Visiting Teaching Handouts September 2016


I made some handouts with my favorite quotes from this month’s Visiting Teaching Message  Parenthood is a Sacred Duty. I love the story in this month’s message that Robert D. Hales tells about him and his grandson.

Visiting Teaching Handouts & Video! September 2016

This story was originally told in his talk Our Duty to God: The Mission of Parents and Leaders to the Rising Generation. I also found a 3 minute video on lds.org that illustrates this story. Click the link below to view this video.

Parenthood: Touching the Hearts of Our Youth Video Link

Visiting Teaching Handouts & Video! September 2016

Videos are such great tools! I was thinking, this may be a good opener for discussion in a sister’s home where a message isn’t usually shared. Who doesn’t love a good video, especially a short, cute one like this.

Here is a handout with an encouraging quote by President Thomas S. Monson from this months message. You can pair this handout with some Hershey’s chocolate hugs.

Visiting Teaching Handouts & Video! September 2016

Get your Free Printable Download of the following “hug” handout here.

Visiting Teaching Handouts & Video! September 2016

Here is an idea involving another great quote by President Thomas S. Monson.

Visiting Teaching Handouts & Video! September 2016
What’s on the top of your To Do list?

Add a cute note pad/ to do list to the following handout. Get your Free Printable Download of this “person to be loved” handout  here.

Visiting Teaching Handouts & Video! September 2016

I love how frank this quote is. It is a great reminder to keep your children as a top priority.

Visiting Teaching Handouts & Video! September 2016

I hope you found something you liked here!

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Visiting Teaching Handouts & Video! September 2016

Visiting Teaching Handout August 2016

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The August Visiting Teaching Message  is titled Nurturing Families Together. This message has so many wonderful quotes, and inspired several handouts for your choosing. If you like these ideas, and would like an email notification when the new Visiting Teaching Handouts are available, please Subscribe! If you are viewing this on a Computer you can enter your email into the side bar, or if you are viewing on a cell phone you can access the subscribe option by tapping the pull down menu at the top of the page. Thank you for joining our community!

In this month’s message, President Russell M. Nelson, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said,

“The home is to be God’s laboratory of love and service,”

Visiting Teaching Handout August 2016

Click The Home is God’s Laboratory for the Free Printable Download of the above handout.

I love the story Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shared about the love that his father had for his mother. I won’t spoil it, I will let you read it, but his father shows an excellent example of love and service. After such a grand sacrifice, his wife must have known without a doubt that he loved her.

Sometimes it’s a culmination of the little things that help show love towards a spouse. My husband is not fond of Country Music, but he knows that I love it. When we are in the car together, he switches the radio to the Country Station. This small gesture goes a long way, and I can feel his love as he puts my desires before his own.

When we love someone, it is natural to want to serve them, and vise versa. I find that serving others helps break down barriers and allows you to love them in a way you didn’t before. I remember camping one year, and there was an individual who offended me. After crying on my bed a little, I prayed and asked Heavenly Father to help me forgive him. Immediately, I remembered a General Conference talk titled Your Mission Will Change Everything by Elder David F. Evans Of the Seventy. He told a story about President Hinkley when he was on his mission and feeling discouraged. President Hinkley’s Father wrote him a letter and said,

“You want to be happy? Forget yourself and get lost in this great cause, and bend your efforts to helping people”

I gained my composure and set out to serve this person. He was in charge of dinner that night, so I offered my help. As I served him my heart was softened. I was able to see him in a different way. I was able to learn how much work he had put into making this event happen. I quickly realized that the words he said that had offended me previously were not a direct attack at me, but rather a result of extreme exhaustion from his lack of sleep and hard work. I was able to forgive him and gained a love toward him instead. When we give Service to someone, we naturally learn to Love them.  When we Love someone, we naturally want to give Service to them. It is a beautiful cycle.

Here is a peak of the handout using the above quote about Love and Service by Elder Russell M. Nelson.

Visiting Teaching Handout August 2016

Click below for your Free Printable Download of this Handout.

Love and Service Visiting Teaching Handout.

The handout will look something like this when it is all put together.

Visiting Teaching Handout August 2016

Have your sisters combine the sprite and cranberry juice for a sweet summer refreshment.

Another quote that I loved from this months message was:

A “husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children.”

This is a quote taken from The Family A Proclamation to the World, so what better way to present it than with a picture of a loving family.

Visiting Teaching Handout August 2016

I thought it would be perfect to include a First Aid Kit or a “Love and Care” Kit with this Handout. I found a great tutorial on how to make some cute ones here at the Some of This & Some of That Blog.

Aren’t these adorable? I just love these!

For your Free Printable Download of this Handout click the link below.

VT Handout Aug 2016 Love and Care

Okay, Here is one last handout idea using the following quote by Elder Russell M. Nelson:

“Our Heavenly Father wants husbands and wives to be faithful to each other and to esteem and treat their children as an heritage from the Lord.”

Visiting Teaching Handout August 2016

Click the link below for your Free Printable Download of this Handout

VT handout Aug 2016 Faithful

You could easily include either of the following candies with this handout.

Visiting Teaching Handout August 2016
Ring Pops
Visiting Teaching Handout August 2016
Hershey’s Kisses

Happy Visiting Teaching! Hope you liked these ideas!

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Visiting Teaching Handout July 2016

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Here is a link to the Visiting Teaching Message for July 2016: Our Potential for Parenthood. I had way too much fun with it, so I came up with a couple of different handouts. I think it is important to Pray and Ponder over your sisters, and what they might need to hear from you this month. It might be good to focus on different parts of the lesson for each sister you visit.

I first read this message about a week ago, and I have been pondering and praying over it ever since. This particular message has pulled at my heartstrings. It quotes Elder Neil L. Anderson’s talk Children from the October 2011 General Conference. A few months after my Husband and I celebrated our 1st Anniversary, I remember listening to this talk live. It played a big role in our decision to have our first child. I love this talk. I highly recommend you read it. There are a lot of great stories and quotes in it.  In his talk he said:

Many voices in the world today marginalize the importance of having children or suggest delaying or limiting children in a family. My daughters recently referred me to a blog written by a Christian mother (not of our faith) with five children. She commented: “[Growing] up in this culture, it is very hard to get a biblical perspective on motherhood. … Children rank way below college. Below world travel for sure. Below the ability to go out at night at your leisure. Below honing your body at the gym. Below any job you may have or hope to get.” She then adds: “Motherhood is not a hobby, it is a calling. You do not collect children because you find them cuter than stamps. It is not something to do if you can squeeze the time in. It is what God gave you time for.”7

Isnt that a great quote? I just love it! Hence, this handout was born. Plus, aren’t Lemons just perfectly Summery?

Visiting Teaching Handout.

The above quote that Elder Neil L. Anderson referred to in this talk is found in an article titled Motherhood is a Calling by Rachel Jankovic from the Blog DesiringGod.org. This is also a fantastic read.

Click Here for your Free Printable Download of this ‘Squeeze” Handout.

Ideas to Supplement this Handout:

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1. Add a doTERRA Lemon Essential Oil Sample to this Handout.
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Visiting Teaching Handout Ideas
This is how my final product turned out.
This is a great paper cutter for making crafts.
I bought this EK Tools 1/2 inch Circle Punch to get the perfect sized hole for the sample lemon oil, and to make sure my Handouts were cut perfectly straight I used my new Paper Trimmer. It is always exciting to get a package in the mail, and I was so happy I had the right tools to make this project look so nice!
Visiting Teaching Hand out Ideas-lemon squeezer
2. Another Idea is to add a Lemon Squeezer like this one.
Yummy lemonade for my visiting teaching lesson.
3. Or you could add some Lemonade. Yum!

 

Being Sensitive:

Not all sisters have “Picture Perfect” families as mentioned in  Elder Neil L. Andersen’s talk Whoso Receiveth Them, Receiveth Me April 2016 General Conference.

God loves children. He loves all children. The Savior said, “Suffer [the] little children … to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”1

Children today find themselves in many different and complex family configurations.

For example, today, twice as many children in the United States are living with only one parent than were 50 years ago.2 And there are many families that are less unified in their love of God and willingness to keep His commandments.

In this increasing spiritual commotion, the restored gospel will continue to carry the standard, the ideal, the pattern of the Lord.

In the Visiting Teaching Message it says:

Though not all of us become parents in this life, we can nurture children of every age. We enjoy the blessings of being part of Heavenly Father’s family, and we experience the joys and challenges of being part of an earthly family. And for many, parenthood awaits them in the eternities ahead.

Some sisters haven’t been blessed with children yet. Some have lost children. Some have children far away at college, or on missions, and some may be estranged from their children. I believe that knowing and loving your sisters can help you magnify your calling as a visiting teacher. One of the best ways I have found to do this is to pray for them. You can ask Heavenly Father to help you see them like He does. Perhaps you will be prompted to refocus your lesson on the fact that we are Heavenly Father’s Children and He loves us very much.

I taught Sunbeams last Sunday and the lesson was I belong to a family.  It says:

Heavenly Father and Jesus love every family

Show picture 1-7, A Loving Family. Explain that some families have a mother and a father, and some families have only one parent. Some families have a grandparent or other person helping to take care of the children. Some families have many children, while other families have one child or no children. Help the children understand that every family is different and Heavenly Father and Jesus love every family.

I love that even the lesson for the 3-4 year old sunbeams emphasizes the love that Heavenly Father and Jesus have for every family no matter their circumstance. Isn’t it cool that the lessons in all 3 meetings seem to have related themes? Last week in Sacrament meeting one of the talks was based on Elder Neil L. Andersen’s talk from the April 2016 General Conference that I mentioned earlier in this post. I thought they correlated perfectly. I think there is some divine guidance there. In the July Visiting Teaching Message it says:

“It was essential that God’s spirit children have mortal birth and an opportunity to progress toward eternal life,” taught Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “In light of the ultimate purpose of the great plan of happiness, I believe that the ultimate treasures on earth and in heaven are our children and our posterity.”1

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For your Free Printable Treasures Quote Handout click here.

We are Heavenly Father’s Children. We are His treasures!

Make some Hidden Treasure Cookies for your sisters and give them this recipe card.2016-06-26 08.42.18

For your Free Printable Download of the Hidden Treasure Cookies Recipe Card click Here.

Chocolate Caramel Hidden Teasure Cookies. Yum!
Don’t these Hidden Treasure Cookies make your mouth water?
Visiting Teaching treat!
Don’t have time to make cookies? Attach your Treasure quote to some chocolate gold coins.

I hope you find some ideas here that you can use. You can customize your handouts to meet your sisters needs. I have a testimony that Heavenly Father answers prayers. I know He can help you to see them like He does, like Children of God. We are children of the King of Kings. Now that really is a treasure.

Hidden Treasure Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 24+ 2 inch cookies

Hidden Treasure Cookies

Delicious Chocolate Cookies with a Surprise Caramel Center.

Ingredients

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • Rolos

Instructions

  1. Combine cake mix, oil and eggs.
  2. Form cookie dough into 1 1/2 inch balls.
  3. Hide unwrapped Rolos inside of each dough ball.
  4. Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees F.
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The Best Essential Oils and Their Uses

Has your family tried using doTERRA essential oils? I am not a distributor, but I have enjoyed using several of their products in my own home. I have never had a bad experience with any of their oils, and I can personally recommend the ones that I have tried. If you are new to this whole essential oils thing, let me help you get started. Here is a list of the products we love and how we use them.

Best products from doTERRA

  1. Diffuser- I highly recommend getting a diffuser so you can fully utilize the benefits of these essential oils. You can get one here.  A diffuser is kind of like a humidifier, except you cannot add essential oils to a humidifier. Just add a few drops of your favorite oil to the diffuser and it goes out into the air. It makes your house smell so good!The Best Essential Oils and Their Uses
  2. Peppermint- When I was pregnant, I would diffuse Peppermint by my bedside as I slept at night. It helped a lot to ward off the morning sickness. I also like to diffuse it when we have a stuffy nose, and it helps to clear up the congestion.doTerra Essential Oils and their Uses.
  3. On Guard-This proprietary blend is an immune system booster, and I love the way it smells.  When it starts to cool off outside, I like to diffuse this in my home just for the wonderful aroma. Since sickness starts to spread when it gets cold outside, diffusing this in our home is an extra line of defense to help my family stay healthy. It is made up of Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Bark/Leaf, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary Leaf/Flower essential oils. I think I love diffusing it so much in Autumn because of the scrumptious orange and clove scent. Mmmm, makes me want to go pumpkin picking! Is it Autumn yet? Anybody else tired of the Summer heat?doTerra Essential Oils and their Uses. Find out what I do with my lemon oil.
  4. Lemon- I started using this when I was pregnant and experiencing terrible heartburn at night. I just added a drop to my water and sipped throughout the day. I noticed that the heartburn was less bothersome on days when I did this. It made it easier for me to drink enough water while pregnant. For some reason, it was so hard for me to drink water without feeling sick, so this was a life saver!  I enjoy the lemon taste, so I have continued to use it in my water even while I am not pregnant. It is so refreshing in an ice cold glass of water with a long straw. Don’t forget the straw! Somehow I tend to drink more water when I have a straw. It makes it exciting I guess.doTerra Essential Oils and their Uses.
  5. Wild Orange- I love Wild Orange. I make my own bath salt using Epsom salt, baking soda, and Wild Orange Essential Oil. It is so revitalizing to soak in a bath with this beautiful aroma in it! doTerra Essential Oils and their Uses.
  6. DigestZen- This Proprietary blend is made up of Ginger Rhizome/Root, Peppermint Plant, Caraway Seed, Coriander Seed, Anise Seed, Tarragon Plant, and Fennel Seed essential oils. It is used to sooth an upset stomach and motion sickness. This also was great for my morning sickness. Ginger is known to help with nausea, and it did! I have also used this for my family when we have had the stomach flu.doTERRA Essential Oils and their Uses.
  7. Deep Blue Rub- About a month ago, I woke up with a terrible kink in my neck. After a few days without any improvement, I decided to visit a chiropractor. Along with his adjustments, he used this Deep Blue Rub on my shoulders and neck. It helped my muscles relax and aided in my recovery. It has a sort of tingling sensation that feels really good.

For more information on other doTERRA products and their uses visit their site here or contact my neighbor and good friend here. Sometimes the Essential Oil world can sound overwhelming, but hopefully this list will help you to focus on just a select few to start out with. You don’t have to buy their whole store overnight. Try to decide what your family would benefit from and slowly build your inventory. We have really enjoyed using doTERRA products in our home, and I hope you will too.

 

Visiting Teaching Handout June 2016

The month is more than half over! How has June flown by so fast? I thought things were supposed to slow down after the school year was over, but life is just busy, busy, busy! Have you had a chance to do your visiting teaching this month yet? Hopefully I can make it a little easier on you by providing a free printable download of a quote from this month’s message, Temple Ordinances and Covenants.  I printed mine out on card stock and slipped a Crease-less Hair Tie on it. I like to use a paper trimmer to make the cuts perfectly straight.

Free Printable Download for Visiting Teaching!
Click the link below for a free printable download of this handout.

June 2016 Visiting Teaching Handout.

Just print it out on card stock, add a Crease-less Hair Tie and you are ready to go. Follow a quick tutorial to make the Hair Tie yourself, or you can purchase some cute ones here. Get free 2 day shipping with Amazon Prime.

I really love that the Visiting Teaching Messages this year have been focused on the Family. I chose this quote from the message because it reminded me of the covenants I made when my husband Anthony and I were married in the temple almost 6 years ago! We were not only sealed or “Bound” to each other, but were bound with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. We made promises to each other and to our Lord and Savior. Here we are on our wedding day!

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We recently received some names of deceased ancestors that need sealing ordinances performed. My Aunt was kind enough to share them with us after doing all the leg work herself to find them! I look forward to going to the temple with Anthony and kneeling over an alter with him to perform these sacred ordinances as proxy. I wonder how long they have been waiting for this. I feel so blessed to be sealed to my husband for time and all eternity, and be able to participate in temple work to bless others. Every time I go to the temple I have a strengthened resolve to keep my covenants and be worthy of promised blessings. Because of Temple Covenants, Families can be Together Forever!

Here is a sneak peak of the July Visiting Teaching Handout! Check back soon for the free printable download!
Here is a sneak peak of the July Visiting Teaching Handout! Check back soon for the free printable download!

 

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