Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Finish Strong ~ Forever Strong Box
This 'Finish Strong - Forever Strong' 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 47 beautifully-coordinated pieces - available now on Etsy from the Missionary Box Moms.

This Kit Includes a 21-Page High-Quality PDF File Download for DIY Printables including 11 Custom Tags that can be used to put together your '10 Things to Bring Home From a Mission' activity.  

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!

Finishing Strong!  Who would have ever thought it possible that we Missionary Moms would make it to the Fourth Quarter, the Last Round, the Final Period, and the Closing Credits of our child's missions - in the beginning it just seemed so far away!  But somehow here we are - and it has been such a surprising wonderful blessing to both our Missionaries and to our families! 

To honor and to celebrate their wonderful achievements we wanted to send them all a 'Finish Strong ~ Forever Strong' Care Package Box. 

This box was based around two things: #1 The New Era article from President Gordon B. Hinckley entitled '10 Gifts to Bring Home from the Mission Field. (This is a great article to give Missionaries at both the beginning and then again at the end of their missions so, as they near the finish line of either eighteen months or two years, they can gauge how far they have come in each of these 10 areas and be determined to Finish Strong.)  Then for #2 we based it also from the movie 'Forever Strong' and gave the 'Box' a Sports twist.  You can modify the background paper to reflect whatever your missionary was interested in prior to their missions.  (Dance, Cheer, Basketball, Band, Wrestling, Soccer, Gymnastics, Academics, etc.)

End Zone Dance!!!  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 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.  For the ‘Finish Strong’ box I used one piece of Real Sports Scrapbook Paper from the Reminisce Company in their Football design and one piece of Sugar Coated Cardstock Scrapbook Paper from the Doodlebug Design Company in orange – both cut in half then trimmed to fit the box.  I then printed off the box flaps (provided above) on photo paper, cut them out and attached with glue dots.  

Haka 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, pictures, and 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:

New Era March 2007: 10 Gifts to Bring Home from the Mission Field by President Gordon B. Hinckley 

General Conference April 2004: The Finished Story by Gayle M. Clegg Second Counselor in the Primary General Presidency 

Viewpoint – Church News November 2013: Finishing the Race 

First Presidency Message June 1989: Finishers Wanted by President Thomas S. Monson 

General Conference April 2006: Your Mission Will Change Everything by David F. Evans Of the Seventy

UVU Address January 2010: The Tradition of a Balanced, Righteous Life by Elder L. Tom Perry 
General Conference April 2014: Your Four Minutes by Bishop Gary E. Stevenson Presiding Bishop 

Ensign October 2007: The Football Game that Changed my Life by Alexander M. Solorzano 

I laminated the 11 Missionary Box Mom printable cards that correspond to the President Gordon B. Hinckley talk '10 Gifts to bring Home from the Mission Field' and put them on a clip ring.  I put it inside the box with some fun items.  (Shopping List Below)

Something to wear when you are out of Uniform! (Finish Strong T-Shirt, Finish Strong Silicone Band, Nike Elite Socks)

Pure Protein to Recover and Rebuild After a Tough Scrimmage. (Power Bar, Cliff Builder's Bar, Jack Link's Turkey & Cheese Packs)


Hydration is a Key Component in any Game! Stay Hydrated! (Propel Powder Packets)


Highlight Your Playbook (Bic or Sharpie Highlighter Packs, Mini Journal BYU Fan 3-Pack)


Vitamins to Keep you in Good Shape to Play Well and Become an MVP! (Airborne Chewable Tablets)

Take Care of Your Feet - They will Take You Everywhere! (Gold Bond Foot Powder, Mini First Aid Kit, Foot Care Instruction Pack)

Play Hare - But Smell Good! (Deodorant, Body Spray, Burt's Bees Lip Balm, Mission Mints)

Notes and Additional Instructions from your Assistant Coaches! (Ensign, New Era, LDS Living, Conference Talks)

Every Half-Time Party Needs Treats! (Betty Crocker Peanut Butter Cookie Mix, Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix)

For A Little Fun During Time-Outs! (Desktop Football Game, Finger Soccer Game, Nerfoop Basketball and Net)
Simple Carbs for Quick Energy! (Favorite Candy Bites - I did mini Snickers Bars)

Lead, Kindly Light by Simon Dewey 5X7 Card Print

Guardian 5X7 Card Print by David Bowman

Shopping List (Links Provided Below)

Finish Strong Store
T-Shirt: Finish Strong – Live the Attitude
Silicone Wristband: Finish Strong

Grocery Store
Propel Powder Packets
Cliff Builder’s Protein Bars
PowerBar Performance Energy Bars
Quaker Real Medleys Multi-Grain Fruit and Nut Bars
Gold Bond Foot Powder
Airborne Chewable Vitamins

It’s Sugar Store
Big League Chew Bubble Gum
Sour Patch Kids Lineups Candy

Wal Mart
Nerfoop – Nerf Basketball Hoop and Ball

Burt’s Bees Lip Balm
Snicker's Mini Bites
Body Spray
Mini First Aid Kit
Sharpie or Bic Highlighter Packs
Jack Links Turkey Jerky and Cheese Packs

Barnes and Noble
Finger Soccer Game
Desktop Football Game

Deseret Book
BYU Fan 3-Pack Journals
Bookmarks (Take Pride Have Faith, Life’s Truest Happiness)
Mission Mints Candies
5X7 Guardian Print
5X7 Lead Kindly Light Print
Ensign, New Era, LDS Living Magazine

Ross Dress for Less
Nike Elite Socks $5.99 each

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