Hey all! I’ve been wanting to do this for a while now and decided that this month I’m going to take the leap! I’m going to try my hand at cute Visiting Teaching ideas to go along with the message each month! Because who doesn’t love cute.. and I don’t know about you, but I’m more motivated to go when I’ve got something fun to bring as a handout!
The October 2017 message is “Enfolding with Love Those Who Stray.” They talk about the Savior’s parable of the lost sheep, the lost piece of silver, and the prodigal son. All of which can be found in Luke 15.
I love this message because as followers of Christ we get so focused on becoming better every day that we sometimes hold others to our own personal standard. This leads us to judge other people who are in a different place on the road than we are. Just because someone is struggling, doesn’t mean that they aren’t on the right path.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland gave an amazing talk about the road to becoming perfect just this past weekend in the Saturday morning session of General Conference. One of my favorite lines was a quote he took from Russell M. Nelson,
“Here in mortality, perfection is still pending.”
Then he quotes Leo Tolstoy, who wrote about a priest who explained this to a critic in his congregation,
“Don’t attack the path I follow. If I know the way home, but I’m walking along it drunkenly, is it any less the right way simply because I’m staggering from side to side?”
We may not be living perfectly, but at least we’re trying, at least we are attempting to follow the path, even if our steps are not perfect. So just because a friend or neighbor trips of a stone, or is struggling to find their way around a corner we shouldn’t give up on them or judge them for it. Who knows, we might step on a stone next.
The last thing I want to share from that amazing talk is this:
“Except for Jesus, there have been no flawless performances on this earthly journey.”
It is so true. Let us remember it, both when we are criticizing ourselves or tempted to criticize another.
Now back to the message. Elder Brent H. Nielson of the Quorum of the Seventy relates his message to the Savior’s parable of the lost piece of silver. He says,
“Search until you find it. When the lost one is your son or your daughter, your brother or your sister, … after all we can do, we love that person with all of our hearts.”
Based on this quote I created two printables for you. One will go well with any ghostly gift you might find (since this is the month of ghosts and goblins). There is also another generic one which comes in 3 different color schemes. I hope this helps you get out and do your visiting teaching!
(Just right click on the image and select “save as”)
DIY GHOST SOAP
For my handout, I decided to make little ghostly soaps to bring to the ladies I visit from church. It’s so easy.
What You’ll Need:
- soap dispenser that is white or contains white liquid. (I bought dial soap for .98 cents at Walmart)
- Black paint or sharpies
- Modge Podge (optional)
- Remove the sticker on the front of the soap dispenser (I used a razer blade). You can try to remove the sticky residue of there is any, but I’ll get to that more in a minute)
- With a black Sharpie or black paint (I used paint), paint on a ghostly face about halfway down the soap dispenser.
- If there is a sticky residue, or you are worried about the marker or paint running as the soap dispenser gets wet, you can paint a clear coat of modge podge over the front of the soap dispenser (after the paint dries, of course)
OTHER GHOST IDEAS:
You could fill a ghost treat bag with candies or goodies, like this one for only $1.88 at Walmart.
Or you could give them cookie mix (or better yet, give them homemade dough), and this fun ghost cookie cutter to have a family cookie making night! (Also found at Walmart for $2.44)
Happy Halloween Month!