31 October 2009

Flippin' Sweet Halloween

Napoleon & Deb
( Jessica & Kellee)
The Dark Knight & Two Face
(Carson & Dottie)

"Backward, turn backward,
O Time, in your flight...
make me a child again, just for tonight!"
~Elizabeth Akers Allen

26 October 2009

Golden Anniversary for Joan & Earl


Last week we went to Aunt Joan and Uncle Earl's 50th Anniversary Celebration. It was a great party. Joan is the sister of Dave's dad and we came to North Carolina twenty-two years ago for Dave to work at Joan and Earl's Cabinet company. Happy Anniversary!

22 October 2009

My Thoughts of General Conference

General Conference is always a delight for me because it's such a spiritual experience to hear the words of our living apostles and prophet. It was especially exciting to hear of the upcoming building of five new temples because one of these temples is to be built where I served a mission (Fort Lauderdale Florida Mission). When I was called to serve a mission in 1977, the closest temple for the Florida Saints was in Washington DC. It was still quite a sacrifice to go to the temple for the Spanish Saints that I served in Miami and Hialeah. I can remember an Elder in our mission that was so excited about missionary work that he had this idea of making a model of a temple out of sugar cubes and for each baptism the missionaries had in our area, we would add sugar cubes to build this replica of a temple. It was quite motivating for the members of our ward, to invite their friends and neighbors to hear the gospel message in hopes that one day, there would be a temple in the area. Well that sugar cube temple has long gone but not the spirit of these wonderful saints for now there will be that long awaited temple in their area. What a blessing a temple will have for the saints of Southern Florida... Some might have said it was an impossible task to get a temple there but their dedication in living the gospel and sharing it with others has brought forth a wonderful blessing.
"Let us with faith, enthusiasm, dedication, responsibility,
and love do all that is within our reach,
and we will be doing all that is possible
to achieve the impossible—"
Jorge F. Zeballos
of the Seventy

02 October 2009

Light & Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing

1 Tablespoons poppy seeds
1/4 cup Low fat milk
1/4 cup Splenda
1/2 cup Miracle Whip Light
1/8 cup white vinegar

DIRECTIONS: In a small bowl, whisk together salad dressing, milk, Splenda, vinegar, and poppy seeds. Chill until ready to use. (Can also be made with sugar and/or regular miracle whip salad dressing) I love this dressing. Its quick to make and really yummy.

01 October 2009

My New Calling

I've been teaching Valiant 9 Class for our ward Primary for the last two year and really enjoying my calling. I love serving in Primary but in September I was called to serve as Education Counselor in our Stake Relief Society. I'll miss my Primary Class but look forward to working with some special ladies. I'm excited to meet with sisters throughout the stake. We've already gotten our feet wet this last Saturday by organizing a dinner and inviting the whole stake to our annual Women's General Meeting Broadcast. We had wonderful food and enjoyed the Broadcast.

Jennifer L. Secretary,(Me) Education Counselor,
Sherrie M. President, Pattie S. Enrichment Counselor

Some favorite quotes
for sisters in the church:

"Relief Society
was established by the Lord
to organize, teach, and inspire
His daughters
to prepare for the blessings of eternal life."
~Julie B. Beck

"As you live up to this mission,
in whatever life circumstance
you find yourself—
as a wife, as a mother, as a single mother,
as a divorced woman, as a widowed or a single woman—
the Lord our God
will open up responsibilities
and blessings
far beyond your ability to imagine."
~Dieter F. Uchtdorf

"My dear sisters,
do not pray for tasks equal to your abilities,
but pray for abilities equal to your tasks.
Then the performance of your tasks
will be no miracle,
but you will be the miracle."
~Thomas S. Monson