Post edit: This idea has been revised to go with YW Manual 1 Lesson 17. Click here to see more.
The Visiting Teaching Message for the month of May is to be selected from last month’s General Conference addresses. The talk I chose to share with my sisters is “The Power of Covenants” by Elder D. Todd Christopherson. He explains what covenants are, and how God blesses us as we are obedient to the things we have promised to do at baptism and in the temple.
I have two plastic cups, one inverted on top of the other with a surprise inside. These cups represent a covenant, or divine agreement between God and man. The bottom cup has a quote from Elder Christopherson’s talk taped on it which reads, “God binds Himself to sustain, sanctify and exalt us”. The top cup reads, “We commit to serve Him and keep His commandments.” These two promises are bound together by a covenant, which is represented by the white ribbon “binding” the cups together (along with a couple pieces of tape).
Inside the cups are a trio of flowers that represent the power of covenants. (Flower Power!) On the petals of the flowers, I printed the three points Elder Christopherson gives concerning the blessings our obedience to covenants brings.
To make the flowers, first download and print the pieces found here. Trim out the pieces, then fold and glue the petals as shown above.
Cut out a 1″ circle from yellow paper and punch a hole through the middle. Glue the petals on the yellow circle, beginning with the quotes and ending with the blank petals.
Push one end of the wrapper of a white chocolate Lindt truffle through the center of the flower.
I then secured a lollipop stick to the end of the wrapper with a green pipe cleaner, wrapping tightly to keep in place. Green florist tape would also work great for this.
I bunched my bouquet together and tied with a pretty ribbon to help keep the flowers together when I put the top cup over them. My bouquet got a little squished with the cup on top, but I should be able to fluff them up again when I take them out and explain their meaning.
This candy flower technique was found here. She has some really fun ideas – check it out!
This is such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing – I always try to share what I do for VT too. 🙂
Crazy–that’s the talk I picked too! I don’t even remember hearing it during conference, but it was so powerful upon reading. I loved it.
I love it because we hear so much about the general blessings of covenants, but it was significant to me to think about the specific blessings we can seek and recognize through our covenant-making.
Where did you get the quote about visiting teaching that you have on your page on the top right? I would like to include it in a handout. I’m glad I found your blog, thank you for what you do.
Liz: The quote is from the Visiting Teaching section on lds.org:
I like this website. Thanks for sharing informations
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