The Visiting Teaching Message for June is about strengthening families through temporal self-reliance. It was interesting for me to revisit what it means to become self-reliant:
We become self-reliant as we learn to love work, as we seek inspiration to find the best ways to provide for ourselves, and as we work with family members to meet basic needs.
Being a mother with small children, I was especially thoughtful of what I could do to teach my children to love work, and how we, as a family could work together to become more self-reliant. Tending a garden as a family is one way to teach the value of self-reliance. We can learn to love work as we plant a seed and care for it, then are rewarded with the miracle of a plant to eat, admire or share with others. Those garden vegetables can also be used in food storage – which is another great aspect of self-reliance.
I also like how the message mentions how our efforts at self-reliance bless us to help us solve future problems, and also allow us to help those around us. Praying for courage to meet with faith our challenges helps us to build our spiritual self-reliance, as well.
With this in mind, I created a seed packet with quotes from this month’s message printed on it. I used colored copy paper, which in this instance works a little better than cardstock. When cutting the pattern, I suggest you cut slightly inside the black lines, so they don’t show when it’s all put together. I would also carefully crease on fold lines, so the dashed lines don’t interfere with the overall presentation. After adhering the bottom and side flap to the back of the packet, fill with jelly bean “seeds”, and fold the top flap down. I didn’t make any closure for the top flap, so you will just need to transport carefully to not lose all your sweets!
I suggest you save the printable file on your computer, then open in Adobe Acrobat to get the best printable file (rather than printing directly from your internet browser).
A kind reader has made a print and cut file of the seed packet for her Silhouette cutting machine. If you have a Silhouette and would like the file, Megan is happy to share with you. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send you the file.
Click here to download in English
Click here to download in Dutch. Thank you Birgitta!
Click here to download in German. Thank you Blanche!
Click here to download in French. Thank you Christine!
Click here to download in Portuguese. Thank you Ana Carolina!
Click here to download in Spanish. Thank you Delmy! You can also download this blog post in Spanish here.
Click here to see the self-reliance goal planner from the December 2009 message