Monday, December 12, 2011
1st: Red Lettuce (or spring mix)
2nd: Red onion
3rd: Provolone cheese (cut into thin strips)
4th: Golden Raisins
5th: Pine nuts (I used candied pecans)
6th: Pomegranate Seeds
Spaghetti Factory House Dressing
1 1/4 C. Canola or Vegetable oil
2 C. Mayo
1 1/4 C. Buttermilk
4 tbs. grated Romano cheese
4 tbs. dried basil
1 tbs. garlic powder
1 tsp. salt
1 dash Tabasco
Blend all ingredients together in a blender. Refrigerate.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
What are your personal challenges and opportunities? President Uchtdorf teaches that “there are messages in each general conference given as a gift and a blessing from heaven specifically for our personal life situations.”
To help us receive these heaven-sent gifts and blessings from conference, he suggests three basic concepts. Find out what they are by reading “General Conference—No Ordinary Blessing.”
A fine member of the Church was talking with a neighbor who was not of our faith. When the topic of discussion turned to general conference, the neighbor asked, “You say you have prophets and apostles? And twice a year in a worldwide conference they reveal the word of God?”
“Absolutely,” the member replied with confidence.
The neighbor thought about that for a moment. He seemed genuinely interested and then asked, “What did they say in the last general conference?”
At this point the good member of the Church went from feeling excited about sharing the gospel to feeling embarrassed. Try as he might, he couldn’t think of the details of a single talk.
His friend found this troubling and said, “You mean to tell me that God speaks to man in our day and you can’t remember what He said?”
The brother felt humbled by this exchange. He vowed that he would do better to remember the words spoken by the Lord’s servants in general conference.
We all know how hard it is to remember every message of general conference, and I’m confident that we need not be embarrassed if we don’t remember everything. Nevertheless, there are messages in each general conference given as a gift and a blessing from heaven specifically for our personal life situations.
In preparation for general conference, let me suggest three basic concepts that may help us to better receive, remember, and apply the words spoken by the Lord’s servants.
1. Members of the Church are entitled to personal revelation as they listen to and study the inspired words spoken at general conference.
As you prepare for general conference, I invite you to ponder questions you need to have answered. For example, you might yearn for direction and guidance by the Lord regarding challenges you are facing.
Answers to your specific prayers may come directly from a particular talk or from a specific phrase. At other times answers may come in a seemingly unrelated word, phrase, or song. A heart filled with gratitude for the blessings of life and an earnest desire to hear and follow the words of counsel will prepare the way for personal revelation.
2. Don’t discount a message merely because it sounds familiar.
Prophets have always taught by repetition; it is a law of learning. You will hear repetition in themes and doctrines in general conference. Let me reassure you: this is not due to a lack of creativity or imagination. We continue to hear messages on similar issues because the Lord is teaching and impressing upon our minds and hearts certain foundational principles of great eternal importance that must be understood and acted upon before we can move on to other things. A wise builder first lays the foundation before erecting the walls and the roof.
3. The words spoken at general conference should be a compass that points the way for us during the coming months.
If we listen to and follow the promptings of the Spirit, they will serve as a Liahona, guiding us through the unknown, challenging valleys and mountains that are ahead (see 1 Nephi 16).
Since the world began, God has raised up prophets who speak the will of heaven to the people of their times. It is our responsibility to listen and then apply the messages the Lord provides for us.
Our merciful and loving Heavenly Father has not forsaken and will not forsake His children. Today, as well as in times past, He has appointed apostles and prophets. He continues to reveal His word to them.
What a marvelous privilege it is to hear God’s messages for each of us during general conference! Let us prepare well for this great blessing of divine guidance delivered by His chosen servants.
For this is no ordinary blessing.
Teaching from This Message
Read the article together. Encourage the family to identify things to listen for during general conference.
To help young children apply the counsel given by President Uchtdorf, show them a General Authority chart (found in the conference issue of the Liahona and Ensign). Let them know that the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will be speaking in general conference. Encourage children to listen to conference and draw a picture to help them remember what they learned. Parents can visit conferencegames.lds.org for more conference activities for children.
Good, Better, Best
By Mary-Celeste Lewis
In his October 2007 general conference talk, Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles talked about activities that are “good, better, and best.” When he got to the part about “the overscheduling of children,” I squirmed guiltily in my seat.
I knew I was doing too much. I was in school plays, taking challenging classes in school, and was involved in several other activities. I hadn’t been attending Young Women activities faithfully, and my Sundays were filled with the stress of trying to complete last-minute homework. Practicing music and editing the school newspaper had lost their element of fun and had become work.
Elder Oaks’s talk made me take a good look at my schedule. My activities were good, but there were too many of them. I had to choose the best ones. As I tried to decide which activities to forsake, I realized that the gospel of Jesus Christ was the best priority anyone can have. I put prayer and scripture study at the top of my list, and since then, my life has run more smoothly.
Elder Oaks taught me that when we do what the Lord wants us to do first, everything else will fall neatly into place. If I study my scriptures before I play games or even before I do my homework, everything important will get done. When I base my life around the Lord, instead of adding Him in as an afterthought, my life has an added measure of peace and success.
Now I’m very careful to listen to the counsel given at general conference!
I Can Find Answers through General Conference
President Uchtdorf teaches that if you think of some questions before general conference, the Lord can speak to you through His prophets and apostles during conference.
As a family or class, discuss what you need to learn, either individually or together. (For example: How do I strengthen my testimony? How should I deal with a problem at school?) On a piece of paper or in your journal, write down your questions.
In the weeks leading up to conference, you could think and pray about these questions.
Listen carefully during conference (it may help to take notes). Then write how the Lord—through Church leaders—answered your questions.
On another piece of paper, you could draw a picture of yourself doing what you learned.
September 2011 Liahona and Ensign.
With Conference soon approaching us this weekend, I have seen a few posts with some wonderful conference packets/activities for us “grown-ups” and our children. Just thought you might like these links…
Friday, September 2, 2011
1 1/2 cups heavy cream 1/4 cup white sugar
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened 2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/2 cup white sugar
1 (10.75 ounce) package prepared pound cake 2 (10 ounce) packages frozen raspberries, thawed
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting
1. In a medium bowl, beat cream with 1/4 cup sugar until stiff peaks form. In another bowl, cream together cream cheese, lemon juice, vanilla and 1/2 cup sugar. Fold 2 cups of whipped cream into cream cheese mixture. Reserve remaining whipped cream.
2. Slice pound cake into 18 - 1/2 inch slices. Drain raspberries, reserving juice. Line the bottom of a 3 quart glass bowl or trifle bowl with one-third of the cake slices. Drizzle with some raspberry juice. Spread one-fourth of the cream cheese mixture over cake. Sift one-fourth of the cocoa over that. Sprinkle with one-third of the raspberries. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining cream cheese mixture, whipped cream and sifted cocoa. Cover and refrigerate 4 hours before serving.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
This is Brandi Park. I have a bunch of Pie Cherries, and maybe some Raspberries if anyone is interested in coming up and picking them, please give me a call, or email me at email@example.com.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Just wanting to let you know that church will be held this Sunday at the Victor Elementary, regular block of meetings 9:00-12:00. Sacrament will be held in the gym and then they will instruct you where to go from there.
Also, I wasn’t able to be there last night, so if anyone has pictures from the R.S. barbeque at Nancy’s please email them to me, and I will share them with the other sisters.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Just a reminder, our Relief Society BBQ is this Thursday evening at 6:30.
Please join us at Nancy Richardson's home 4767 Paradise Springs Road (just off 4500 West).
We will have great food, great company and a great speaker.
Please make sure those you visit teach have been invited.
You may want to bring a light jacket or sweatshirt.
See you there!
Monday, May 2, 2011
I heard about this here, and thought I would share the information incase any of you are interested in attending. I think it would be amazing.
Deseret Book is putting on “Time Out for Women.” This year they are holding it in Pocatello, June 3rd-4th, and it should be AWESOME! If you're not familiar with TOFW, it is an event just for women, 16yrs+. It takes place Friday evening and most of the day Saturday. They have speakers and musical guests, and a service project where all who attend will be making kits for a local women's shelter. Some of the speakers this year include Heidi Swinton, who wrote Pres. Monson's biography and she'll be sharing some of the insights she learned while doing that. Another presenter is Jason F. Wright, who wrote The Christmas Jars & The Wednesday Letters. Two of the musical guests include Jenny Oaks Baker and Mercy River.
Anyway, if you get a group of 4 women together and register before May 4th, you get a nice discount! So if anyone wants more information or a brochure or any questions, just let me know! You can also go to their website, http://deseretbook.com/timeout/event/148, and get more details."
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Join us to give of yourselves in Humanitarian Service and have fun while doing it!
Thursday evening, April 7th, 6-8pm at the church.
We will be cutting out quilt squares and making puppets.
Please bring cutting tools if you have them.
Everybody can be great.
Because anybody can serve.
You only need a heart full of grace,
A soul generated by love.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
I just wanted to remind all of you Sisters of the Relief Society Birthday Dinner this Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 6:30pm
There will be a children’s class available as well. They will be having a pajama party, so bring there in the PJ's. Blankets & Pillows are also welcome!
HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE FOR A BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION!!!
Monday, March 21, 2011
Here is the list of things needed for our Humanitarian Challenge. There will be a donation box at the RS dinner on Thursday night and at church on Sunday. We are focusing on Hygiene kits, Quilts, and puppets.
supplies for Hygiene kits
2 bars of soap 3.5 - 5 oz
2 unbreakable combs (no tails)
4 sealed toothbrushes
1 tube toothpaste 6-8 oz (no pumps)
2 hand towels approximately 15 by 25 inches
Fabric needs: polar fleece, flannel, and cottonpoly. Any fabric would be used and greatly appreciated.
We also have a DI drive schedule for April 18-22. There will be a pod in the church parking lot.
Thank you for all your help,
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
Julie B. Beck
General Relief Society President
Saturday, February 26, 2011
10:00 a.m. –12 noon
All Relief Society sisters & Laurels are invited to attend.
Please mark your calendars and invite sisters who are neighbors, friends and family to attend with you!
This is an opportunity you will want to be a part of.
Sunday Attire Please
We would like to do a Car Pool to this, so if you are willing and able to drive, please let us know, and also inform us of how many seats you have available. This is a wonderful opportunity, and we want to see everyone that wants to attend.
Thank you to Becky Maness and Alisha Hansen for their help with our January Relief Society Activity. If anyone would like a hand out of the herbal remedies or for the essential oils contact Ellen @ 357-8067, for any questions about the Herbal remedies call Becky @201-5485, and questions on the essential oils call Alisha @ 307-413-7471
Sunday, January 9, 2011
It's that time again, we are updating our Relief Society Directory. It would be very helpful if you could update your information and email it back to me.
If there is information that you do not want in the directory please let me know. Also, if you don't have a home phone, cell, email or texting, please specify that so I don't keep asking you for it.
PO Box (if applicable):
Would you like to receive texts (this would just be another way to keep you informed)? Yes or No
Spouses name (if applicable):
You can either email the information to Shelley Streit at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or if it easier just leave a comment with all of your information, and I will email her.
Thanks for your time! Have a wonderful week.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
The History and Heritage of Relief Society
"The History and Heritage of Relief Society", Liahona, Jan. 2011, 7
Study this material and, as appropriate, discuss it with the sisters you visit. Use the questions to help you strengthen your sisters and make Relief Society an active part of your own life.
Eliza R. Snow recalled the Prophet Joseph Smith teaching that “although the name [Relief Society] may be of modern date, the institution is of ancient origin.”1
Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, visited Joseph Smith and, through him, restored the fulness of the gospel to the earth. Relief Society was part of that restoration. The organization of the Church was not complete until the sisters were organized.2
In the coming months, each Visiting Teaching Message will give us the opportunity to learn more about the history of Relief Society and its part in the restored gospel. For many reasons, understanding our history is not only important but essential.
First, an understanding of our history inspires us to be the women of God we need to be. By following the examples of noble Latter-day Saint women, we can learn from the past how to face the future.3
Second, our history teaches that the same principles that existed in the early Church are our foundational principles today. This knowledge and our purposes—to increase faith and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes, and help those in need—draw a connection between our past and our present.
Third, as we value our history, we can better share our spiritual heritage. President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, said: “You pass the heritage along as you help others receive the gift of charity. … The history of Relief Society is recorded in words and numbers, but the heritage is passed heart to heart.”4
Finally, understanding our history helps make us an effective part of the future of Relief Society. President Spencer W. Kimball (1895–1985) explained, “We know that women who have deep appreciation for the past will be concerned about shaping a righteous future.”5
Julie B. Beck, Relief Society general president.
From the Scriptures
From Our History
“Relief Society is the Lord’s organization for women.”6 In his capacity as a prophet, Joseph Smith organized the Relief Society on March 17, 1842. The small, diverse group at that first meeting were dedicated women, similar to Relief Society sisters today. “The youngest were three teenagers, and the oldest, a woman in her fifties. Eleven of the women were married, two were widows, six were unmarried, and the marital status of one is unknown. Their education and backgrounds varied greatly, as did their economic circumstances. Their diversity would be magnified many times as the organization’s membership continued to grow, but they were and would continue to be one.”7
What Can I Do?
What can I do to help the sisters I visit receive the gift of charity?
What can I begin to do this month to help shape a righteous future for myself? for my family? for others?
Saturday, January 1, 2011
1/2 box yellow cake mix
1 lg box instant vanilla pudding
1 8oz pkg cream cheese
2/3 cup water
2 cups milk
1 20oz can crushed pineapple (drained)
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup shredded coconut
1 8oz tub col whip
Mix the cake mix, water, and egg well and bake in a greased 9x13 pan at 350 for 17-22 min. Let cool. Mix pudding and 1 1/2 cups milk well and set aside. Mix cream cheese and 1/2 cup milk until smooth. Combine with pudding mixture in step 2 and spread over cooled cake. Spread pineapple over pudding and cream cheese mixture. Spread cool whip over pineapple then sprinkle with coconut and chopped nuts (you can use all of the cake mix if you put it in a larger sized pan.)