July is here everybody! Along with fireworks, parades, swimming, popsicles, and the heat of summer comes another month for Visiting Teaching! The message for this month is called That They May Be One and teaches us about the importance of aligning our will with God’s. Sister Neill F. Marriott, Second Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency, bears testimony of the blessings of striving to align our will with God’s will: “I have struggled to banish the mortal desire to have things my way, eventually realizing that my way is oh so lacking, limited, and inferior to the way of Jesus Christ. His way is the path that leads to happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come.”
In the message Sister Linda K. Burton, the former Relief Society General President, quotes they hymn “I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go” and I chose to use the beautiful lyrics from this hymn as the handout for the month.
I hope that as we study these words and share them with our visiting teaching sisters that we will feel an increased desire to do and become what the Lord would have us do and be. You can download the PDF or save the JPEG below and then share it with your sisters in a text, email, mail them a card, or print and take it to them as you visit.
As you head out to celebrate the 4th of July, stay safe and enjoy the holiday! I hope everyone has a wonderful Independence Day!
It always surprises me that the posts that get the most comments or views are the Visiting Teaching Handouts. Maybe it shouldn’t surprise me, but instead inspire me to be better about my own visiting teaching. It tells me that so many of you women are doing amazing jobs at serving the sisters you visit. Thank you for allowing me to play a very small part in your service!
The message for June is called Priesthood Power through Keeping Covenants and I think there is a lot of wonderful quotes in the message about how women in our church have access to the priesthood power. You can download this handout to take to the ladies you visit, send it in the mail with a nice note, or even just attach it to an email or text for a quick little pick me up!
Thank you for your dedicated examples of good visiting teaching! I appreciate hearing all the stories and ways you share these handouts with your sisters!
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.