Last month my ward's Relief Society held a birthday celebration where we gathered together as sisters to celebrate the worldwide sisterhood of Relief Society. It was a wonderful evening, and we were given glass mugs as a token to take home. They had plenty of mugs leftover so I grabbed 3 extras for my visiting teaching sisters.
I've had a few weeks to think about how to deliver the mugs to my sisters and rejected filling with them with food. I don't know about you, but chocolate is a weakness for me and I tend to use it to make up for tough days or other emotional turmoil. I don't want to perpetuate that weakness in my sisters, especially since so many of us struggle to turn from food when we need comfort.
Then I remembered what my mother did for me and my 5 brothers when we left to serve missions: she collected letters from all the members of the family and created a packet labeled "Cheerful letters for a gloomy day." It was the perfect salve for a battered missionary's heart when discouraged, overwhelmed or just plain exhausted from the work to crack open a letter from someone who loves me unconditionally and read words of encouragement. Some of the best advice for my mission came from those letters. They still bring me comfort.
I wanted to do the same things for my sisters. We all have days where we are down in the dumps for whatever reason; and even though it might not merit a call to your visiting teacher or friend to come over and hold your hand, you still need help.
So I gathered together some scriptures and quotes that comfort, inspire and remind us of our Savior's power to lighten our load. I made sure I included the source of each quote so if a sister decided that she wanted to read the rest of the talk she would know where to find it. I printed them off on bright, cheerful pages, and stuck them in the mugs. Voila, an easy go-to for a pick-me-up when I'm down.
|Words of Comfort to soothe your soul|
|Sunshine to lighten your day!|
Here's a link to the quotes, a pdf version: