The ladies above are part of the teaching aid for the March 2012 Visiting Teaching message. You may notice some odd details, such as a fruit snack stuck to a boot, chalk dust on a skirt, and a pencil behind an ear. These are all demonstrative of ways (which are explained in the printout) we can walk the path of discipleship while reaching our potential as daughters of God.
Three points stood out to me in this month’s message, and all are encompassed in this teaching aid:
1. When we choose to keep God’s commandments, we honor Him and acknowledge our identity as daughters of God.
2. Our Father in Heaven has given us specific work to help build His Kingdom. He has also blessed us with the spiritual gifts we need to accomplish this specific work.
3. We are daughters of God and as we strive to live as His disciples, we will help build God’s kingdom here on earth and become worthy to return to His presence.
We are all different things to different people; sometimes a daughter, a friend, a mother or sister. Other times we may be a teacher, a student, an employee, or the boss! All these labels constantly fluctuate depending on our environment – but one never does – that of daughter of God. The lady figures above are separated into four sections that can be overlapped and arranged in a variety of ways, illustrating how we are viewed in different ways at different times.
Throughout all these roles, we can come closer to our true identities as daughters of God when we act as disciples of Christ. Each flap represents a way we can come to understand our potential as daughters of God. The back sides have examples of things we can do to help us accomplish that.
President Uchtdorf said this: “Discipleship is a journey. We need the refining lessons of the journey to craft our character and purify our hearts. By patiently walking in the path of discipleship, we demonstrate to ourselves the measure of our faith and our willingness to accept God’s will rather than ours.”
As we take this journey of discipleship, and remember our identity as daughters of God, we can find great joy and peace in knowing that there is a plan for us, that we are deserving of God’s greatest blessings, and that we are needed to do God’s work.
To make this teaching aid, you will need to make a 2-sided copy, then fold using the guides next to the figures, and then flip the page over and cut on the dotted lines. This is a 3-page document which includes the figures in color as well as black and white – for your printing preference. You can download below:
Spanish You can also download this entire blog post in Spanish
Thank you so much to my translators: Birgitta, Blanche, Christine, Priscila, Delmy, Sasha, May and Cheiko!
I love your site, especially because I can share your ideas with the sisters I visit and IN SPANISH, thank you, thank you. You are so bright. I know the march one will be difficult to translate but I would love to have it in spanish. I´m not very good with the computer but I enjoy what others do and share. Thank you very much.
gracias por esta ayuda en español genial
Thanks so much for sharing this. i love that you have these awesome handouts in spanish and the sisters i visit love to get a reminder of the message each month. btw i love all your yw ideas, so creative!
This is cool! I love this and I can’t wait to share this with the Sisters. It’s so hard to find handouts and ideas in Spanish. Thank you to you and those who take the time to translate. You are truly a blessing!!
thank you for doing this! Each month you are the first clue I have that the message is up. 🙂
I Love your site!! we live in a bi-lingual ward (actually multi-lingual) and I so appreciate being able to see the handouts in English, Spanish and Portuguese! So excited to share with the sisters in our ward.
Thank you so much for all the work you do for your site! I go to your site every month for visiting teaching messeges and cute handouts to inspire me to do, and enjoy doing, my visiting teaching. Thank you!
Thank you for inspiring ideas. I have been homebound and not able to particpate in a regular visiting teaching route. I have been blest with a letter route for 9 sisters. I make cards each month and want to keep the message lowkey but still have the message touch thier hearts. I found just the perfect few sentences to add to the card I will send them….I am so pleased and feel very blest to still beable to serve and to have inspiring and creative ideas that will touch their hearts.
I love your VT handout ideas! They are wonderful visual aids to bring the lesson to life. I appreciate all the time you put into them
I like your work a lot. You are very generous by offering your work for free. Thank you very much.