Inside: Download a small free printable message to go along with the Visiting Teaching message for June 2016.
You look down at your phone and see the dreaded end-of-the-month text…
You’ve brought meals in to a family in the ward with a new baby, you’re planning out your summer vacation, trying to clean the house and even prepping FHE for next week. You thought you were on top of everything and then you see this:
“Have you been able to visit your sisters this month?”
What?! How did the month go by so quickly? You meant to schedule a visit sooner, but apparently time got away from you.
It happens to the best of us! Seriously.
But the great thing is that the VT messages are always such short ideas. You can read it over in just a few minutes.
And if you love bringing something to drop by then you’ll enjoy this visiting teaching message for June!
Visiting Teaching Message June 2016
This month’s message is all about temple ordinances and covenants. Whenever I read through the VT messages there’s always so many things that stick out to me and that I want to create a handout for. This month was no different and I actually went through three different designs and two quotes before I decide on this final version.
What I love about this quote by Linda K. Burton is that it’s soooo simple. Simplicity really is one of the great things about the gospel. It’s plain and easy to understand. And our leaders are also great about making it clear cut for us. In this quote she states that when we make and keep covenants then we are not only drawing closer to our Heavenly Father and Jesus, but we are staying bound to them.
That word, bind, brings a crystal clear picture to mind. Imagine vintage cartoons circa the 1960’s with their dastardly villains tying women to train tracks. There was no way those women were going to get loose; they were practically mummified to those tracks. It’s the same with us and our covenants. We are not just loosely tied to them, but bound; tightly wrapped and secured with much less risk of falling away from the gospel truths.
The other part of her quote that resonated with me was her wording of choosing to bind ourselves. In other words, making and keeping covenants are not things that will just magically happen one day. We won’t find ourselves sauntering around one summer morning and say, “Wow, how’d when did I end up with these covenants?!”. Um, no. It doesn’t work that way. Making and keeping covenants require our conscious thoughts and efforts. We must focus to continue to keep our covenants and be bound to our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
These visiting teaching handouts are sized as 4″x6″.
I hope you can put these handouts to good use this month (or even in the future). I’d love to hear your interpretation of this quote; what stood out to you?