Thursday, April 28, 2011

For You & Your Hubby: Ward Activity BBQ

Because of the expectant Rain on Saturday, the Ward activity will be at a new location, the church building on 1200 East right off the highway a.k.a. "The Golden Toaster" (church building just south of our building).

WHEN: 6:00PM
WHERE:  Meet in the GYM (of the church building, "the Golden Toaster")
WHY:  Duh? FOOD :P  Oh and togetherness jk.  There will be BBQ, Games and lots of fun!
Hope to see y'all there!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

The True Meaning of Easter

May we all remember the true meaning of Easter!

Lesson: Pride and the Priesthood

Sis. Natalie Moody taught our lesson today in Relief Society focused on the talk Pride and the Priesthood by Dieter F. Utchdorf.  On the board she wrote,  
"Pride is a switch that turns off priesthood power.  Humility is a switch that turns it on."

Sis. Moody first asked us about how being "PROUD" is different from being "PRIDEFUL".  President Utchdorf said, "I believe there is a difference between being proud of certain things and being prideful. I am proud of many things. I am proud of my wife. I am proud of our children and grandchildren.  I am proud of the youth of the Church, and I rejoice in their goodness. I am proud of you, my dear and faithful brethren. I am proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with you as a bearer of the holy priesthood of God. So what is the difference between this kind of feeling and the pride that President Benson called 'the universal sin'? Pride is sinful, as President Benson so memorably taught, because it breeds hatred or hostility and places us in opposition to God and our fellowmen. At its core, pride is a sin of comparison, for though it usually begins with 'Look how wonderful I am and what great things I have done,' it always seems to end with 'Therefore, I am better than you.'"

As sisters,  we discussed Pride and envy and how sometimes we forget to have "Joy in the Journey".  We get too focused on the goals of the future, that we forget to take a look at the blessings and opportunities that are happening in the HERE and NOW (also reminds me of this song--not a church song, just I think has a good message)!  Many sisters expressed how sometimes are biggest problem can be comparison and how we compare our weaknesses to others' strengths.  Other sisters expressed how we'll get SO focused on not being Prideful that we actually tear ourselves down.  As President Utchdorf said, "We don’t discover humility by thinking less of ourselves; we discover humility by thinking less about ourselves."

How grateful I am for the Priesthood.  How grateful I am for righteous Priesthood holders who work in full humility to do the Lord's work.  I know through relinquishing pride, we are able to have the Spirit with us.  I know that prayer, gratitude and an utmost reliance and faith in God helps us to be humble and love those around us.  How grateful I am for our Savior Jesus Christ who was the epitome of Humble.
Thank you Sis. Moody for your wonderful lesson.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Just for Fun: Easter Cookies

My friend gave me this idea.  Her family use to do it, and though I've never tried it, I think I will this year.  Anyway, I thought I would share with you all for a from family/ couple activity to remember our the true meaning of Easter during this special time of year.

These are some fun (and tasty) cookies to make for Easter. It's a good way to help focus on the reason for the holiday and Christ's resurrection (and not get too distracted by the Easter Bunny). Also great to do with kids!!

To be made the evening before Easter
  • 1 cup whole pecans
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 3 egg whites
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • zipper baggie
  • wooden spoon
  • tape
  • Bible
Preheat oven to 300 degrees (this is important, don't wait till you're half done with the recipe!)

Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces.  Explain that after Jesus was arrested, He was beaten by the Roman soldiers.  Read John 19:1-3.

Let each child smell the vinegar.  Put 1 tsp vinegar into mixing bowl.  Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, He was given vinegar to drink.  Read John 19:28-30.

Add egg whites to vinegar.  Eggs represent life.  Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us Eternal Life.  Read John 10:10-11.

Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand.  Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl.  Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers, and the bitterness of our own sin.  Read Luke 23:27.

So far, the ingredients are not very appetizing.  Add 1 cup sugar.

Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us.  He wants us to return to Him.  Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16.

Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed.  Explain that the color white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus.  Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3.

Fold in broken nuts.  Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet.  Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid.  Read Matthew 27:57-60.

 Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF.  Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door.  Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed.  Read Matthew 27:65-66.

GO TO BED!  Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight.  Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed.  Read John 16:20, 22.

On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie.  Notice the cracked surface and take a bite.  The cookies are hollow!  On the first Easter, Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.  Read Matthew 28:1-9.

Hope you Enjoy and have a HAPPY EASTER!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Congratulations Maritza!

Samuel Ellsworth Smith
Born April 12, 2011 at 7:59am 
Weight: 7 lbs 1oz 
Length: 19 inches

Congratulations to the Smith Family!
Now a beautiful family of Four

Monday, April 18, 2011

REMINDER: RS Activity this Week

 (note:  not the same rolls...but Sis. Grunig's do look similar)

This Thursday (April 21st) is the Relief Society activity.  We will be making rolls! YUM!  Sis. Grunig will be teaching us how to make her DELICIOUS Rolls (which we got to sample on Sunday) at her house (The Bishop's House) at 7:00pm.

There will be carpooling.  Meet at the Church at 6:30pm if you need a ride, or want to carpool.  Many people signed up.  Also, Sis. Holly Innis is leaving a little bit later at 6:45pm.  She is also meeting at the church, so if you're running late and still need a ride, meet at the church.

Bishop's address:  190 South 200 West, HYDE PARK


Also just a quick note:  if you are moving this week or soon, please let the Relief Society Presidency know.  If you need any help or need anything, please let them know.  You can email them at

Lesson: Optimisim & Charity

I know I am a week late.  But here were our Lessons in Relief Society.

On April 10th, Sister Michaela LeBaron taught our lesson.  She focused on serveral talks from Conference.  We talked about sorrow in our trials.  We also talked about Faith and Trust in our Heavenly Father and in Jesus Christ.  Through Faith and Trust, our path is made brighter despite the obstacles.  Sis. LeBaron also talked about being positive.  Yes, sorrow is in our trials is real, and we will not feel happy all the time.  However, faith draws us nearer to our Father in Heaven and through Prayer, his will can be made known unto us.  We can feel peace, comfort and direction.  How grateful I am for prayer, the scriptures, and our Savior Jesus Christ who truly understands us and what we are going through.

On April 17th, Sis. Page taught our Lesson on Charity.  It was out of the Gospel Principles Manual, Chapter 30 pages 173-178.  We talked about what Charity really is.  In class a sister commented on how it is the simple statement, "I love you."  That it's not a brotherly kindness love, or romantic love but a Love the envelopes all.  It is not a "I love you Because..." it's just an "I love you."  Sis. Page talked about her personal goals of befriending all of the sisters in Relief Society, that Charity can flourish within each of us.  We talked about ways to increase charity within ourselves and with each other.  Some things were suggested such as keeping our covenants, praying for others and then acting on promptings, inviting others over, sitting next to different people at church to get to know each other better.  There were MANY MANY suggestions, though I can not remember them all.  Sis. Page encouraged us to pick something and work on it to help increase charity and to pray for guidance on how to do it.

How grateful I am for the gospel in my life.  How grateful I am for teachers and leaders who prayerfully study and prepare lessons.   I know that through the spirit, we are all taught and blessed.  I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior.  I am excited for this Easter season.  I want to thank Sis. Albretson and all those who participated in the Easter Program on Sunday.  It was truly a special program, and I know testimonies were strengthen.  I know that God hears and answers prayers.  I know that the scriptures are the word of God and by reading them we can feel that much closer to our Heavenly Father.