Get prepared for September’s Visiting Teaching message by putting together this simple and FREE download. Simply print, cut, and color. Don’t forget to call your sisters and schedule your appointments!
The Visiting Teaching Message for September 2017 is Of One Heart. The topic for this month’s visiting teaching has been on my mind a lot lately. Probably because it’s something I find myself needing to work on – and something the world desperately needs. The idea of becoming one with our families, those we associate with in the Church, and even those we visit teach, is something I think we can all aspire to – who doesn’t need more support and peace right? But it’s easier said than done… in fact, it’s a process.
I loved the words of Carole M. Stephens when she said:
I’ve never had to live through divorce, the pain and insecurity that comes from abandonment, or the responsibility associated with being a single mother. I haven’t experienced the death of a child, infertility, or same-gender attraction. I haven’t had to endure abuse, chronic illness, or addiction. These have not been my stretching opportunities….But through my personal tests and trials…I have become well acquainted with the One who does understand…And in addition, I have experienced all of the mortal tests that I just mentioned through the lens of a daughter, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.
Our opportunity as covenant-keeping daughters of God is not just to learn from our own challenges; it is to unite in empathy and compassion as we support other members of the family of God in their struggles.
I have to second Sister Stephens words. I haven’t experienced those things myself, but I’ve seen many people I love experience them. And I definitely have my own “stretching opportunities”. I love that we’re promised unity and strength as we look to support those around us in their struggles.
This month, I’m taking advantage of back to school sales and getting a fresh box of colored pencils for the sisters I visit. Coloring is a great de-stresser and I know that I enjoy the moment to color and think about the message. Now all I have to do is schedule the appointments!
The FREE black and white files can be downloaded below and makes for a quick and easy print that you can add a little color to yourself (whip out those markers, colored pencils, watercolors, etc) or simply provide the print with a set of colored pencils or crayons to the sisters you visit and let them DIY the quote themselves. Coloring is a great stress reliever and I’ve found that as I DIY the prints for my sisters each month, I have a few minutes to ponder the message or think about my sisters and get inspired for the visit.
The color file is great for those months where time is short (and for those that want a custom print but don’t love the DIY aspect). If you’d like the color file, you can get it (and monthly prints for a year) by joining the Visiting Teaching Printables Club. Join the Visiting Teaching Printables Club (you’ll receive an email straight to your inbox every month that includes the color and black and white files as well as access to a bunch of printables that will make your visiting teaching calling a breeze – read more about it here) Starting this month, the files also come in different sizes as part of the RSVT Club, so you can print 2 or 4 to a page and use the smaller sizes for tags to tie on treats – perfect for quick drop-offs.
A few other ideas for these darling printables:
- use them for a RS activity night. Let the sisters color the prints themselves at the activity. (Download more than one of the DIY prints on the site and let the sisters choose the one they like best!)
- drop off a black and white copy with a small box of colored pencils for your visiting teaching sisters – coloring is quite popular as a de-stresser activity.
- use them as RS birthday gifts. If you’re looking for an inexpensive and meaningful birthday gift for your sisters – this could be it!
- print one off for yourself if you’re looking for a cute & simple craft for yourself or as part of a night with your girlfriends.
Download the September Black & White Visiting Teaching Printable
*Once you click the download button you’ll be taken to a confirmation screen that will have a link to your free file.
The printable’s finished size is 5″ x 7″ and prints 2 two a page so you’ll only have to print a sheet or two and then take just a moment to trim the edges. You get to add whatever colors you’d like – I dusted off my watercolor set and got to work. Tip: Even your child’s water set will do. To create shading, simply watercolor the images and let them dry. Then pat the excess water off your brush before loading it with paint – then create your accents toward the centers of the leaves and let dry again.
I’d love to see how your quote printables turn out! Snap a picture and share them on Instagram!
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