The Visiting Teaching Message for February is “Managing Resources Wisely and Staying Out of Debt”. I was really drawn to the last paragraph of the message, where it talks about how we need to exercise faith in the Savior to be better in sacrificing our wants in order to meet our own and others’ needs.
In order to demonstrate the need we have to tighten our purse strings, I made a little purse with the quote printed on the inside flap, and filled it with coins that have the five key steps to financial freedom printed on them.
All you really need to make your own purses to share with the sisters you visit teach is some adhesive (I used double-sided tape) and 1 sheet 8 1/2 x 11 paper. I used scrapbook paper, but you could use whatever you have on hand – you could stamp or embellish copy paper or cardstock and get a similar result.
Everything else is extra – you could get by without it, and still have a cute handout to share.
I used a green flower brad as an accent on the purse flap, and a piece of adhesive velcro to close it up (you could just use tape or a sticker). I found some chocolate coins that I glued the “five keys” onto, but they also looked really cute going solo, with the same pattern as the purse on the back.
Begin by downloading the purse and coin pattern here in English, or here in Spanish. Cut out the purse and fold on the dotted lines. Make creases where the bottom of the purse meets the front and back. Apply adhesive on the flaps sticking out from the base and the back of the purse.
POST EDIT # 1 from the comments: “Just letting ya’ll know I found coins yesterday at Target in the dollar section (7 chocolate coins in a bag for $1.00) They must be out for St. Patties Day :)”
POST EDIT #2: My mom lives overseas, where transportation is difficult, so the sisters often get together in groups to do their visiting teaching. This is what she wrote about how she used this month’s message: Just wanted you to know that I did the February lesson with my ladies – 5 of them on Tuesday night. They loved it. I had them cut out and fix their own purses and Carol even took the stuff home to do as a family home evening with her family. I made vegetable soup and wheat bread and we talked of eating at home and making economical meals. Fun idea! Thanks, mom! xoxo