Friday, May 8, 2015

Gift of Tongues ~ 100 Day Mission Countdown Box

Gift of Tongues:  A gift of the Holy Ghost that allows inspired individuals to speak in, understand, or interpret unfamiliar languages.  We believe in the gift of tongues.

Be it known unto all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people, unto whom this work shall come:

As Missionary Moms - we are all trying to come up with creative ways to send a little love from home to our sons and daughters serving so diligently far away from home.  With this box I wanted to send a little 'Spiritual' (Gift of Tongues) along with something 'FUN' (100 Day Mission Countdown) chuck full of crazy candy and food that would rattle my son's taste buds as he finished the last 100 days of his mission.  I'm sure the Elders in his apartment will all love the yummies too!

The End Is Near!  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 to cover each box flap.  (The boxes are Free from the U.S. Post Office.)   

For the 100 Day Mission Countdown 'Gift of Tongues' box we used four 12X12 sheets of Candy Dots Sugar Coated Cardstock scrapbook paper from the Doodlebug Design Company in the following colors: #3305 Swimming Pool, #3304 Limeade, #3300 Bubblegum, #3302 Tangerine, all cut in half and trimmed to fit.  We then printed off our MBM printables onto photo paper, cut them out, and applied it all to the box with Glue Dots for durability in shipping.  You can find Glue Dots at any craft store near you or on Amazon if you have never used them before.

Print Off the Following Conference Talks and Stories to Include in Your Box:

Ensign October 1992 talk: 'Become Acquainted... with Languages, Tongues, and People' by Elder Jacob de Jager Of the First Quorum of the Seventy. 

New Era January 2006: 'Articles of Faith: The Gift of Tagalog' by Angela Woods Anderson.

Chapter 33: 'The Spiritual Gifts of Healing, Tongues, Prophecy, and Discerning of Spirits' From Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, (2011), 379-89.
Chapter 34: 'Strengthening the Saints through Gifts of the Spirit' From Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Brigham Young, (1997), 251-59. 

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!
Missionaries LOVE food - so you could even send them a Gift Card for a local restaurant or fast food establishment.  
Shopping List

Grocery Store

Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
Betty Crocker Oatmeal Cookie Mix
Shasta Tiki Punch Mini Cans (8fl oz)
Pillsbury Tropical Mango Cookie Mix
Pillsbury Cream Supreme Orange-Sicle Frosting Tub
Pop Tarts Frosted Strawberry Toaster Pastries
Vlasic Bigs Dill Pickle Sunflower Seeds
WarHeads Hard Candies (Sour Lemon, Apple, Black Cherry, Blue Raspberry, Watermelon)
LemonHeads Chewy Candies (Fruit Mix, Lemon, Green Apple, Grape)
Zots Fizzy Candy (Cherry, Lemon, Green Apple)
Stride Sour Patch Kids Redberry Gum
Red Hots Cinnamon Candies
Hubba Bubba Bubble Tape
Pop Rocks Popping Candy (Watermelon, Bubble Gum, Strawberry, Tropical Punch)
Too Tarts Suck Ups Liquid Candy (Strawberry, Green Apple)
Caramel Apple Pops Suckers
Push Pops

Way to Celebrate Party Favors 12 pack Smily Bouncy Balls (WalMart)
Way to Celebrate 20 Twisty Balloons (WalMart)
Zipit Grillz Mini Zipper Pouch (Staples)
Tongue Tuggers Balls Party Favors (Amazon)
Top 20 Tongue Twisters Printable

Bennion Craft
Lip-print Party Bags

The Ribbon Boutique #130989
Doodlebug Design Scrapbook Paper in their 'Candy Dots' sugar coated cardstock series.  I used #3302 Tangerine, #3300 Bubblegum, #3304 Limeade, #3305 Swimming Pool.

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