Keeping it simple for this month's visiting teaching gift -- just a printable, pencils, scissors, and tape or glue. The message on the flags is a quote from President Monson (from the September visiting teaching message) and a scriptural reference, also from the message.
This visiting teaching gift is easy to make, although I found it was a bit fiddly to get the flags to stay wrapped around the pencil. It's fine with double-stick tape or glue on the inside (so the flag adheres to the pencil) and then tape or glue to secure the short end of the flag to the long end.
I like printing on cardstock for something like this, but if all you have is paper, OK!
Looking around on lds.org was a nice way to start this morning...and this September (September 1st -- Saturday -- was still summer and therefore does not count as September. School started this morning and there is a chilly damp in the air. That's September).
First off, there's a bible video called "Go and Sin No More" featured on the lds.org home page that brought tears to my eyes.
Next, in the visiting teaching message, I noted the part where Mary Ellen Smoot (she's the 13th Relief Society President) said she would "plead with us to stop worrying about a phone call or a quarterly or monthly visit and concentrate instead on nurturing tender souls."
I like this because I'm happy helping someone or being there for someone, but when I thought of it just as having to make a monthly visit or phone call (for a good reason but...) it played on a bit of timidity that I have and I often didn't get it done. Also, the rest of Thomas S. Monson's quote was that, "Unless we lose ourselves in service to others, there is little purpose to our own lives.” Sometimes I feel like I'm not achieving enough but achieving, it seems, is not the point.
So, all for now. Happy pencil flagging!