We just had our home teachers switch this past week and now have a 16 year old as one of them. Keith (hubby) is a High Priest. Our children are gone, married with their own children. Our other home teacher is the same age as our children with very young kids and is only a High Priest because he is a councilor in the bishopric. I don’t have a problem with a young man home teaching us although he sat very quiet and non communicative the whole time through the lesson. Keith did say it was because I never stop talking enough to let others have a turn.. ha ha to him.
But my concern or question is why are young men allowed to go home teaching? If I was having marital problems I certainly would not be discussing it with my home teachers when one of them is a child. You could say that they need them as there are not enough Priesthood holders. Well we don’t have enough sisters but the young women never go out visiting teaching. I tried looking for reasons on the church website but I didn’t see anything there that answered my question so either there is no reason or I was looking in the wrong place.
I have heard others say it is because they hold the priesthood and it is one of their responsibilities. I don’t buy that. I worry about the levels of confidentiality telling a young teenager about something serious only to have them turn around to their friends and say hey you should hear what I just heard.
I would be very interested in hearing some feedback on this. The way I see it is if the boys are allowed to do so then the young women should as well.