We still have a little over one week left to do our visiting teaching in March. If you haven’t been out yet, please take a look through the archives and see if there is an idea that would supplement the part of the message that you have chosen to share with your sisters.
That being said, April is almost here! I thought I would give you a head start on the Visiting Teaching Message for April. Some of the ideas I have might take a little extra planning (if you want to do the same) so it would be a great idea to start now.
April’s message is about searching and treasuring the scriptures. I was particularly drawn to the following quote by President Spencer W. Kimball, about treasuring the scriptures:
“As you become more and more familiar with the truths of the scriptures, you will be more and more effective in keeping the second great commandment, to love your neighbor as yourself. Become scholars of the scriptures—not to put others down, but to lift them up! After all, who has any greater need to ‘treasure up’ the truths of the gospel (on which they may call in their moments of need) than do women and mothers who do so much nurturing and teaching?”
I found a little treasure chest-shaped tin at the dollar store, within which I put items that can help us to treasure the scriptures. I printed the last part of President Kimball’s quote on white cardstock, trimmed it and adhered it to the lid of my box with glue dots. I then placed sticky gems around the edges of the quote.
Inside the box I put a complete set of scripture mastery cards ($1.00 for all 4 sets of cards from the standard works ordered through the distribution center). I thought going through the scripture mastery cards, marking them in our scriptures, and playing some games with them would be a fun way to teach our families to treasure the scriptures.
Also included in the treasure box is a separate card with a couple ideas for some games to play. One game uses the scripture mastery cards, and the other game helps us to learn how to “liken” the scriptures to ourselves. Sister Beck mentions “likening” in her quote this month as a good way to start studying the scriptures.
I included one more thing in my treasure chest, and that is a little 3 x 4″ reclosable bag filled with 4 small colored pencils, and a list of ways to mark our scriptures, taken from pg. 24 of “Preach My Gospel”. The little list fits perfectly inside the bag. I got both the black drawstring bags and the reclosable plastic bags at the dollar store. I found the small pencils in the education section at Staples. Full-size red scripture marking pencils are available from the distribution center.
You can download the pdf for President Kimball’s quote, the “liken” the scripture games, and the scripture marking list here.
Feel free to put together the whole treasure chest, or just select one or two items to share with your sisters. Any part of this “kit” would be a nice way to encourage our sisters to begin or to continue to search, study, and treasure the scriptures.