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.
The message for August 2017 Visiting Teaching is called Living a Consecrated Life, and I really appreciated the chance to ponder on this topic a little more. You can read the entire message here on LDS.org.
Whenever I think of the word consecration I usually think of sharing earthly goods but this quote from Elder Neal A. Maxwell gave me a whole new perspective. “We tend to think of consecration only as yielding up, when divinely directed, our material possessions. But ultimate consecration is the yielding up of oneself to God.”
The whole message is really great, and I think it is full of wonderful inspiration to share with your sisters as you visit them this month. Here is the VT Handout for the month to take along on your visit, mail in a card, or send it over in an email or text!
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!