{Visiting Teaching} September 2016: Parenthood Is a Sacred Duty

The September 2016 Visiting Teaching message focuses on Parenthood. After reading over the message, and then digging a little deeper and reading the talks/articles that the quotes were selected from, I decided to create a ‘happy home’ theme idea for my Visiting Teaching Printables this month. I think they turned out pretty cute! What do you think?

Parenthood is a Sacred Duty

I absolutely LOVED the quote from President Monson:

“Give your child a compliment and a hug; say, ‘I love you’ more; always express your thanks. Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved.”

This amazing quote came from a First Presidency message from President Monson, “Love At Home-Consel from Our Prophet”In this article, President Monson shares different ways that we can build a happy home. At first I thought about creating a little ‘Build Your Own Happy Home’ kit to take to your sisters, but then I came across some cute ‘little house’ treat boxes. So I finally decided to go that route and since the quote above talks about giving a ‘hug’, what better treat to put in your box than ‘Hugs and Kisses’!?!


Happy Home Treat Boxes

Instead of creating my own house template…I went with easy peasy and found a cute one that someone else created. The house that I finally settled on was THIS template from ‘Just Something I Made’. I used the no. 2 house with the scalloped roof, I thought it added a cuter look to the house. Here’s a quick little photo tutorial. 🙂

Parenthood Is a Sacred Duty


I didn’t have any cute scrapbook paper laying around, so I printed my home template onto brown kraft card stock.

LDS Visiting Teaching Idea

 To add a little something, I printed some cute paper and traced the roof outline. Then I glued the paper onto the roof. I didn’t want the dashed lines on the outside of the box, so I folded the house with the lines on the inside (does that makes sense???). Using a credit card or ruler will help make your folds straight.



Here is a picture of my folds and the roof pieces glued on. Now it’s time to put it all together! Start folding the house and putting it together by adding some glue to the tabs. To make it  a little more secure, you could add small pieces of tape.


LDS Happy Home idea

Once your little home is all put together, fill it with Hugs & Kisses! Next, print out my quote tags and tie them to the top of the house with some cute twine and ribbon. I have 2 different pages of quote tags to choose from. One includes President Monson’s quote, the scriptures, and the ‘Consider This’ question. The other sheet includes the quote from Sister Susan W. Tanner:

“Our Father in Heaven exemplifies the pattern we should follow. He loves us, teaches us, is patient with us, and entrusts us with our agency. … Sometimes discipline, which means ‘to teach,’ is confused with criticism. Children—as well as people of all ages—improve behavior from love and encouragement more than from fault-finding.”

I love this quote! I think we could all do a little bit better with what Sister Tanner shared in her quote, but I liked this quote because I think it would be great for the sisters that might not have children at home or for the wonderful sisters who live alone. As we choose to be more loving and more encouraging, and follow the example of our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, our home (even if we don’t have children living at home) can be filled with a special love. As we treat others with kindness, we will be able to more fully feel the love of our Heavenly Father and our Savior. Encourage the sisters you visit to fill their home with ‘Hugs and Kisses’ by loving those around them.



This could even make a great FHE lesson. Show the little house to your family and pass out slips of paper. Invite everyone to think of something that could fill their home with love, and then have them place it in the little house.

Parenthood is a Sacred Duty VT message

Every morning, pull out a slip of paper and read it aloud and encourage everyone to work on whatever was written on the paper. Maybe some answers could include ‘Speaking Kindly’, ‘Reading Scriptures’, ‘Saying Family Prayer’, ‘Making Time for Each Other’.


Do you like my ‘Happy Home’ Visiting Teaching idea? I hope you do, and are able to use if this month for your visits. You’ll have to stop by ‘Just Something I Made’ to print out her adorable house template. And then use the link below to print out my quote tags.


Click HERE to print my September 2016 circle quote tags!


I hope you enjoy this month’s printable and use it for the sisters you visit. I would love to hear if you do, so be sure to leave me a comment. And if you feel like it, snap a picture and share it on my Facebook page or on Instagram and tag me (@littleldsideas).

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful day.



Hi! I’m Sheena, the blogger behind Little LDS Ideas. I love sharing LDS Ideas and printables to help make your life and calling a little bit easier. I am a mother to 4 and a wife to one amazing guy. In addition to being busy with blogging and being a wife/mother, I am also in school. Studying and homework keeps me busy, but I love it. Thanks so much for stopping by! ♥


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  1. Wanda

    Do you have it in spanish?

    1. I don’t yet, but I will post it in Spanish as soon as I can. ?

  2. Laurie

    Sheena, This is adorable. Thank you. The Ladies we visit will love this.

  3. jessica

    love the idea of building our happy home! thank you!

    1. Thanks, Jessica! I thought it fit with the message and was something that everyone could work on. 🙂 Glad you like the idea as well. Thanks for the comment.

  4. Kay

    Love this idea. Went to the original site and printed the colored template. I know my sisters will love it!

    1. Thanks for the comment, Kay! I hope your sisters enjoy their little homes. 🙂

  5. Bruna Vernice

    Do you have it in portuguese? Thank You! You are wonderful! Heavenly Father bless you!

  6. Jen Zaugg

    Oh my goodness, I LOVE your site! I can’t believe I haven’t run into it before. I got the link from ayearoffhe… Now I have yours marked as a favorite on my computer. Pretty sure I will use this for VT every month! THANK YOU!!!!

    1. Thank you for the kind comment, Jen. Glad you found my site. I love Emilie (A Year of FHE), she’s so amazing! ?

  7. Chatti

    Thank you for all your cute ideas! I’ll be making them each month, for the ladies I visit.

    1. Thank you Chatti! I enjoy coming up with fun ideas for Visiting Teaching. 🙂

  8. Christine Horsen

    Wow! This is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

    1. You are so very welcome, Christine! I’m so glad you like the idea. 🙂

  9. Lucy Zeller

    I am having problems getting your quotes to download. Could you send them to me?

  10. Kristen

    I can’t download the circle tags either. Could you send them to me?

    1. Hi Kristen, I apologize that I never got these to you. If you ever need something emailed try emailing me at littleldsideas(at)hotmail(dot)com. I usually check that more often than my comments. 🙂

  11. These were perfect, along with the Hershey Hugs. Grateful that you’re willing to share your talents with those of us who are not so savy with the computer.

    1. Thank you for your comment, Moana! I am so glad that you enjoyed the printable and idea for this month’s message. I love coming up with ideas and printables, but I’m especially love when others can use them. 🙂

  12. Manuela Queiroz

    Amazing!loved it! you are very talented.

    1. Thank you, Manuela! I’m so glad you like the idea. 🙂

  13. Amy

    I hope you realize how appreciated you are. I recently signed up for your emails and love everything you do for us sisters in the gospel. Thank you for the time and effort you put in for us “challenged’ crafters.

    1. Thank you, Amy. I hope you realize how much I appreciate your kind comment. 😉 I am so glad to hear that you are enjoying the ideas and printables that I share on here. Thank you again for the sweet words.

  14. Michelle

    Silly question…how do you create the folding lines on your cardstock?

    1. I just placed a credit card on the dashed line, and then folded over. This helped keep it straight. 🙂 Not a silly question at all. Let me know if you have any other questions.

      1. Michelle

        So how do you make the dashed lines???

        1. They should print onto the paper when you print them. ?

  15. Lina

    How can i get a printout of the home/handout please? looks great

    1. Hi Lina! There are several link in the post for the house template. The templates were found on ‘Just Something I Made’. 🙂 Let me know if you have any other problems. Thanks!

  16. Lisa Davis

    Thank you so much for sharing your talents!
    I so appreciate YOU!!!

    1. Thank you for your sweet comment, Lisa. Glad you like the printable for this month. 🙂