December Ministering Idea: Attributes of Jesus Christ- Compassionate & Kind

I am so excited to share this month’s Visiting Teaching idea with all of you! My Mom was able to come celebrate Thanksgiving with my family a few weeks ago. When they arrived they had all kinds of goodies for us that they brought from Utah (I usually have a list of items I would like from various stores like Trader Joe’s). πŸ™‚

Then she handed me a bag that was from my sister. The bag was filled with cranberries, cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice berries, and an orange. On the front were directions and a little note saying ‘This Smells Wonderful!’. A few days later, I decided to give it a try…I wasn’t disappointed. It DID smell wonderful! As I was thinking of an idea for this month’s Visiting Teaching, I had an idea! Why not make a cute little topper and give my sisters some of their very own Homemade Christmas Scent Potpourri!

Attributes of Jesus Christ: Compassionate and Kind Visiting Teaching Printable

December Ministering Homemade Christmas Scent Gift

What You Will Need:

1 Orange (I used a clementine)

1 tsp. of Allspice Berries (or more…mine was a heaping tsp)

1 tsp. Cloves

2 Cinnamon Sticks

Cranberries (I just added a small handful)

Clear Party Bags

Twine, String or Ribbon (optional)

& My Printable (link below)

First you’ll need to gather your ingredients for your Christmas scent. I found all of mine at the grocery store. I found the cloves, cinnamon, and allspice in the Spice section. And the oranges and cranberries in the produce section. I’ve even seen some Christmas Scent recipes that included a sprig of Sage, just another idea. πŸ™‚

Once you’ve got all your scent ingredients, it’s time to assemble the bags! Gather your baggies, and start adding the ingredients. Once all the ingredients are in the bag, you can add my Baggie Topper! Just print and cut and then fold it in half. Place it over the top of the bag and staple! I did trim a little bit off of the top of my baggies, they were a little too long.


On the back of my bag topper, you will find a couple of quotes from this month’s Visiting Teaching message. I also included a short little note and directions for the Homemade Christmas Scent. This month’s message will fill your sister’s home with the Spirit, and the Christmas Scent you bring will fill their home with a wonderful Christmas smell!



If you don’t want to do the whole bag topper thing, no problem. Just print out my toppers, and cut them in half to make 2 pieces. You could glue them together or keep them as is. Fill your baggies with the ingredients, and tie some twine, string, or ribbon to the top of your bag. Then attach the printable and you’re good to go!


Spread some Christmas cheer as you minister this month and give your sisters this wonderful Homemade Christmas Scent! They will love it AND love you for it! πŸ™‚ I promise!


Click HERE to print my December 2015 Visiting Teaching Message.


I hope you enjoy my December Ministering Idea, and are able to use it for the wonderful sisters you visit teach.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great 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! β™₯
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  1. A friend made something like that for me a few years ago. Except, she dried the fruit! I’m pretty sure it was a lot of work for her. Still smelled heavenly! This looks a lot easier! Thanks!

  2. Kim

    Great handout πŸ™‚ What a cute idea! We should link to each other’s VT stuff too.

  3. Love this idea for December! I bet it smells so good. Thanks!

  4. I do that all the time on my stove top- nothing fills my house with the holidays faster! Such a genius idea to tie it in with filling your house with the spirit.

    1. Thanks, Alia! I had never done this, but I’m hooked now. πŸ™‚

  5. Elise

    What are they supposed to do with it? Not saying that in a rude way…I was just wondering if they are supposed to put it in a bowl for decoration, or boil it on the stove, or just sniff the bag? It looks so pretty and Christmas-y. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

    1. No offense taken at all. πŸ™‚ I have the instructions on the printable, but it probably would have been good to add that to the post. You are supposed to cut the orange and then add everything to a pot. Add enough water to cover and then bring to a boil, and then lower to a simmer. Then, enjoy the wonderful smell.

  6. Thanks so much for this! I love it!

  7. Kris Coplan

    The printable doesn’t work for me Thanks.

    1. Hi Kris. I just checked and updated the link. Thanks for letting me know.