Monday, October 20, 2014

Fishers of Men Box

Missionary work is the lifeblood of the Church and the lifesaving blessing to all who accept its message.
When the Master ministered among men, He called fisherman at Galilee to leave their nets and follow Him, declaring, "I will make you fishers of men."  The Lord extended those calls to humble men so that through them others would hear the truths of His gospel and come unto Him. 

What a perfect idea for a Care Package to send to our Missionaries!  If you would like to send a 'Fishers of Men' care package to your Missionary - check out this kit we put together to help you do just that!
This Fishers of Men' 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 52 beautifully-coordinated pieces - available now on Etsy from the Missionary Box Moms.

 This kit includes a 18-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 could be sent at any time of year since you should be able to find most of the Shopping Items all year long.  The Dollar Tree Store has a line of items in Fish Shapes (Shower Sponges, Washcloths, etc.) that makes it a really fun and visual box for not a lot of money.  It is that little extra effort that throws a big punch in the overall look and feel of your 'Box'!

Gone Fishing!  it is always so fun to see the pictures that 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 12X12X5 or 12X12X8 - which meant the box 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 flaps of the 'Fishers of Men' box we used one piece of 12X12 Sugar Coated Cardstock in 'Ladybug' color from the Doodlebug Design Company and one piece of 12X12 Orange Citrus Double Dot scrapbook paper from the BoBunny Company.  We then printed off the MBM printables, cut them out, then attached them all to the box with Glue Dots for durability in shipping.   We included the following letter to our Missionary:

Dear Missionary,
Truly, when Jesus taught His disciples how to be 'Fishers of Men' by teaching them how to actually fish…  He was using an object lesson that you can use today as a missionary.

Matthew 28:18-20
18And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations , baptizing them in the name of the Father , and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 

Anyone who claims discipleship cannot help but have a special appreciation for the calling of the first apostles and for their authority.

And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him. [Matthew 4:18–22]

Jesus had a lot to teach these men. Think about what they might have been thinking when Jesus told them to leave their nets behind so He could teach them how to fish for people. These men followed him “at once,” though, which leads us to believe they trusted this man, Jesus…and maybe they were hoping for something that would give them more purpose, something more lasting and meaningful. Nonetheless, they followed…obeyed. You are currently serving a mission so you too are following Jesus’ example by being Fishers of Men.

Here are 7 unexpected “fishing” comparisons that will help you to teach people to lead others to Christ:

1. Get Outside Your Comfort Zone.
Fishing can push you outside of your comfort zone, but once you get out there, you get used to it. Most people like their sleep, especially since they don’t always get enough of it. But the optimal times to fish are at dawn and dusk. So, setting your alarm to get up at 4:30 am, getting your clothes on and heading out into the cold first thing in the morning is, well…uncomfortable.  Witnessing to others can also be very uncomfortable at first, but when we make a habit of living out our faith in front of others, it becomes normal and natural for us. And eventually, living any other way becomes unsettling to our spirits and goes against everything we know to be right and true.

2. Be Prepared and Assemble the Right Gear.
Fishing requires the right gear. In order to do it right, you’ll need a good pole, a net,  a tackle box filled with all kinds of hooks and lures, sinkers and bobbers, and of course, fishing line. There’s a lot of gear one could stock up on depending on the kind of fishing you want to do. To be a fisher of men, you need to be well equipped, too. However, there’s really only three things you’ll need…a love for and willingness to follow Jesus, your scriptures, and a teachable spirit. These three things will take you far on your journey toward making disciples of all nations.

3. Choose the Correct Bait.
When fishing, you need to know what kind of bait you’re going to need. According to posted fishing rules, not all lakes and rivers are created equally. You have to know what bait is allowed where and what is not. Like people, it’s a good idea to be familiar with your surroundings, to know what kind of hearts you’ll be ministering to, and to seek God first in how best to love them well. 

4. Cultivate Patience.
Fishing requires much patience. Standing on the shore of a lake for hours without ever getting a bite can be very frustrating. Some days you never catch a thing, but then there comes along a day of fishing when everything just falls into place and you finally reel one in. The same is true of witnessing to others. You want so badly for them to see the Truth, to finally say yes to the gospel of Jesus Christ - that when they don’t…it’s heartbreaking. But we must keep believing, keep trying, and continue looking for open doors to minister and live our faith openly and authentically.

Luke 5:4-6
4Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.
5And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.
6And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake . 

5. Keep on Fishing.
At some point your line will get caught on something, sometimes often, and will break or get tangled. As we open our hearts and share our testimonies with others, our very real enemy will work hard to throw roadblocks in our way. His goal is to make us trip over a snare he’s strategically placed to cause those to whom we witness to never hear the message of Jesus or see Him in our lives. As with fishing, when this happens, we have to either untangle the line or cut it off and keep on fishing. Satan does not get to win! We already know God does powerful things through brokenness.

6. Have Faith.
Each time we go out fishing, we express our faith and trust in God through prayer as a family while we’re driving to our destination. We ask for His blessing on our day, for His protection, guidance, and yes…we even ask Him for the big catch. But we also thank Him in advance for the amazing opportunity to get to go out and fish together. We know that even when that catch doesn’t happen, there’s another day, another fish, another opportunity right around the corner. When leading others - we need to remember that God’s desire is for all people to believe.

Philippians 2:10-11
10That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord , to the glory of God the Father. 

7. Enjoy the Opportunity to Fish.
While you fish, think about who the best fisherman ever in the history of the world was. You have the opportunity to tell people about the greatest Fisherman that has ever lived.  Think of how perfectly God’s Truth is woven through His Story in the scriptures and how relevant those Truths still are today. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow…always a Fisherman teaching us how to fish.

Print off the following Conference Talks and Stories:

General Conference  April 2013: Followers Of Christ by Elder Dallin H. Oaks Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles 

Ensign June 2015: Fishers of Men by Elder Scott D. Whiting

General Conference October 1995: To Touch a Life With Faith by Henry B. Eyring of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles 

General Conference October 1981: Examples from the Life of a Prophet by Robert D. Hales Of the Seventy

LDS.Org Youth Article: Teach a Man to Fish by Adam C. Olson 

General Conference April 2010: Watching with All Perseverance by David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles 

Friend August 2006: The Fisherman by Wendy Ellison 

Friend February 2011: My Fishing Lesson by James J. Hamula 

Friend November 2007: Fishers of Men  game by Arie Van de Graff 

Preach My Gospel: A Guide to Missionary Service #8 How do I use Time Wisely?  

Ideas to include in your 'Fishers of Men' care package

Make Your Own Fish-In-A-Bag Soaps

What you'll need:
* Block of clear Melt-n-Pour glycerin soap. We found a 2 lb. block at Jo-Ann Stores for about $10 (but you can use your 40% off coupon on it!) Or buy in bulk at Elements Bath & Body Company. (2lbs. approx. $6.99)
* Plastic fish. We found some at Elements and at Oriental Trading Co.
* Microwaveable plastic bowl. Ours has a pour spout on it which helped a ton.
* Large kitchen knife.
* Funnel.
* Wooden skewers or chopsticks.
* Rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle.
* Plastic bags.
Okay, let's get started!
1. Cut off a chunk of your glycerin block. Ours was about 3 inches.
2. Cut that block into smaller pieces. We cut ours into thirds.
3. Place blocks in a microwaveable plastic bowl. In this bowl we did about three batches, but we recommend you start with one batch your first time.
4. Prepare an ice-water bath in a bowl. (Just Ice Cubes in a Bowl.)
5. Microwave the soap until it melts (about 45 seconds for a small batch). Make sure all the blocks are melted. If not, stir and put it back in the microwave for 20-30 seconds more.
6. Using a funnel, carefully pour the soap into a plastic bag. The funnel helps the soap run straight down to the bottom and not all over the sides of your bag. If it gets on the sides, it hardens that way and doesn't look realistic when you're done. Fill it about 1/4 to 1/3 full so the soap will end up being a good size for little hands to hold.
7. The soap will be full of little bubbles at this point, so quickly spray it with the alcohol. That will take care of them.
8. Take your bag to the ice bath and hold it in the ice water for a moment. Using your skewers like chopsticks, grab a fish and lower it into the soap, keeping it upright and somewhat in the middle.  Once the soap has started to harden a little and the fish isn't moving around in it anymore, you can remove it from the ice bath and leave it upright to harden completely.
9. Tie the bag closed with a cute ribbon or even a twist tie and you're done!

These are by Mormon cartoonist Arie Van de Graff @

Shopping List

Local Grocery Store  

1.     Bumble Bee Tuna Salad with Crackers
2.     Starkist Tuna Creations single serve tuna packets (2 for Each Missionary)
3.     Kroger Chunck Lite Tuna 5oz (2)
4.     Mentos Pure White Chewing Gum in White and Blue bottle (2)
5.     Trop-Twister Blue Raspberry Rush bottled drink (10 oz. Pack of 6)
6.     Kool Aid Singles Drink Packets
7.     Swedish Fish – Various Sizes
8.     Gummy Worms – Various Sizes and Flavors
9.     Trolli Sour Brite Crawlers Gummi Candy 
10.  Pepperidge Farms Goldfish Crackers in Milk Carton 2 oz Cartons

1.     One Plastic Green Basket and One Plastic Blue Basket Approx. 9.45inch X 7.9inch (One for your Missionary and one for their Companion)
2.     2 – Power Stick Sport Body Wash Shower Gels (Blue)
3.     2- Kids Mesh Shower Sponge in Fish Shape
4.     2 – Fish Shaped Suckers
5.     1 packet of Fish shaped whistles
6.     1 Children’s small chalkboard with a Fish Design (Use for Sign)
7.     Go Fish Card Game
8.     2 5X7 Black Photo Frames
9.     2 Stuffed toy Fish Animals
10.   Ocean Creatures Bite Size Crackers (Pack of 4)
11.   Magic Grow Sea Animal Creatures
12.   Velvet Art Under Sea Design
13.   Children’s Fishing Fun Game

C.A.L. Ranch Sporting Good Store                             
1.     2 Small Fish Tackle plastic organizer
2.     1 package Eagle Claw Clip on Bobbers ($2)

Deseret Book    
1.     (2) Howard Lyon – ‘From Fear to Faith’ 5X7 Postcard
2.     (2) Simon Dewey – ‘Peace, Be Still’ 2X3 Pass-along cards

1.     (2) Mini Paint Can Tin (Two Sizes)
2.     One Fish Two Fish Ribbon
3.     Netting for ‘Catch of the Day’
4.     1 12X12 Doodlebug Sugar Coated Patterned Cardstock in Coral Chevron Color
5.     1 12X12 Doodlebug Sugar Coated Patterned Cardstock in Peacock Chevron Color 

1.     Oceans Puzzle
2.     Fish or Cut Bait Game

 Deseret Industries              
1.     Wooden Fish                                            
Gone Fishing Sign      

Live Superfoods – Online Store    
1. Nova Scotia Fisherman’s lip balm
2. Nova Scotia Fisherman’s Soap

You just never know when an item included in one of these boxes can cheer up a sick Missionary!!!

Howard Lyon

Howard Lyon was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona. He is the youngest of five children. Howard had very supportive parents who, even when he was very young, made sure he had the materials and education to hone his talents. While attending high school, Howard met his wife, Shari Lunt. After they graduated, Howard served a mission and then they married and went to BYU and started their family. He began his career studying illustration at Brigham Young University working with artists such as Robert Barrett, Don Seegmiller, James Christensen, and Greg Olsen. Over the past twenty years he has worked in the video game industry as an art director, concept artist, and freelance illustrator. For much of his career he has painted dragons and trolls or scenes from science fiction. His work can be found in products from Dungeons and Dragons books, World of Warcraft cards, Magic: the Gathering and Star Wars. He has studied art in Italy, France, and most recently at the Grand Central Academy in New York. He has recently combined these experiences to switch gears and expand his subject matter to create inspirational pieces in the style of some of his favorite old masters: William Bouguereau, Lawrence Alma-Tadema, and John William Waterhouse.

Will you share your thoughts about your painting From Fear to Faith?

It was an important piece, very personal in some ways.
The disciple on the left-hand side of the boat is bailing out water. He is focused on the storm in the distance. He sits in darkness and can’t see Christ. He is so busy working to save himself that he doesn’t notice the Savior or turn to him. His actions are dictated by fear.
The next two disciples are gathering in the rigging and trying to right the mast. One pulls ropes in from the water and the other leans back, both still trusting in their own strength, not wanting to let go and approach Christ.
The disciple behind the mast has just let go of the cross bar. He has done everything he can, and is now turning towards Christ. Faith is guiding his actions now.
The next three disciples sit in the boat, turned towards Christ. They have the faith to do this but haven’t approached him yet. A little hesitant, but for the most part, their faith has pushed their fears away. The two that sit together, one with his arm around the other, represent the idea that sometimes we need put our arm around our brother, or know that it is okay to lean on another for a time.

The last disciple, Peter, is at the front of the boat. He had the faith, in the middle of the trial, to kneel at Christ’s feet and ask to be saved. At that point, he heard and felt the great words, “Peace, be still.” In the middle of the trial, his faith was whole and knew that he could turn to Christ for salvation.

Object Lesson – Temptation
Objective – To Show how Satan uses temptation.
Materials Needed – Several brightly colored fishing lures.

Procedure: Show the fishing lures.  Comment on how brightly colored and attractive they are.  Introduce the purpose of using the lures: the bright colors, metallic shapes, and movements attract fish.  The ultimate purpose of the lure is to get the fish to strike at it.  Help the class understand that when the fish strikes, the barbs are set and the fish cannot release itself. 
Explain that Satan also uses brightly colored, appealing lures to attract us.  Discuss what kind of lures Satan might use.  Be sure to identify why they would be considered a lure.  Explain that the best protection we and the fish have is just to leave the lures alone.

Scripture Reference: 1 Nephi 12:17, Moses 4:4
Send Your Missionary 'Deep Sea Fishing' by sending them an 'Under the Sea' snack pack!

Fishing Rods: Pretzel Sticks
Bait: Peanut Butter
Fish: Starfish Crackers, Pepperidge Farms Goldfish Shaped Crackers, Pepperidge Farms Giant Goldfish Cinnamon Grahams, etc.

Magnet Fishing Game Object Lesson

What you'll need:
  • Posterboard
  • Paper Clips
  • String
  • Magnet (the round kind with a hole in the middle work best)
  • Wood dowel (or a stick from a tree)
How to make your kids fishing game craft:
  • Print and cut out the fish shapes. If you print them on cardstock they work better. We made 6 to start with, but make as many as you'd like!
  • Put a paper clip onto each fish.
  • Tie the string around one end of the wooden dowel. Knot it tightly so it stays put. Tie the other end of the string to the magnet. The stronger the magnet the less frustration your children will have to deal with.

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