September 2017 Visiting Teaching

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.

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September 2017 Visiting Teaching Handout September 2017 Visiting Teaching Handout

 

April 2016 Visiting Teaching Handout

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.

April 2016 Visiting Teaching Handout- Free PrintableYou 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.

April 2016 Visiting Teaching Handout- Free Printable

 

July 2014 Visiting Teaching- LDS

Before I share the VT handout for this month, have you seen the video message from Bonnie L. Oscarson, the Young Women General President?  It is lovely, compassionate, and perfectly timed.   I have to say that I am ever so grateful, especially lately, for wise leaders and the guidance and comfort they give.

And now onto this month’s message!  July’s Visiting Teaching message is called The Divine Mission of Jesus Christ: Advocate.  In the message we also read about Esther from the Old Testament, and how she was an advocate for her people.  I was especially drawn to the line from her uncle Mordecai “And who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”  It made me stop and ponder why I am here in the Lord’s kingdom, and what He would have me do.

Here is the handout for this month!

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July 2014 VT

Service Auction- Activity Idea

I’m not really sure how to go from a day like Monday to just my normal posts.  As many of you know I live in Boston and Monday was a tough day.  How could what is normally one of my very favorite days turn into something so tragic?  Patriot’s Day is a beautiful holiday that is full of such spirit, patriotism, and inspiration.  We were out enjoying so many of the wonderful events held all around the city when we heard the news.  Fear, sadness, and almost a sense of “this can’t be real” set in.  I think it just hits hard when something like this happens only a few miles from our home, on streets we’ve walked countless times.  My prayers are with the victims, their families, and I am forever grateful that we are safe.  I was thinking about what I was going to say and I feel like it is important to remember that this is, and will be again, a great holiday.  We were lucky to spend most of it with dear friends and enjoy this amazing city we live in.   And that is what I want to remember.  The people I love and the patriot spirit we celebrated.

Patriot's Day 2013

And since we all must go on, here is the post I had planned to share.  I hope you enjoy!

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I thought it would be fun to share another activity idea with you that our activities committee recently threw for the women in my church.  It was so.much.fun and since I know a lot of you out there are also responsible for different get togethers and are always on the lookout for ideas this is one you’ll want to try!

We had an auction where the items to bid on were acts of service provided by the other women.  A sign up went around a few weeks ahead of the activity for people to list the service they were offering.  There was everything from a ride to the airport, jewelry making lessons, fresh baked bread, free hair cuts, a Sunday night dinner, fresh flowers, and much more.  I would say that the two most sought after services were babysitting and cleaning.  Whew, did those mamas want some of that free babysitting!  It was so fun to watch the bidding go back and forth and see how into it everybody was.  There was a lot of laughing.

Service Auction Activity Idea

Instead of bidding with money we bid with points that we earned for a variety of reasons.  Each person was given a sheet with a long list that said things like:

-been on time for church for the last month

-had ice cream this week

-taken someone in need a meal in the last six months

-been to a foreign country

-plays a musical instrument

-participated in an act of service in the last month

and a whole lot more!  For every item you could check off you were given 10 points and that is what you were able to bid with.

Service Auction Activity Idea 2

One of the ladies’ husbands was our auctioneer and he was great and very funny!  I’m also really excited for the two items I won- a photography class from Shelby and a manicure from my friend Danielle.  Woot-woot!

Service Auction Activity Idea 3

Along with the auction we also had a tasty baked potato bar and the whole evening was  a lot of fun.  It was a great way to offer service to one another and celebrate all the different skills and talents we have among us.  Thanks to all the ladies for the hard work that went into this fun night!

 

December Visiting Teaching- LDS

December’s message is called Visiting Teaching, A Work of Salvation and you can read the entire message here.  I think this message really tells us of our responsibilities as Visiting Teachers and the important role we have to reach out to others and lift them up.  It is a great thing to remember all the time, but especially now during the Christmas season.

You can download the handout to mail or take to the ladies you visit.

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August Visiting Teaching- LDS

First things first….its August!  What???  Where is time going?  Okay, moving on…

The Visiting Teaching message for August is called Taking Action in Time of Need and it talks about one of my favorite things about the Relief Society and Visiting Teaching Program: the blessing and duty that we have to look out for one another and use our time and talents to serve each other.

You can print the handout to take to or mail to the ladies you visit teach. Want to learn more about the visiting teaching program?  Visit here for more info.

Brieanna

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