Thursday, December 30, 2010
To help us ponder these truths, here are a few thoughts from lds.org:
Resolutions by Elder Christensen of the Seventy
Keeping New Year's Resolutions
Do Thigns That Make a Difference by Elder Ballard
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
As we reflect this season on the wonderful gift our Heavenly Father gave to us with the birth of Jesus Christ, let us also turn our thoughts to the Sabbath day, which this year immediately follows Christmas Day. This Sunday in Relief Society we will discuss the Sabbath day as we study Chapter 24. As you read the chapter, I invite you to consider three questions. What is the Sabbath? Why do we have the Sabbath? How do we observe the Sabbath?
May peace and joy fill your homes this Christmas season.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Christmas is almost here, what a wonderful time of the year. I know a way to cut down on stress during this holiday season. People have so many engagements, parties and ect during this season it can be overwhelming. If you are unable to attend an event for one reason or anther, realize that you may not be missed because everyone's calender is just as full as yours- this only works Thanksgiving through New Years day.
On an important note, we will be discussing and bearing witness to the gift our Savior gives us with the sacrament. Just imagine the gift of being able to repent each week and renew your covenants. I will see you on the 19th and I've heard we are having Christmas cookies (the really pretty ones Natalie knows how to make).
P.S- I have a beautiful painting to share with you all
Also, Jeanne wanted me (Ruth) to share this talk with each of you this week as we prepare for our Relief Society lesson.
By President Eyring
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Lemon butter Sauce
• 4 ounces lemon juice (1/2 C)
• 2 ounces white wine or chicken broth (1/4)
• 4 ounces heavy cream (1/2 C)
• 1 lb cold butter (4 sticks) Yes, a full pound!
Chicken and Pasta
• 12-15 chicken tenders or 6 chicken breasts
• Olive oil, for sautéing chicken and mushrooms
• 1 cup flour, seasoned with salt and pepper, for dredging
• 6 ounces bacon, cooked and drained
• 12 ounces mushrooms, sliced
• 12 ounces artichoke hearts, chopped
• 1 heaping tablespoon capers
• 1 lb angel hair pasta, cooked
• chopped parsley, for garnish
1. To make the sauce:
2. Heat the lemon juice and white wine in a saucepan over medium heat.
3. Bring to a boil and reduce by one-third. This step boils off the alcohol in the wine.
4. Add cream and simmer until mixture thickens (3 to 4 minutes).
5. Slowly add butter with a wire whisk until completely incorporated.
6. Season with salt and pepper.
7. Remove from heat and keep warm.
8. To make chicken and pasta:
9. Cook pasta and drain
10. Pound the chicken between two pieces of plastic wrap so that the chicken is about 3/8” thick.
11. Heat a small amount of oil large skillet.
12. Dredge chicken in flour and sauté in pan, turning once, until brown and cooked through. This only takes a few minutes because the chicken has been pounded thin.
13. Remove chicken from pan.
14. Add some of the mushrooms to the pan with a little oil. The mushrooms should only cover the bottom of the pan.
15. Heat until mushrooms soften and a slightly brown on each side.
16. Remove from pan and cook the next batch until you have cooked all of the mushrooms.
17. Put all of the mushrooms back in the pan.
18. Add the bacon, capers and the chopped artichoke hearts to the pan.
19. Add the chicken back to the pan.
20. Add half of butter sauce to chicken mixture and toss.
21. Taste and adjust. Add more sauce if needed.
22. To serve:
23. Place chicken mixture over pasta on each plate.
24. Add a little more sauce to each.
25. Garnish with parsley.
If you want to make this ahead of time keep the sauce, chicken, artichoke-mushroom-bacon-caper mixture, and pasta separate until you are ready to serve.
If you keep the sauce over night it may separate. Just heat it up in over the stove and whisk it back together. It doesn’t do great in the microwave.
Deanna's Bread Sticks
1 Tbsp. yeast
1 Tbsp powered milk
3 cups flour
1 Tbsp butter
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/3 cup warm water
2 Tbsp. sugar
Put into bread machine or mix by hand and knead for 10 minutes. let rest for 10 minutes. Knead again for 10 minutes. This is called pestering the dough. You can actually pester the dough several more cycles if time permits. This creates a tougher crust on the bread sticks so they are not like dinner rolls but more like french bread. When the dough is ready, roll out to 1/2 inch thick and cut into strips. Place on a greased cookie sheet.
1/3 cup butter, melted
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp. lemon and herb seasoning (McCormick Perfect Pinch, you can get it at Albertsons)
1/2 tsp. seasoning salt
Combine all ingredients, except cheese. Brush butter mixture on bread sticks after you put them on the pan and before they rise. Sprinkle with salt and Parmesan cheese. Let rise for 30 to 40 minutes. Bake in a preheated 375 oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until browned.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Parking is a challenge, so call the sisters on your visiting teaching route, or those we miss at church, and let's come together, and reduce the number of cars.
Bring a gift you have been given, and treasured over the years, and please be prepared to take a "quick minute" to tell all the sisters why it means so much to you. (You do get to take the gift back home.!)
The greatest gift we have ever received was from our loving Heavenly Father - the gift of the Christ Child -The Savior of the Word - Our Redeemer. Let's celebrate His birth together.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Our sweet Karen Bateman is giving the lesson tomorrow on being daughters of God. We look forward to each of you joining us.
"Feelings of worth come when a woman follows the example of the Master. Her sense of infinite worth comes from her own Christlike yearning to reach out with love, as He does."
(Elder Nelson, 1989)
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Barbara is making yummy spiced cider and her house is all decorated for Christmas so come join us for some good company, good conversation, and good dessert!
Christmas is a time to celebrate and we do it right in this ward and in this stake. It is our hope that with everything we do and everywhere we go - let's make a call to a friend, neighbor, relative, VT partner - to anyone and bring them to an event.
Let's support as many events as we can - ask someone to come with us if we can - and open our hearts as well as our wallets!
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
I am in Nicaragua. Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the
western hemisphere(the first being Haiti). We are in a 4 wheel drive
vehicle traveling deep in the woods. We are looking at the different
schools Peyton taught at while serving in the Peace Corps(he tells me
there are 5 LDS volunteers serving in Nicaragua) These schools are so
primitive; with only a few books to share and a precious little amount
of paper. The children love school and don' know what abject poverty
they live in. Living in America as we do we are besot with many
blessings. America is the country that has allowed religious freedom
since it's inception. This blessing provided the fertile environment
where the gospel could be restored.
Speaking of blessings; on 11-28 we will be discussing "Healing the
Sick" by Elder Dallin H. Oaks (05-10 General Conference). In it he
discusses our ability to give and receive blessings through the power
of the Priesthood. Read this one sisters, it has a reference from our
own Dallas Morning News reporter Steve Blow. I am looking forward to
seeing each of you on Sunday.
Friday, November 19, 2010
This week's lesson is on the Gift of the Holy Ghost. I have a testimony of the power of the Holy Ghost. It is my favorite topic in the gospel because he provides a way for each of us to have our own testimony and he guides us back to our Heavenly Father. Below are two quotes I like that remind us what it means to have the companionship of the Holy Ghost in our daily lives.
"Heavenly Father has given a simple pattern for us to receive the Holy Ghost not once but continually in the tumult of our daily lives. The pattern is repeated in the sacramental prayer: We promise that we will always remember the Savior. We promise to take His name upon us. We promise to keep His commandments. And we are promised that if we do that, we will have His Spirit to be with us (see D&C 20:77, 79). Those promises work together in a wonderful way to strengthen our testimonies and in time, through the Atonement, to change our natures as we keep our part of the promise."Elder Eyring, Nov 2007 Ensign
“When you were confirmed a member of the Church, you received the right to the companionship of the Holy Ghost. He can help you make good choices. When challenged or tempted, you do not need to feel alone. Remember that prayer is the passport to spiritual power.”
President Monson, May 2010 Ensign
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Yet, it is written in the Book of Mormon, that "when we are in the service of our fellowman, we are only in the service of our God." So, if we want peace, or comfort, or anything from our Heavenly Father - we are encouraged to go out and serve others - as an act of FAITH - that our prayers and needs are being seen, heard, and answered by HIM.
This "Holiday Season" we will have many chances to serve others. We will be sending out email blasts to make you aware of some of the ways we can serve.
If anyone in this Dallas 4th Relief Society is struggling - for any reason - and in any way - SERVE.
The peace, joy, contentment, and answers will come!
I have proven the Lord in this area. I bear my testimony that this is a true principle.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Joseph F. Smith
Tomorrow's lesson is Chapter 20 from the Gospel Principles Manual. Hope to see you there!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
I LOVE this provident living calling and I want to serve you as best I can. Please tell me what we can do to best help you progress in the area of provident living. What types of group orders are you particularly interested in? What would you like to know or what do you need help with? Reply to this post or talk to me in person/phone/email and I will see what we can do to help you out!
Submitted by Barbara D.:
"Just finished re-reading the book for November - "The Incredible Journey of Edward Tulane". I always finish this book with tears in my eyes. There are soooo many great thoughts about love. It's a really quick read - - I'm sure Jeanne can finish it in an hour. Great to share with children, also."
Submitted by Ruth G.:
"I read it last Sunday while I was home sick. Very heartwarming. And a little sad. Still, I highly recommend it."
Has anyone else read it?
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Please let me know if you have a favorite place and I will trade your good ideas with COOKIES!!!
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
There is much said about the stress and problems in today's world. I feel hopeful and optimistic when I consider what the sisters in this ward continually do to bless the lives of others. I love these acts of service - it is ennobling.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Grew up in: Dallas
Something new or unique: Wrote a book called , "To Love Another"
Favorite Primary Song: Child's Prayer
Favorite food: Indian/Mexican food.
Favorite thing fun/hobby: To Write and do Genealogy
Favorite book and movie: the Twilight Series(that ones for Jeanne Grant), The Outsiders,
Pride and Prejudice the movie
The family: Patsy is married to Benji, and they have 4 kids, Coltin, Westin, Dakota, and Sydeny
It makes sense that if we want to be able to meet God - at any moment - we need to have the ability to go to His Holy House at any time. His House on Earth is the temple.
The October Ensign is a beautiful reminder of what a temple means and why it is imperative for all of us to be current with the Lord and our ability to be in His Home.
We would love for every sister in this ward to have a current temple recommend. As a reminder of this important goal, we want every sister to have this magazine in their home. Please let us know if you need a copy of this Ensign or if you know of a sister who needs a copy of this Ensign. We will make sure you have it. Let me know on this blog or call a member of the Relief Society presidency - SOON!
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
I thought after I read the survey - I hope we all learn and study the gospel and live by faith, so that if we came face to face with Heavenly Father instead of asking a question, we could just express our love and gratitude to Him for all we have been given - "and when much is given - much is expected."
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Thomas S. Monson, New Era, Oct. 2009
Saturday, October 9, 2010
This is just a reminder to get your orders in as soon as you can. Deadline to order is Thursday, October 14th. Don't wait until the last minute if you can help it! The earlier the better. This is provident living and preparedness, remember?
If you need help, let me know.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Why should we have faith?
How can we increase our faith?
And what are the blessings we get from faith?
This Sunday in Relief Society you'll get the answers to these questions. We'll be studying Chapter 18 of the Gospel Principles Manual, Faith in Jesus Christ.
“As children of God, knowing of His great love and His ultimate knowledge of what is best for our eternal welfare, we trust in Him. The first principle of the gospel is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and faith means trust.”
Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Ensign, May 2010, pg. 50
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
So, what comfort/truth did you receive from the Spirit this conference weekend?
There will be an added reward (because the real reward of course is the promptings by the Spirit that produce a change of thought or action) in Relief Society for every sister who reads this blog entry and/or replies to it!
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Barbara Doerk's house
We'll be discussing our favorite recent read as well as book recommendations to read as a group for October.
**For safety, we're not putting her phone number or address on here. But if you don't know where she lives, contact someone in the RS presidency.
We'd love to see you there!
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
But somehow, I missed the importance of this talk (for me) till I read it today. I need more "patience" in my life - for my life. I really appreciated the truth taught here that "patience isn't merely waiting" and showing patience might mean "delaying immediate gratification for future blessings." I often feel as if I am continually praying (complaining/worrying the Lord) about the same concerns or issues. This talk, though given at the last conference, was for me - TODAY!
I am anxious for this October Conference. I want to learn more about what the Lord would have be do and change about myself so that I can have a greater level of joy.
I love conference.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Here are a few pictures for those of you who missed our fun day. Hope you can all join us next year! (Recipes to come!)
We didn't get any pictures of the waffle breakfast but it sure was yummy! Thanks again to everyone who participated. We are so happy that you came!!!
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Look for order forms at church on Sunday or refer to the email coming from D4 Relief Society with instructions and attached order form. As always, feel free to let me know if you have questions or need help with your order. Deadline to have your order turned in is now Thursday, October 14th.
What were some thoughts/impressions that you came away with from this conference?
Friday, September 24, 2010
The RISD Clothes Closet is in need of gently used and new clothes for students Pre-k -12. The Clothes Closet is a service to our RISD students who don't have funds for clothes.
They have the greatest need for the following items (sizes listed are most in demand but will accept other sizes as well):
-gently used jeans boys sizes including the slims and husky 4, 6 and 7 (especially), 8, 10.
-gently used girls and teens jeans all sizes including the slims and husky 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16
-gently used girls and teen girls coats for the winter.
-NEW boys underwear BOXERS in sizes 4, 6, 8, 10.
-NEW girls underwear sizes 4, 6,
-NEW women’s underwear sizes 5, 12
-NEW and gently used bras and sports bras all sizes
-girls short sleeves shirts all sizes.
-gently used shorts for little girls and boys all sizes starting on sizes 4 until 16 and also teen boys shorts all sizes.
Collection date/time/place comming soon!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
“From the cross on Calvary, the Savior announced, “It is finished.” Then His spirit left His body, and His mortal remains were placed lovingly in a tomb. He taught us a lesson by what He did in three days in the spirit world, before His Resurrection, which I remember whenever I am tempted to feel that I have finished some hard task in His service and deserve a rest."(Act in All Diligence, April 2010 General Conference)
This Sunday we'll be discussing how we can serve the Lord diligently. We love each of you and recognize the service you give to others. Let's see what other lives we can bless when we reach out to do just a little more. And then we will find rest in our Savior.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
(This is a reminder for all the women who have been stuck in Outer Mongolia for the last month and have not heard of this amazing event!!!)
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Grew up in: San Antonio
Something new or unique: At 7 years old she got to blow a whistle and say, “Let the greatest show on Earth begin!” at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus.
Favorite church hymn: I Know that My Redeemer Lives
Favorite food: Mexican
Favorite dessert: Chocolate and Peanut Butter
Favorite thing fun/hobby: Crafts and Scrap booking
Favorite book and movie: 3 Amigos and Skippy John Jones
Temple the Petersen married in: Logan Utah Temple
The family: Husband is Tagg and their son Zach, their little Guardian Angel.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
From: GRANDMA'S COUNTRY FOODS
Sisters!!! We will be doing an order this month for POWDERED MILK (Country Cream brand). Also available from the same company are things like Chocolate Milk, SAF Instant Yeast, Dough Enhancer and Vital Wheat Gluten. I will have order forms on Sunday so take one if you are interested.
Order will be due to Kim Adair by SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th!
Start thinking of what you'd like to order. You can look at the company website to see what they have available by going to http://www.grandmascountryfoods.com/.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
I, of course, had endured the "quasi" Relief Societies that existed at BYU. As a student I could not really afford any of the crafts and none of the other students were that accomplished in a skill set to even teach. But that all changed when I moved to Dallas.
I was desperately homesick. I was pregnant with my second child. I missed the stimulus of a college campus and all it afforded. And I thought the women in the Dallas 4th ward were much older than me and a little scary. I felt attending Relief Society on Tuesdays was a "suggestion" as opposed to a law of obedience. I did not have any money to participate in the crafts and/or contribute to the luncheons (part of the set-up back then) with the homemaking meetings at that time.
It was a Tuesday during the Fall, much like our Super Saturday on the 18th, and D4 RS was doing crafts for Christmas. I decided to bite the bullet and make a wreath. A dear woman, Barbara Dunn who is still in R2 RS, was helping to defray the costs with the fabric. I sat next to another woman with red hair and a ready smile, Karen Bateman. I had no native ability with anything having to do with decorating or fabric or symmetry. However, I sat next to my new friend Karen, who understood that this wreath was much more than a decoration. It would be something I could finish and enjoy in the days to come and she was right!
I did need a lot of help on how to tie the ribbon onto the wreath and then "fluff" it. I wish I had saved it as a wonderful memory of a testimony shift. I made some friends that day - real eternal connections. AND, I had come to the meeting feeling big and pregnant and lost in a set of grown up details and yet I came away appreciating the potential of what a sisterhood outside my family meant. A little of the fear and dread of a new place and situation began to drift away.
I do not think everyone is for everyone. But I do know that participation in Relief Society is for everyone. One can find "someone" amidst the "everyone" that will help create a mental shift in a way that will help lighten the load, or gain insight, or be a reprieve from the burdens one might carry.
I do not believe I am overstating it when I say that events such as our Super Saturday on September 18th are more than a suggestion depending on time constraints - but really an answer to our own prayers or the person sitting next to us!
Sunday, September 5, 2010
When you feel fearful, heartbroken, or alone, you should turn to your Heavenly Father and pray to Him to help you face and overcome your trials. Heavenly Father will not always take your afflictions away, but through the gospel of Jesus Christ and the influence and direction of the Holy Spirit , He will give comfort and lead you with love through the storms you face.
In the New Testament, we receive the promise that if we strive to live the gospel of Jesus Christ, we will grow in our ability to "abound in hope" (Romans 15:13). As you pray more often, seeking Heavenly Father's forgiveness and love, as well as studying the scriptures and following the teachings of Christ, your hope will in crease.
How can hope help me?
Everyone experiences discouragement and difficulty. There are even times when the darkness may seem unbearable. At these times, hope in Jesus Christ and the principles He taugh can lift us up and carry us through trials, despair, temptations, and sorrow.
Hope can encourage and inspire us as we look to Jesus Christ as a source of joy and happiness.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Yesterday was a miraculous day that really opened my understanding, and expanded my vision. Yesterday was a day that the Lord had been preparing the Ukrainian people for a very long time. Every aspect of it was a miracle, and I count myself so lucky to have been a part of it. This day will go down in history as a turning point for the Saints in Eastern Europe. The Temple is the Lord’s gift to the Ukrainian people, and so very few Americans were actually let in for the dedication. The missionaries got to listen in a large building nearby.
The day started out as a cloudy and rainy day, but the shadows broke and the darkness fled away. It truly was a brighter day for the people of Eastern Europe, who had waited for this temple for 12 years. There were three sessions of the dedication. The first session President Monson spoke, he was so humble, and also had a twinkle in his eye - it was a good reminder to never take ourselves too seriously - but when he spoke of the ordinances of the Temple, he spoke with great power. It was fun to watch him choose little children to help cement in the cornerstone of the Temple, and then he likened it to Christ, as he is the Chief Cornerstone of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Elder Nelson also spoke, and talked about how the Temple prepares us to behold the face of God. President Monson said as a boy, he loved to look at maps. He said never in his imagination, did he think he would ever set foot in Eastern Europe, and now he is dedicating a Temple there. He said that God ways were higher than our ways, and our simple duty is to trust in Him, do all we can, and watch Him open doors to hearts, minds,and souls of people and nations. That the Lord simply took this people by the hand and opened doors that only He could open.
President Uchdorf spoke about his experiences with temples. As a 16 year old boy, he was sealed to his parents in the Swiss Temple. He was also very involved with the temple which was opened in Freiberg, East Germany. He testified that this day would have the same effect in Eastern Europe, as the Freiberg Temple had when that dedication brought about so many miracles, including the fall of the USSR,
Finally in the third session, President Monson talked about eternal families, and how much our ancestors are waiting for us to do their work. He talked about funerals that are outside of the temple covenant, and the hopelessness of it. The great responsibility to bind our families together forever. I just drank up the Spirit that I felt, and it was amazing. The veil was very thin, and I could almost hear them shouting with the Army of Heaven. We’ll sing and we’ll shout with the Armies of Heaven, AS LONG AS WE ARE FAITHFUL - HOLD ON TO THE ROD OF FAITH. I am so grateful for all of you - to be part of our Forever Family, for the teachings I have received, and the opportunity to serve the Lord in this part of His Vineyard.
The cultural event the night before the dedication was amazing. They told the history of Ukraine in song and dance, and then all the missionaries marched up to the podium, singing, “Truth Again Has Been Restored”. We march right up to President Monson, and then he gave us a standing ovation. I was so filled with the Spirit - I thought I would burst. I’m sure my words have not done it justice. The first day of the Open House, over 1200 people signed up to have the missionaries visit them - “the field is white, all ready for the harvest.” Elder Carsten
He goes by Elder Carsten, because they can't write his last name in Ukrainian
When I feel Satan raging around us, and standards sifting everywhere but in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - I know that the work of the Lord will proceed quietly and stalwartly through sweet, humble 19 year old missionaries who serve because they love the Lord.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
As summer wears on, I enjoy the large supply of beautiful Sunflowers. Tradition says these are happy flowers and they stand for loyalty and longevity.
When life/the heat/work/people get to be a little much, I go out and find some Sunflowers. They are a reminder to me that one can look at the summer months in two ways - having to measure the distance to a particular store or destination from where my car is parked - and/or the beauty of SUNFLOWERS that thrive in this summer heat!
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Here are some ideas to help prepare for this lesson:
1. Read the talk "Discipleship" by President Faust, Nov 2006 Ensign.
2. Read the talk "Our Perfect Example" by President Eyring, Nov 2009 Ensign.
3. Study the scriptures found in the Bible Dictionary under "Christ, Names of."
4. Read and study one of the Four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) or read them all!
We look forward to your participation.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
We are aware of those who have lost their jobs. We pray for those who struggle with wayward family members. We think of ways to support our widows and the women who are advancing in age.
However, our greatest outpouring of support and affection goes to a mother who has lost a child - actually two children. This would be Bonnie Muir. Bonnie has been part of the D4 RS for many years. She has served in many callings in the church - even as Relief Society president. Her oldest son, Jeff Muir died on Saturday, August 21. The details for his funeral will be given in an email blast to the sisters.
Bonnie and her family are at a "crossroads" in this life. Their earthly family will look and feel very different in the coming years.
I know each of us, as her sisters in Relief Society, will succor and support her in any and every way in the coming days ahead.
That is what we do best in the Relief Society - we understand the importance of family and we know how to LOVE!
Friday, August 20, 2010
A 19-year-old boy far from home.
A young mother.
What do they have in common????? Come find out in Relief Society this Sunday.
Click HERE to read the lesson and have a head start!
And leave your guesses as a comment.
My first memory of D4 was a time when David and I had graduated from BYU and had come to Dallas to find our way in the world. We were staying with his parents and went to the Stake Roadshows and D4 had the winning roadshow written by Mary Taylor and Karen Bateman. The apartment we found turned out to be in the D4 boundaries and the rest is history. I know I would not be the wife/woman/mother I am today, without the mentoring of Kay Hollingsworth, Fern Woodbury, Karen Bateman, Mary Taylor, Mary Kay Tanner, Barbara Dunn, and the list goes on and on.
I felt the ward party last night represented the "future" of D4. But my heart grows soft when I think of the many people who influenced my life - so richly - with their examples or talents or lessons or kindnesses - that I did not see last night. A swimming event was probably not a party they would have attended on a hot summer night. I just wanted all of them to know I had them in my heart - and can still see the reflections of their influence in this ward.
I love this D4 Ward. I love the past, present, and the future of it.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Bring your ideas to Relief Society this Sunday and give them to a member of the presidency. The one selected will be richly rewarded.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
To study more about covenants, here's a great talk by President Faust:
"Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart"
May 1998 Ensign
Monday, August 9, 2010
There is a wonderful website - www.parentstv.org - where we can get on and let advertisers know how we feel about the programs they are sponsoring. It is our CIVIC DUTY.
I do not wish this to be a posting that gets a lot of negative comments about the evil in mass media etc. I just wanted to make you aware of an opportunity to spread our voice of what we would LIKE to see and hear and what we will not be a part of.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Grew up in: West Valley City, Utah
Something new or unique: Bachelors degree in Physics
Favorite church hymn/primary song or scripture: True to the Faith
Favorite food: Lasagna
Favorite thing to do: Site Seeing
The family: Husband's name is Lee, daughter is Mariann and a baby on the way in September.
Our lesson this week in Relief Society is on "Priesthood Organization". I will have a reward for those who have read this and found the answer to this important question that tells us much about the ongoing revelations concerning the priesthood.
Friday, August 6, 2010
I sat in a room full of people from all walks of life, ethnic background, and ages. We were sworn in and our rights and responsibilities were explained to us and we were generously thanked for coming. Then we mostly just sat and waited and waited some more.
I left the building feeling a little "virtuous" by having made my way downtown and exercising my civic duty to give my fellow citizens a chance to be heard by a jury of their peers - a constitutional right.
Coming home, I thought that this opportunity should not be called "jury duty" but "jury privilege".
I just know if I ever had to go to trial and have my case heard by a jury, I would the people there and selected to reflect who my "peers" would or should be.
Like voting at EVERY election, going for jury duty is my CIVIC duty and I really am grateful for the chance to be part of this system.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
This is my vote for a RS Book Interest selection. It moved me to change - the best sign of a great book.
Saturday, July 31, 2010
If you can live with a minimum amount of sugar, then these can make great healthy meals. Then, when you have company, you can "sweeten it up" and make it a crowd pleaser. (I won't tell anyone though, if you want to just sweeten it up for YOURSELF for breakfast or lunch!)
For both of the recipes below, put liquid/soft ingredients into blender first, then frozen ingredients. Blend on a lower setting, then gradually move to highest power setting. If you have a larger capacity (8 cup) blender jar and want to maximize it, then just add more of everything. Enjoy!!!
FRESH ORANGE "JULIUS" SMOOTHIES (MAKES 4-6 CUPS)
1/2 tsp. Vanilla
1/4 cup Honey or 1/2 cup Sugar (sweeten to your taste)
8 oz. Vanilla Yogurt
1/4 heaping cup Powdered Milk
2-3 Fresh Seedless Oranges (peeled)
Ice to suit your freezy/icy preferences and blender ability
MANGO SMOOTHIES (MAKES 4-6 Cups)
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1/4 cup Honey or 1/3 to 1/2 cup Sugar (more or less up to your preference)
8 oz. Mango Yogurt (Wal-Mart--comes in 32 oz. container) or Vanilla Yogurt
1/4 heaping cup Powdered Milk
1 1/2 cups Water
1 1/2 cups Frozen Mango (Sam's Club--possibly seasonal item)
Thursday, July 29, 2010
We're resuming our Book Interest Group in September. So we need your input. Please leave comments here on the blog.
1. If you're interested in attending, what day works better for you: Tuesday or Thursday?
2. What book suggestions do you have for our group to read?
We look forward to starting it up again!
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
In my job, I do a lot of counseling for people who have to live with unpleasant realities. Unfortunately, some of their life circumstances won't ever change. But I do believe that each individual can improve their own actions and reactions to have a happier, healthier life. Changing our behaviors and thoughts takes self-discipline. But Heavenly Father doesn't expect us to do it alone. We have our Savior who knows us individually and loves us for who we are and who we can become.
As we prepare for our RS lesson this week, I pray that we can each recognize which personal actions we could change in order to draw even closer to the Savior.
(I do not want to promote a store on this blog - but I have to say that Sprouts makes it easy for any novice to find what is in season and picking it ripe and ready to eat.)
So ladies, while we might complain about the heat, the summer is produce heaven. Right now one can find "fresh" artichokes; corn; cucumbers; eggplant; all sorts of greens; onions; peppers; all the melons; avocados; summer squash; blackberries; blueberries; cherries; grapes; mangoes; nectarines; plums; pineapple; strawberries; and oranges!!!
It would be a fun Saturday morning activity to go downtown Dallas (1010 S. Pearl) to our Farmer's Market. It is large and well laid out and you can eat breakfast or lunch for free with all the samples they hand out!
It may be hot right now but there is never a reason NOT to enjoy one of the benefits of summer in Dallas - the fruits and vegetables!!
Saturday, July 17, 2010
This Sunday, Sister Chaillet will be teaching Lesson #13 - The Priesthood, in Relief Society. I have been reading and pondering the scriptures used in this lesson all week.
Now I will go the temple and FEEL the blessings of Priesthood Ordinances.
What better way to spend a Saturday?
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
"Firm as the mountains around us, stalwart and brave we stand - on the rock our Father's planted for us in this goodly land". I am so grateful for those who have gone before me, and established a land, "choice above all other lands", as we read in the Book of Mormon. I am grateful for Joseph, the Prophet, who restored Christ's church on earth again in our dispensation, and for pioneers who gave literally their all to establish it in the tops of the mountains - to radiate to all the world.
I hope we all can stand straight and tall like the Shasta Daisy in the face of the blasting sun which seems prophetic for "our time on earth" - and accomplish what we were sent here to do, and not "wilt" at the first sign of distress, or hard thing.
Monday, July 12, 2010
One of the many ripples is my calling to serve in the Relief Society with all of you. I get to work with Bishop Johnson, Joel Adair, and James Monroe who are men of God. I am able to rub shoulders with Ruth Guerreiro, Karen Bateman, Joyce Hall, and Natalie Marstella - these are women I admire and love and as members of this presidency they work so diligently in so many different capacities. I work with Laurie Johnson on visiting teaching and marvel at her sparks of insight that keep this endeavor flowing forward. Then the ripple goes on to compassionate service efforts and quick response to those in need and the willingness of so many to take assignments at a moment's notice such as teaching a class or helping someone move. And, the Enrichment committee and Interest Group leaders and all they do the "feed" the talents and needs of this multi-faceted group of women. The list really goes on and on to all the sisters who participate - and most all the active sisters in this ward participate!!!
We, as a Relief Society, are organized by and function through the keys of the priesthood. I have so many reasons to feel blessed by the powers of the restored priesthood but - surely - near the top of my list - is the privilege I have to know and work and share my time on this earth - WITH ALL OF YOU!
So, the greatest ripple affect of all, is my growing love and admiration for each sister in this Relief Society. And I bear testimony that this blessing is through the power of the priesthood.
Friday, July 9, 2010
I hope we all take the time to read it and be able to contribute our testimonies concerning this most singular act of love. Neal Maxwell, a great apostle of the 1980's&90's, states: "through the atonement of Christ, we BECOME and OVERCOME." He also wisely says: "...we will end up either choosing Christ's manner of living OR His manner of suffering!"
I pray we choose His manner of living. But we all know this is only possible through a careful study and prayerful reflection of His life and ways.
See you Sunday!
Thursday, July 8, 2010
BUT, service and the needs of people in our environment never stop! There are no "pause months" for visiting teaching or sick friends or Sunday responsibilities etc. etc.
We have several new women who have moved into our ward. I won't name them as I will forget someone but just be looking for new faces. We have several moving out - Shelley Whiddon, April Calloway to name a few. We have several women who are housebound - Jo Grice and Elizabeth Woodling. We have some having babies and some with sick babies - Laura Nelson and Kim Adair to name a few.
I just love it when things get slow because we have time to get creative in our ability to hear the promptings of the Spirit and act often and quickly to what we hear and feel!
To me, this is the best part of the Summertime!
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
I am so grateful for this country. My brother tells of flying from Singapore to San Francisco and having some suspicious planes threatening their airspace over the Pacific. This was during a time that a plane had been "lost"near South Korea and he said the passengers were very quiet and pensive. Then the captain of the plane announced that they would be getting some escorts back to the USA and along side the plane they could see several Air Force pilots wave to them as they formed a shield around their plane. The passengers erupted into a huge applause. He told me that he travels alot but still gets choked a little as he remembers the safety he felt just seeing those fighter planes protecting his flight home.
I'll bet we all have memories of feeling that lump in our throat over the freedoms that have been perserved for each of us. Just being able to have this blog and express myself as I see fit - that is a treasured freedom!
I would love to hear/read some of your thoughts and feelings on what this great land of America means to you - and why!