Tuesday, October 25, 2011

SpaghettiO Cupcakes, Halloween, and Newborns

I was at the church last night as we ended our D4 Family to Family Food Drive. Bonnie Muir had figured out a way to make chocolate cupcakes using a can of spaghettios. This ward project was spearheaded by her. Every week she had a treat that had to do with what was being collected. Bonnie brought the treats on her own initiative - just to make the collecting more fun.
I love this kind of service!
Sometimes, we wait to be assigned and then are willing to complete what is being asked. But I always take note of people who extend themselves on their own initiative. They see where a need is and go about helping without having a formal request or organized effort.
The D4 Family to Family Food Drive is our last "organized effort" for the season. We are going to leave the rest of the season's giving/service up to your observations and "spontaneous charitable personal revelations".
There are so many opportunities around us. We have the YM/YW overseeing the Halloween Trunk or Treat and could use our support. We have a newborn baby, a relative of a woman in our ward, who has been born into a world without food or clothing - and she could use ANYTHING!
As we go throughout the holiday season, we (D4 RS), will try to make you aware of things/needs we see. But we will leave the spontaneous charity up to YOU!
And I feel we are a group the Lord can count on.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Family to Family Food Drive Last Call

Monday night, October 24th from 7 to 8 PM will be the last call for our ward service project.  We will be collecting cans of Spaghettios and chili in the parking lot at the church.  I know what you are thinking.  How can Sister Muir possibly come up with a dessert-style family night treat using Spaghettios?  Great question, but let me assure you that I have come up with a wonderful confection that will delight your children. 

Last week we collected 1250 packets of ramen!  Good job ward members.  I was grateful I had enough room in my car to drive over to Carolyn Buchair.Keep up the good work! 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

"Lift Up Thy Head and Rejoice" (Alma 8:15)

2011 Multistake Single Adult Conference
Richardson Texas Stake
Thursday, November 17--Sunday, November 20

Thursday: Temple night & ice cream social
Friday: Service project, activities, appetizers, dance
Saturday: Conference/speakers, workshops, blood drive, lunch, dinner, and dance
Sunday: Fireside

For more details and to register, visit www.dfwsa.net


Dear Sisters,
Our lesson on Sunday, October 24th is "Your Potential, Your Privilege" by President Dieter F. Uchdorf. This is a Conference talk from May 2011 (click here to read). In my personal opinion, President Uchdorf is very positive and has a special love for women (I bet his mother was very loving towards him). So please read the talk and the new book we were given, Daughters in My Kingdom, they go hand in hand.
Much love,

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


What a great, informative PREPAREDNESS class we had this evening. Sister Adair showed at least 7 or 8 different options for emergency fuel sources. not only for year supply storage, but also our 72 hour kits. Fuel supplies us not only warmth, but many cooking options when we are without conventional electricity or gas.

We had the opportunity to make the little paint can/toliet paper stoves, and duct tape on the side, an opener, a lighter, and a v shaped opener to cut #10 cans around both top and bottom to provide a surface to cook on, when they are placed over the canned fuel.. We also had demonstrated a canned gel heat source, and two different size stoves which fit the cans. We tried single Coleman burners, and a neat Volcano cooker, which uses only 10-12 briquets. Some of the stoves could be used inside, and several had to be used outside.

We had an opportunity to place orders at wholesale prices on the canned fuel and stoves, neat flint and stone lighters - if anyone is interested, they may call Kim Adair for information, and also be included in the order.

As always Kim had made a great treat from storage, this time a banana bread, made with freshly ground "soft " white wheat. We got so busy making little stoves, we never got around to making
the s'mores that Kim had available to toast over our fuel sources.

As always, there were fun door prizes, insect repellent, candles, ground white wheat that Kim offered freely. There were about 9 of us, and it was so rewarding to see one of our fairly recent converts Angelina Anthian , enthusiastically working on her little stoves to get her "food storage" started. Blessed is the man( or woman), who when he heareth the word - doeth it!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Upcoming Preparedness Class!

We have heard a great deal about preparedness this past weekend at stake conference. Truly, our leaders care for our welfare enough to encourage us to prepare for difficult times.

This Tuesday, October 18th @ 7:00 p.m. (Kim Adair's Home) we will have our emergency preparedness class on fuel sources for cooking and heating.

1. You will be able to make quart size cans of fuel. Instructions/supplies will be available. (Cost is about $6.00, depending on what you want.) If you have not signed up yet, you can contact me to give me an idea of how many you'd like. You're not committed to buy until you see that night what is offered. Then you can decide for sure.

2. We will show and tell about Alco-Brite--another heating/cooking source in a pint-size can. I will take orders for this item Tuesday night. (Discount/wholesale price about $3.50 per can.)

3. Cooking stoves and fire starters to accompany both options above will also be discussed, with the option to order. Cost TBA.

4. We'll briefly talk about other larger cooking/heating sources that are available out there for emergency use.

5. Also...if you'd like to bring your important documents (birth certificates, driver's license, other i.d., etc.), Laurie Johnson will have her document scanner for you to scan them and they can be saved onto a small portable memory device that YOU bring. You can then keep that in a safe/72-hour kit. (No cost...bring your own stuff--up to 8 1/2 x 11 size.)

Tons of great information will be discussed, so come and learn and enjoy!
Money will be due that night (Tuesday).

If you can't make it, but want to order any of the above, please contact Kim Adair.

More Monday Night Fun!

I have been hearing from all over that the hottest ticket in town for Monday night Family Home Evening fun is happening at the parking lot at the church building.  Don't forget to join the fun this Monday.  Drop off your contributions for the Family to Family Food Drive and join the fun!  October 17th we will be collecting ramen.  I have been carefully studying weird ramen recipes and will have a couple of surprises for those who show up.  Who knew that there are so many websites dedicated to creative ramen recipes for starving college students?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Once again, people inadvertently give us amazing exposure!
Last week, a key Dallas minister called us a "cult" and said Mormons are NOT Christians. It reminds me of what the Apostle Paul was up against with people of New Testament times. He was accused of not believing that there would be a "Messiah" as his fellow Jews did. The Jews who believed that Jesus Christ was the Messiah and that He had come and was now gone (without having saved THEM from Roman or any other kind of rule - hence not their kind of Messiah) were called "Christians" - a very negative word at that time.
Today, in the Dallas Morning News, there are at least two articles (one an editorial) explaining why Mormons are Christians.
We could not pay for this kind of advertising. BUT, it is a time for all of us to stand up and be informed and be counted as one who worships all that is Jesus Christ. Others might say we are not Christian as we do not believe we have "exclusive" salvation through Jesus Christ - but - they misunderstand. We do KNOW that it is only through the atonement of Jesus Christ we can ever hope to be in the presence of our Heavenly Father again..."after all we can do". (2 Nephi 25:23)
We KNOW that Jesus Christ is our Savior and our Redeemer and He is the ONLY reason we have hope and His life and example are the ONLY way back to the presence of our Father...as we "work out our own salvation with fear and trembling"! (Philippians 2:1-21)
We are part of the Army of Christ and we have been "CALLED TO ARMS

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Sings of the Times

Today's lesson was on the signs of the Second Coming. This afternoon I was looking through my seminary folder from high school and found a handout with a list of 51 signs of the times that Elder R. McConkie had written in the book Mormon Doctrine. Numbers 1-43 have already happened or are currently happening. This is yet another example to me of how close we are to the Second Coming, and how important it is for us to prepare ourselves by actively participating in spreading the gospel to those around us.
"If you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there."

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Working Together--Providently

Here's an experience we had lately, illustrating how we can work together for the good of all. We recently did some major construction at our house and in the process, emptied our 55-gallon water storage barrels in order to move them out of the way. Now that the construction is basically done, we had the project of getting those barrels filled back up and put in place, looming over our heads for a long time -- too long for my comfort.

Meanwhile, Neil and Mary Reid also moved from one home to another and had to empty and fill their barrels, too. (Yes, this project can be a pain...and that's the cold, hard, truth...) Brother Reid was inspired to fill his barrels (before we got around to doing ours), and then offered to bring his family over and help us get ours filled. They came over for family home evening a few weeks ago, and together, our two families made great progress cleaning, filling, and organizing the barrels at our home. Now, it is finished, and their family was just what we needed to get ourselves going on this project!!

We can find so many opportunities to help each other in valuable ways. When it comes to provident living, we can give valuable service and encouragement to others. We can often see what people need, and we can simply offer to help. Our family was blessed with what we needed, and they experienced/taught their children service. How much better than that can it get?

On another note, on October 18th, we will be having a class on emergency fuel sources. You will have the opportunity to learn about, make, and/or order these fuel sources. I will provide more information for you in the very near future! Be on the lookout this Sunday for sign-up sheets and samples of what we're doing!

2nd Coming

This Sunday our lesson is taken from chapter 43 from the Gospel Principles manual. The lesson is called "Signs of the Second Coming" (to read it, click here). I enjoyed reading this lesson because so many times we focus on the destruction that comes with the second coming, but this lesson reminds us of all the wonderful blessings we will also receive before the second coming. Please come prepared this Sunday to make comments and bare testimony of the Savior's coming.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Flower Necklace Instructions

Many Sisters expressed an interest in seeing the flower necklace tutorial for the craft we had at the RS/YW Activity this past Wednesday. Please see the link below:


Every Monday in October- Dallas 4th Ward Service Project

Family to Family Food Drive
Dallas 4th Ward Community Service Project
October 2011 

Carolyn Bukhair Elementary School is an RISD elementary school slightly outside of the physical boundaries of our ward.  Virtually all (99%) of the students who attend the school qualify for free or reduced price lunch.  Among these students there are many who suffer from insecurity that there will be any food available at home for weekends.  In an effort to help out those students and their families the Dallas 4th Ward will conduct a food drive to collect simple to prepare food items.  We will collect the food items every Monday night during the month of October.  We realize that this is family night.  We are hoping that the ward families will consider incorporating this opportunity to focus on the spirit of giving to the less fortunate as part of their family night activities.    

Oct 3rd                  Peanut Butter and Jelly

Oct 10th                Macaroni and Cheese

Oct 17th                Ramen noodles

Oct 24th                Spaghettios or chili

Oct 31st                last chance-did you forget to bring something?

Bonnie Muir, Jeanne Grant, or another representative from the ward  will be at the church from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM on those evenings to accept donations.  We will not need to open the church, but will put the donations directly into our cars and take them to the school the next day.

The items will be delivered to the counselor at Carolyn Bukhair Elementary and she will distribute our contributions on a weekly basis so there will be no need to find storage space.  We have been asked to bring grocery bags so that the students can carry the donated food home.