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First of all I LOVE both of your blogs!! Thank you so much for all the time and effort that goes in to them! I do a blog just for our Ward, it is NOTHING like yours so I can only imagine the time you put into them, WOW! Anyway, I am the RS Meeting Coordinator and we are looking for an enrichment night idea that focuses on visiting teaching and ways to get our sisters excited about doing it! I wanted to do something was fun with games and activities or something. I have looked on Sugar Doodle, Homemakers Cottage, the Green Jell-O blog and a few others and can't really find anything that is for enrichment night that centers around VT.... Have you come across any ideas? I am open to ANY suggestions!! Thanks! Randi Platt
I thought that since Randi needed some ideas, I thought I may as well answer her email on this blog, so that others of you might get a new and fresh idea to use as well. Here are my thoughts.
I have lots of Visiting Teaching related ideas on this very blog. If you will scroll down and look on the right column, you will see some links under the title " Visiting Teaching skits, Talks, Ideas. Etc." But since I have not focused for a while on this part of the blog with fresh ideas... then maybe I will share an idea that came into my mind when I reread the talk that was given in General Conference by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf titled "You are My hands". This talk can be found directly by going to this link http://www.lds.org/conference/talk/display/0,5232,23-1-1207-23,00.html Reading in the talk President Uchtdorf says that he often pictures Christ with his hands outstretched... reaching out to comfort, heal, bless and love." (Paraphrasing his quote).... "That was what He (Christ) did during His mortal life, and that is also what He would be doing today if he lived among us, and we should be doing the very same thing.
This is exactly what Visiting Teachers should be doing. They should:
- Reach out to bless the lives of our Sisters.
- As sisters we do not have the Priesthood power to Heal the sick, but we can Reach out to help heal in their times of need, sickness, trials and challengs they face in life. Our friendship and caring can bless their lives.
- Reach out in love to our sisters.
My favorite quote in President Uchtdorfs talk is "As we emulate His perfect example, our hands can become His hands; our eyes, His eyes; our heart, his heart." This is the message and focus for the Relief Society meeting. I might also mention that there was another wonderful talk entitled "Helping Hands, Saving Hands," by Elder Koichi Aoyagi Of the Seventy. The second to last paragraph quotes President Monson and it says:
"My brothers and sisters, we are surrounded by those in need of our attention, our encouragement, our support, our comfort, our kindness—be they family members, friends, acquaintances, or strangers. We are the Lord’s hands here upon the earth, with the mandate to serve and to lift His children. He is dependent upon each of us.”
Song: My Sisters Hands by Sally De Ford
The sheet music to this song can be found at the Sally DeFord site at: http://www.defordmusic.com/mysistershands.htm
My sister's hands are fair and white; my sister's hands are dark
My sister's hands are touched with age, or by the years unmarked
And often when I pray for strength to live as He commands
The Father sends me sustenance in my sister's hands
My sister's hands are lined and worn with burdens of their own
And yet I know that should I mourn, I need not weep alone
For often as I seek His grace to lighten life's demands
The Father sends me solace borne in my sister's hands
My sister's hands: compassion's tools that teach my own their art
Witnesses of charity within the human heart
Bearers of the Savior's love and mercy unto man
I have felt the Master's touch in my sister's hands
This meeting can be divided up into 3 specific mini classes or workshops and the topics also come out of President Uchtdorhs talk and they are as follows:
- Our Hands Can Embrace - This could be an activity of some sort that would give a hands on project or expereince. This could be a mini lesson on how to reach out to their sisters, learn how to approach the inactive or nonmember, and develop friendship. This could include a gettting to know you game, so that the sisters actually get to know all of the sisters, instead of those that they feel most comfortable with or their same aged peers.
- Our Hands Can Comfort - Learning what we can do to give comfort and assistance to those around us. This could be a project that requires sewing or knitting or a particular skill that is needed to create Leprosy bandages, or crochet beanie caps or booties for new borns, or maybe tie some quilts to donate to a charity of your choice. Another idea would be to teach glass etching on Casserole dishes, so that the sisters will have their dish ready to go and be able to get it back when they take a meal to someone. Another fun idea to go along with this might be a cooking demo on making casseroles or homemade rolls or sweet rolls.
- Our Hands Can Serve - This part could be participating in some kind of service activitiy. Ideas could be a humanitarian aid service project, preparing food for the needy and distributing it to them such as making meat pies for a Homeless or Charitable organization, etc. Go to http://alpinestake.blogspot.com/ which is the Alpine, Utah Stake blog, and they have photos of their Stake meeting, where one of the activities was of Making Meat pies for a specific charity. It shows the tables all set up and even the sisters making the pies. Just a side note, I am pictured there too, as I participated in that event, so you can see the "Creative" booth that I did.
Dessert could be Iced Sugar cookies cut out with a Hand shaped cookie cutter like the one pictured, with a small sugar cookie heart on the top of the hand and serve with milk or a scoop of icecream. When I made these, I glazed the hand shaped cookie with a white glaze, then glazed the heart with a pink glaze. They are easier to ice and get looking good with glazing instead of frosting.
Take this idea and develop it anyway that you would like that would best fit the needs of the Sisters in your Relief Society. If you have any other great ideas to add, please email me and I will include them as well.
Tonight, I designed the above pictured bookmark and could not settle on just one design, so I ended up using 5 different ones with the same quote. I liked all of them and I hope that you will too. Print them out on Cardstock, and I always laminate them as it makes them really look professional and keeps them in better shape longer. To get a large size and printable size copy of the book mark, I have it posted on the Visiting Teaching Surprise Blog page, which I have under the main header on this blog, or the direct link to this book mark is http://visitingteachingsurprise.blogspot.com/2010/05/your-hands-are-his-hands.html
I would love to give credit to those who designed the papers and elements that I downloaded 2 years ago, but I can't figure out who the desingers were. Anyway, here is a general thanks so much to those designers who used their time and talents for the enjoyment and benefit and service of others through sharing their digital scrapbook freebies.
Enjoy! Katie G.
General Conference Talks
General Conference Reports
Proceedings of Recent General Conferences
What shall we give?
An Apostles Easter Thoughts on Christ
This short video is an Important message from the mouths of our Prophets!
July 6 - Pioneer Cooking
Click on this link to take you to the Pioneer Recipes:
I was also thinking that if you were to copy some of these recipes and print them off, that might be a fun handout for the Sisters you Visit Teach!
July 2nd - Diana Lucina Spicer Block
Visiting Teaching Tips, handouts and Ideas
For many years, I have been creating very cute and fun things to take to the ladies I Visit Teach. I have shared from time to time, my ideas with others and they have really appreciated them. I decided that since I do these anyway, I would start doing one every month and then post it on this blog to share with anyone for their Visiting Teaching. I do need to make a disclaimer.... the ideas, thoughts, stories, graphics etc. used are created by me and they are not in any way official LDS Church quotes, handouts or ideas. They are my creations or others as noted, except for the quotes that will come directly from the Monthly Visiting Teaching message found in the Ensign. Also, many thanks to the talented designers of the digital paper and elements that I use to create the beautiful artwork, and handouts you see on my blog.
You can go to http://www.lds.org/ and look up and even print the monthly message if you do not have your own Ensign magazine subscription in English or to choose to read the Liahona or Ensign in a different language go to http://lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=03103c7ff44f2010VgnVCM1000001f5e340aRCRD&locale=0.
For Spanish you can go to http://www.sud.org.es/
I highly recommend you get your own subscription because you will find a wealth of really good & wholesome, moral reading, that you can't find anywhere else. If you go to http://www.lds.org/ and click on "Gospel Library" then click on "Magazines" you can order your own Ensign, Liahona, New Era, or Friend magazines.
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"Returning to the Past" A Relief Society Activity Idea
I just found your blog. It is so great. I love the idea of the Hearts of Angels. I am trying to figure out how we can use it for our VT conference and incorporate some of the things for our VT interviews. I am a new R/S president and all these things we have to do throughout the year are a little overwhelming. I love all of you ideas. So much work involved, thank you for being willing to share with all of us! I would love anything else you could pass my way.
WE had the thought earlier to use a theme of "Returning to the past" for our activities this year. So all of your old-fashioned pictures will be great to use as invites and handouts.
You might be interested in the idea we had for our B-Day dinner. We always have a progressive dinner in December to the homes of different sisters. We divide them up into about 5 smaller groups and go around to the different sisters homes in the ward. Because of the weather we cancelled it and had it at the church. We decided to do it for our B-Day dinner instead when the weather would be better. We are having the women bring a sack lunch with them and to wear something old, like a grandmothers broach or shawl, or to dress up in the time of the 1800's, and to bring a pint jar with a lid. We will have the sisters make lemonade at the first house and take with them in the jar that they brought, and then go to the next house. At the last house we will have and old fashioned cake to serve like apple walnut cake or something like that.
We still have some details to work out but at the end each member of the presidency will be at a different home and will share a prepared script. It will be written as if they were at the very first R/S meeting when the prophet Joseph Smith organized the R/S with just a handful of women.
Anyway, thank you for sharing what you have! You have a great talent!
Stacey McClellan - Blackfoot, Idaho
SELF RELIANT SISTERS BLOG HAS A GREAT ACTIVITY ABOUT GARDENING WITH KIDS - go to http://selfreliantsisters.blogspot.com/ It is well worth the time and a terriffic idea as Spring is just around the corner! Here is a tiny bit of information that you will see at the site.....
Gardening with Kids has great tips on getting kids started with gardening. Give your child some space; literally! Kids loving having spaces that are all their own, whether it`s their own desk area in the house, or the tent they've created with chairs and blankets in the family room. The same is true for gardening. Dedicate a small plot of the garden just for them. Put a fancy border around it, perhaps purchase one of the stepping stone making kits found at crafts stores in which they can mold their name and make their hand print.
Let them join you at the nursery. Let your kids know you value their opinion. Ask them which kinds of plants, flowers, and vegetables they like. Explain what will work well in your garden and what won't.
Give them (limited) choices. While you're at the nursery, ask them if they'd like pansies or petunias, marigolds or zinnias. This will give them the feeling of power without letting it get out of control.
Remind them money doesn't grow on trees. With older children discuss the budget. Let them help select seeds and blossoming plants at the nursery - and turn it into a math lesson. Let your child do the money calculations; they can tell you when the money runs out.
Let your child do what he will (especially if you have a preschooler). Let him dig, explore, play with bugs. You may be tempted to steer your child in another direction (like actually watering or weeding his garden), but this is a great way for your child to explore this exciting new universe.
Plan, plan, plan. If you have older children, say 8 or 9 or older, let them plot out their own garden on paper. Provide him or her with graph paper, pencils and seed catalogs. Give them a group of flowers and vegetables from which to choose, and then let them draw out their garden.
Get them their own gardening tools. Nothing will motivate your little gardener more than having her own little shovel, her own gardening gloves, and her own watering pail. And don't forget those bright colored rubber boots. You need to go to the site and explore all the rest of the links and ideas.