The first Sunday in January I had to teach Relief Society. After much praying and pondering about what I would actually teach about I decided on focusing on our Heavenly Father's love for us, Charity, our Infinite Worth, etc.
To begin my lesson I asked the women what they think of when they hear the word 'treasure'.
Do you think of jewels, money, gold?
I had a treasure chest and asked one of the sisters to open it. As they opened it I asked what was inside.
Inside of the treasure chest was a mirror. I told the women that we are all 'Treasured' daughters of our Heavenly Father.
We discussed 3 different types of love and then talked about which one is the love our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ has for us.
When we know and feel our Father's love for us we begin to feel better not only about ourselves, but share that 'love' with others.
We then discussed charity and loving those around us.
As a closing to my lesson I had some special goodies for each sister. First I had some chocolates (Dove Promises) and I asked the sisters to 'Promise' me that they will not forget who they are, treasured daughters of Heavenly Father. Then I asked them to 'Promise' me to love one another, be kind, do not judge, be Christ-like.
After the chocolates I gave each of them a cute handout with a quote from Pres. Dieter F. Uchtdorf. It was a quote from his "Forget Me Not' talk.
I knew I wanted to give the sisters a handout so that they could remember how special they are, and I don't know about you, but I love getting cute little handouts. :)
Since I don't have any digital scrapbooking software to make cute handouts I turned to Shanna over at Paper Cakes and Icing.
I've talked about her cute blog before, have you taken a look? If not you really need to, she has such cute stuff!
You could use her handouts for Visiting Teaching, Relief Society, Young Women, Primary, or just for you to print out and keep in your scriptures. :)
I printed mine out on cardstock and then distressed the edges with a little 'Distress Ink'. Then I backed each handout with some cute yellow cardstock. My Mom was here visitng and she had the great idea to turn the handouts into magnets. Luckily I had a strip of magnet, so I just cut some strips of magnet and attached it to the back of each handout. Now the sisters can keep it on their fridge or anywhere else they'd like. Anytime they're feeling down, they can look at that handout and read that amazaing quote and remember that they are not forgotten. :)
Thanks again Shanna for sharing your wonderful handouts!