Wednesday, October 15, 2014

F.R.O.G. (Fully Rely On God) Box



This 'F.R.O.G. Fully Rely On God' 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 53 beautifully-coordinated pieces - available now on Etsy from the Missionary Box Moms.
 
  This kit includes a 17-Page High-Quality PDF File Download for DIY Printables.  














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! 



















The idea for this box started with finding the F.R.O.G. lip balm at Deseret Book and sort-of Leapfrogged from there!  You will be surprised at how easy it is to find ‘Froggy’ items as you shop around town.  The Dollar Tree Store has a line of Baby Items that rotates animal shapes depending on the season. (Washcloths, Treat Boxes, Plates, & Bowls)  So in the spring they have Bumble Bees, Lady Bugs, and Frogs.  I did a separate ‘Box’ utilizing all 3 of these animals and they turned out really cute!  It is just a little extra effort that throws a big punch in the overall look and feel of your ‘Box’.


Elders Flores and Gonzales - Malaga Spain Mission
Remember to Flap!!! 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 our 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.  We chose to mail this size simply for economy - since all of our missionaries were serving outside of the U.S. - it was just a few dollars more to send a Large Priority Box vs. a Medium Priority Box. 

For the FROG box I used one piece of AC Cardstock Scrapbook paper in Glitter Cricket and one piece of DCWV Cardstock in Glitter Red Cardstock Scrapbook paper – both cut in half and trimmed to fit.  I printed off the Box Flaps on Photo Paper and attached them with Glue Dots since tape has a hard time sticking to glittery papers.

Ribbit Ribbit!!!  One thing we always included in all of our Boxes was a personalized letter to each Missionary and their companions.  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!

Sisters Fristrup and Allen - New Mexico Albuquerque Mission

Print off the following Conference Talks and Stories to Include in Your Box:

Ensign, May 2007: Using the Supernal Gift of Prayer by Elder Richard G. Scott 

Ensign November 1996: Be Thou an Example by President Thomas S. Monson  

General Conference April 2015: On Being Genuine by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Conference Talk October 2011: Waiting upon the Lord: Thy Will be Done by Robert D. Hales 

New Era September 2008: Five Scriptures that will help you get through almost anything by John Bytheway 

Friend August 1984 The Swinging Bridge Frog by Alma J. Yates

BYU Speeches 18 April 2014: Rely on the Power of Heaven by Elder Chi Hong (Sam) Wong

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

New Era July 2014: How to Rely on the Power of Prayer by Elder M. Russell Ballard Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles 

Ensign September 2008: Members Rely on Prayer During Deadly Tornado by Eric Eames 

Church News 26 June 2013: Scripture Verse Inspired Sister Oscarson to Rely on the Lord

This message from Elder Jeffrey R. Holland has been hand-picked with you in mind.  Though we know you have already answered the call to serve, we also know that continuing to serve with dedication and distinction is a daily choice.  Please know that we love you, pray for your success, and honor your service.  We hope this message helps encourage, motivate, and comfort you.  The little frogs that appear here and there are a reminder of the message to Fully Rely On God, while doing all you can.

Ensign July 2011: Faith to Answer the Call by Jeffrey R. Holland




Elders Phipps and Letts - Malaga Spain Mission
From My Lily Pad to His!!!  The first time I sent this 'Box' I sent it just on my own as a fun summer box for my son and the 3 other Elders sharing his apartment.  It was a tad squishy to fit 4 of everything into the box - but it was definitely worth it for the boys - they LOVED it!  Our Missionaries work so hard every single day - so it was fun to put together a 'Just Because' box of fun for them to enjoy and to replenish their spirits.  Depending on the size of the box you are sending – you could include or delete any of the following items below – or come up with a few of your own.   
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ully Rely On God

And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, Forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. (Ephesians 4:32)

And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.  (Heleman 5:12)
Behold, the Lord requireth the heart and a willing mind; and the willing and Obedient shall eat the good of the land of Zion in these last days.  (D&C 64:34)
And we know that all things work together for Good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  (Romans 8:28)
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The Parable of the Popcorn
Behold at the time of harvest, the ears of corn did bring forth kernels which were dried and prepared for the Popper’s hand. And then it was that the Popper did take the kernels, all that did appear alike unto Him, and applied the oil and the heat.
And it came to pass that when the heat was on, some did explode with promise and did magnify themselves an hundred fold. And some did burst forth with whiteness which did both gladden the eye and satisfy the taste of the Popper. And likewise some did pop, but not too much. Behold, there were some that did lie there, and even through the Popper’s heat was alike unto all, some did just bask in the oil and keep everything that they had unto themselves.

And so it came to pass that those which had given of themselves did bring forth much joy and delight to many munchers. But those which kept of the warmth and did not bring forth were only cast into the pail and thought of with hardness and disgust.
And thus we see that in the beginning all appear alike, but when the heat is on, some come forth and give all, while others fail their purpose as chaff, so as to be discarded and forgotten.

Discuss the popcorn parable. For the very young just explain the analogy, for older kids ask some deeper questions, What does the heat represent? Why are we like the popcorn? What can we do to fulfill our potential?

Explain that we are all Children of Heavenly Father and we all have great potential, but we have to first choose to always strive to do good and choose the right.

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Ensign, May 2007: Using the Supernal Gift of Prayer by Elder Richard G. Scott
F.R.O.G.
A key to improved prayer is to learn to ask the right questions. Consider changing from asking for the things you want to honestly seeking what He wants for you. Then as you learn His will, pray that you will be led to have the strength to fulfill it.
What do you do when you have prepared carefully, have prayed fervently, waited a reasonable time for a response, and still do not feel an answer? You may want to express thanks when that occurs, for it is an evidence of His trust. When you are living worthily and your choice is consistent with the Savior’s teachings and you need to act, proceed with trust. As you are sensitive to the promptings of the Spirit, one of two things will certainly occur at the appropriate time: either the stupor of thought will come, indicating an improper choice, or the peace or the burning in the bosom will be felt, confirming that your choice was correct. When you are living righteously and are acting with trust, God will not let you proceed too far without a warning impression if you have made the wrong decision.
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"The Kingdom of God is like a besieged city surrounded on all sides by death.  Each man (and woman) has a place on the wall to defend and noone can stand where another stands, but nothing prevents us from calling encouragement to one another".
Martin Luther, as quoted in Lewis Spitz, The Renaissance and Reformation Movements (1971), 335.

"if you feel small and weak, please simply come unto Christ, who makes things strong." Dieter F. Uchtdorf  General Conference April 2015, On Being Genuine
The beauty of missionary work is the message we share.  Yes, the church is inspired, the scriptures are true, and a living prophet guides us.  However, the sole purpose of all these wonderful things is to bring people to Jesus Christ - to help others find the joy and the love and the goodness of our Savior, the true Son of God.  May you be filled with the love of Christ and have the Holy Spirit with you to help you share this love with all those you encounter in your missionary service, and bring them unto Him.  Thank you for your work to serve the Lord and His children.  We love you and we're cheering for you!
  
D&C 88:119
Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God;
Organize yourselves that you may Fully Rely On God

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Frog Food

Jump, Leap, Hop to it! Always be spiritually fit! Read it... (Scriptures) then
Eat it... (Sweet Love From Home!)
Psalms 59:9-10     Omni 1:26
2 Nephi 4:19           Matt. 4:19
Mosiah 7:19           D&C 42:6
Mosiah 23:22         D&C 42:13-14
D&C 11:12              Hymn #263
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Last summer we lived in Texas.  The wet spring brought hundreds of frogs to our backyards in the small town we were living in.  The kids loved playing with the frogs.  One day, the boys found a frog that had a cut on its leg.  One of the boys determined the frog needed a band-aid on his leg!  So he got his pack with his first aid kit in it, got at least one band-aid plastered to the frogs leg, and then proudly showed his mama his handiwork.  My son is the one wearing the plastic glove; he was concerned about germs.  I can only imagine what torture the frog endured to get that band-aid on him! 
That little frog in Texas had a problem that was bigger than he could handle; a big cut.  But there were hands there to help with first aid kits and sterile gloves.  While our little 5 year old boys probably made the problem worse for this frog, a perfect God can be trusted to mend out cut legs perfectly.  We can fully rely of God like this frog, and that means we let Him take care of things that are too big for us to handle on our own.  It means that we let Him help us feel better when we're scared, or sad.  We can also rely on God when we don't know what to do.  I feel like God works with us; like the brother of Jared and like Nephi.  We are not alone in the challenges, the sadness, pain, or even the success.

Matt. 11:28-30  "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden light." 


May God be with you. 
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I was thirsty and he gave me drink.  Matthew 25:35



Water Bottle: Fill With Green Candy



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Moroni 7:48
Wherefore, my beloved brethren (and sisters), pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure. Amen. 
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2 Nephi 30:8
And it shall come to pass that the Lord God shall commence his work among all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people, to bring about the restoration of his people upon the earth. 



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General Conference April 2000: Living Happily Ever After by Coleen K. Menlove Primary General President
Frogs have it easy...   They eat what bugs them!
Stress Reliever Frogs
Home Made Frog Pillow Cases


Balancing Frog

Homemade Missionary Stationary and Envelopes

Just in case you get a FROG in your throat!


 Wash Cloth, Bath Scrubber, or Soap Dispenser - Dollar Tree Store
















General Conference April 2010: You Are His Hands by Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Make your own frog with a Dish Towel, Kitchen Scrubber, elastic bands, and Google Eyes - all from the Dollar Tree Store


LED Animal Plush Light

Shopping List –Everything's Green


DESERET BOOK
Lip Balm - F.R.O.G. Fully Rely On God $1.98 Each

Church Supplier
F.R.O.G. Fully Rely On God Silicone Bracelet $1.19

The Frog Store
Frog Roll Tape Gum  .65cents
Chocolate Frogs
Blue Toed Sterling Frog Earrings

F.R.O.G. Fully Rely Silicone Bracelets
Fully Rely On God Friendship Bracelets

 

Lip Notes
Just Froggy Lip Balm
Fully Rely On God Lip Balm

 

Grocery Store
Kellogg's Honey Smacks Cereal - Has a Frog on the Package
Krusteaz Apple Cinnamon Pancake Mix (Green Package)
Log Cabin Original Syrup
Peanut Butter (Just Because He Loves It!)
Pistachio Pudding (Green)
Frog Easter Eggs - Seasonal
Pillsbury Key Lime Cookie Mix (Green)
Pillsbury Key Lime Frosting Tub (Green)

 


Jack Links Turkey and Cheese Sticks - The package is Green/White
Googly Light Up Character Ring - Frog Design - In B-day Party toy area,

 

Christian Dollar Store

(This Site Has Tons Of Fully Rely On God Products!)
Jumbo F.R.O.G. Fully Rely On God Paddle Game - 2 Soft Foam Ping Pong Paddles/Ball)
Frog Bookmarks
F.R.O.G. Totebags
Frog Keychains w/Heart
Frog Pencils, Notebooks & Erasers
Frog Necklaces & Bracelets
Frog Stickers
Frog Suckers
Frog Buttons
Frog Plush Toys
Frog Toy Jumpers
Frog Pattern Scarves

Dollar Tree Store - Everythings $1.00
Frog Washcloth - in Baby Section
Frog Design Treat Box (Kids Animal Friends Snack Container 2-Pack in Baby Section)
Frog Design Animal Friends Bowl w/Lid (Kids Animal Friends - in Baby Section)
Small Green Plastic Basket (To Hold Gift Items)
Frog Design Toothbrush Holder by Assured
Fun Express Jumping Frogs Value Pack

Bennion Craft
Haribo Frogs Gummi Candy
Apple Pie a la Mode Green and White Suckers .50cents
Felt Frog Stickers
Frog Stickers
Frog Ribbon
Haribo Mini Rainbow Frogs Gummi Candy
1 12X12 Chevron Pattern Scrapbook Glitter paper in green color
1 12X12 Chevron Pattern Scrapbook Glitter paper in black color
Glue Dots Adhesive (To adhere paper to box and words/frogs to glitter papers)



Sweet Frog
Fully Rely On God Sweatshirt
Fully Rely On God T-Shirt
Frog Bolo Ties (Elders)
Frog Silicone Bracelets
Frog Plush Toys








Claire's or Icing
Frog Key Chain w/tongues that roll out when you squeeze them. 


It's Sugar
Keroppi Apple Sours Candy in a Frog tin box


Zazzle
Fully Rely On God Aprons
Fully Rely On God Totes
Fully Rely On God Frog Ties











Bowman's Grocery Store

Flip A Frog Game $2.00

Hallmark Store
10 Blank Note Cards w/Green & White Dots
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Gently Up A Stream by Linda J. Curley Christensen


If life is compared to a river, it is easy to imagine floating with the current ‘gently down the stream’, but I have never found any good and worthwhile thing that came of its own accord, just the opposite.  Every worthy goal takes constant, if gentle effort.  There is nothing static in the universe, after all.  Fortunately the Lord does not require us to run faster than we have strength, (or row faster!)  Amulek’s warning against procrastination is so perfect.  “You cannot say, when ye are brought to that awful crisis, that I will repent…” There is a point of no return in just about everything.
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Faith and Frogs Object Lesson


Items Needed: Toy Frog, $1 bill, mirror, picture of someone, fortune cookie, toy car or Lego toy, Card with the word God on it.



Introduction:
Ask: Do you know what “FROG” means?

                

On a Chalkboard, Whiteboard, or piece of paper write the following so that everyone can see it.

F—ully (What does fully mean? Completely, all the way)
R—elying (What does relying mean? Trusting, leaning on)
O—n (What does on mean? Not behind or under)
G—od (What do we think of when we think of God?  Our Father in Heaven)


What do you and I rely on or trust or lean on? Do we trust in God? Or are we fully relying on something else?

Money (Use $1 - our money says “In God We Trust” - Do we?)
Yourself (Use a mirror - How many times have you thought, “I can do this myself”?)
People (Use a picture of someone - Are you leaning on some other person to take care of you)
Luck (Use a fortune cookie - Do you believe in good luck/bad luck?)
Stuff (Use a small car - Are you relying on stuff to make you happy?)
God (Paper w/the word God written on it - Or are you leaning on God? )

We trust cars and airplanes to get us where we are going. We trust the bank to give us money from our account. We trust people to do what they say they will do. We trust our own abilities to do for ourselves. We sometimes trust in horoscopes/stars/luck/chance and gamble hoping to get something for nothing.

If we believe in Jesus Christ, we have trusted in God. But, do we trust Him to keep us and provide for us and lead us in the choices we make? Do we trust Him to help us love those who are not loveable, to do the things that are really hard for us? God wants us to keep on leaning on Him every day. He wants us to fully rely on Him.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5
 

When you see a frog let it remind you to Fully Rely On God, and to trust God with all your heart and to lean on Him every day, not just on your own understanding! 

Elder McKay - Botswana Africa Mission


 








As another Box option I used one piece of Limeade Chevron Pattern Sugar Coated Cardstock and one piece of Beetle Black Chevron Pattern Sugar Coated Cardstock Scrapbook Paper - both from Doodlebug Design Company. Again cut in half and trimmed to fit.  

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