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We, the members of the _______ Ward want you to know how much we appreciate your willingness to share your son with us in the service of the Lord. We thank you for raising a young man who stands tall and is a shining example of what a missionary is and what a missionary should be. He has blessed all of our lives and it is with a great deal of mixed emotions that we will have to say goodbye to him in a few short days.
As a parent who has had five children serve missions (one of my daughters is serving now), I know that it is a time of great blessing for your family when you have a son or daughter serve a mission. I also know that you are very anxious to be reunited with your son as he concludes his mission. Though we will be sad to see him go, he will leave a lasting legacy in our ward and in the lives of the people he has touched, taught, and loved.
May you and your entire family take comfort to know that Elder ______ has served the Lord with all of his might, mind and strength. He is a leader and an example to the other missionaries that he teaches and serves.
May you and your family enjoy the great blessings of the gospel. May you feel the spirit of the Lord that dwells so strongly in Elder ______. And may you have a joyous reunion with him. Surely, he is one of the noble and great ones. I am sure the Lord is very pleased with his service and will surely say, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant".
God bless all of you. And to sister ______ … Happy Mothers Day!
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Contrary to a published report, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not closing its food production canneries and is not limiting the variety of goods that are available to church members for consumption and storage.
"Over time, we will be reducing the number of facilities where the packaging of dry goods occurs," LDS spokeswoman Ruth Todd said Monday. Even then, she added, the church's "home storage centers will offer the same or additional commodities in pre-packaged form, at no additional cost."
The statement comes as a result of questions from a number of different media sources following a blog post asserting that "LDS canneries east of the Mississippi will no longer be canning any food at their facilities beginning June 27, 2013."
That, Todd said, is not accurate.
"The church is not closing canneries and is not limiting the variety of goods available to church members," she said. The only thing being reduced over time is the number of locations at which members can purchase bulk foods and can them themselves.
There are currently more than 100 LDS home storage centers across the United States and Canada at which church members can obtain food items for personal and family use. The home storage centers are part of the church's massive welfare program that includes canneries, meat-packing facilities, thrift stores, farms, ranches and storage facilities for food. Latter-day Saints are encouraged by church leaders to keep a three-month supply of food on hand in case of physical, natural and economic emergencies as part of the LDS practice of self-reliance.
“Self-reliance is a product of our work and undergirds all other welfare practices," LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson said. "It is an essential element in our spiritual as well as our temporal well-being.”
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- Beans: This is my favorite because this food also has fiber. You can substitute cup for cup for the fat required in a recipe. If you are cooking a light colored food, used cooked light colored beans. The same is true for bakin dark baked goods, used dark cooked beans. You may be surprised at how moist your baked goods will be. Beans are also very economical as a substitute as oils and fats are much more costly pound-for-pound.
- Applesauce: Many folks use this as a substitution ( 1:1 ratio). The caution here is to watch your baking temperature as it can scorch or burn and leave an after-taste. Also, some sources caution you from using more than 1 Cup of Applesauce per recipe that you are preparing.
- Shredded Zucchini: This is great in muffins, breads, and chocolate treats as it provides a great deal of moisture.
- Pureed Pumpkin: Have you ever had leftover canned pumpkin and wondered what to do with it? You can substitute it for fat. Your food will take on the color and flavor of pumpkin...but who doesn't love a chocolate chip pumpkin cookie?
- Dairy: This was a surprise to me. You can substitute yogurt (preferably Greek yogurt as it is strained and does not have excess liquid) or cottage Cheese (use half of the required fat called for). These are good in pastries and biscuits but can add a 'rubbery' texture. Ricotta Cheese reportedly can be used in some recipes 1:1.
- Baby Food: Specifically carrots, pears and prunes. This is a good way to take care of left over purees that you may have in the refrigerator.
- Banana: Mashed Banana can be used 1:1.
- Tofu: Silken Tofu reportedly can be used (use only 1/2 the amount called for).
Try to experiment with one or more of these options in your when baking your next yummy treat or food.
Why am I posting a picture of an empty parking lot?
Here is another view....
Here is the same parking lot about a week ago.
Here is another view.
Today, everyone moved out of the Raintree Apartments.
- Each apartment that had housed 6 students will now house 12 missionaries as bunk beds will be installed.
- The large parking lot in the back will have temporary building for feed the missionaries.
- There has been some talk/reporting that some of the buildings will be remodeled to make classrooms available.
None-the-less, this chapter of our Young Single Adult's lives closing, However, it allows for new Missionary opportunities that will impact the future of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the world. How amazing it has been for our little ward to witness this small little piece of Church History.
The Lord works in mysterious ways.....his wonders to perform...
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We had the opportunity to 'Grandparent' yesterday for most of the day. We had a sweet toddler boy who came over to captivate our hearts. He played with the dollhouse and said sweet things like "baby", "Mama", and "Dada" while picking up pieces before tossing them on the floor.
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2- 4 mil plastic sheetingDuct tapeScissors (to cut the plastic sheeting)Utility knife
First aid kitTwo week supply of non-perishable foodPaper plates and eating utensilsCan openerBottled drinking water (your water barrel will not likely be accessible from your safe room)Flash Light with a hand crank or extra batteriesBaby items (diapers, formula, wipes)Pet items (food, potty pads, kitty litter, poo bags)Wind Up/Battery RadioPhone that does not require powerCell phone and chargerMedicationsExtra pair of glasses and/or contact lens & solutionEmergency Phone NumbersCandles/Camping LanternsLighters and MatchesGarbage bags & tiesComfort items (toilet paper, personal wipes, Kleenex)Entertainment items (paperback books, Sudoku, crossword puzzles, playing cards)Paper, pens, pencilsEmergency telephone numbers
Think about it!
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Standing from the Balcony of one the above Apartment buildings, I took these 3 shots from right to left....of an enormous parking lot. Think about it, these missionaries will not need any parking space. Temporary buildings could be established here for teaching and dining.
The current clubhouse can manage one YSA ward at a time for things like Ward Prayer and a "Break-the-Fast" meal, but not the entire complex. I am sure this building will be used however for important functions. It has folding tables and chairs, a loft, a kitchen without appliances (but has a small sink) and some small office areas that Bishops have used for interviews.
Each Stairwell leads to 6 different apartments (on 3 floors) on the front and back sides of the building. Missionaries will live (and most likely study) in close proximity without having to travel far.
As with any change, there are 'rumors' about what will happen. Some rumors are that the Hot Tub will be taken completely out, others are that the pool will be covered for 2 years. In my view, who knows and really who cares about the pool? The Lord has a plan, and his work will roll forth.
So, as some of our newly called missionaries (some most likely from our own YSA Ward) prepare to enter the MTC in early May, it is my hope that they will find a sweetly spiritual environment in the newly called 2nd MTC. I know that our YSA Ward has certainly experienced it and have been greatly blessed by it.
As for our beloved YSA's, I will personally miss you all. As I listen to your plans for the future, I am amazed at the potential impact for good you most likely will have not only locally, but across the world. I want to thank you all for the richness that you have brought to my life.....I will miss you.
Until we meet again..........
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Information directly from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: (Today I listened to the first session through my phone, an app, and a set of speakers.....it's was cool!)
The 183rd Annual General Conference of the Church, to which all members are invited, will convene in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7, 2013, with general sessions each day at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. mountain daylight time.
The general priesthood meeting will be held in the Conference Center on Saturday, April 6, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. MDT.
Local leaders have the option to adjust meeting schedules or, where appropriate, to rearrange the agenda of regularly scheduled meetings to permit their members to listen to or watch general conference by radio, television, satellite, or Internet transmission.
Members can watch conference in their meetinghouses or in their homes.
To view conference at local meetinghouses, check with local leaders on availability of the broadcast by satellite or Internet feed.
The live broadcast will be available from the following sources:
Conference.lds.org: Video and audio in 16 languages.
Mormonchannel.org and Mormon Channel mobile apps: Video and audio in English only.
BYU.tv: Video and audio in English only.
BYU.tv International: Video and audio in Spanish and Portuguese.
Facebook.com/LDS: Video in English only.
Mormon Channel on Roku: Video only in American Sign Language, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish. (Search for general conference under the “Spiritual” category.)
In addition, many local cable and radio stations make conference readily available. Visit www.bonneville.info for broadcast information or check local listings.
Within 24 hours of a conference session’s conclusion, video and audio files of that session will be available in major Church languages at conference.lds.org. The Tuesday following general conference, text of all talks will be posted in English at conference.lds.org. The November issues of the Liahona and Ensign will feature conference addresses. More information on what and when conference materials become available can be accessed online.
To watch or listen to past conference addresses visit the General Conference section of LDS.org.
These items came with this purchase. Upgrades to the unit are as follows:
- A "T" leg with 2 stakes are included to ensure the unit stays stable in windy conditions.
- Three racks are included to be used for Dehydration or from layered cooking (like cookie sheets). Also a roll of Parchment paper is provided for dehydrating.
- 2 Dark Round Enamel Pans that stack if you wish. Each pan has a different lid, one dark and one clear.
- 2 Bread pans
- One Multi-Fuel Water Pasteurizing Indicator (WAPI). More about this cool little device later.
This is a "T leg" that is used to adjust the angle of the unit. The previous unit reportedly only had a single leg. This "T" shape helps the unit be more stable and is adjustable.
You need to remove the protective coating off the reflective surfaces.
BTW, Honeyville is selling this combination through the end of the month. It should be available through other suppliers in April.
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The Students of our ward woke up to this notice yesterday morning. Why might you ask? Because of this breaking news story:
Church Secures Use of Additional Buildings for Missionary Training
- How many missionaries does the Church have serving currently?
- What is the average number of missionaries being called per week now?
1,400 per week since 1 January 2013
- What is the current percentage of Elders/Sisters being called?
For calls made since 1 January 2013, 57% are elders, 36% are sisters, and 7% are seniors.
- What are the plans currently for expansion of the Provo MTC?
We are currently reviewing options with the city and neighbors that would approximately double the capacity of the Provo MTC. These plans are not yet finalized.
- Are there plans to expand the Provo Temple to accommodate increased numbers of missionaries?
- One student wrote that she is looking for a big box to live out of since she is being forced to move and will soon be homeless.
- Others are saying that they should still have use of the pool and hot tub because the missionaries won't need them.
- Another suggested that the ward blow the budget on an end-of-the-year party within the next month.
- Most are saying how very, very sad they are that they will all be moving. Essentially, they are loosing their sense of 'family' in our little ward.
PS: There is now an official site for those who are displaced. If you know of openings in the Provo area, please feel free to post them here: https://www.facebook.com/RaintreeRefugeeFoundationRrf
I love this recipe because it is made from Food Storage Staples that I would think anyone would have on hand. For the filling, you need unsalted butter, Brown Sugar, Creamy Peanut Butter, and Powdered Sugar.
Put the above ingredients into a pan and combine on Medium Heat. Take off the heat when the mixture begins to bubble.
Place the pan on a a hot pad and get a 1/4 Cup measure for the Powdered Sugar.
Pour in 1/4 Cup of Powdered Sugar into the mixture.
Continue combining 1/4 Cup of powdered sugar until 1 and 1/4 Cups have been incorporated.
This is what it will look like when all the Powdered Sugar is incorporated. Cool the mixture (I put mine in the Refrigerator). When it is firm enough, roll out the dough on wax or parchment paper.
Use Powdered Sugar to dust the rolling pin if needed. I used an Egg Cookie Cutter to cut the shapes out.s
I placed the 'eggs' on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. I then put them into the Freezer while I made the chocolate mixture. This allows the peanut butter centers to become very hard.
Put the Chocolate chips and Shortening in a microwave bowl. Place into the Microwave for 30 seconds at a time and stir. Continue this until a smooth liquid chocolate is made.
Dip the frozen eggs into the chocolate. Lift out of the chocolate with a fork. Shake off the excess chocolate. Push the egg off the fork on to Parchment paper with a spoon.
If the eggs soften, place the cookie sheet back into freezer for a few minutes and then continue the task.
How did they taste? I had some of my adult children visiting. Let's just say not all of them remained at our house.
- This is a delightful treat that is very simple to make.
- I used Food Storage Staples exclusively to make these treats.
- I think that the next time I make these, I will take a little more time with the chocolate. I may even use the microwave to melt it again intermittently as the Peanut Butter centers are so cold that the chocolate set up quickly in the bowl.
- 1 Cup Creamy peanut Butter
- 1/4 Cup Unsalted Butter
- 1/4 Cup light Brown Sugar
- 1 1/4 Cups Powdered Sugar
- 2 Cups milk Chocolate Chips (or 12 ounces milk chocolate, chopped)
- 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Shortening.
- Line a baking sheet with wax paper or parchment paper, set aside.
- IN a medium saucepan, combine the peanut butter, butter, and brown sugar over medium heat. Heat until completely melted and starting to bubble a little, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat. add the powdered sugar and 1/4 cup at a time, stirring until completely combined with the peanut butter mixture after each addition. Set aside and let cool to room temperature.
- Using a medium cookie scoop or a heaping tablespoon, scoop out peanut butter mixture and shape into eggs. (I used a cookie cutter). Refrigerate to allow the peanut butter eggs to set, about 30 minutes.
- Once the peanut butter eggs are set, melt the chocolate chips and shortening together in the microwave on 50% power in 30-seconds increments, stirring after each, until completely melted. One at a time, dip a peanut butter egg into the chocolate and using a fork, flip it over so it is completely covered. Remove it from the bowl, letting any excess chocolate drip off. Return it to the baking sheet, and repeat with all of the peanut butter eggs. Sprinkle with decorations, if desired. Return the chocolate covered peanut butter eggs to the refrigerator to allow the chocolate to set, about 30 minutes Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container until ready to serve.
- Light weight: You could take it camping with you
- Easy to clean
- Very sharp blades....be very careful when cleaning them.
- Does not take big 'muscles' to operate
- Small enough to fit in a drawer.
So, consider it!
- The Minky Fabric is very heavy
- The Flannel has 'tooth' to hold the 3 fabrics together somewhat. If you wanted very little sliding you could strategically tack the fabrics together.
- The least expensive Minky fabric I found was on-line. So check out all of your options.
- I made another blanket with a silk ruffle instead of the trim. It was just as cute.
- You need LOTS OF PINS to hold this 'unit together. You will not get even seams without it.
- It is so soft! Your little ones will love it!
I just thought you might like to know!
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- With the exception of the Cheeses, I had everything in my pantry to make this. The cheese could be easily stored and frozen. The container was just over $6.00. I figure that I used about $3.00 worth to make this double batch. So, the out-of-pocket expense to feed 20+ YSA's...about $3.00 (plus the cost of the produce...which was minimal). I had the rest in my storage. Using your Food Storage Staples saves you money!
- The Flavor was reminiscent of the Olive Garden Salad, no complaints there.
- I also used the recipe for the Olive Garden Salad Mix, also from the CopyKat site. The only challenge in gathering these ingredients were the peppers.
Here is the recipe:
Olive Garden Salad Dressing: (CopyKat Recipes)
- 1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
- 1/3/ Cup white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil (I used olive oil and it tasted great)
- 2 tablespoons corn syrup
- 2 tablespoons Parmesan Cheese
- 2 tablespoons Romano Cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt, or one clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon parsley flakes
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- Sugar (optional)
Place all ingredients in a blender until well mixed. If this is a little too tart for your own personal taste, add a little extra sugar. YOu can enjoy your Olive Garden Salad Dressing for about 10 days if stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Another great use for the Olive Garden Sala Dressing is a marinade for vegetables or even meats that you might like to grill. So you can see the Olive Garden Salad Dressing can be used more than one way.
Give it a try!
See what you can do to make your kitchen easier to function in!
In addition, the entire bottom section can be removed and thrown in the dishwasher, again for easy clean-up.
I decided that I wanted a snack....and decided to make a 'fat free' version. The pudding is fat-free and powdered milk is fat-free. (I decided not to think of the carbs!).
I substituted powdered milk and really cold water for the 'milk' requirement. If I were to do this again, I would cut down on the water just to help it thick-up quickly.
Using this hand beater was easy and quick. It cleans easily and fits right into the drawer. So, in a pinch, or just when I want to do something quick, I will use this hand-crank beater.
Here is the result!
This was the "before" picture of my # 10 cans. Again, just a big mess! To get one can down, I had to move, slide, transfer, a can or cans from one pile to the other. Because of this, I had no real idea what I had up there for sure.
I used these large stacking shelves with foldable legs. If you look at the 'after' pictures, you can see that they easily clear the height of the #10 cans. I could get 6 cans under one (as the legs could flare) and 5 on the top of the shelf. (I did not purchase these at the Dollar store, but I most likely purchased them at a Big Box Store a few months ago...I just don't remember).
One very big and expensive lesson to take away from all of this is the amount of food I had to throw away. I had duplicate cans of items open, I had expired items stored up high on that shelf. I threw away quite a few things. Instead of putting the contents of the #10 can into jars and sealing them with my Food Saver attachment, I just quickly put the cans away and always thought that I would get to dry sealing with my Food Saver at a later time. Well, it's later and it was too late for a significant amount of food.
I am now allowing space for jars on this top of this shelf of this picture so that I can safely store the contents of open #10 cans in sealed jars. Things like Egg Powder etc will be put into jars and will be sealed with my Food Saver. Also, you can see that I am using a Lazy-Susan device in the corner to make sure that I can see and access items easily.
I used another shelf to house 4 bins. Three of the bins hold Cheese-making, Pickling, and Canning supplies. The other 2 bins stacked together are extra's for when I need to add something else...which we all knows will happen.
I used to store these heavy Canners on the top shelf. I won't elaborate on how challenging it was to get them down every time I was going to can something. Having them on the floor makes so much more sense!
I also cut down on the number of buckets I am keeping in my Pantry. Right now, there are only four. They contain wheat, flour, sugar, and rice. Also, each bucket has a Mylar liner and a Gamma Lid to cut down on the possibility of little 'friends' trying to live in my food as these buckets can let light shine through.
Here is a view of the finished product, including my step stool that helps me easily access...anything! I just love looking in my Pantry now. I have had it this way for a few days to make sure that it is working for me. I love to "see red" now because I can also find anything I need!
Vacucanner.com. The pricing begins at $300.00, so again this option is for those who really use Dry Canning a great deal.
|New LDS Missions|
|Africa Southeast Area||Mexico Area||North America West Area|
|Angola Luanda||Mexico Cancun||California Bakersfield|
|Botswana Gaborone||Mexico Ciudad Juarez||California Irvine|
|Africa West Area||Mexico Ciudad Obregon||California Rancho Cucamonga|
|Ghana Accra West||Mexico Mexico City Chalco||Pacific Area|
|Liberia Monrovia||Mexico Pachuca||Australia Sydney North|
|Nigeria Benin City||Mexico Queretaro||New Zealand Hamilton|
|Asia North Area||Mexico Reynosa||Papua New Guinea Lae|
|Japan Tokyo South||Mexico Saltillo||Philippines Area|
|Korea Seoul South||North America Central Area||Philippines Cavite|
|Brazil||Colorado Fort Collins||Philippines Cebu East|
|Brazil Curitiba South||Illinois Chicago West||Philippines Legaspi|
|Brazil Fortaleza East||Kansas Wichita||Philippines Urdaneta|
|Brazil Juiz de Fora||North America Northeast Area||South America Northwest Area|
|Brazil Natal||Virginia Chesapeake||Bolivia Santa Cruz North|
|Brazil Piracicaba||Ohio Cincinnati||Ecuador Guayaquil West|
|Brazil Santos||North America Northwest Area||Ecuador Quito North|
|Brazil Sao Paulo West||Oregon Salem||Peru Huancayo|
|Central America Area||Washington Federal Way||Peru Iquitos|
|El Salvador San Salvador East||Washington Vancouver||South America South Area|
|Guatemala Coban||North America Southeast Area||Argentina Comodoro Rivadavia|
|Honduras San Pedro Sula West||Georgia Macon||Argentina Posadas|
|Europe East Area||North America Southwest Area||Chile Santiago South|
|Ukraine L'viv||Arizona Gilbert||Utah Area|
|Idaho||Arizona Scottsdale||Utah Salt Lake City East|
|Idaho Twin Falls|
3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
4 Lift up thine eyes round about and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from afar, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.(Isaiah 60: 3-4)
This really is....the 'good stuff'!
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