Thursday, July 30, 2009

Inspirational Thought

"Jesus' teachings help us to have a correct view of life and our circumstances. Sometimes the solution is not to change our circumstance, but to change our attitude about that circumstance and its difficulties so that we see more clearly our opportunities for more abundant service. It has been said that hell is to be frozen in self-pity." Spencer W. Kimball, Ensign, Jul 1978, 3

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Inspirational Thought

"Unless the way we live draws us closer to our Heavenly Father and to our fellowmen, there will be an enormous emptiness in our lives." Spencer W. Kimball, Ensign, Jul 1978, 3

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Inspirational Thought

Stick to your task 'til it sticks to you;
Beginners are many, but enders are few.
Honor, power, place and praise
Will come, in time, to the one who stays.
Stick to your task 'til it sticks to you;
Bend at it, sweat at it, smile at it too;
For out of the bend and the sweat and the smile
Will come life's victories, after awhile.
Quoted by Thomas S. Monson, Ensign, Oct 1993, 2

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Recipes from 30 Minute Meals Group

We had a great time at the 30-Minute Meals Group on Tuesday. Here are the two recipes that were used to create a super yummy meal:

Marinara Sauce

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves
1 medium onion, chopped
2 28 oz. cans or 2 quart jars plum tomatoes
1 12 oz. can tomato paste
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon oregano
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil or 1 tablespoon dried basil

Heat oil and cook onion until tender; add garlic and cook one minute more.
Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, salt, pepper, oregano, sugar and dried basil. If using fresh basil add it in the last minute of simmering. Heat to boiling, stirring to break up tomatoes. Reudce heat to low; partially cover pan and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Can be processed in a food processor for a smooth sauce to use on pizza. Freeze in pint or quart jars.

Penne with Turkey Meatballs (serves 4-6) recipe by Giarda De Laurentiis

1/4 cup plain dried bread crumbs
2 tablespoons whole milk (Corrie used lower fat and it turned out great)
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup Romano cheese
1 pound ground turkey, preferably dark meat (look for it in the freezer section)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
5 cups tomato sauce (use the recipe above or 2 jars of store bought sauce)
1 pound dried penne pasta

In a large bowl add bread crumbs and milk and mix well until combined. Mix in eggs and 1/2 cup of the Romano cheese and mix well. Add turkey and gently combine, being careful not to overwork the meat. Season with salt and pepper. Shape into golf-size balls.

In a large skillet heat the oil over medium-high heat. When almost smoking, add meatballs and without moving or turning the meat, allow it to brown for about 3 minutes. Turn meatballs and brown other side. Continue to cook until all sides are golden brown, about 8 minutes total. Add tomato sauce and bring to a boil. Lower heat and allow meatballs to simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off heat and keep warm on stove. Be careful not to overhandle the meatballs since they are soft and fragile.

In a large pot, bring to a boil 6 quarts of salted water. Add pasta and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain pasta in a colander. Do not rinse pasta with water since you want to retain the pasta's natural starches so that the sauce will cling to the penne.

Remove meatballs from sauce and place in a serving bowl. Pour some tomato sauce over the meatballs, but leave about 1 cup of sauce in skillet. Place the cooked penne into the skillet with the remaining sauce and toss well. Pour sauced pasta into a large serving bowl. Serve alongside the meatballs.


Inspirational Thought

"...There is a big difference between mere desire and covenant. When we just desire something, we will work towards achieving it only when convenient. But when we are bound by a sacred covenant, like baptism, we are learning to overcome all obstacles through obedience, and in so doing we will be blessed with the presence of the Spirit and therefore eventually with achievement. We are beginning to become alive as we take, knowingly, full responsibility for our own life and as we stop blaming circumstances." F. Enzio Busche,Ensign, Nov 2000, 83-84

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Enrichment Meeting Coming Up!

Come join us for our "Don't Stress" Enrichment Meeting! Thursday August 6th at 6:30 pm.
Pot luck dinner will begin at 6:30. Sign up to bring a 30 minute meal, salad or dessert.
The stress workshop will begin at 7:30 p.m. with a speaker from the Doctors Speakers Bureau. The class is "entertaining and motivational, free from the usual boring advice we've all heard. . . . And it really works!"
Babysitting will be provided.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Book Group

The Book Group will be reading "The Middle Place" by Kelly Corrigan. The time and place for our next meeting will be announced soon.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Relief Society Lesson from Sunday 7/12

Relief Society lesson on Service

I was inspired by Sister Kingrey’s lesson last month on what holds us back from following the Savior. I would like to follow the same train of thought and talk about what holds us back from serving Him because we don’t serve His children or vice versa, not serving His children and therefore not serving Him.

Remember the principle taught in John 21:15–17. The Lord asked Peter, “Lovest thou me ¼ ?” Peter answered, “Thou knowest that I love thee.” And the Lord replied, “Feed my lambs.” The Lord asked him the second time, “Lovest thou me?” Peter again answered, “Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee.” The Lord said to Peter, “Feed my sheep.” The Lord asked a third time, “Lovest thou me?” Peter answered, “Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee.” Jesus said unto him, “Feed my sheep.” Last week Corrie used this scripture to talk about how if we truly would be able “ to feed His lambs and nourish His sheep with testimony and the Spirit, we must also cultivate in our homes and classrooms respect for each other and reverence for God.” This scripture also suggests that to show our love for Christ we would be of service to His sheep. That’s what I would like to talk about today - service - however, talking about Relief Society and service will also include some discussion of visiting teaching, the place in Relief Society where service often starts.

Read Mosiah 18:8-10 We made this commitment when we were baptized. VT is the program that helps us put this scripture into practice. Many of us wouldn’t do some of these things on our own but will do them when assigned. I think VT helps us fulfill the commandment to “feed my sheep.” VT benefits not only those who are being taught but the one who does the teaching.

And look at what VT can accomplish. Christ “multiplied his service by twelve” in order to further his ministry, rather than doing it alone. I can see the reasons for doing it this way. FIRST, the Lord knew that every-one needed to experience the joy of service. I have learned that it I am the one who grows when I give service whether by VTing or doing compassionate service. SECOND, He needed the service of the Twelve, men who could spread his goodness and compassion, men who would carry on even after he left them. There are real needs that need to be addressed and people need the physical and spiritual help that we can bring.

The Christlike service of Relief Society visiting teachers is a living example of this multiplier effect. Fanning out into LDS homes, they can maintain heart‑to‑heart contact with every sister for whom the bishop is responsible - does our ward look like that - sisters maintaining heart-to-heart contact with each other? And their effectiveness is limited only by their creativity. “The purposes of visiting teaching are to build caring relationships with each sister and to offer support, comfort, and friendship.”

So what stops us from VTing or doing compassionate service, either freely or when called upon by assignment? IDEAS

As disciples of Christ, we too declare that we love Him. So how do we go about feeding His sheep? IDEAS
1. Visit each assigned sister regularly (where feasible, in her home every month).

2. “Learn of the spiritual and temporal needs of the sister and her family.”

3. “Offer appropriate assistance.”

4. “Give spiritual instruction through a monthly message.”3

The Lord has blessed women with divine attributes of love, compassion, kindness, and charity. Through our monthly visits as visiting teachers, we have the power to bless each sister as we extend our arms of love and kindness and give the gifts of compassion and charity. No matter what our individual circumstances are, we all have the opportunity to edify and nurture others.

We can and should be able to provide meaningful relief. We have the gospel perspective in our lives. We have divine promptings encouraging us to do good. Let us commit to effective visiting teaching. We can provide temporal and spiritual nourishment. We can and should offer understanding and be able to teach doctrine. We can relieve spiritual hunger and feed the sheep. Feeding the sheep might mean strengthening and nourishing the new members, the less active, or even the fully active members.

Sister Beck: Latter‑day Saint women must be strong and immovable in relief. We are a Relief Society, and we should be the best women in the world at providing relief. This has been our special province from the beginning. The word relief means “to lift up, lighten.” It means “a raising [up].” “The notion is ‘to raise (someone) out of trouble.’ ” Our service and the relief that we offer are a sign that we are the Lord’s disciples and we are members of His true restored Church. It is a privilege to be part of this worldwide organization for women, whose name describes what we are meant to do: provide relief.

Notwithstanding the important relief efforts of the past, the greatest and most important work for the women of this Church still lies ahead. The earth must be prepared to receive the Lord Jesus Christ, and we must help with this preparation in the midst of wars, turmoil, natural calamities, and an increase of evil. There has not been a time in the history of the world when a full‑scale relief effort was more needed. Because we are disciples of Jesus Christ and we have made covenants with Him, we are already committed by covenant to participate in that relief effort.

You are each unique and precious. Each of you has your own burdens and challenges, which give you the blessing of turning to the Lord for help. We also have the opportunity to assist the Lord by providing relief for others, which is the greatest, fastest solution to loneliness and hopelessness and a sure way to obtain the companionship of the Spirit. All we need to do to start offering relief is get on our knees and ask, “Who needs my help?” Every sister—married or single, young or old—is needed in this relief effort, and it is what we should do better than anyone else.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Inspirational Thought

"God has provided a way to live in this world and not be contaminated by the degrading pressures evil agents spread throughout it. You can live a virtuous, productive, righteous life by following the plan of protection created by your Father in Heaven: His plan of happiness. It is contained in the scriptures and in the inspired declarations of His prophets." Richard G. Scott, Liahona, May 2004, 100-102

Friday, July 3, 2009

Inspirational Thought

"The whole idea of Mormonism is improvement---mentally, physically, morally, and spiritually. No half-way education suffices for the Latter-day Saint. He holds with Herbert Spencer that the function of education is to 'prepare man for complete living,' but he also maintains that 'complete living' should be interpreted 'life here and hereafter.' Joseph Smith declared that the glory of God is intelligence, that a man is saved no faster than he gets knowledge, and that whatever principles of intelligence he attains to in this life, they will rise with him in the resurrection, giving him the advantage over ignorance and evil in the world to come. He taught that man by constantly progressing may eventually develop into a divine being, like unto his Father in Heaven" (The Teachings of Lorenzo Snow, p. 27).

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Inspirational Thought

"Because one man is more talented than another, he should not use that talent to take advantage of his brother and then expect that God will approve of his actions, for he will not do it. He never did, nor ever will. We should operate for one another's interest, having sympathetic feelings for each other. We are supposed to be brethren in the church and kingdom of God, knit together by the indissoluble ties of the everlasting gospel; not for time only but for eternity. Hence all our operations should be for that end, founded on the principles of righteousness and friendship" (John Taylor, The Gospel Kingdom, p. 63-64).