Scripture-Themed Missionary Christmas Gifts
I got lucky because I went on my mission to Argentina. Christmas there didn’t feel anything like Christmas here. Down there it is summer in December so it was hot and there were a lot of watermelons and asados (BBQ’s).
My husband is the ward mission leader, so last Christmas I decided to pull together some missionary Christmas gifts for the sisters in our ward. I know that missions aren’t about material things, but one of the things I missed most on Christmas was the tearing open of wrapping paper. It wasn’t so much the stuff in the present; I just really missed the feeling of excitedly unwrapping something. I know it is totally silly.
So I decided I wanted lots of big boxes for them to unwrap Christmas morning. But I also knew that they have to pack light. I didn’t want to give them a bunch of stuff that they would have to worry about hauling around.
I also wanted to do something that would make them think of their missions instead of home. So I came up with a list of supplies and goodies that missionaries could use and found some missionary scriptures to go with them. Some of them get a little cheesy, but I like cheesy!
I taped the scripture on the outside of the present and then the corresponding card on the gift inside. That way they could try to guess what was inside based on the scripture. This year I think I will have my young women help me with the wrapping!
You can just download and print the printable for the cards, or I have included all the scriptures with their gifts below. Have fun! The sisters in our ward LOVED this! It was so much fun seeing their excited faces when they told us about how their present unwrapping went the next day!
List of Scriptures and Missionary Christmas Gifts
Scripture: And I give unto you, who are the first laborers in this last kingdom, a commandment that you assemble yourselves together, and organize yourselves, and prepare yourselves, and sanctify yourselves; yea, purify your hearts, and cleanse your hands and your feet before me, that I may make you clean;
Enclosed card: Soap to clean your hands and feet!
Scripture: Behold, the field is white already to harvest; therefore, whoso desireth to reap let him thrust in his sickle with his might, and reap while the day lasts, that he may treasure up for his soul everlasting salvation in the kingdom of God.
Gift: Harvest Cheddar Chips
Enclosed card: “Harvest” Cheddar Chips
Scripture: I say unto you, I would that ye should remember to retain the name written always in your hearts, that ye are not found on the left hand of God, but that ye hear and know the voice by which ye shall be called, and also, the name by which he shall call you.
Gift: Nice pens or scripture markers
Enclosed card: Something to write with
Scripture: Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.
Gift: Sheets of stickers (Stickers are gold for missionaries. They are the perfect kid distraction!)
Enclosed card: “Stick”ers that get stuck together as one!
Scripture: How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!
Enclosed card: Socks to make your feet “beautiful” and warm!
Scripture: Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the Lord, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.
Gift: Swedish Fish
Enclosed card: What are fishers without some fish?
Scripture: 9 Yea, open your mouths and spare not, and you shall be laden with sheaves upon your backs, for lo, I am with you.
10 Yea, open your mouths and they shall be filled, saying: Repent, repent, and prepare ye the way of the Lord, and make his paths straight; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand;
11 Yea, repent and be baptized, every one of you, for a remission of your sins; yea, be baptized even by water, and then cometh the baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost.
Gift: Breath mints
Enclosed card: It is hard to open your mouth when your breath stinks.
Hymn: Sweet is the work, my God, my King,
To praise thy name, give thanks and sing,
To show thy love by morning light,
And talk of all thy truths at night.
“Sweet Is the Work”
Gift: Chocolate candy bars
Enclosed card: We LOVE chocolate and it is SUPER sweet!
Scripture: Choose you this day whom ye will serve;… but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
Enclosed card: Some gum to help you “chews”