishop should have told her to mind her own business, and then he should have minded his own business. Isn’t the wearing of G’s supposed to be between the person and the Lord?

  5. This experience is so offensive to me! Why don’t people mind their own business – don’t they have enough in their life already without interfering in the lives of others?

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