When I was a young mother, the Relief Society was rearranging all of the visiting teaching. I was assigned a new partner, Belinda, who was older than me and had been divorced and remarried. I didn’t think we’d have anything common. And two of the three sisters that we were assigned to seemed to have lots of problems- emotional, physical, social, and financial. They both had gruff personalities that left me intimidated and even a little frightened.
If we have a problem with a corporation, we place a phone call to their help center. If the help center can’t help us then we speak to their supervisor . . . and then their manager . . . his upper level manager . . . her vice-president . . . her executive vice president . . . his personal assistant . . . and if we’re really, really, really persistent, we might eventually make it to the CEO.
Main Source: Elder Dallin H. Oaks, “The Message: Eight Ways God Can Speak to You” New Era, Sep 2004, 4 — From a devotional address given at Brigham Young University on 29 September 1981.
Upon hearing the term, work for the dead, many Latter-Day Saints think only of the actual performance of temple ordinances. But there are many other ways to contribute.