Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Preach the Gospel to Every Creature Halloween Box

Halloween is such a fun holiday to send Missionaries a Care Package because you can find 'Box' items so readily - but trying to make it 'Spiritual' can be a little bit tricky. 

With this box we centered our theme around the scripture Mark 16:15 'Go Ye Into All The World And Preach The Gospel To Every Creature'. We all thought the 'Creature' part sounded perfect for a little Halloween fun to be included in the care package!  

If you would like to send your own 'Preach The Gospel To EVERY Creature' care package to your Missionary - check out this kit we put together to help you do just that! 

This Missionary 'Preach the Gospel to Every Creature' 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 55 beautifully-coordinated pieces - available now on Etsy from the Missionary Box Moms.

 This kit includes an 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!

Boo Who!!!
It's always so fun to see the pictures our Missionaries email home of them opening up their crazy boxes decorated in whatever the theme of the box is. Most of the boxes we mailed were 12x12x8 which meant the box flap size was just under 12x6 - so you can simply cut one piece of scrapbook paper in half for each flap then trim to fit.  For the 'Halloween Creature' box we used one piece of 12x12 Sugar Coated Cardstock in Tangerine Color and one piece in Limeade Color - both from the Doodlebug Design Company and cut in half.  We then printed off the MBM printables onto photo paper, cut them out, and attached them to the box with Glue Dots for durability. 

Go Ye Into All The World And Preach The Gospel To Every Creature - Mark 16:15

P-Day in the Barcelona Spain Mission!
Scary Creative!!!  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.  I often wondered if our missionaries realized how comprehensive we were in our themes!  It honestly might have been just as much fun for us to build these boxes as it was for them to receive them!  

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, since it was Halloween, there were always a few that were just for fun!

Bugs & Hisses!!!  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!

Print off the following Conference Talks and Stories:

General Conference Talk October 1983: Our Responsibility to take the Gospel to the Ends of the Earth by Jack H. Goaslind 

General Conference Talk April 1976: The Stone Cut without Hands by President Spencer W. Kimball  

General Conference Talk April 2013: It’s a Miracle by Neil L. Andersen Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Friend April 1986: Share the Gospel by Pat Graham

Ensign October 1974: When the World Will be Converted by President Spencer W. Kimball  

Friend October 1993: Olden-Days Halloween by Chris Jensen 

For I, the Lord, will judge all men according to their works, according to the desire of their hearts (D&C 137: 9).

Missionary Work
(To Share the Gospel of Jesus Christ by Word and by Example.)

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth
peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion,
Thy God reigneth!: Isaiah 52:7

For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, 
will both search my sheep, and seek them out.: Ezekiel 34:11

Preach the gospel to every creature: Mark 16:15; Mormon 9:22

The fields are white already to harvest: John 4:35

And how shall they preach, except they be sent: Romans 10:15

And we did magnify our office unto the Lord, taking upon us the responsibility,
answering the sins of the people upon our own heads if we did not teach them
the word of God with all diligence; wherefore, by laboring with our might their blood
 might not come upon our garments; : Jacob 1:19

For behold, the Lord doth grant unto all nations, of their own nation and tongue,
 to teach his word, yea, in wisdom, all that he seeth fit that they should have;
 therefore we see that the Lord doth counsel in wisdom, according to that which is just and true.
 : Alma 29:8

The gospel might be proclaimed by the weak and the simple: D&C 1:23

A marvelous work is about to come forth: D&C 4:1

If you labor all your days and bring one soul unto me,
how great shall be your joy: D&C 18:15

Mine elect hear my voice and harden not their hearts: D&C 29:7

Go forth preaching my gospel, two by two: D&C 42:6

The sound must go forth from this place: D&C 58:64

Open your mouths in proclaiming my gospel: D&C 71:1

Proclaim truth according to the revelations and commandments: D&C 75:4

Every man who has been warned should warn his neighbor: D&C 88:81; D&C 38:40–41

The Lord will provide for the families of those who preach the gospel: D&C 118:3

The servants of God shall go forth: D&C 133:38

Faithful elders, when they depart from mortal life, continue their labors: D&C 138:57

Golden Street Artwork Postcard ‘To Every Creature’ by Scott T. Petersen

I'd like to jump on a broom and fly over to see you...

But that's just Witchful thinking!

Depending on where your missionary in serving – you could add or delete any of the following items or come up with a few of your own:

Shopping List
·        Fuzzy Halloween Socks
·        Halloween Missionary Costumes (Mustaches, Foil Hair, Vampire Teeth, Crazy Glasses)  After all…kids just wanna have fun!  (Dollar Tree Store)
·        Decorations for Apartments  (Dollar Tree Store)
·        Ghost Lollipops
·        Spider Lollipops
·        Mummy Candy Bars  (Chocolate Bars wrapped in gauze tape)
·        Bat Candy Bar Wrappers
·        Dressed up Hand Sanitizer
·        Bugs and Hisses Treats
·        Stop Zombie Mouth – New Toothbrushes &  Tooth Paste
·        Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s 8 oz. Halloween cans (Half-Size Root Beer, Sunkist, 7-Up, and Grape soda)
·        Microwave Caramel Popcorn Bags
·        Halloween Glove Treat Bags

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