Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Feed My Sheep Box
This 'Feed My Sheep' kit is designed to give you a Quick and Easy way to send Your Missionary a Spiritual & Fun Care Package.  The Box Flap Designs & Printables have over 41 beautifully-coordinated pieces - available now on Etsy from the Missionary Box Moms.

This kit includes a 20-Page High Quality PDF File Download for DIY Printables. 

For Ideas to help you put together the perfect Missionary Care Package, how you can use each Printable, to find links to print General Conference talks and other stories to include in your box - look below!

This box can be sent at any time of year but some of the sheep items are more easily found in the Spring around Easter time.  If you plan to send it later in the year – just purchase the sheep books and suckers in advance and save them. Or better yet, buy them right after Easter when everything goes on clearance!

Remember to Flap!!!  It’s always so fun to see the pictures our missionaries send home of them opening up their crazy boxes decorated in whatever the theme of our box is.  Most of the boxes we mailed were 12X12X8 which meant the flap size was just under 12X6 so you can simply cut one piece of 12X12 scrapbook paper in half for each flap and trim to fit.  For the ‘Feed my Sheep’ box we used one piece of Worldwin Scrapbook Paper in their Blue Demin Color and one piece of Worldwin Scrapbook Paper in their Pineapple Color.  We then printed off the box flaps (provided below) on photo paper, cut them out and attached with glue dots.  We also mailed one with sheep paper as the background paper which was also pretty fun. 

You’ve Got Mail!!!  One thing we always included in all of our Missionary Box Mom Boxes was a personalized letter to each Missionary from each Mother.  Inside our letters we included our testimonies, the reason we chose that particular item to include in the box, along with uplifting messages filled with love.  A lot of the items won't make much sense as to why you are including them in the box unless you explain how it specifically applies to your Missionary and to Missionary Work.  Many times over I have received thank you letters from our Missionaries - but the things they thanked us all for the most was the letters we included.  It’s just a little piece of ‘Home’ in a box!  So don’t forget to write!


To go along with our 'Feed My Sheep' Theme our cute Missionary Mom, Michelle Robinson, spent a lot of time researching what Daniel’s Pulse Seed/Grain mixture might have been and this is what she came up with. It is rich in protein and more vitamins than I could list! 

What a fabulous way for our missionaries to start their busy mornings! :D

Daniel’s Pulse Breakfast: Healthiest Breakfast in All History
One Serving:
¼ C. Grain (Pulse)
¾ C. Water
Pour measured water in a pot, bring to a full boil.  Add grain then simmer on low heat with lid on for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until tender.
Top with nuts, fruit, honey, cinnamon.

Daniel’s Pulse Recipe (D&C 89:16)
4 C. Kamut Grain (Has been found in Egyptian tombs.  Sometimes called Pharaoh’s or Noah’s Wheat)
2 C. Barley  (Has been used by the Hebrews for thousands of years)
1 C. Millet (Oldest Grain in History)
1 C. Quinwa Grain (Grain of the Incas)
¾ C. Rye (Found in Germany in 400BC)
3 C. Oat Groats (Whole Grain Oats – Not Rolled) (Found in Ancient Asia)
2 C. Buckwheat (Not the black buckwheat – you want the one with the casing removed so it is Green/Brown in color.)
3 ½ C. Brown Rice  (Gives it a creamy texture)
3 C. Spelt (Its an old world wheat that hasn’t been genetically altered)
½ C. Teff Grain (Found in Ethiopia) (Tiny Seeds)
½ C Amaranth Grain
½ C. Flax Seed (Dark Black in Color) (Found in 4000BC)
½ C. Chia Seeds (Ancient grains of the Aztecs.  They would eat it before going to war.)
¼ C. Sesame Seeds (Egyptain)
½ C. Raw Pumpkin Seeds (They are green and smaller than the white baked ones)
¼ C. Poppy Seeds (They are Grey/Black)
¼ C. Hemp Seeds (Optional)
1 C. Sorgum Grain
Mix in a big bowl with your hands then keep in a sealed jar.  To cook you use a One to Three ratio – 3 parts Water to 1 part Grain.  Do not cook on High Heat just simmer on low with a lid. 
You can find most of these items at Good Earth, Kitchen Kneeds, Winco, and Health Food Stores.

Daniel 1: 12-16 -   Old Testament

12Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink. 
13Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the children that eat of the portion of the king’s meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants. 
14So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days. 
15And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king’s meat. 
16Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse. 

Sheep Poop & All!!!  As we decided on each ‘Missionary Box Theme’, which we based around a scripture or missionary teaching idea, we would then brainstorm fun ideas that could be included in our box.  With this 'Box' we definitely went a little crazy with our 'Sheep' ideas and I'm sure it was just as much fun for us to build it as it was for our missionaries to receive it!  My box was temporarily delayed in customs and it was a hoot trying to explain just exactly what was in this box to the customs agent!!!  (Yes sir I even told him about the Sheep Poop Raisinets Candy!)  

Depending on the size of the box you are sending – you could include or delete any of the following items – or come up with a few of your own.  We tried to make sure that most of our items could be used to enhance missionary discussions, to be given away, to decorate their missionary apartments and left for future missionaries when they moved on, or simply eaten and enjoyed.  But of course there were always a few that were just for fun!

Sheep Theme Ideas:

Sheep – Stuffed Sheep w/scripture 1 John 10:14-16

Shepherds Crook – Wooden Pencil w/ scripture Psalms 23

Sheep Food (Grass & Ivy) – Daniel’s Pulse – Healthiest Breakfast in History (Great breakfast to keep our missionaries healthy and full of pep in their step!) 

Pastures – Chia Pet or Edible Grass, Cellophane bag with Single Serving of Planter's Salted Peanuts, Single Serving of Planter's Salted Cashews, Single Serving Size of Chex Mix Snacks, Lifesavers Candies w/quote - 

Always “Plant” seeds of the gospel with
Everyone you meet.  “Chex” your attitude
Everytime you walk out the door for the
Day and remember you will be a
“Lifesaver” to many people that you
Share your testimony with.

Sheep Books – The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado, The Little Lamb by Pheobe Dunn – put in a zip lock to keep books clean with a little green Easter grass at the bottom. (This could be used as an object lesson and then given away.)  Book Deal: amazingsalebooks on Amazon Marketplace. Cost: $3.07 plus $3.99 Shipping.

Sheep Shears – Children’s Scissors 

Collars and Halters – Tie/Elders or Scarf/Sisters

Sheep Poop – Plug-In scented Wallflowers from Bath & Body Works, Sheep Poo Paper products, Raisinets Candy (Something to spruce up the smell of a Missionary's apartment or to make them smile!)

Yarn Spinning Wheel/Spinner– 
Mending Kit (For mending those tracting socks!)

Bells – Stretch Cord Bracelet with Bell attached (This can be used later as an apartment key holder or in an object lesson.)

Friend December 1972: Danny’s Gift by Patricia Bronson Brower 

 Black Sheep – Black Socks or Hose folded into a Sheep Shape

April 2008 General Conference Talk - Concern for the One by Joseph B. Wirthlin 
Foot Trimming and Care – Small pouch with a mixture of Gold Bond Foot Powder, Gold Bond Cooling Foot Spray, Nail Trimming Kit, Johnson's Foot Soak Packets, Nail Polish (For Sisters). 

Abraham Lincoln Quote: Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.

Buckets and Troughs – Yellow Bucket w/ filling instructions on how to fill others and your own buckets.  (This is a great concept for missionaries to learn on how to serve others but also keep themselves healthy too!)

Pulling the Wool over Your Eyes – Gel Eye Mask

Guard Dog – Sheep Dogs Printout Description 

Sheepdogs are Society’s Protectors

While both herding dogs and livestock guardian dogs are known as sheepdogs, their roles are quite different. Herding dogs bark at, nip, and stare down animals to keep them together and moving in a certain way. Livestock guardian dogs, on the other hand, live with their flock of animals full-time, allowing them to blend in and watch for intruders within the herd. Livestock guardian dogs are placed in the flock as puppies so that they “imprint” on the animals they will be tasked with caring for and protecting.

Sheepdogs are Trustworthy, Attentive, and Protective

The role of human “sheepdogs” is almost exactly that of their canine counterparts. Like actual sheepdogs, they live among the flock – one of them, and yet different and set apart. They protect the perimeter and vigilantly watch for evil “wolves.”  They are prepared to make a stand against those who would do others harm, but outside of times of crisis, they are gentle and trustworthy. Human sheepdogs are individuals who have a capacity for a moral compass and a deep love for their fellow citizens. Their hardihood and bravery gives them the ability to walk into the heart of darkness, into the universal human phobia, and walk out unscathed.

Sheep find sheepdogs annoying when things are fine.  For example, most people grumble about the police when they get a ticket for a minor traffic violation.  But when a wolf shows up, and the police catch him, the complaining stops and people turn out to line the streets, cheer them on, and shower them with gratitude.

Sheepdogs make up a very small percentage of the population.  Their ministration is essential.

Sheepdogs are Made, Not Born

Being a sheepdog isn’t a matter of birth; it’s a choice – a matter of mental, spiritual, and physical training.  In order to become a sheepdog, you consciously decide to do so and then diligently maintain your mental, physical, and spiritual vigilance.  The sheepdog looks to the leadership and guidance of the Shepherd, recognizing it as the Shepherd’s flock.

Counting Sheep – Gel Eye Mask, Sweet Dreams Herbal Tea, w/quote 'Before You Sleep Don’t count sheep count your blessings' with small Notebook

Sheep Games – Children’s Friend Games for Children

King Lamoni’s Sheep Game Printable

Wool/Sheep Socks/Slippers -Yummy Slippers

Woolen Mills – Wool Socks, Wool Scarf, Thermals, Wool Mittens, Wool Hat.

Baa Baa Sheep Talk – Folder of Conference Talks

General Conference 1999: Feed My Sheep by Ben B. Banks of the Presidency of the Seventy 
General Conference 2008: Come What May, and Love It by Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles 
Ensign May 2004: But If Not by Elder Dennis E. Simmons Of the Seventy  
BYU Speeches January 13, 1987: The Bitter Cup and the Bloody Baptism by Jeffrey R. Holland 
General Conference 2002: Hidden Wedges by Thomas S. Monson First Counselor in the First Presidency 
Ensign 1999: Ten Ideas to Increase your Spirituality by Elder Joe J. Christensen Of the Presidency of the Seventy 
BYU Speeches 12 July 2011: His Grace Is Sufficient by Brad Wilcox 
Ensign 2013: The Miracle of a Mission by Jeffrey R. Holland March 6, 2013 
New Era 1982: Lock Your Heart by Spencer W. Kimball 

Vaccines –Airborne Vitamin Gummies

Shepherd – 5X7 Framed Photo Jesus/Sheep entitled 'The Lord is my Shepherd'.  (Print off the Painting description shown below, fold and place with the frame.) 

The enduring image of Christ as our shepherd has been portrayed in countless ways throughout history.  Look at this picture, The Lord is My Shepherd by Simon Dewey.   Notice how the warm colors in this painting symbolize the warmth we can feel in knowing that He is watching over us.  Just as he is our Shepherd, He has asked us to be his under-shepherds in watching over his flock.  My hope is that you can feel the love and caring he has for each of us and the gentle and peaceful way he wants us all to watch over each other.  Read the 23rd Psalm and ponder the peace and comfort it brings. 

Lanolin Lotion or Sheep Milk Soap – Handmade Soap in Sheep Design (So easy to make and honestly a lot of fun!)
Making your own soap is fun and easy so if you have never tried melt and pour soap crafting before - now is your chance!!!  The materials are easy to find and the steps are not complicated at all.
Most of the supplies will be available in your local craft store or your own kitchen at home - but I purchased a lot of my supplies online at Elements Bath and Body (a Wholesale Soap Making Company). 

Materials Needed:
1. Melt and Pour (AKA "Glycerin") Soap Base
This is a pre-made soap that comes in clear or white blocks.  The white is the same as the clear base, but with a white colorant.   It's a basic soap that you can melt in the microwave, add colorants and fragrance to, and remold in any flexible container you have.
2. Rubbing Alcohol and a spray bottle
This is your best friend, and you will need it for every soap project.  Just fill a small spray bottle with isopropyl rubbing alcohol from a drugstore and you are ready to go.  A few light sprays will pop any surface bubbles when you're done pouring the soap.  It also makes soap layers adhere to one another if your are doing a multiple layer project.
3. Colorant (Liquid Colorant and or Micas can be used)
FD&C colorants are what you'll most likely find at your local craft store.  These look like liquid food colors and are practically the same, but not edible.  Micas are made of little powdery flakes that are dyed.  They are shimmery and sometimes even sparkle.  Micas come as a powder so you will need to stir in a little rubbing alcohol to them before adding them to your project.
4. Fragrance Oils
One of the most exciting parts of making soap is choosing the fragrance.  The options are practically infinite.  You can find everything from tangy lemon to S'More scents.  When shopping for fragrance oils make sure they are specifically for soap making.  Do not use fragrance oils you buy at a grocery store intended for candles or extracts.
5. Soap Molds
One of the coolest thing about melt and pour soaps is that is takes the form of anything you pour it into, so there are many options.  Whatever you choose - make sure it's flexible, like plastic or silicone, so you can unmold your soap.  Glass and metal are not good choices.
6. Stir Sticks (Popsicle Sticks work great)
7. Glass bowl to melt the soap in the microwave. 
I use a large Pampered Chef Batter Bowl or a large Pyrex measuring Cup.

Sheep Stories & From Moms Card – Conference Talks

October 2005 General Conference Talk: Feed My Sheep by Elder Ulisses Soares of the First Quorum of the Seventy 

October 2007 General Conference Talk: Feed My Sheep by Silvia H. Allred – First Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency 

October 1989 General Conference Talk: The Summer of the Lambs by Jayne B. Malan

Counting Sheep – Sheep Pillowcase

The Magnificent and Marvelous Missionary
Green is for the inspiration that you provide each day.
Blue is for your patience to show others the way.
Orange is for your warmth and ever caring style.
Yellow is for the way that you always make me smile.
Red is for the lives that you have touched this year.
You’re a very special Missionary, just like this box, that’s clear.
You place knowledge in people’s hands,
And melt into their hearts and minds forever.
You’re a Magnificent and Mighty Missionary!
Because you are on the Lord’s Endeavor!!!

Shopping List - To Help you Find Some Lost Lambs

3X4 Postcard The Lord is my Shepherd (.50cents)
5X7 Postcard In the Shepherds Care ($1.99)
5X7 Black Frame
Yellow Plastic Bucket
Plastic Container for Counting Blessings Tub
Vibrant Notes Tablet
Easter Décor Lolli Pops – Has 3 Sheep & 3 Chick Suckers (Save Chicks for Easter)

Melt & Pour Soap & Soap Mold (Sheep Shape)
Yellow & White Braided Body Scrubbers - .25cents
Pig Shaped Pencil Sharpener – Cover it with White small assorted poms from a craft store to make it look like a fuzzy sheep

Felt Door Hangers – By Busy Kids Kids Camp - $1.19 4pack
(Embellish with wooden sheep, sheep buttons, and wooden letters.) 

C-A-L Ranch Store  
Plano Prolatch Stowaway Box with Adjustable Compartments $3.59 in the Fishing tackle area.
Mane ‘n Tail Hoofmaker Hand and Nail Moisturizing Lotion - $1.00
Mini Bungey Cords 10” - $3.59 for 4-Pack
Claeys Old Fashioned Hard Candies – Sassafras Flavor - $1.49
Grocery Store
Cow Tales Candy

Wood and Felt Sheep – in Wood Craft Department - .67cents Each
Got Milk? Vanilla Milkshake Flavoring Straws - .80cents
Horizons White Poms (Small assorted sizes – 225 per pack – Makes approx. 2)

Sheep Tie $7.95 (Covered with White Sheep w/One Black Sheep)
Or you can send any other fun tie choices.

Wood Letters .75” - $1.19 Pack of 5  (use on felt door hangers)
Button Pack – Counting Sheep Set - $2.29 Each (use on felt door hangers)
Funny Farm Sheep Allover Fabric (Pillowcases)
Funny Farm Barn Siding Fabric – Beige (Pillowcases)
Funny Farm Red Fence Fabric – Red (Pillowcases)
1 Worldwin 12X12 scrapbook paper in Pineapple
1 Worldwin 12X12 scrapbook paper in Blue Denim
1 baa baa sheep 12X12 scrapbook paper

Deseret Industries
Stuffed Sheep Toy Animal  (We threw them in the wash before we sent them)

Bath & Body Works  
Gel Eye Masks
Wallflower Plug-Ins and Refill Scent

Wooden Pencils

Sheep Poo Paper Products 
I'm not even going to try to describe these items!  Ha!  You have to check them out to believe it!

Socks: Black Dress Socks for Elders or Black Hosiery for Sisters folded to look like a Sheep! Decorate with black craft poms attached to pipe cleaners and slid in one of the folds to look like the head and tail.

Amazon Books
The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado
The Little Lamb by Pheobe Dunn 

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