I chose a couple different general conference talks to prepare visiting teaching messages for May. The first one I’ll share with you was inspired from Elder Robert D. Hales’ talk, “Our Duty to God: The Mission of Parents and Leaders to the Rising Generation”. (The other visiting teaching idea inspired by Elder Scott’s talk can be found here.) I have five daughters, and my oldest just turned 12, so this message was particularly poignant to me. Elder Hales talks about really understanding the hearts of our youth, and important things we should be doing to “grow together in a bond of faith and friendship that will allow you to strengthen each other and stay on the gospel path forever, to indeed be an eternal family.” The photo above shows my little articulated doll holding that quote – which is referring to participating in Personal Progress and/or Duty to God with our youth.
This paper doll is meant to help remind us that our listening ears, loving words, active hands, and walking examples allow us to fulfill our “imperative duty to help youth understand and believe the gospel in a deeply personal way.”
You will need the following supplies:
downloaded file (click here to get pdf)
8.5 x 11″ white cardstock
small hole punch or exacto knife
7 silver mini brads per doll
You can find the mini brads at most scrapbook stores, or in the scrapbook section of some department stores. I plan on cutting and assembling just one doll that I will use to teach the lesson. I’ll then give the sisters I visit teach an uncut printed sheet with a little bag of brads that they can use to assemble in their own time.
One suggestion for assembly: give a good press to the back of the open brads to allow for a snug fit against the paper. The appendages will stay where you place them better if the brads are not wobbly in their holes.