My package theme was based on this New Era Article
The Message: Gifts to Bring Home from the Mission Field by President Gordon B. Hinkley.
I twisted it a little and called it the
10 Gifts You Gain From A Mission
My penmanship is rushed and a little silly, so don't critique me on that :)
For the introducer I labeled the envelope and put this excerpt from the talk inside "These are 10 gifts that I would hope every missionary would bring home with him or her—not a lot of tinsel, not a lot of dolls, not a lot of rugs or furs or dresses or plates, but these great, enduring, wonderful things. God bless you to keep the faith, and while doing so, enjoy with great happiness that which you are called to do."
Back of the envelope said "We love you Honey!" -Thats how the Honey Buns come into play. Considering our missionary loves them I wanted to send them in the package and they were a great filler for all the left over spots.
Back of the envelope "Let the Love of our Heavnely Father surrond you like these big hugs." The hugs were from my little ones. They were cut their arms length, like real hugs.
I found this Mail a Hug idea here. I put my own spin on it and decided to do put "I love you SO much!" kind of like the "I love you THIS much!" idea.
2. Excerpt inside "As a missionary, I read each evening before going to bed a few chapters of the Book of Mormon, and there came into my heart a conviction which has never left: that this is the word of God, restored to the earth by the power of the Almighty, translated by the gift and power of God to the convincing of the Jew and the Gentile that Jesus is the Christ. I thank the Lord for the testimony which I have of the truth of the word of God as found in these sacred revealed books. And I would hope that every missionary would leave his or her field of labor with a conviction in his or her heart that these things are true."
Back of the envelope "We know your working hard to be a scripture smarty."
Back of the envelope "We all know your itching to give Mom and Dad some Hugs and Kisses!"
I have learned to love the people of Asia. I spent 11 years among them, and I love them. To me, I love them as much as I love anybody because of the experience I have had as a missionary, as it were, among them.
There’s something wrong if a missionary doesn’t come back with a great love for the people among whom he labored."Back of the envelope "A fisher of men = Missionary"
Back of the envelope "For all that hard work, your reward will be much greater than money."
This youtube video teaches you how to make a dollar bill into this ... shirt and tie. I am no secret oragami master and it really was fairly easy with a little adjusting here and there I was more than happy with the results. And bragged about my skills, but to be honest the video is pretty easy to follow. I just paused it at each step and it worked great.
Back of the envelope "Listen to the Holy Spirit (o-mint) he will guide you, comfort you, and strengthen you."
Back of the envelope "Is there any better team then a sweet and salty pair?"
Back of the envelope "For a personal boost remember your biggest fans, looking up to you."
I found these Missionary Tag Printables Here and instead of writing their names I wrote Elder _____ Biggest Fan. I just saved the image and wrote my own text in on publisher.
We ask tremendous things of missionaries. It is so hard for shy and diffident young people to do the things we sometimes ask them to do. But what a marvelous thing that they try. They have the faith to do, the faith to act, the faith to go forward and make the effort. And what a marvelous gift that is to bring home."Back of the envelope "Faith dip, to remind you to dip into your faith when spirits are low."
Back of the envelope "Especially for the days where your tired and sore and seem to be stuck in a rut, just remember that prayer can help you get back up."
My son kind of hijacked the prayer rock and scribbled all over it, so I decided to just go with that and wrote Pray and Prayer all over it. The poem and other cute (more sophisticated) prayer rock ideas are found here. My favorite is the modge podged heart for Sisters.