Friday, October 31, 2008
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Monday, October 20, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
1 pkg. of mini chocolate chips
Mix all three ingredients. Spoon onto cookie sheet. Bake at 350* for 5-10 min, depending on size. Amount varies based on size of cookie. Dust with powdered sugar, or not! Makes allot of cookies! and fast too!
Friday, October 10, 2008
I am a missionary for the LDS Church Addiction Recovery program under the direction of LDS Family Services. Many people don't know about this program unless for some reason they have had the misfortune to have to be referred to it. I say misfortune only because that means that their life has been touched by their own addiction or the addiction of another who is close to them. I want everyone to know that there is hope and healing from addictions.
This program is free and available to anyone even if they are not a member of the LDS Church. Everyday there are meetings all over the United States and the world for that matter to help people get on their way to recovery. I live in Utah and serve in the Sandy, Utah area. My husband and I do English as well as Spanish meetings in the Addiction Recovery program. It is my hope and desire that anyone who reads this message, who is in need of help fr themselves or for someone that they love, that they go to LDS.org and look under Home and Family, then look under Marriage, family and individual counseling, and then Addiction recovery program. You will find a downloadable manual as well as a list of where all the meetings are held and the times. In the manual the introduction will give you an overview of the purpose of the Addiction Recovery program. Then just go to the meeting. Meetings are for those who are addicted to just about everything including Tobacco, Alcohol, Drugs, Pornography, Food disorders, Anger, and those are only the tip of the iceburg, as well as for those who are an affected family member or friend wanting to support them in overcoming their addiction.
This program can help just about anyone who has a desire to rid themselves of addiction and put their hands in the capable hands of the Lord. There is hope and there is healing, and only you can take the first step to get help. It is up to you. Think about it and if you need the help, just go to a meeting and there will be people waiting for you to teach you the 12 steps to healing your wounded body and soul.
Nobody will force you, especially the Lord, to get help for your addiction. as you can just keep it going as long as you decide. You must first want to make the changes in yourself enough. You must want the help and have the desire to change, more than you want to continue your addiction. I have a question for you to ponder.... Do you love the drug of choice more than you love yourself or those lives your addiction is effecting? When you take the drug you are making the choice that your drug is the most important thing in your life? I urge you to get help and do it today.... in fact, how about NOW?
I would love to hear from you or your comments. Just click on "Comments" below this post and feel free to share.
With love and concern for you,
I am a missionary for the LDS Church Addiction Recovery program under the direction of LDS Family Services. Many people don't know about this program unless for some reason they have had the misfortune to have to be referred to it. I say misfortune only because that means that their life has been touched by their own addiction or the addiction of another who is close to them. I want everyone to know that there is hope and healing from addictions. This program is free and available to anyone even if they are not a member of the LDS Church. Everyday there are meetings all over the United States and the world for that matter to help people get on their way to recovery. I live in Utah and serve in the Sandy, Utah area. My husband and I do English as well as Spanish meetings.
It is my hope and desire that anyone who reads this message, who is in need of help for themselves or for someone they love, that they go to LDS.org and look under Home and Family, then look under Marriage, family and individual counseling, and then Addiction recovery program. You will find a downloadable manual as well as a list of where all the meetings are held and the times .In the manual the introduction will give you an overview of the purpose of the Addiction Recovery program. Then just go to the meeting.
This program and meetings are for those who are addicted to just about everything including Tobacco, Alcohol, Drugs, Pornography, Food disorders, Anger, and those are only the tip of the iceberg. It is also for those who are affected by the addiction of a loved one who wants to offer their support and know what they can do to help. This program can help just about anyone who has a desire to rid themselves of addiction and put their hands in the capable hands of the Lord. There is hope and there is healing, and only you can take the first step to get help.
It is up to you. Nobody, especially Heavenly Father will force you to get help for yourself, you have to want the help more than you want the addiction. You have to want to love and be loved by your family and friends more than you love your drugs of choice. When you make the choice to persue your addiction, you are telling yourself and your family that your addiction means more to you than they do.
Think about it and if you need the help, just go to one of the meetings that is close to you and there will be people waiting for you to teach you the 12 steps to healing your wounded body and soul. You are loved by your Heavenly Father and He wants you back and is waiting for you to reach out to Him! I urge you with all the sincerity of my heart to take the first step and do it today. Take the first step right now!
If you would like comment, feel free to leave me your comments below. I look foreword to hearing from you.
Much Love and Concern,
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Margaret D. Nadauld, former Young Women general president: "Women of God can never be like women of the world. The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender. There are enough women who are coarse; we need women who are kind. . . . We have enough women of fame and fortune; we need more women of faith" ("The Joy of Womanhood," Liahona, Jan. 2001, 18; Ensign, Nov. 2000, 15).
Don't you just love this quote. I moved this past year and I cannot tell you how many people I have spoken to have asked me the question..."Do you work... What is your job?" Many times I have wondered if ones identity as a woman has to be categorized in what her lifes job was. Since I am an empty nester now , the next question after I have answered the first one is usually...."What do you do with all your time now?"
First things first, I have been a Homemaker and full time Mom and totally dedicated to my vocation. I feel so blessed to have a husband who placed so much value in my Mothering and teaching skills, that he worked enough for the both of us in earning an income that alowed me to be able to stay at home with our children. Both he and I had faith in what our church leaders have counceld and we both made being a full time Mom my lifes vocation. I honor and love my husband for that blessing. I also realize that not every woman can be a stay at home Mom, and the world needs all the talents of women.
When I was in my teens I received my Patriarchical blessing. My patriarchical blessing told me that I was blessed with many talents and many yet to be developed talents that will be used for service and in blessing the lives of others. Being a stay at home Mother has been the key to the fulfillment of these blessings, because there were so many talents that I learned along the way from being a stay at home Mom.
I learned how to develop a preschool coop , taught about 30 boys in Cubscouts more skills than just camping, learned how to be my kids biggest fan and greatest confidant. Was team mother for my boys and girls and all the other boys and girls on the teams. I taught my
children the love of music, how to play the piano and violin. I learned how to be a tutor with homework, an expert decorator for decorating on a dime, a quilter, a seamstress and expert costume maker. I developed my writing skills as I wrote and directed plays for my childrens classes, as well as for Road Shows, Visiting Teaching Seminars, and all kinds of other Ward programs. I learned how to use the computer because I needed to keep up with not only my children but technology. I've taught so many craft, cooking and creative classes that my children call me Martha Stewart and their tummies have been filled with delicous food and home made confections. I learned how to be a leader, and served my family at home and individuals in my community and church. I learned how to nurse sick children and deal with the unkind acts of individuals directed toward my handicapped child. My compassion and love helped me to be able to teach my own children to respect difference and diversity and to show kindness and compassion to everyone.
These kinds of learning experiences are developed by Mom's who stay at home to raise their children. It is my testimony that growt comes in the mind, and heart and soul of women who choose to make "Mommy" their favorite nickname. Families are blessed and paraphrasing what Sister Nadauld says, we need women who are tender, women who are kind and women who have faith. This isn't to say that there aren't challenges and difficulties that come with raising children and not all children will choose to follow the guidance and councel of their parents but I believe that the Lord has given only women a stewardship and this blessed calling.
The lesson gave a quote from Sister Julie Beck that says...."Female roles did not begin on earth, and they do not end here. A woman who treasures motherhood on earth will treasure motherhood in the world to come"
I hope that all women will understand and appreciate the divine role she will play as she becomes a mother to some of the choicest of Gods children here on this earth. Motherhood doesn't end here either it will be a blessing upon all righteous mothers in the life to come.
These are my thoughts I have had for this months Visiting teaching lesson. I would be interested to hear what your focus would be on as well. Feel free to post if you like.
General Conference Talks
General Conference Reports
Proceedings of Recent General Conferences
What shall we give?
An Apostles Easter Thoughts on Christ
This short video is an Important message from the mouths of our Prophets!
July 6 - Pioneer Cooking
Click on this link to take you to the Pioneer Recipes:
I was also thinking that if you were to copy some of these recipes and print them off, that might be a fun handout for the Sisters you Visit Teach!
July 2nd - Diana Lucina Spicer Block
Visiting Teaching Tips, handouts and Ideas
For many years, I have been creating very cute and fun things to take to the ladies I Visit Teach. I have shared from time to time, my ideas with others and they have really appreciated them. I decided that since I do these anyway, I would start doing one every month and then post it on this blog to share with anyone for their Visiting Teaching. I do need to make a disclaimer.... the ideas, thoughts, stories, graphics etc. used are created by me and they are not in any way official LDS Church quotes, handouts or ideas. They are my creations or others as noted, except for the quotes that will come directly from the Monthly Visiting Teaching message found in the Ensign. Also, many thanks to the talented designers of the digital paper and elements that I use to create the beautiful artwork, and handouts you see on my blog.
You can go to http://www.lds.org/ and look up and even print the monthly message if you do not have your own Ensign magazine subscription in English or to choose to read the Liahona or Ensign in a different language go to http://lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=03103c7ff44f2010VgnVCM1000001f5e340aRCRD&locale=0.
For Spanish you can go to http://www.sud.org.es/
I highly recommend you get your own subscription because you will find a wealth of really good & wholesome, moral reading, that you can't find anywhere else. If you go to http://www.lds.org/ and click on "Gospel Library" then click on "Magazines" you can order your own Ensign, Liahona, New Era, or Friend magazines.
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"Returning to the Past" A Relief Society Activity Idea
I just found your blog. It is so great. I love the idea of the Hearts of Angels. I am trying to figure out how we can use it for our VT conference and incorporate some of the things for our VT interviews. I am a new R/S president and all these things we have to do throughout the year are a little overwhelming. I love all of you ideas. So much work involved, thank you for being willing to share with all of us! I would love anything else you could pass my way.
WE had the thought earlier to use a theme of "Returning to the past" for our activities this year. So all of your old-fashioned pictures will be great to use as invites and handouts.
You might be interested in the idea we had for our B-Day dinner. We always have a progressive dinner in December to the homes of different sisters. We divide them up into about 5 smaller groups and go around to the different sisters homes in the ward. Because of the weather we cancelled it and had it at the church. We decided to do it for our B-Day dinner instead when the weather would be better. We are having the women bring a sack lunch with them and to wear something old, like a grandmothers broach or shawl, or to dress up in the time of the 1800's, and to bring a pint jar with a lid. We will have the sisters make lemonade at the first house and take with them in the jar that they brought, and then go to the next house. At the last house we will have and old fashioned cake to serve like apple walnut cake or something like that.
We still have some details to work out but at the end each member of the presidency will be at a different home and will share a prepared script. It will be written as if they were at the very first R/S meeting when the prophet Joseph Smith organized the R/S with just a handful of women.
Anyway, thank you for sharing what you have! You have a great talent!
Stacey McClellan - Blackfoot, Idaho
SELF RELIANT SISTERS BLOG HAS A GREAT ACTIVITY ABOUT GARDENING WITH KIDS - go to http://selfreliantsisters.blogspot.com/ It is well worth the time and a terriffic idea as Spring is just around the corner! Here is a tiny bit of information that you will see at the site.....
Gardening with Kids has great tips on getting kids started with gardening. Give your child some space; literally! Kids loving having spaces that are all their own, whether it`s their own desk area in the house, or the tent they've created with chairs and blankets in the family room. The same is true for gardening. Dedicate a small plot of the garden just for them. Put a fancy border around it, perhaps purchase one of the stepping stone making kits found at crafts stores in which they can mold their name and make their hand print.
Let them join you at the nursery. Let your kids know you value their opinion. Ask them which kinds of plants, flowers, and vegetables they like. Explain what will work well in your garden and what won't.
Give them (limited) choices. While you're at the nursery, ask them if they'd like pansies or petunias, marigolds or zinnias. This will give them the feeling of power without letting it get out of control.
Remind them money doesn't grow on trees. With older children discuss the budget. Let them help select seeds and blossoming plants at the nursery - and turn it into a math lesson. Let your child do the money calculations; they can tell you when the money runs out.
Let your child do what he will (especially if you have a preschooler). Let him dig, explore, play with bugs. You may be tempted to steer your child in another direction (like actually watering or weeding his garden), but this is a great way for your child to explore this exciting new universe.
Plan, plan, plan. If you have older children, say 8 or 9 or older, let them plot out their own garden on paper. Provide him or her with graph paper, pencils and seed catalogs. Give them a group of flowers and vegetables from which to choose, and then let them draw out their garden.
Get them their own gardening tools. Nothing will motivate your little gardener more than having her own little shovel, her own gardening gloves, and her own watering pail. And don't forget those bright colored rubber boots. You need to go to the site and explore all the rest of the links and ideas.