Feed My Sheep Poster
So here’s a cute idea for Relief Society Presidencies or Visiting Teaching Supervisors/Coordinators which I heard is totally cute. It’s called the “Feed My Sheep Poster.”
Use 2 large pieces of white poster board, label each “Feed My Sheep”. Leave one completely white, and draw green grass on the other board, making it look like a field. Display both boards next to each other.
Then cut out one little tiny sheep for each of the sisters in the ward and place them on the blank poster with velcro or magnets. During the month, as each Visiting Teaching companionship reports their visiting teaching, a sheep can be moved to the “green field” for each sister that has been visited. This serves as a visual reminder to the sisters that we need to “feed His sheep” through Visiting Teaching. Either, number the sheep with the corresponding sisters number or put their names on them.
Here is an excerpt of a talk by Silvia H. Allred, titled “Feed My Sheep,” found in the Nov 2007 Ensign as a basis for this visual aid.
In John 21:15–17. The Lord asked Peter, “Lovest thou me … ?” Peter answered, “Thou knowest that I love thee.” And the Lord replied, “Feed my lambs.” The Lord asked him the second time, “Lovest thou me?” Peter again answered, “Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee.” The Lord said to Peter, “Feed my sheep.” The Lord asked a third time, “Lovest thou me?” Peter answered, “Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee.” Jesus said unto him, “Feed my sheep.”
As disciples of Christ, we too declare that we love Him. So how do we go about feeding His sheep?
One of the ways Relief Society sisters can feed His sheep is through visiting teaching. “The purposes of visiting teaching are to build caring relationships with each sister and to offer support, comfort, and friendship.”2 To accomplish those purposes, visiting teachers should:
- Visit each assigned sister regularly (where feasible, in her home every month).
- “Learn of the spiritual and temporal needs of the sister and her family.”
- “Offer appropriate assistance.”
- “Give spiritual instruction through a monthly message.”
The Lord has blessed women with divine attributes of love, compassion, kindness, and charity. Through our monthly visits as visiting teachers, we have the power to bless each sister as we extend our arms of love and kindness and give the gifts of compassion and charity. No matter what our individual circumstances are, we all have the opportunity to edify and nurture others.”
Here’s a PDF sheet full of 20 Sheep to print at home and make your own “Feed My Sheep” poster. Just print it as many times as you need to onto cardstock and cut out the sheep in 2 inch circles or cut out the sheep themselves.
Let me know if you use this idea and send me any pictures of how your posters turn out. Good luck!