The Visiting Teaching message for the month of September is called Of One Heart. This is probably one of my favorite messages that the gospel teaches. I cannot wait for the day when we as people can all be fully of one heart and one mind.
“At the heart of the English word atonement is the word one. If all mankind understood this, there would never be anyone with whom we would not be concerned, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, or social or economic standing. We would strive to emulate the Savior and would never be unkind, indifferent, disrespectful, or insensitive to others.” – Elder M. Russell Ballard
President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, taught: “Where people have [the] Spirit with them, [they] may expect harmony. … The Spirit of God never generates contention … It leads to personal peace and a feeling of union with others.”
If this isn’t the exact message that we need to hear right now, then I don’t know what is. These are inspired words and I would encourage us all to look a little deeper inside ourselves and see how we can be kinder, more sensitive, respectful, and loving to everyone around us. To emulate the Savior and follow His teaching, ““And the Lord called his people Zion, because they were of one heart and one mind, and dwelt in righteousness; and there was no poor among them” (Moses 7:18)
Here is the printable handout to take to the sisters you visit teach, send in a card in the mail, or even email or text them the picture.
It has been a long time since I have shared a Visiting Teaching handout, but I hope to get back to doing them monthly! Thank you to those who sent emails me asking me to start them up again, it always helps to know the printables I create are being used.
I’m always especially excited to create the handout for May and November because that means I get to choose one of my favorite quotes from General Conference. This time I chose a quote from the talk Brighter and Brighter Until the Perfect Day by Elder Mark A. Bragg. I loved a lot of quotes from this talk and really enjoyed the message he shared. And true confession, I may have also felt drawn to this quote because it sounds a lot like something from Harry Potter. :) Anyone know what Dumbledore quote I’m talking about!? But in all honesty I really do think this is an important message right now. In our world it could be easy to focus on the darkness that seems to be everywhere. But I know that if we look, we will always be able to find the light and goodness.
Download the PDF to take to the ladies you visit teach, send it to them in a nice card in the mail, or even save the picture below and send it in an email or text! I was recently assigned a new woman to visit and she likes mostly text messages because she is extremely busy. So I am going to start sending her the pictures in a text each month! However you use these handouts, I hope you and your Relief Society sisters enjoy them!
The message for the month of August is called Nurturing Families Together. It is a beautiful message that talks about the sacred responsibilities that husbands and wives have to each other and their children. I remember a few years ago when my husband and I were in the midst of infertility and all that heartache, and I might have thought that a message like this didn’t apply to me. But one thing I love about the visiting teaching messages is there are truths and passages that can reach everybody. Two lines that I particularly love are “The home is to be God’s laboratory of love and service,” (Elder Russell M. Nelson) and ““How often do we intentionally ‘speak kind words to each other’?” (Sister Linda K. Burton).
We can all make our home, no matter how many people reside in it, a place of love and service. And to go about intentionally speaking kinds words to those around us is a small way to have a large impact.
Download the PDF Handout to mail or take to the ladies you visit teach.
Thank you sisters for all that you do, and for the inspiring way you fulfill your visiting teaching callings!
Can you believe it? We are in June… that is halfway through the year! I’m kind of in denial about it being June because that means we are about to enter the “Period of Perpetual Sun and Death” that is Phoenix in the summer. We are hitting 115+ degrees this week. Pray for me people. Pray for me.
In other news, the message for this month is a beautiful one. It is called Temple Ordinances and Covenants and reminds us of the importance of the promises we make with our Father in Heaven. You can download the handout to take to the ladies you visit teach or mail it to them in a letter. Last month I was really pressed for time so I just attached the handout image to an email and sent it that way. While a visit is always great, just reaching out is wonderful too!
I missed last month’s visiting teaching handout and I am grateful for the emails I received asking if I was going to get one out for April. Thank you for keeping me accountable and helping me remember to get my own visiting teaching done! And as always, thank you to all of you who are actually using the prints I put together. You will never know how much it warms my heart to hear that the handouts are being used and shared with our sisters all over the world.
This month’s message is titled Daughters of Our Eternal Father, and the simple truth expressed right there in the title is one of my favorite things about the Gospel. I think there is something very empowering, comforting, and humbling in knowing that we are literal daughters of our Father in Heaven.
You can download the handout to take to the sisters you visit teach, send it to them in a card, or even attach it to a quick email. Download PDF.
This month’s message is called Marriage is Ordained of God and there were several wonderful quotes to choose from. Besides the one I picked for the handout I also loved this quote from Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, “Everyone, no matter what their marital circumstance or number of children, can be defenders of the Lord’s plan described in the family proclamation. If it is the Lord’s plan, it should also be our plan!” That last sentence stuck out to me especially. “If it is the Lord’s plan, it should also be our plan.” It couldn’t be any plainer or more simple to understand and can apply to every aspect of our lives.
Here is the handout for you to take to the ladies you visit teach or send it to them in the mail or through email. I hope having a little handout helps you as you complete this inspired assignment!