I’ve got a fantastic visiting teaching aid to share with you for September. The message, “Special Needs and Service Rendered”, reads, “As visiting teachers we can sincerely come to know and love each sister we visit. Service to those we visit will flow naturally out of our love for them”. It also includes the following quote that I’ve changed a bit and attached to my fan: President Spencer W. Kimball (1895–1985) taught, “It is vital that we serve each other in the kingdom.” Yet he recognized that not all service need be heroic. “So often, our acts of service consist of simple encouragement or of giving … help with mundane tasks,” he said, “but what glorious consequences can flow … from small but deliberate deeds!”
This fan represents small acts of service – each fold could be compared to a personal visit, telephone call, a note of encouragement, e-mail, sitting with her, a sincere compliment, reaching out to her at church, helping her in time of illness or need, and other acts of service.
But when put all together, they combine to represent the simple, but meaningful whole of caring.
To make your fans (these were first sighted here at Martha Stewart), you will need:
- scrapbook paper, 12 x 6″ long
- 1 woooden skewer
- glue stick and hot glue or tape
Begin by doing an accordian fold on your paper, starting with the short side. My folds were around 3/4-inch wide.
Find the center of your accordian fold, and staple. I had to staple twice to get through all the folds of the paper. You could also snip the ends to make a pretty edge to the fan.
Bring up two ends, and glue together with a glue stick. Use a binder clip or clothespin to help keep it together as it dries.
Next you will need to cut a wooden skewer in half, and sand any sharp edges.
Use hot glue to attach skewers to the bottom fold of the fan.
Now for your surprise message! Fold the fan in on itself, and write “I care” on the side of your paper that is without a pattern.
When the fan is open, this is what the writing looks like.
Open the fan back up, and insert the sticks into the holes on the top and bottom of the card, which you can download below: