March 2015 Visiting Teaching Printable

The visiting teaching message for March is The Attributes of Jesus Christ: Long-suffering and Patient.

Apropos of my recent shoulder surgery, this was a message that was timely for me. I really loved President Uchtdorf’s entire quote on patience, but just the one snippet really made me stop and think.

“Patience is not simply enduring; it is enduring well!”

Printable download for March 2015 Visiting Teaching Message. Long Suffering and Patience.

Today, I pretty much lost patience with all of it. We’ve had a crazy weekend, my poor husband is probably going insane being the only driver in the house (only 2 more weeks and I can drive again!), and the kids are busier than ever right now. Being one-armed means Mom isn’t doing much housekeeping, and what little I manage to do is quickly undone by the other people who live here. And the dog, who can’t seem to keep herself from getting into the garbage.

So I sort of flipped out at everyone and cried a bit. I am so frustrated with not being able to do my own hair and make up. I always feel like I look disheveled and flustered. The piles of dishes. The girls’ stuff strewn all over the house. The dog’s latest foray into the kitchen garbage scattered under the dining room table. My own clothes piled on top of my dresser because it’s too difficult to hang them up. I could not handle it for one more second.

But I am going to have to. Because, guess what? Even when I’m out of my sling in two weeks, my shoulder is not going to be magically working. I’ll still have to be patient with myself and my inability to do what I normally do.


So, I read this message, and President Uchtdorf’s words helped me so much. 

“Patience means accepting that which cannot be changed and facing it with courage, grace, and faith. It means being ‘willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon [us], even as a child doth submit to his father.’ Ultimately, patience means being ‘firm and steadfast, and immovable in keeping the commandments of the Lord’ every hour of every day, even when it is hard to do so.”

I’ve thought about it, and I accept that I cannot change how quickly my shoulder heals. I cannot change the fact that my husband has been quite ill himself and has a lot of work to catch up on and is doing his level best to help me with driving and cleaning. I cannot change the fact that my children are busy. I cannot change the fact that I am also dealing with Lyme disease (oh yes, stay tuned for a post about that one, which I have not been able to bear writing about yet).

Yep. There are a lot of things that I can’t change, and I’m going to be working on facing it with more courage, grace, and faith.

However, there are some things I can change. I will focus on enduring well by changing what I can and leaving the rest.

Starting with a new kitchen garbage can that the dog cannot get into.

To download this month’s Visiting Teaching printable, click here: March 2015 Visiting Teaching Printable.

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Jessica Abegg

It's funny, we had a "Visiting Teaching Conference" today instead of regular Relief Society, and they had a lady talk about the benefits form doing Visiting Teaching, and she talked about how doing it faithfully had blessed her life.
Same thing here for you. Patience is what you needed to hear, even though you're supposed to be sharing it with others!
Hope you are feeling better and less stressed soon – I cannot even imagine how you are feeling right now, but I do understand that is has to be quite out of control of everything, and that would be horrendous to deal with!


Thanks, Jessica. I do think it's wonderful how the Lord works. Often the lessons I prepare for Visiting Teaching and other callings teach me more than I ever teach my class, and they are usually the things I need to hear, too.


Lara —

This locking trash can may help you — I have one and it has been a great help. We don't have pets, but my husband bought this for me when I was at my wits end with our intrepid toddler who was fascinated by trash…both putting things in and taking things out! If the link does not work, search on the Bed Bath and Beyond website for Simplehuman┬« Plastic Semi-Round 50-Liter Step-On Trash Can. It is $50, so a bit pricey….but has helped so much it was worth the expense!


Thank you for this great handout. I appreciate you sharing your talent!


Donna, Thank you so much for posting this! I've purchased it, and so far, so good. My dog is very disappointed, but she will certainly live. Now she just waits for the kids to leave their garbage on the table, Ha ha. ­čÖé