Click here to open the May 2016 Printable Visiting Teaching Postcard! Then print on cardstock (or posterboard paper cut to letter/A4), cut to size, and post! (Or, click here to skip to the instructions)
Click here to open the April 2016 Printable Visiting Teaching Postcard! Then print on cardstock (or posterboard paper cut to letter/A4), cut to size, and post! (Or, click here to skip to the instructions)
One of the things I love most about being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the visiting teaching program. As someone who is shy and struggles with the confidence to go out and meet people, visiting teaching gave me an assignment to contact women in the church. This gave me a reason to break out of my shell and go out and speak with people. Visiting teachers try to go and visit women in person, get to know them and share a spiritual message with them. The purpose is to help develop friendships and ensure that no member of the church is left alone or lonely. Many visiting teachers don’t share a message, but I love sharing the message because it sets the tone for the visit, invites the spirit, and give me something to talk about with those who I might not know very well. I also have found that sharing the message is a way for us to be vulnerable about the things with which we are struggling.
I used to bring copies of the message with me, but found myself throwing the papers away as soon as the visit was done. It seemed a shame to do that, but it also seemed a shame to add more papers to the stacks of papers that so easily seemed to clutter my home. So sought to create a ways to make the VT message more *keep-able.* Years ago, I recalled collecting recipe cards with scriptures. Because I like to cook, that appealed to me; I kept the cards and whenever I opened my recipe box, I would look at recipes and read the scriptures on the cards. I found it was a great way to introduce scripture reading in my life, and made me begin to love cooking even more.
Soon I began printing the visiting teaching message on cardstock paper for the women I visit taught. But it wasn’t just the visiting teaching message for the month, it also included a seasonal recipe. I began to notice that many women looked at the recipe first– then the message. But the next time I visited them, they still had the card. Sometimes we chatted about the recipe, and foods we liked. Doing this made the visit more personal and led to discussions about budgeting, food allergies, what to cook for dinner, and so on. It made a way for new friendships to develop and deepen, and I loved it.
Currently I live too far from a church building to attend every week (we drive about 3 hours once a month or more to go to the closest church branch). But even though I am so far away, I still get to do visiting teaching! Now I print 2 of the visiting teaching messages (and recipes!) on size A4, or 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper, front and back, the cut it in half, address each card, and post them. I still email, call, and speak with the women I visit teach. But in my small way, sending them a visiting teaching postcard is a small gift from me every month.
I invite you to share in this tradition with me, and am placing my visiting teaching postcards here for you to print, cut in half, stamp and address …. or just print and share…. with the women you visit teach. This is a free service because I love visiting teaching, and I want to make it as easy and friendly for you to do as possible– especially when you can’t personally go visit the women you visit teach every month.
Please feel free to share your visiting teaching ideas and suggested recipes in the comments below!