Read through the January visiting teaching message and print a free printable handout with a quote from Thomas S. Monson.
With the new year, the church has changed how visiting teaching will work. But don’t be alarmed. Instead of providing a specific message each month they are providing a different principal that will teach us about effectively ministering to our sisters. Basically, the messages every month are training. And from there we are instructed to pray and seek inspiration as to what we will share according to what the sisters need.
I am really excited by this so that I have the chance to focus more on what the needs of my sisters are instead of what counts as visiting teaching. I am starting this month on my knees in prayer, asking my Heavenly Father what my sisters need and how I can help them.
JANUARY 2018 VISITING TEACHING MESSAGE + HANDOUT
JANUARY 2018 VISITING TEACHING MESSAGE
This month the message is titled, “Keep In Touch with Her Anytime, Anywhere, Any Way.” The principle teaches that as we pray we will know how to serve our sisters in the way they need it best. The message states, ” Following His example, as visiting teachers we can come to know and love each sister we visit, remembering that love is the foundation of all we do. When we pray for inspiration to know how to serve her and help her strengthen her faith, “the angels cannot be restrained from being [our] associates.”1″
I also found this article titled, “Ministering That Matters” which says, “The Savior Jesus Christ came to earth to minister to others, spending His days in their service and giving His life for their salvation (see Matthew 20:27–28). As disciples of the Good Shepherd, we look to Him as our example and we follow His command: “The works which ye have seen me do that shall ye also do” (3 Nephi 27:21).
Our saviour, Jesus Christ knows us intimately and knows our needs. He gives to us according to what we need. His atonement was and is personal to each of us. And as a visiting teaching, I am happy to focus on serving just as our Saviour did and does.
JANUARY 2018 VISITING TEACHING HANDOUT
For this month I decided to create a printable based on a quote from our beloved Thomas S. Monson, “Often small acts of service are all that is required to lift and bless another: a question concerning a person’s family, quick words of encouragement, a sincere compliment, a small note of thanks, a brief telephone call,”7 If you would like to read more quotes or prints from Thomas S. Monson click here.
Remeber you can share any message you feel impressed to share. If you are looking for more printable and colorable handouts you can see my past visiting teaching handouts here. And my free printables library here. Not sure how to use the printables? You can print them off the full page and give them some colored pencils. Or you can print them smaller and use them as gift tags. Or just print them and write a note. Click here to see some ideas.
- Click the file you would like to print.
- Once the larger version has opened, right-click the image.
- Click the “save file” option.
- Open the file on your computer under the file you saved it as, and click”print”.
What is visiting teaching?
In case you’re wondering what I’m talking about, visiting teaching is a program in the LDS or Mormon church that asks female members to visit assigned sisters or other female adult members over 18 once a month. The program is in place with the principal of service in mind and so that all members will be looked after and have their needs met. Every month there is a new spiritual message to share with your sisters. And with each of these messages, I create a free printable. Personally, I have loved the friendships I have gained from serving and visiting teaching. In the LDS church, there is also a program for the men called home teaching. If you would like to learn more about Mormons or the LDS church click here.