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The Relief 'Sole'-Ciety
The Relief Sole-Ciety
A skit written by Laurel Hart
Cast: Relief Sole-ciety President Sister Blister
Visiting Teachers. With posters identifying them as various kinds of shoes.
Scene: The Relief Sole-ciety Shoe Store. A sign bearing the name sits on the desk. A backdrop of shelves of shoe-boxes is behind the desk. Sis. Blister limps in with a barefoot poster hung on her front.
R.P. Hello, Sister Blister. Can I help you?
S.B. I dont know. My sole is really hurting. (She points to the foot)
R.P. Yes, I can see that you need some help.
S.B. Oh, I am afraid I am beyond help. You see, Ive become calloused and I flatly refuse to think there is any hope for me.
R.P. Now, now, dont talk that way. Youve taken a step in the right direction by coming here. After all, this is the Relief Sole-ciety, and we specialize in taking care of de-feet. (She points to the foot.)
S.B. (With a spark of hope in her voice) You do?
R.P. Not so fast. Not just any pair will do. You have very special problems so we need to be selective in our decision as to which would fit you the best. Let me introduce you to some of our most popular pairs, and I think you will be able to choose for yourself.........
(The LOAFERS come out very casually, looking rather bored)
S.B. That pair looks pretty nice.
R.P. Yes, but theyre really just a couple of loafers. They accepted the call to be visiting teachers, but they just refuse to get instep with the program. They rarely make their visits, even though they seldom have a good excuse.
LOAFERS: 1. Should we do our visiting teaching, Penny?
2. I cant Im studying to be an Oxford graduate.
S.B. Youre right. I guess I wouldnt want them.
(A PAIR OF THONGS COME OUT)
R.P. Heres another pair. But I dont think youd want them either.
S.B. Why not?
R.P. Well, sometimes they go out and sometimes they dont. They flip flop from month to month. Very undependable.
FLIP FLOPS: 1. Lets go visit teaching
2. Oh, lets not
3. Okay, lets not.
4. Well, maybe wed better.
(The flip flops exit, still trying to make up their minds.)
S.B. I guess theyre the thong kind of visiting teacher too.
(The SNEAKERS peek around the curtain and then sneak out when they see the coast is clear.)
S.B. Is that the pair for me?
R.P. No Im afraid not. Theyre just a couple of sneakers. Oh, they do get out and do their teaching every month, but they do it on the very last day. Their visits are made more for the rolls to look good than for the needs of the sisters. And then after they do their duty thats the last their sisters see or hear from them until the next month, on the last day.
SNEAKERS: 1. Shh, Give us a break.
2. Yeah, were just too tied up to get out sooner.
(They sneak off stage.)
R.P. Well, Keds will be Keds, I guess (she shakes her head)
(The Furry Slippers enter.)
S.B. Boy, they look great.
R.P. Yes, but dont let their appearance fool you. Theyre one of the worst pairs. Underneath that soft, warm surface is a cold heart. They say they want to help and they offer their total support, but sooner or later you will find that these offers are flimsy and certainly not fur real. Somehow, when you really need them, they always manage to have just slipped out.
SLIPPERS: 1. Heh, heh, heh.
2. See you later
(They slip out)
(A PAIR ON CONVERSE TENNIS SHOES enter, whispering and laughing)
S.B. Can I trust this pair?
R.P. Im afraid not. They have their problems too. Theyre faithful in coming each month, but when they do, they converse, and converse, and converse, and never about the visiting teaching message, either. Its always just gossip. And whats worse, their tongues are loose and have a hard time keeping confidences.
CONVERSE SHOES: 1. (Very offended) Well, after all, were not hush puppies.
2. Come on, Ive got to tell you about Sister Jones....they exit, whispering)
S.B. Id never bare my sole to them.
(The HIGH HEELS enter)
S.B. My, but arent they stylish?
R.P. Yes, but believe me. Theyll cramp your style. They make a good first impression, but theyve got so many things on their mind. Your worries are the least of their concern. They just cant hold you up over the long haul.
HEELS: 1. Can you wait up a minute, my calves are killing me.
2. Hurry, or well be late for the sale at ZCMI
(They scurry off the stage.)
(ALL AROUND FRONT RUNNERS enter)
ALL-AROUNDS: 1. You can count on us to buckle down and work out those problems together.
2. Well give you plenty of room to be yourself... And dont worry, our tongues dont wag.
S.B. Yes, I am sure that you are the pair that can raise my self- esteem and heel my tired sole.
R.P. (To audience) Let me add just one final footnote: If this shoe fits, wear it.
HATS OFF (Visiting Teaching Skit)
By Billie Bess Jewett
Opening: (By one of the counselors in the Presidency)
(background of soft music)
Were here tonight to tell you, of the love we feel for you,
We know your lives are busy...and you have a lot to do,
But never do we hear a cry,
as you all do your best...
The monthly message, love and care...
And you do all the rest,
Our lonely sisters wait each day to hear you ring their bell,
Oh, you Visiting Teachers...you do your job so well.
And now were just beginning an evening just for you,
To tell you that WE LOVE YOU and appreciate what you do.
Yes Visiting Teachers...we have planned this (night/day) just for you. Its for you, its about you, and its to honor you, for your enjoyment now, We present a very special fashion show: THE MANY HATS OF A VISITING TEACHER.
This visiting teacher is wearing an interesting hat,
Its one each visiting teacher would wear, wherever shes at.
This hat is made of felt...its really quite chic,
Its one we should wear every day of the week.
Have your sisters felt of your love,
Have they felt of your care?
Have they felt your sweet spirit?
Is this hat one that you wear????
A nurses cap is one that Visiting Teachers often wear,
Because very often we give the sick tender care.
Not very many have a nursing degree, thats true...
But if you are ill, call your visiting teacher,
Shell take care of you.
RAIN &/OR SHINE HAT:
This good sister does her visiting teaching all the time.
It doesnt matter what kind of weather...rain...or shine??!!
She still keeps her appointments, She wont let anything get in her way,
Cause she is doing the Lords work and its the most important work
shell do this day.
Wow, heres a visiting teacher whose hats really buzzin,
For her sisters she does neat things...nice things by the dozen;
This sister is busy, yes, busy as a bee,
Yet she contacts her sisters not just once, but two times, maybe three.
She wants to know if theyre happy..or down,
It doesnt matter...shell share a smile or a frown.
Her sisters all love her and know her loves strong
And she makes them feel they really bee-long.
Now you may wonder, where in our fashion show this hat is going to fit?
Well, Ill tell you; as a visiting teacher to your sisters are you really close knit?
EARLY BIRD HAT:
The early bird gets the worm, we all know that.
Well, this visiting teacher gets to wear the early bird hat,
She makes her visits early, -she doesnt wait til months end,
Yes,...shes a visiting teacher on whom you can depend.
Our working sisters have schedules that are tight,
But these sweet sisters still do their teaching -they do it at night.
For them we model a night cap and smile,
Because we feel they really do go the extra mile!!
My goodness! This visiting teacher wears a chefs hat on her heads top
And besides all that...she carries a mop.
Many times those we visit need a floor scrubbed and some dinner,
So, as a visiting teacher you do it....cause youre a real winner.
Oh dear, whats the matter with you?
Ah-did you know that your hat is slightly askew?
There...Thats better...but I think our problem I know,
Its that hat, the last straw from which your excuses grow.
Im always so busy, tho I really do try
It seems that my days just simply fly by
Its the last day of the month...and my teachings not done.
No time for a message...I really must run!
The last straw hat??? Lets dont wear that!!!
A mortar board hat, now how does that fit in?
As visiting teachers...are we graduating??
But we have some new sisters, theyre such sweet little things,
And,oh, so young, theyre still in their teens.
From the young womens program to Relief Society is quite a big jump.
A loving and caring visiting teacher can help em over the hump!!!
Hmmmmm, a hat full of tacks!???? Thats a hat of a different kind.
But its one we all must wear... At least some of the time.
Many times when we visit we must watch what we say,
We must be lovingly tactful, as we visit some days.
As visiting teachers, a phones our best friend.
After we visit...we can check on our sisters right thru months end.
Yes, a call can show others just how much we care,
And that for them, we will always be there.
Or, how about turning this concept the other way,
Do your sisters feel they can call you both day and night?
A visiting teacher is a good listener...and even on the phone,
can show LOVE,
And this pleases not only your sister...but our Father above.
The MANY HATS OF A VISITING TEACHER and there are many its true,
And each one is worn at some time by YOU.
You are very special ladies...in the ___________________Ward
And each month to the sisters special messages take,
We love you each one...Appreciate all you do
And we know those you visit love each of you, too!!
(At this point, the President of RS takes over and asks some pre-assigned teachers to relate a special experience they have had as a Visiting Teacher. Have someone bear a testimony as to the worth of the Visit Teaching program.)
The President closes with her own testimony of Visit Teaching, and relates her love to the sisters of the ward in her own way. She explains her need for each of the RS members and wishes them well in the year to come. She helps them realize the importance of their sweet spirits, and their charitable traits, etc. And sincerely thanks them.
INVITATION: A cute colored hat (paper) with a feather on it.
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