This month’s visiting teaching message is about welfare. In the very beginning of the message it explains that the purposes of Church welfare are to help members become self-reliant, to care for the poor and needy, and to give service. At the end of the message it asks two questions: How am I preparing to care for myself and for my family spiritually and temporally? and How can I follow the Savior’s example as I help meet the needs of the sisters I watch over?
The play on words for this handout is “WATER you doing…” I’ll add the visiting teacher message for the month at the end of this post for those of you who want to see the background and source for this project. For the readers who have already read the message and want to see the hand out, here we go:
I created the water bottle tag in Silhouette using the shapes tool. The circle cut out for the cap is a 1 inch circle with a few diagonal slits to make it easy to slip over the cap. The tag is 3 inches by 11 inch, and the bottom 2 inches is folded up to make the pocket (gluing only the edges, leaving the top open to be the pocket opening).
The background of the tag has the questions we are to ask ourselves. I used the Silhouette sketch pens to get that on there, but you could easily just print it out on paper and glue it on. The pocket front has the play on words “WATER you doing to become more self reliant, to care for the poor and needy, and to give service?” I added a drink mix packet to the pocket, slipped the tag onto a water bottle, and I’m good to go!
A quick and easy hand out!
For those of you without a craft cutting machine, I made a PDF download for you so you could just print and hand cut the tag out.
Here is your PDF download box or click here for the direct source
The purposes of Church welfare are to help members become self-reliant, to care for the poor and needy, and to give service. Welfare is central to the work of Relief Society. President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, has taught:
“[The Lord] has from the beginning of time provided ways for His disciples to help. He has invited His children to consecrate their time, their means, and themselves to join with Him in serving others. …
“He has invited and commanded us to participate in His work to lift up those in need. We make a covenant to do that in the waters of baptismand in the holy temples of God. We renew the covenant on Sundays when we partake of the sacrament.”1
Under the direction of the bishop or branch president, local leaders assist with spiritual and temporal welfare. Opportunities to serve often begin with visiting teachers who seek inspiration to know how to respond to the needs of each sister they visit.
From the Scriptures
From Our History
On June 9, 1842, the Prophet Joseph Smith charged the sisters in Relief Society to “relieve the poor” and to “save souls.”2 These goals are still at the heart of Relief Society and are expressed in our motto, “Charity never faileth” (1 Corinthians 13:8).
Our fifth Relief Society general president, Emmeline B. Wells, and her counselors launched this motto in 1913 as a reminder of our founding principles: “We do declare it our purpose to … [hold] fast to the inspired teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith when he revealed the plan by which women were to be empowered through the calling of the priesthood to be grouped into suitable organizations for the purpose of ministering to the sick, assisting the needy, comforting the aged, warning the unwary, and succoring the orphans.”3
Today the Relief Society has a worldwide reach as sisters extend charity, the pure love of Christ, to their neighbors (see Moroni 7:46–47).
What Can I Do?
How am I preparing to care for myself and for my family spiritually and temporally?
How can I follow the Savior’s example as I help meet the needs of the sisters I watch over?