The January 2012 Visiting Teaching message is about how we can better watchcare and minister to our sisters. Sister Beck said, “In reality, visiting teaching is never finished. It is more a way of life than a task. Faithfully serving as a visiting teacher is evidence of our discipleship.”
This Visiting Teaching Watchcare Wheel is meant to inspire us to watch over our sisters a little better – to be mindful every day of ways we can contact, influence and uplift those in our care.
As you spin the two outer wheels, watch how the different means of contact line up with things to do or say to the sisters you visit teach. You can e-mail a sincere compliment, offer help through a text, say thank you in facebook, or give encouragement through a note passed at church. How to share a treat through the mail? Send a recipe. How to send a smile in a note? Share a joke, or just remind her of something fantastic about herself!
Give the wheel a spin frequently and see if there is a way you could reach out and love the sisters you visit – even if it as simple as a prayer offered on her behalf (which you could then acknowledge that you are thinking of her, in any of the methods aforementioned)!
I printed the Visiting Teaching Watchcare Wheel in three different colors, then mixed and matched my copies so each collated wheel is slightly different. After putting together, insert a brad in the middle of the wheels. You can also add self-adhesive magnets to the back of the wheel, so it can be kept on the fridge or a message board.
You can download the wheel below:
Thank you so much to my translators: Birgitta, Blanche, Christine, Ana Carolina, Priscila, Delmy, May and Cheiko!