He Called Them Two by Two Kit
There are many reasons why missionaries are sent out “Two by Two”. First of all it was given by way of revelation to Joseph Smith that he should send out missionaries in this manner.
D&C 42:6 ‘And ye shall go forth in the power of my Spirit, preaching my gospel, two by two, in my name, lifting up your voices as with the sound of a trump, declaring my word like unto angels of God.’
This command was also given by the Savior himself when he sent forth his apostles “Two by Two” proclaiming his gospel to the people. Mark 6:7 ‘And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;’
We LOVE sending Care Packages to our kiddos – and this box truly was such a blast to put together – we could barely wait until they all received them!
If you would like to send your own ‘Two by Two’ care package to your Missionary – check out this kit we put together to help you do just that!
Your 35-Page Kit will include the following:
✔ 1-Introduction Letter with easy to follow instructions to help you put together the Perfect Care Package.
✔ 4- Large (11.5X8.5″) Adjustable Stickers to decorate your 4 box flaps of your shipping package. Just peel and stick! (These stickers are designed to fit a USPS Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box and large UPS boxes. The stickers can also be easily trimmed to fit a USPS Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box as well as some Medium and Small UPS boxes or use your own box.) * Please note the kit does not include the actual box,
✔ 1-Box Introduction Letter to be placed in your Box right before you tape it up. This unique design lets your Missionary know the theme of your care package and that something special has been created just for them!
✔ 1-Page of Unique Envelope Designs that you can adhere to the front of your Letter to your Missionary and their Companion! This page is also printed on sticker paper – so you just need to cut them out and adhere to any envelope of your choice. It’s that easy!
✔ 1-Custom Missionary Letter for you to include with your personal Letter to your Missionary.
✔ 30-Pages with 148 Custom Tags and ideas that Can Be Used to put together your 25 Noah’s Ark Animal Care Package.
★ 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 Place is a Zoo! 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 and your little Monkey will surely love this crazy box!
Animal Kingdom Mail! One thing we always included in all of our Missionary Care Packages 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. Some of the items won’t make much sense as to why you are including them into your 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 were the letters we included. It’s just a little piece of ‘Home’ in a box – so don’t forget to write!
Hakuna Matata! 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. This ‘Box’ was pretty easy since we were able to find lots of scriptures and teaching ideas that we could relate back to animals and Missionary work. In our letters we explained…
Just as God called the animals to Noah’s ark – he also called you and your companion ‘Two by Two’. So how fitting that we send you an animal box as you head out two by two each Missionary day. You can learn so much from animals. Each one with specific attributes and characteristics that are so different from each other. I hope you can take a little bit of advice from each animal and use it in your development to be the best Missionary you can be!
I’m sure it was just as much fun for us to build it as it was for our missionaries to receive it! 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!
Noah’s Ark Animal Ideas: Each mom chose 2 or 3 animals to include in our box and somehow tied it to Missionary work plus we included a tag with wisdom from each animal.
Include in with your ‘Monkey’ item a copy of October 2011 General Conference talk ‘The Opportunity of a Lifetime’ by W. Christopher Waddell and also a copy of October 2008 General Conference talk ‘Happiness, Your Heritage’ by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf.
Wisdom from a Monkey
Get a Grip
Be at home in Nature
Avoid Hairy Situations
Stay Well Groomed
Swing through your Sorrows
Smile like a Monkey with a new Banana
Shopping List for Monkey:
Baby King 2-Pack Food Container – Monkey Shape (Dollar Tree Store)
Runts Banana Candy (Buy in the bulk area at WinCo Foods)
Salt Water Taffy Banana Flavor (WinCo bulk area)
Laffy Taffy Banana Flavor
Sunbelt Bakery Banana Oat Chewy Granola Bars
Original Gourmet Strawberry-Banana Sucker
Original Gourmet Banana Split Sucker
Concord Foods Banana Smoothie Mix
Yoobi 24-Pack No. 2 Pencils w/Banana Design (Target – send 2 to 4)
Yoobi Mini Spiral Notebook w/ Banana Design (Target) Add MBM printable to front of notebook.
Yoobi Banana Shaped Pencil Holder (Target)
Yoobi Banana Shaped Eraser (Target)
Party Perfect Monkeys-in-a-Barrel Game Keychain Favours (Amazon)
Monkey and Banana Ribbon (Michael’s)
Include in with your ‘Hippo’ item a copy of General Conference October 2014 talk ‘Approaching the Throne of God with Confidence’ By Elder Jörg Klebingat Of the Seventy and also a copy of New Era October 2013: ‘Becoming a Preach My Gospel Missionary’ by David A. Bednar Of the Seventy.
Wisdom from a Hippo
Have Big Ideas
Make a BIG first Impression
Eat your Veggies
Take a Big Bite out of Life
Don’t be afraid to Open your Mouth
Shopping List for Hippo:
Baby King 2-Pack Food Container Hippo shape (Dollar Tree Store) These snack containers were purple – so we based all of our Hippo items around the color purple.
Zots Fizzy Candy Grape
Tootsie Roll Fruities Grape Flavored Candy
Ringling Brothers Barnam & Bailey Cotton Candy Twist (Michael’s)
Ringling Brothers Barnam & Bailey Swirl Pop Suckers (Michael’s)
Kinder Happy Hippo Cocoa Cream Biscuit
Pop Rocks Grape Flavor
Kool Aid Grape Flavor Packet
Pizzazz Juicy Jellies Grape Candy
Myndology Blank Cards Key Ring in Purple (Target)
Salt Water Taffy Grape Flavor
Motts Medleys Natural Fruit Snacks
Fruit Roll Grape Leather
Include in with your ‘Duck’ item a copy of BYU Speeches November 10, 2009: ‘God Did Not Put Us Here to Fail’ by Jon M. Huntsman SR. and also a copy of October 2013 General Conference Talk: ‘Put Your Trust in the Lord’ By Elder M. Russell Ballard Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
Wisdom from a Duck
Dive into Life
Let troubles Roll off your back
Look beneath the surface
Shake your tail feathers
A little color goes a long way
Don’t be afraid to get your feet wet
Keep your beak clean
Don’t Quack Up!
Shopping List for Duck:
Duck Brand Printed Duct Tape in Rubber Duckies Design (Amazon)
Rubber Ducks 3-Pack (Dollar Tree Store)
Power Clips 3-Pack Food Storage Clips in Duck Design (Dollar Tree)
LemonHead Lemon CandyYellow Duckie Candies
Laffy Taffy Stick Banana flavor
Duck Ribbon (Dollar Tree Store)
Bugs (Building Up Gospel Strengths):
Include in with your ‘BUGS’ item a copy of BYU Speeches ‘Optimism and Joy in the Gospel of Jesus Christ’ by T. Jeffrey Wilks – Sep. 25, 2012 – Devotional and also a copy of BYU Speeches ‘Building Character’ by Kevin J. Worthen – President of Brigham Young University – Sep. 8, 2015 – Devotional.
Wisdom from BUGS
Zoom in on your Dreams
Delight in Summer Evenings
Keep your eyes Open
Enjoy a Good Reed
Spot new opportunities
Spend time in your Garden
Be simply beautiful
Just Wing It!
Shopping List for Bugs:
Gummy Bug Tape Candy – Bug Filled Gummy Tape (Amazon or Michael’s)
Frankford Lightning Bugs Gummies Candy (They Really Light Up!) (Amazon or Craft Stores)
Squishy Caterpillar in Green or Pink (Target $1)
Include in with your ‘Snake’ item a copy of Liahona August 2006 talk ‘The Gift of the Holy Ghost: What Every Member Should Know’ by President Boyd K. Packer Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and also a copy of First Presidency Message August1977:‘Speak Kind Words’ By President Marion G. Romney Second Counselor in the First Presidency.
Wisdom from a Snake
Keep a low profile
Soak up some sun
Shed your old ways
Think before you strike
Don’t get rattled!
Be thick skinned
Shopping List for Snake:
Adventure Planet Magnetic Rattlesnake Eggs (6-Pack) (Amazon $1.37 per set)
Haribo Twin Snakes Sweet and Sour Gummie Snakes
Plastic Snakes (Dollar Tree Store)
Include in with your ‘Zebra’ item a copy of ‘Be Who You Are’ by Hank Smith (Find Below) and also a copy of New Era July 2000 talk ‘The Summer I Was Sergio’ by Ann Edwards Cannon.
Wisdom from a Zebra
Gallop to Greatness
Don’t be afraid to stand out
Whinny away your whiles
Flick your ears and listen for soft voices
Don’t be afraid to gain your stripes
Shopping List for Zebra:
Little Debbie Zebra Cakes – Get Some Stripes!
Fruit Stripe Gum
There’s not much hope for an elephant to try to be a zebra. There are the stripes and trunk – and they are just more than a bit different. Zebras are zebras, and elephants are elephants no matter how much they want to be like the other.
And teenagers can be happy in their own skin and not try to be different for different groups of people, LDS seminary teacher and Especially For Youth speaker Hank Smith says on a recently released talk on CD “Be Who You Are.”
It gets complicated to remember how you are supposed to be around different people.
Oh, and Smith knows. On his eighth week as an EFY counselor one summer, he was assigned to help with parking-lot duty. This quickly got boring, and once he answered a question from an excited attendee with an Irish accent.
“This wasn’t a good idea,” he said.
She came back with “like 10 friends” to meet the EFY counselor from Ireland. he could have stopped right there, but he didn’t.
“Have you ever lied so much you started to believe it?”
The entire week, he was trying to remember who thought he was Irish and who just knew him from previous weeks as Hank from Utah.
And he never told the EFY group he wasn’t from Ireland.
Sometimes unintentionally, teenagers end up being different around different groups. “Before you can even begin to make a difference in the lives of other people, we have to know who we are,” Smith said. “Don’t try to fit into so many different places that you have so many different you’s that you’re getting mixed up sometimes.”
“People will respect you more if they see you are the same person in church as you are at school that you are at seminary,” Smith said. “You’ll have more friends that way. Because you’re trusted.”
Include in with your ‘Elephant’ item a copy of BYU Speeches January 13, 2013 ‘What is Truth?’ by Dieter F. Uchtdorf and also a copy of Ensign September 2007 talk ‘Striving for Family Unity’ by Elder Donald L. Staheli.
Wisdom From An Elephant
Have Big Ideas
Don’t work for peanuts
Know when to put your foot down
Be gentle, no matter your size
Make a BIG first impression
Hold on to your family
Be all Ears
Shopping List for Elephant:
Composition Book w/Elephant Design
Ringling Brothers Barnam and Bailey Peanut Suckers (Michael’s)
Snack Size Packs of Peanuts.
Wisdom from a Dove
Be a Peacemaker
Keep a song in your heart
Feather your nest with friendship
Eat your Grains
Keep your feathers preened
Shopping List for Doves:
Dove Bar Soap
Snack Size Bag of Seeds or Nuts
A Real Bird Feather
Noah’s Ark Old Maid Cards (Dollar Tree Store)
Include in with your ‘Frog’ item a copy of the Liahona February 1986 talk ‘The Continuing Search forTruth’ by President Gordon B. Hinkley and also a copy of New Era September 1982 talk ‘To Be in Control’ by Elder Royden G. Derrick and also create a ‘Pick Me Up’ jar of 50 Positive Quotes & Scriptures – Found in the MBM Kit.
Wisdom from a Frog
Make a Splash
Look before you Leap
Don’t jump to conclusions
Eat what bugs you
Stretch your legs often
Spend time at your pad
Enjoy a good swim
Hop to It!
Shopping List for Frog:
Baby King 2-Pack Food Container Frog shape (Dollar Tree Store)
Jumping Frog Toys (For object lesson)
Haribo Gummi Frogs
Junior Mints Chocolate Candies
Pocket Buddies Folders 2-Pack (Dollar Tree Store)
Power Clips 3-Pack Food Storage Clips in Frog Design (Dollar Tree Store)
Container of your choice for your ‘Pick Me Up’ jar of positive quotes
Include in with your ‘Eagle’ item a copy of March 1984 First Presidency Message ‘And the Greatest of These Is Love’by President Gordon B. Hinckley Second Counselor in the First Presidency and also a copy of Ensign November 1989 talk: ‘An Eye Single to the Glory of God’ by Elder Marlin K. Jensen Of the First Quorum of the Seventy.
Wisdom from an Eagle
Soar to new heights
Be a keen observer
Swoop down on opportunities
The Sky’s the Limit!
Spread your Wings
Find a field that suits you
Rise above it all
Shopping List for Eagle:
Beef Jerky (Eagle Food)
Hand Glider Airplane Toy (Dollar Tree Store)
Include in with your ‘Crab’ item a copy of General Conference October 2013 talk ‘You Can Do It Now!’ by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf and also a copy of New Era June 2000 ‘The MTC Experience’ by Laury Livsey.
Wisdom from a Crab
It’s ok to be a softshell
Keep Moving – If you can’t move forward – move sideways
Be shore of yourself
The seaweed is not always greener in somebody else’s lake
Take time to coast
Sea life’s beauty
Shopping List for Crab:
Crab Suckers (Amazon)
Adventure Planet Stuffed Crab (Amazon)
Crab Ribbon (JoAnn’s Craft)
Include in with your ‘Giraffe’ item a copy of Ensign November 2000 talk ‘Stand Tall and Stand Together’ By Sheri L. Dew and also a copy of Ensign May 2017 talk: ‘Stand Up Inside and Be All In’ by By Elder Gary B. Sabin Of the Seventy.
Wisdom from a Giraffe
Keep your chin up
Be Head and Shoulders above the rest
Reach for new heights
Don’t be afraid to stick your neck out
Eat fresh greens
Preserve wild places
Shopping List for Giraffe
Kong Bendeez Giraffe Toy
Include in with your ‘Lion’ item a copy of Ensign May 2014: ‘Be Strong and of Good Courage’ by President Thomas S. Monson along with a copy of the talk below and a plastic Lion (Dollar Tree Store)
Wisdom from a Lion
Always land on your feet
Put your best foot forward
Find your inner strength
Take some time alone
Walk softly in nature
Don’t be a copycat
Stay on track
Shopping List for Lion
Plastic Lion (Dollar Tree Store)
One of the reasons I chose a Lion was what the LION signifies. My son, Elder Harrop, spoke of Lions in his farewell talk and sometimes ends his weekly letters with ‘Let’s all be Lions.” I wanted to share some of his talk with you and what he said about Lions.
Elder Harrop’s Mission Plaque Scripture: Isaiah 5:29
29 Their roaring shall be like a lion, they shall roar like young lions: yea, they shall roar, and lay hold of the prey, and shall carry it away safe, and none shall deliver it.
Another thing I get from this scripture is the concept of us being lions. Something I’m big into is motivational speakers. My favorite is Eric Thomas and he has a speech talking about lions. Now the lion is the King of the Jungle. The best way to put it is that lions are just hands down beasts. And most people think lions are who they are because of how ferocious they are when they catch a gazelle or catch a zebra. But if a lion or a real hunter sees an animal that’s wounded what do they do? They don’t kill them. Why don’t they kill them? Cause their already hurt! And they’re a Beast. A part of being a beast isn’t just eating a gazelle, a part of being a beast is the hunt! It’s the hunt that their excited about! Cause real lions love to hunt. They love the process just as much as they love the prize!
So going on a mission is just the first path to take. The next step, the next path, the next choice is us as missionaries to choose to be like lions. We need to love the process. We need to not only love the 2 year long mission as a whole, but we need to choose to grow to love the process. Every time that alarm goes off at 6:30AM, every Book of Mormon we place, every lesson we teach, every person we baptize. We need to learn to love every moment as a missionary. IF we do this, we can bring others unto safety. We can bring others unto Christ. We need to give it 120% every minute of every hour of every day. Because in two short years, we don’t get to wear that tag anymore. We don’t get to be called Missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. So we owe it to those that we teach to love the process so they can be brought unto safety.
So yes the path of serving a mission is the right one, but it’s just the first step. Those of you preparing to go on missions, grow to love the process of reading Preach My Gospel, grow to love reading the scriptures every day. Because as soon as that badge is on, it’s time for us to be lions, it’s time for us to be prepared.
Now place this LION on your desk and every day you see it – be reminded of the Lion and ……. GO GET EM!!!ab:
Include in with your ‘Tiger’ items a copy of General Conference October 2015 talk ‘A Summer with Great-Aunt Rose’ by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf and also a copy of Ensign November 2002 talk ‘The Greatest Generation of Missionaries’ by Elder M. Russell Ballard and a copy of ‘If a Tiger Can Change His Stripes’ by Hazel Lamoreaux, and a copy of ‘Out of the Tiger’s Den’ by Cong Ton Nu Tuong-Vy, and a copy of ‘Tiger Brown and the Kingbirds’ by Laird Roberts.
Wisdom from a Tiger
Earn your stripes
Have an appetite for life
It’s ok to be a little wild
Keep a watchful eye
Expand your territory
Keep your face clean
Shopping List for Tiger:
Tiger Print Sunglasses
Baby King 2-Pack Food Container Tiger shape (Dollar Tree Store)
Mother’s Circus Animal Cookies
Barnum’s Animal Cookies
Tiger Print with Quote “Can a Tiger Change His Stripes? Have ye experienced this mighty change in your heart? (Alma 5:14) in Dollar Tree Store Frame
Include in with your ‘Alligator’ item a copy of April 1976 General Conference talk ‘Spiritual Crocodiles’ by Boyd K. Packer Of the Council of the Twelve and also a copy of Ensign 1980 talk ‘Patience’ by Elder Neal A. Maxwell Of the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy and/or a copy of the BYU Speeches November 12, 2013 talk ‘On the Measurements We Make in Life’ by C. Shane Reese.
Wisdom from an Alligator
Take a bit out of life
Have a healthy appetite
Don’t be afraid to open your mouth!
Be patient, wait…it will come
You don’t need the biggest brain to be successful
Be quick when the time is right
Shopping List for Alligator:
KidsMania Gator Chomp Candy Lollipop
Gator Grabbers Tweezers 12-Pack (Multi-Colored) (WalMart, Amazon, Ebay)
Rubber Slingshot Alligator finger flipper toys (Target)
Include in with your ‘Dog’ item a copy of General Conference October 1972 talk ‘What is a Friend’ by Marvin J. Ashton, and also a copy BYU Speeches September 11, 1973 talk ‘Be Loyal to the Royal Within You’ by President Harold B. Lee and also a copy of New Era July 1976 ‘Be Loyal’ by Elder Rex D. Pinegar of the First Council of the Seventy and also a copy of April 1990 General Conference ‘Standing As Witnesses of God’ by Howard W. Hunter.
Wisdom from a Dog
Unleash your talents
Delight in the simple joys of a long walk
Learn new tricks, no matter your age
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them!
Hide your favorite snacks
Make new friends
Wisdom from a Sled Dog
Work as a team
Pull your weight
Love what you do
Be warm hearted
Keep moving forward
Howl with your friends
Shopping List for Dog:
Keebler Scooby-Doo Baked Graham Cracker Sticks (They look like Dog Bones!)
Paw Print Ribbon
Include in with your ‘Turtle’ item a copy of Friend August 1983 story: ‘Greedy Spider and Clever Turtle – an African Folktale’ by Jean Maxwell-Worthington and also a copy of Ensign April 1989 talk: ‘Crawfish Tails, Possum, and Other Missionary Delights’ by James R. Christianson.
Wisdom from a Turtle
Come out of your shell
Know when to stick your neck out
Home is where your heart is
Think long term
Snap out of it!
Shopping List for Turtle:
Mark Taiwan Paper Cutting Amphibian Bookmark Series – Sea Turtle
Include in with your ‘Bear’ item a copy of January 1983 New Era talk: ‘Bear Tracks’ by Elder Dean L. Larsen of the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy and also a copy of ‘A Grizzly Experience’ by Elder Merlin R. Lybbert Of the Seventy.
Wisdom from a Bear
Sniff out opportunities
Climb beyond your limitations
When life gets hairy, grin and bear it
Live with the seasons
Take a good, long nap
Look after your honey
Shopping List for Bear:
Jelly Belly Cinnamon Bears
Haribo Sour Gold Bears Gummi Candy
Honey in a Bear-shaped Bottle
Brown Puffy Ribbon
Big Horn Sheep:
Include in with your ‘Big Horn Sheep’ item a copy of Ensign October 2013 talk ‘How Can I Be a Successful Missionary?’ by Lauren Bangerter Wilde as also a copy of Friend June 1990 ‘Firelight and Whisperings’ by Marie Larsen.
Wisdom from a Big Horn Sheep
Stand your ground
Climb to new heights
Cherish wide open spaces
Be a good listener
Make yourself herd
Know when to hoof it
Use your head
Leap over obstacles!
Shopping List for Big Horn Sheep:
Fisher-Price Nickelodeon Blaze & the Monster Machines, Bighorn Truck (Amazon)
Big Horn Sheep Keychain (WalMart or Amazon)
Wool Hat or Scarf
Include in with your ‘Rainbow’ item a copy of Ensign May 2014 ‘Grateful in Any Circumstances’ by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf and also a copy of Ensign March 1994 talk: ‘The Gift of the Holy Ghost’. (Print on Rainbow colored paper for added effect.)
Wisdom from a Rainbow
Live a colorful life
Bring unexpected joy
See beauty in life’s curves
Live in the moment
Reflect your true nature!
Be someone to look up to
Be an inspiration
Shopping List for Rainbow:
GlowPlay Glowsticks (Dollar Tree Store)
Project 7 Rainbow Ice Gourmet Gum Packet
Air Head Xtremes Sweetly Sour Candy
Erasers Noah’s Ark Animal Puzzle Pack (Dollar Tree Store)
Animals of the World Card Pack (Target – in the Dollar Section)
Skittles Original Rainbow Candy
Make your own Animal Soap!
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).
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.