The Visiting Teaching Message for June reads about how we are disciples of Jesus Christ as we minister to others. Taking inspiration from the following quote, I made a decoder and bookmark that is meant to illustrate how we need to first observe, and then serve:
Linda K. Burton, Relief Society general president, taught: “With practice, each of us can become more like the Savior as we serve God’s children. To help us better [minister to] one another, I would like to suggest four words to remember: ‘First observe, then serve.’ … As we do so, we are keeping covenants, and our service, like President Monson’s, will be evidence of our discipleship.”
One side of the bookmark is filled with dots of color that don’t look like much until we look closer (with the decoder tag) and clearly observe what is written upon it. It is the same with how we perceive the needs of those around us – unless we don our spiritual glasses and look for opportunities to serve we may not recognize the soul crying out for help, the brother or sister in need of comfort or assistance.
The back side of the bookmark has the quote from Sister Burton, a discussion question, and the following poem (written by myself):
We cannot serve without seeing first the need that someone holds.
Through prayer and Christlike vision we can serve with love thats bold.
Discernment is a gift that allows opportunity to act
to bless and do for others as we’ve promised in covenant.
The decoder tag represents our making an effort to notice the needs of those around us – to observe with Christlike love and interest the lives that we cross every day. It’s also like prayer, which enhances our ability to recognize opportunities to serve others, and gives us courage to step out of our comfort zones to bless lives and rescue souls.
To make this bookmark you will need the following:
- white cardstock
- color printer
- red cellophane
- hole punch
- glue stick
You can download the free printable here.
I also made an alternative “scrambled message” in the following languages: