If any sister has something they would like me to add to the blog, PLEASE email Jesse at billjesse17@gmail.com or send me a text until a permanent blogger has been decided.

Really this blog is only as good as the information I have to add to it. Sometimes I miss some of the announcments and need you to help me out if I don't remember to add them.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Relief Society Directory

Hello Sisters-
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):
Home Phone:
Cell Phone:
Would you like to receive texts (this would just be another way to keep you informed)?  Yes   or    No
Email Address:
Spouses name (if applicable):

You can either email the information to Shelley Streit at idahostreit@hotmail.com. 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

January Visiting Teaching Message

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

Esther 9:28–29; Romans 16:1–2; Alma 37:8; Moroni 7:45–47

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?

  1. 1.

    What can I do to help the sisters I visit receive the gift of charity?

  2. 2.

    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

Million Dollar Cake

1/2 box yellow cake mix

1 lg box instant vanilla pudding

1 egg

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.)