March 13, 2011

Super Service

I have visit taught a fun girl and neighbor for the last two years. She went to the hospital to be induced and I hung out at her house watching her cutie pie son until he woke up from his nap.

While there, I was reminded of one of the handouts I had done last fall. I think it was August? Anyhow, the lesson was on temples and there was a meaningful story about the sisters who sacrificed to help build the temple. They crushed their china and used it to build shining temple walls. Such sacrifice from women who had so little and who have already given so much! What an amazing example of putting the gospel first and ding whatever it takes to have the temple in their lives. I wanted to give the women something personalized to this lesson that would encourage them to make the small sacrifices required to get to the temple.

This is what I came up with.

 The quotes say:

“Through His prophets, the Lord invites those who have not yet received the blessings of the temple to do whatever may be necessary to qualify to receive them. He invites those who have already received these blessings to return as often as possible to enjoy again the experience, to increase their vision and understanding of His eternal plan.
“During the construction of the Kirtland Temple the women were called upon to grind their china into small particles to be mixed with the plaster used on the walls of the temple, which would catch the light of the sun and the moon and reflect that light to beautify the appearance of the building.

I printed quotes from the lesson out on card stock matching same the plate's background and choose a coordinating font color. I specifically choose plates that had a old look about them, but also found them at TJ Maxx which helped the project come under my predetermined price point of $2.50 a person.

All the girls have had these displayed in their homes since the lesson so I guess it was a success.


  1. You emailed me a message yesterday when you had visited my Visiting Teaching blog. I would have loved to email you but your email address was not attached, so I looked you up by your name and it took me to your blog. I like to see who are visiting my blog and see where they are from and such.

    I loved your idea about the Temple story and giving the YW a piece of china for the handout to remind them of the sacrifice people make to get a temple, or go to the temple. I have begun yet another blog, a Young Women blog, because I was put into YW last year, and I am always on the look out for really good ideas to add to that blog, and I am always creating something for the YW. Would it be ok if I post your link so others needing YW ideas can see yours on the Temple and sacrifice? Let me know, and if you would email me, I can email you back with the blogsite address, or post link, so you can see the post.

    Thanks, Katie G.

  2. Could you please post the words that are on here? I cannot see it well enuf to read, or even better yet...give us a download to the printout??? Thanks so much-love the idea!

  3. I think it is very important that we, as members of the church, be careful with the stories that are told and re-told over and over again especially when telling them to our impressionable youth.

    The story of the china being used or "sacrificed" for the Kirkland Temple construction is a myth.

    Please refer to the link to read about the story/myth that has so often been mistakenly told.

  4. @ The Taylors-
    It is a shame that you are a no reply blogger, as I would've loved to email you about your comment. That link was very interesting, but I'm not too worried about it since my quote was copied directly from the lesson. Guess if the church will put it in the Ensign, then it's good enough for me.
    Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Hi Becca,

    The story that is in the manual is a fictional story told in the Friend's 1975 March issue and re-told in the manual and many other periodicals that the church distributes. I believe most manuals or periodicals that re-tell this story has cited where the story originated. also has on its site links that will direct one to this particular myth.

    I wasn't aware that I was a no-reply blogger. I have blogs but have never found time to manage them so I'm not familiar with the way things are necessarily done. But my email is, if you'd like to reply. :)


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