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Sunday, March 25, 2012

April Visiting Teaching 'Matters'

"Those who are engaged in service know that out of it all comes a sweet and satisfying feeling.  This sweet blessing of the Spirit 
becomes literally a 
to cure many of the elements 
of our lives."
President Gorden B Hinkley

To improve your day, take 2 of these and do your visiting Teaching!

Our thanks to Sue G. for making these 
cute motivators every month!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Yummy Thai Dessert!

Mango Sticky Rice 
Recipe from Beth Goff
Gary served his mission to Thailand so she cooks him thai food and dessert.....what an awesome wife!

This dessert doesn't look like much but ohhhhh, it is soooo yummy!!

 This Mango Sticky Rice Dessert (Khao Niaow Ma Muang) is a classic Thai dessert and SO very scrumptious. Be sure to get the right rice for this dessert - regular (savory) rice will not work; you need sweet rice (also called 'sticky rice' or 'glutinous rice', available at Asian food stores. 

Beth uses Thai Sticky Rice and cooks it regular 
without coconut milk

*(You can also use Cal-rose Rice if you rinse it until clear it comes out pretty sticky 
it may just not be as sweet.)

The sticky rice can either be steamed, as they do in Thailand or you can make it in a pot on your stove. 
Place some fresh mango slices over it then smother with coconut sauce - pure heaven!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes

  • 1 cup Thai Sweet Rice
  • 1-2 ripe mangos, cut into bite-size pieces or strips
  • 4-5 Tbsp. palm sugar OR brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 can good-quality (thick) coconut milk


1. Soak the rice in 1 cup water for 20-30 minutes, OR up to 4
2. Do not drain the rice. Simply add 3/4 cup (more) water, 
    plus 1/4 can coconut milk, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1 Tbsp. 
    brown sugar. Stir this into the rice.
3. Bring to a gentle boil, then partially cover with a lid (leaving 
    some room for steam to escape). Reduce heat to 
4. Simmer in this way for 20 minutes, or until the coconut-water 
    has been absorbed by the rice. Turn off the heat, but leave 
    the pot on the burner with the lid on tight. allow to sit for 
    5-10 minutes.
5. To make the sauce, warm (do not boil) the rest of the can 
    of coconut milk over medium-low heat (5 minutes). Add 
    3 Tbsp. sugar, stirring to dissolve.
6. Tast-test the sauce for sweetness, adding more sugar 
    if desired. (note that it will taste less sweet when added 
    to the rice).

Scoop a mound of rice in dessert bowl, put mango pieces on top and pour sauce over the top. 
*It should look like an English pudding with custard sauce, with the mounds of rice swimming in sauce! ENJOY!

Monday, March 19, 2012

The Priesthood and Sustaining our Leaders

Lesson by Katie P.

During the priesthood session of general conference on October 2, 1938, President George Albert Smith said:

"I wonder sometimes if as fathers we take pains to explain to our boys the seriousness of the obligation assumed when a boy becomes a deacon. I wonder if when the boy is ordained a deacon the father lets him feel that he has something now that is eternally important. ...

I remember, as if it were yesterday, when John Tingey placed his hands on my head and ordained me a deacon. I had the matter so presented to me and the importance of it, that I felt it was a great honor. The result was, it was a blessing to me, and then after awhile other ordinations came to me,  But in each case the foundation was laid in my mind that here was an opportunity for another blessing."

We had the experience of hearing from many of our sisters whether through comment or testimony about how the priesthood has had an impact on their lives. I am always so thankful when the sisters comment; it adds a spirit of learning and unity to the lessons.  Think of some experiences of how the priesthood has impacted your life.

How can we teach our youth the importance and sacredness of the priesthood? 

Point out how important honoring and using the Priesthood is. Talk about what things it is used for.
Teach by example and by testimony.

How can we support our priesthood holders and help them stay true to their responsibilities?

There at times can be a fine line between "nagging" and showing support, however, we are here on this earth to support and build each other. We can support our wonderful husbands and other priesthood holders by thanking them and providing them with encouragement.

We need to sustain, support and defend our leaders!

President George Albert Smith said, "I stand here to plead with you, my brethren and sisters, not to permit words of criticism or of unkindness to pass your lips about those whom the Lord has called to lead us. Do not be found in the companionship of those who would belittle them or weaken their influence among the children of men. If you do, I can say to you that you will find yourselves in the power of the adversary. You will be influenced by him to go as far as possible from the pathway of truth, and if you do not repent you may find when it is too late that you have lost the "pearl of great price." Because of your selfishness and your blindness you will have been led away, and your loved ones...will be sorrowing on the other side of the veil because of your weakness and your folly. ...

When I think of the burdens that are carried by the President of this Church and his counselors, and realize the responsibilities that are placed upon their shoulders, with all my heart I desire to help them, that I may not be an encumbrance, but that in the position to which I have been called, with you, my brethren and my sisters, we may each take our place and carry our portion of the load and magnify our calling to the honor and glory of God. ...

God grant that we who have been so bountifully blessed may hold up the hands of the servant of the Lord who presides over us; that we may help him not only by our faith and prayers but by loving kindness as opportunity offers; that we may march under the banner that he shall hold aloft as god continues to sustain him as President of the Church, as the prophet of the Lord in these latter days. ...

Let us sustain these men whom God has raised up to preside over us. Let us bless them, not only by our lips, but by assisting in every possible way to carry this burden that rests so heavily upon their shoulders. ... Pray for and bless them and help them."

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Visiting Teaching

If you need a good chuckle......
If you need your heart warmed.......
If you need some filling in your bucket.......

You will learn something about Porcupines
you never thought of before!

As we continue on with our call this year to 
we have come across probably the best talk 
ever given on this wonderful work we as 
Relief Society Sisters are privileged to do:
Visiting Teaching!

It was given at BYU's Women's Conference 2011 
by Mary Ellen Edmunds.

It is the most wonderful mix of humor, tenderness and feelings of the spirit ever brought together on this powerful subject!
You will be laughing and crying and just plain 
filled with joy!

If any of you have ever heard her speak or read one of her awesome books, you know what we are talking about.

Enjoy the boost in spirit!
Love, Your Relief Society Presidency

PS- Here are some of our favorite books from 
Mary Ellen Edmunds


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Book of Mormon Class

Taught by Sue G.

We finished up talking about Prayer.
Last week we talked about three types of prayer:

1) Prayer becomes more meaningful as we counsel with the Lord in all of our doings.
2) Prayer becomes more meaningful as we express heartfelt gratitude.
    We gave a challenge to try out a prayer this week that was just a prayer of gratitude.
    We had an interesting discussion about expressing a prayer only containing gratitude.
3) Prayer becomes more meaningful as we pray for others with real intent and a sincere heart.

Petitioning Heavenly Father for the blessings we desire in our personal lives is right and proper. However, praying earnestly for others is an important element of meaningful prayers. Praying for others with all of the energy of our souls increases our capacity to hear and to hold the voice of the Lord. 
1 Nephi 1:5 - the savior is the perfect example of praying for others with real intent.
Do our spouses, children and other family members likewise feel the power of our prayers offered unto the Father for their specific needs and desires.

We are commanded to pray always.
  • 2 Nephi 32:9
  • D&C 10:5
  • D&C 19:28
  • D&C 90:24

I testify that prayer becomes more meaningful as we counsel with the Lord in all of our doings, as we express heartfelt gratitude, and as we pray for others with real intent and a sincere heart.

I leave my prayer with you.

Love, Sister Green

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Happiness Project

Shannon P's 
for the year......

Shannon chose the word "Hope" because of this article in the 2009 Ensign.

Hope: The Misunderstood Sister
By Larry Hiller

Hope is anything but wishful. 
It is expectation based on experience.

I think of them as three famous sisters whose names are frequently linked, always in the same order: Faith, Hope, and Charity. They are mentioned several times in the New Testament and with remarkable frequency in the Book of Mormon.

Of the three, Faith may be the most well known and popular, the one whose companionship is sought most often.  She's active and energetic, definitely the can-do type. Faith can move mountains, if necessary.

I picture Charity as being modest and refined, beautiful and gracious. In her presence you feel genuinely loved and accepted. She's unfailingly kind and generous, patient, empathetic, aware of every need, and responsive without being asked. How could you not want the companionship of someone like Charity?

Then there's "Hope", who seems to have a problem with the way people perceive her. It may be her name and the way it's commonly used: "I hope the car passes inspection." Or, "I hope the weather will be nice for the wedding." Used this way, the word hope is the verbal equivalent of keeping your fingers crossed. Consequently, many seem to think Hope is unsure, even fickle, she may or may not grace you with her companionship. But surely that's not the kind of hope our Father in Heaven commands us to have. Nor would it be the kind of hope our Savior offers.

My desire to know Hope better was sparked when a high councilor speaking in our sacrament meeting quoted 
Romans 5:3-5:
"We glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
"And patience, experience; and experience, Hope:
"And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us."

As I read and reread those verses and pondered and prayed about them, the one concept I could not seem to wrap my mind around was how experience fits in the equation. I could understand that tribulation "worketh" (or brings about) patience. Often that's all we can do in tribulation-have faith and wait patiently upon the Lord. But what is the experience that patience brings about? And how does it result in hope? This seemed to be what I call a puzzle piece.

For me, things I don't understand about the gospel are like pieces of a larger puzzle I'm working on. If I don't see where they fit, I put them aside and work on other parts of the picture. From time to time I pick them up and look at them. If I still don't see how hey fit, I put them aside again. I have already received a witness that the whole picture-the restored gospel-is true and complete, so I don't worry about the pieces that haven't come together for me yet. They will.

And so one day, as I reexamined this particular puzzle piece, I saw a possible connection I hadn't seen before. When we endure tribulation with faith and patience, what we experience is the Savior's awareness of us and His love for us. We experience them through the ministrations of the Holy Ghost, the Comforter. We receive this witness after the trial of our faith.

In my own life, when I patiently endure trials, the Savior, who took upon Himself all of our ills and sorrow, ministers to me through the Spirit. I experience the Savior's tender mercies. My trials may continue, but having taken upon me the yoke of Christ, I find Him sharing my yoke, making my burdens bearable, and giving me hope. I then have strength to endure. I have assurance that all will be made right. not just in eternity but also for eternity. Hope is anything but wishful. It is expectation based on experience.

I see "Hope" more clearly now. She is serene. Her eyes have the deep, knowing look of someone well acquainted with sorrow, the luminosity of recently being wet with tears. Hope has the confidence of one who clearly sees a bright future even when the next hours seem fog shrouded. Hope is steady and strong, a friend I am glad to have beside me during my own trials.

Monday, March 5, 2012

March Calendar


  • Sharon G. had a baby girl, "Campbell" on           February 17th.
  • Tenneal S. had a baby girl, "Aubrey Grace" on       February 18th.
  • Jenny N. had a baby boy, "Spencer Bendt"         February 24th.

Yeah!! We love new babies!!

Book of Mormon class will continue every Tuesday except the 2nd. It is held at Sue G's house at 7:30pm.

Recipe Group this month will be held at Terry S's house on Tuesday, March 13th.
Sydney G. will be demonstrating two 5 star restaurants steak sauces. Pepper Sauce and Gorgonzola sauce. These also go well on Chicken and Fish.