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Sunday, September 30, 2012

"Offer Up Thy Sacraments upon My Holy Day"

Taught by Holly S.

Keeping the Sabbath day holy and worthily partaking of the sacrament brings us increased spiritual strength.

Having the Sabbath day to observe is a blessing, not a restriction.  The Sabbath provides us with the opportunity to spiritually re-charge.  We discussed and realized that there is more that we CAN do on the Sabbath than what we can't do.  We discussed the many wonderful things we can do on the Sabbath, such as: Read good books, study the scriptures, contemplate, ponder, rest, relax, visit the sick, visit family and friends, get better acquainted with our children, partake of the Sacrament & enrich our spirit and soul.

President Spencer W. Kimball said, "In Hebrew the term Sabbath means "rest".  It contemplates quiet tranquility, peace of mind and spirit.  It is a day to get rid of selfish interests and absorbing activites.  It is a day in which to worship and to express our gratitude and appreciation to the Lord."

Hundreds of years ago, long before we had engines or locomotives, mules were used down in the mines to help bring the coal to the surface.  The mules spent the entire week down in the dark mines.  However, every Sunday they were brought to the surface to graze and be in the sunshine.  A visitor that was passing through this Pennsylvania town asked why there were so many mules grazing outside a mine shaft.  The answer was that if they were not brought to the surface one day a week they would go blind.  Sometimes our crazy busy worlds are like the dark mine shafts.  We can loose sight spiritually and just like the mules we need to come out of the darkness so that we don't go spiritually blind.

Yes, we are very lucky to have the opportunity to observe the Sabbath and the many wonderful blessings that come with keeping the Sabbath day holy. 

"It is not an insignificant thing to violate the Sabbath day.  I want to say that you lose every time you violate the Sabbath day, you lose more than you can gain,  no matter what you may think you are going to gain."  ----President George Albert Smith

Monday, September 24, 2012

Brigham City Temple Dedication

We were blessed yesterday to be able to be part of the Dedication of a new 
Beautiful Temple in Brigham City.

As part of the dedication, 
they place the mortar around the corner stone.

The month-long open house ending last week
drew more than 400,00 visitors.

The beautiful front doors invite us to enter and receive peace 
from the busy World outside.

Entrance Foyer
This is the 14th temple in the state of Utah 
and the 139th in the world.

Gary Ernest Smith paints the murals for the walls 
in the endowment room.

The Celestial Room is so beautiful!
The picture doesn't do it justice. 
There is so much fine detail.

An interesting thing they did to connect with 
Brigham City's heritage is use the peach blossom 
throughout the Temple decor, such as on this window. It's even woven in the pattern of the fabric on the furniture.

The Baptismal font is Beautiful!

The Brides Room is a definite favorite! 

Click on the link below for a short picture video of the Temple.

We are so extremely blessed to have so many Temples right around us!
Let us all make it a priority to set aside our regular duties often and take advantage of the blessings and peace we will receive in the                    House of the Lord. 
*Place a seed in your children's hearts!
Take your children's picture at the Temple 
and put it in their room.
Display pictures of the Temple in your home.
If you were married in the Temple, display your wedding picture by the Temple for your children to see.
If you have not received your endowments or have yet to be sealed, set a date to be Temple ready and go receive those sacred blessing with which you are promised. Your life will be blessed in ways you would not even expect!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Zucchini anyone?

Do you have zucchini out the ears again? 
Here are some great recipes to try out this fall.

Spaghetti with Peas and Zucchini Ribbons

This quick, colorful pasta showcases the season's first peas, zucchini, and basil.

            Prep Time
20 minutes
            Total Time
35 minutes
Serves 4

            Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
            1 1/2 cups shelled fresh English peas (about 1 1/2 pounds unshelled) or thawed frozen petite peas
            8 ounces baby zucchini (about 12), trimmed and cut lengthwise into 1/8-inch-thick slices with a mandoline or a knife
            1 1/2 cups plain whole-milk yogurt
            1 1/2 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves, very thinly sliced
            1 pound spaghetti
            Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving
.    Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add 1 teaspoon salt. Add peas, and cook until tender, 3 to 4 minutes for fresh peas and 1 minute for frozen. Using a slotted spoon, transfer peas to a medium bowl; set aside. Add zucchini to pot, and cook 30 seconds; using a slotted spoon, transfer to bowl with peas.
.    Put yogurt and basil into a large, heatproof bowl; season with salt and pepper. Set bowl over the boiling water, and whisk until mixture is warm, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Add peas and zucchini to bowl; set aside.
.    Cook pasta in salted boiling water until al dente; drain. Add pasta to vegetables and sauce, and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Serve topped with cheese.

Oven Fried Zucchini Chips with Basil Dipping Sauce

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Yield: 2-3 servings

Zucchini rounds coated in parmesan panko crumbs and baked to a crispy, golden brown. A healthy replacement for fries or onion rings.
non-stick cooking spray
1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, fresh grated
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup milk
2 small zucchini cut in 1/4-inch-thick slices
1/2 cup Sour Cream
3 tablespoons mayonnaise (like Hellmann’s)
3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
1 scallion, chopped
1/2 clove garlic
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Preheat oven to 425° F. Spray a large oven-proof wire rack with non-stick spray and set on a baking sheet.
Whisk together bread crumbs, Parmesan, salt, onion powder and pepper in a medium bowl. Place milk in a separate shallow bowl. Dip zucchini slices in milk then in breadcrumb mixture patting the crumbs on. Place slices on wire rack. Repeat until all are coated.
Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
Meanwhile make the dipping sauce by pulsing all the sauce ingredients together in a food processor.
Serve immediately with dipping sauce.

Zucchini Tots

yields: 12 mini muffins

1 cups zucchini, grated
1 egg (1 large egg equals 3-4 tbsp when whisked together)
1/4 yellow onion, diced
1/4 cup cheese (cheddar or Parmesan work the best)
1/4 cup bread crumbs - I used Italian style
Salt and Pepper

1. Preheat oven to 400F. Spray a mini-muffin tin with non-stick spray, set aside.
2. Grate the zucchini and then place in a dish towel to squeeze out the excess water- like when using frozen spinach; if you skip this part, the middle of the zucchini tots will be really soggy while the outside gets crispy and no one wants that.
3. In a bowl combine, the egg, onion, cheese, bread crumbs, zucchini, salt and pepper.
4. Using a spoon or a cookie scoop, fill the muffin cups to the top. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the top is browned and set.

Zucchini, Black Bean and Rice 


Zucchini combined with black beans, fire roasted tomatoes and rice for an easy skillet meal
Hands On: 25 | Total: 30 | Makes: 4 servings (1-1/4 cups each)


1 Tbs Canola Oil
1-1/2 cups zucchini, sliced quartered lengthwise
1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
1 can (15oz each) Fire Roasted diced Tomatoes with Garlic, undrained
3/4 cup water
1 cup instant white rice
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese


*Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add zucchini and bell pepper, cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
*Add beans, undrained tomatoes and water. 
*Increase heat and bring to a boil.
*Add rice; stir well. Cover; remove from heat and let stand 7 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. 
*Sprinkle with cheese.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Trust in the Lord

Lesson by Leila J.

The book of Proverbs in the Old Testament was written by Solomon who was wiser than all men.  (1 Kings 4:29-32)  In his wisdom, Solomon counsels us to “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”  
(Proverbs 3:5-6)

 What does is mean to “trust in the Lord”?

Trust in Him for answers to our prayers.  Trust in Him for help in time of need.  Trust in Him for direction in our lives.  Trust in Him in times of adversity and trials. 

Trusting in the Lord requires faith, patience and humility--faith that the Lord knows what is best for us, patience to endure and not loose hope, humility in our desire to do the Lord’s will.

Elder Neal A. Maxwell said that the submission of one’s will is really the only uniquely personal thing we have to place on God’s altar.  When we submit to His will, then we’ve really given Him the one thing He asks of us.

Consider the words in the following scriptures:

And they humbled themselves and put their trust in the true and living God.  (Alma 5:13)

I do know that whosoever shall put their trust in God shall be supported in their trials, and their troubles, and their afflictions, and shall be lifted up at the last day.  (Alma 36:3)

Whatsoever ye ask the Father in my name it shall be given unto you, that is expedient for you.  (D&C 88:63-64)

Know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good.  (D&C 122:7)

If we look back on difficult times in our lives, we will see that the Lord has made us better because of those experiences.  If we trust in Him and submit to His will, He will send us comfort and peace even though the difficulties may not pass immediately.

“We must not mistake passing local cloud cover for general darkness.”

-Elder Neal A. Maxwell

There is a beautiful message in the final song from President Monson’s 85th Birthday Celebration--”If the Way Be Full of Trial, Weary Not.”  

Watch it here: