Become More Diligent and Concerned at Home

For the month of November, we can choose the message we would like to share with our visiting teaching sisters from the last General Conference. I chose a talk from Elder David A. Bednar, entitled, Become More Diligent and Concerned at Home.

He divided his talk into three main sections:

Suggestion Number One: Express Love—and Show It
Suggestion Number Two: Bear Testimony—and Live It
Suggestion Number Three: Be Consistent

The little handout I made was inspired by Elder Bednar’s suggestions on Expressing Love. I thought it would be fun to give some post-its for surprise love notes to family members. I made a simple paper “case” for the post-its, and glued to the top the house image with the title of the talk and the three main ideas of the talk printed in the windows and door. On the flip side of the cover is a slightly longer elaboration of these ideas:

1. Sincerely and frequently express and demonstrate love.
Such love nurtures and sustains faith in God.
Such love is a source of strength and casts out fear (see 1 John 4:18).
Such love is the desire of every human soul.

2. Create and look for opportunities to bear testimony of gospel truths – and live them.

3. Be consistent in doing the seemingly small things that can lead to significant spiritual results.

I’ll refer to these numbered suggestions during our visiting teaching discussion.

To make the post-its holder you need the following items:
white cardstock for printed image
colored cardstock
post-it notes (stack of 100 for each holder)
glue or tape

Step 1: Cut cardstock to 7 ½ inches long.

Step 2: Cut cardstock to 3 ½ inches wide.

Step 3: Measure and lightly mark cardstock at 3 ½ inches and again at 4 inches (length-ways).

Step 4: Fold cardstock where marked. Then flip it over and fold the other side, both sides should be folded in towards each other. Press folds with a popsicle stick or pencil to get a nice sharp crease.
Step 5: Put adhesive all around the back of the post-it note pad.
Step 6: Place post-it pad on cardstock with even border of cardstock all the way around.

Step 7: Cut an 18-inch piece of ribbon to wrap around holder. Adhere with tape or glue to the top of the holder.

Step 8: Print out house and text (download here).

Step 9: Cut out and glue house square on top of cover, over the ribbon.

Step 10: Cut out and glue text square on inside flap of holder. I then wrote “Love Notes” at the top of the first post-it, and jotted down some ideas of places to leave surprise notes:

on a computer
in a backpack
on the lawn mower or leaf blower
on the workbench
on the bathroom mirror
on a pillow
in a cupboard
on a cereal box
in the dishwasher
in a shoe
in a book
in a clothes drawer
on a door
in a hat
in a glove
on the steering wheel

Step 11: Tie ribbon to close holder

Be sure to print out a copy of Elder Bednar’s talk to leave with your love notes!

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17 Responses to Become More Diligent and Concerned at Home

  1. Audrey says:

    Love this idea, thanks!

  2. Joy says:

    You did it again! You got me excited about getting my appointments set up and visits made. Thanks a ton. You rock!

  3. m.a. says:

    Hi. I'm new to your blog, but had to comment on this post. What an AMAZing idea! I also loved Elder Bednar's talk and planned to use it for November's VT message. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  4. Marissa says:

    Thank you for sharing your talents! This has me excited to make my visits – the sisters I visit will love this! Thank you again.

  5. Camille says:

    I just found your blog while googling ideas for how to teach my Relief Society lesson this Sunday on Elder Bednar's talk. What a creative person you are! I think I'm going to attempt making this for every sister, and I'm definitely going to be checking out your blog each coming month. Thank you!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this fantastic idea – I just loved Elder Bednar's talk and it's a great message to share with my sisters. Thanks for your generosity in sharing your ideas with others.
    Love an appreciative sister in Tasmania, Australia

  7. Elisabete says:

    I don't speak inglish, but your blog are perfect and beautiful, lindo, já virei seguidora, beijinhos

  8. carolyne b says:

    When I found this blog site I was amazed and thankful that you are willing to share your talent with us. Just giving the visiting teaching message can be boring and mundain. But to leave our sisters with a visual reminder of what the Lord wants for us is the best. Again Thanks.

  9. diana angulo says:

    Hola soy de Peru, y pues hablo español y no ingles ,pero me encanta tu blog, tiene muy buenas ideas,gracias por compartir tu talento!!!!trabajo con la primaria y pronto tendremos una capacitacion de lideres y con la presidencia haremos estas libretitas Gracias!!!

  10. Angela says:

    awesome! I'm making it right now. thanks for sharing!!!!

  11. Anonymous says:

    I made three of these today for my visiting teachees! They loved them!
    I didn't have any flat ribbon so I used the brown craft twine and tied a bow around the top "spine" of the cover so the bow was at the top. It turned out really cute!

  12. Trisha says:

    I love this blog! You are so creative!!! I have been in a creative slump…and you just helped me more then you can know! Thank you! Thank you!!

  13. Susan says:

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas with us. I was able to do this project in ten minutes…thank you, thank you!

  14. Sondra says:

    I love this idea! I am actually going to give it as a Christmas gifts to my LDS friends and family. Thanks!

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    Found your blog via Becky Higgins'. It looks like you've got some great visit-teaching ideas. I'll be checking back often. Thanks for sharing!

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