Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Feed My Sheep Box




...him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me?  Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me?  And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee.  Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

- John 21:17





We LOVE Missionaries and we LOVE sending Care Packages!


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.
If you would like to send your own 'Feed My Sheep' Care Package to your Missionary - check out this kit                                                  we put together to help you do just that!

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!



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 the box is.  Most of the boxes we mailed were 12X12X5 or 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 two pieces of 12X12 purple colored scrapbook paper and one piece of 12X12 Lemonade Double Dot scrapbook paper from the BoBunny Company.  We then printed off the box flaps onto photo paper, cut them out and attached it all to our box with Glue Dots for durability in shipping. 




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 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! 



Scriptures:




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:
1/4 Cup Grain (Pulse)
3/4 Cup Water
Pour measured water in a pot, bring to a full boil.  Add grain mixture - then simmer on low heat with the lid on the pot for 45 minutes to 1 hour - or until tender.  Optional: Top with nuts, fruit, honey, and/or cinnamon.

Make up the Pulse Mixture in bulk (Recipe Below) and send the whole amount or in whatever quantities to prefer.

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. Quinoa Grain (Grain of the Incas.)
3/4 C. Rye (Found in Germany in 400B.C.)
3 C. Oats 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 1/2 C. Brown Rice  (This gives your mixture a creamy texture.)
3 C. Spelt (This is an old world wheat that hasn't been genetically altered.)
1/2 C. Teff Grain (Tiny Seeds) (Found in Ethiopia.)
1/2 C. Amaranth Grain
1/2 C. Flax Seeds (Dark Black in Color.)  (Found in 4000B.C.)
1/2 Chia Seeds (Ancient grains of the Aztecs.  They would eat it before going to war.)
1/4 C. Sesame Seeds (Egyptian)
1/2 C. Raw Pumpkin Seeds (They are green and smaller than the white baked ones.)
1/4 C. Poppy Seeds
1/4 C. Hemp Seeds (Optional)
1 C. Sorgum Grain

Mix in a large bowl with your hands then keep in a sealed jar.  To cook you use a 1 to 3 ration - 3 parts Water to 1 part Grain.  Do not cook on high heat - just bring the water to boil then simmer on low with a lid. 

* You can find most of these items at Good Earth, Kitchen Kneads, WinCo, and your local Health Food Stores or online at Amazon.com.) 

Daniel 1:12-16
12 Prove they servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.
13 Then 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.
14 So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days.
15 And 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.
16 Thus 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:


Make Your Own Feed Bag -

Create your own 'Feed Bag' with any muslin sack tied off with yarn on the corners.  You can simply write directly on the muslin 'Feed Bag' and the scripture John 21:15-17.  Inside you can include small food items or candy. Make sure to choose items that ship well and won't spoil. 





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 - place stretch cord bracelet with bell around the Black Sock Sheep's neck. 

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 place 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 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 – Make your own Folder of Conference Talks. (Talk links Below)

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. 



Small burlap drawstring sack, Sheep button, Polished Rose Quartz Rock that looks like a heart 

You are serving your mission and represent all of us at home who love you and pray for your success.  You are in our heart.  The stone represents a piece of our heart.  Carry it and always remember we are with you and love you.

Peeps brand Marshmallow Chicks 


Just wanted to let you know that your ‘Peeps’ back at home appreciate your missionary service.  Keep feeding ‘His’ sheep knowing your ‘Peeps’ are with you in spirit.  We love you!








Notebook from the Dollar Tree Store with Printable
When you can’t sleep count your blessings instead of sheep!


Gloves to protect hands when doing Service Projects

Helping Others: “When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.” Mosiah 2:17
We can all Help!  Calling yourself a Christian brings with it the duty and the privilege of a lifetime of service.  Jesus Christ said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).  This doesn’t mean we have to die to show our love for our friends.  We lay down our lives every time we put someone else’s needs before our own. (And the ‘Friends’ mentioned in the scripture above can be understood to be everyone we meet, since Jesus also commanded us to ‘Love One Another’.  We lay down our lives through service.  Church members have many opportunities to serve.  We can do small acts of kindness for our neighbors, take part in community service, fulfill responsibilities within our local congregations or contribute to the Church’s large-scale humanitarian efforts.  These actions, whether great or small, let us feel the happiness of connecting with our brothers and sisters and remind us that God often allows us to be the answer to someone else's prayers.  

Movie-Size box of Peanut M-n-M’s w/Story


Ziploc Bag with Smiley pins and Smiley plastic bendable guy

Smile Your Way Into Their Hearts!

Small LED Metal Flashlight w/Batteries

‘EWE’ are the light of the world.  A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father, which is in heaven.  Matthew 5:14-16
(3 Dollar Bills folded into the shape of a sheep)

$3 Extra-Mile Sheep
Your sheep has come a long way to make you smile!
Now, that part is done; he’ll go the extra-mile.
Remove the clips from your sheep;
And then buy yourself a treat!

 


(Small Stuffed Sheep – these are from Oriental Trading,Co. w/ Conference Talk)
Liahona October 2001: Missionary Work and the Atonement by Jeffrey R. Holland 

Personalized Missionary Stationary w/Feed My Sheep Theme











Ghirardelli Milk and White Easter Chocolates












 (Manila envelope with Sheep, square of flannel, balloon, paper doll people, Experiments Upon the Word 101 Object Lessons for Latter-day Saints)




Chapstick w/Feed My Sheep Game Printables









 Go Nuts and Feed My Sheep w/PayDay Candy Bar


Soul Savers 
(Lifesavers candy in Ziploc bag)



















Sheep Poop
(Raisinettes Candy) w/Printable
















Sheep Poop Bookmarks - found at Creative Paper Wales Co.












Pez Sheep Dispenser w/Conference Talk


October 1989 General Conference Talk – ‘The Summer of the Lambs’ by Jayne B. Malan


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.
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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

Deseret Book
3X4 Postcard 'The Lord is My Shepherd (.50cents)
5X7 Postcard 'In the Shepherds Care ($1.99)

Dollar Tree Store - (Everythings $1.00)
5X7 Black Frame
Yellow Plastic Bucket
Plastic Container for 'Counting Blessings' Tub
Vibrant Notes Tablet
Easter Decor Lolli Pops - Package has 3 Sheep & 3 Chick Suckers (Save the Chicks for Easter!)

Elements Bath and Body Supply
Melt and Pour Soap & Soap Mold (Sheep Shape)
Yellow and White Braided Body Scrubbers - .25cents

Staples
Pig Shaped Pencil Sharpener - Cover it with White small assorted poms from a craft store to make it look like a fuzzy sheep!

JoAnne's Fabric & Craft Store
Felt Door Hangers - By Busy Kids Kids Camp - $1.19 (4-Pack)
(Embellish with wooden sheep, sheep buttons, and wooden letters.)

C-A-L Ranch Store
Plano Prolatch Stowaway Box with adjustable compartments $2-3.59 in the fishing tackle area. 
Mane 'n Tail Hoofmaker Hand and Nail Moisturizing Lotion - $1,00
Mini Bungey Cords 10" - $3.49 for a 4-Pack
Claey's Old Fashioned Hard Candies - Sassafras Flavor - $1.49

Grocery Store
Cow Tales Candy

Hobby Lobby
Wood and Felt Sheep - in Wood Craft Department - .67cents each
Got Milk? - Vanilla Millshake Flavoring Straws - .80cents each
Horizons White Poms (Small assorted sizes - 225 per pack)

The Tie Shop
Sheep Tie (Covered with White Sheep w/One Black Sheep)
Or you can send any other fun tie or scarf choices.

Ties.com
Sheep Silk Tie

Amazon
The Tie Guys Sheep Tie $9.95

Bennion Crafts and Frame
Wood Letters .75" - $1.19 Pack of 5
Button Pack - Counting Sheep Set - $2.29 Each 

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

Michael's 
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

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