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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Self-Reliance is a Simple Concept

Self-reliance is a simple concept that encourages each of us to take responsibility for our own needs—physical, emotional, spiritual, social, and economic.

"We become self-reliant," explains Julie Beck, president of the Church's organization for women, "through obtaining sufficient knowledge, education, and literacy; by managing money and resources wisely, being spiritually strong, preparing for emergencies and eventualities; and by having physical health and social and emotional well-being."

Church leader Elder Robert D. Hales outlines ways we can become self-reliant:
  • Be ready for rainy-day emergencies
  • Avoid excessive debt; be content with what we have
  • Use the resources of the earth wisely; don´t be wasteful
  • Prepare for the future by making spending and savings plans
  • Keep a family or personal budget
  • Teach children wise spending habits and help them save for the future
  • Obtain an education or vocational training
  • Find gainful employment
Somethings I would like to add to this are;
  • Plant a Backyard Garden
  • Harvest your own food
  • Preserve your own food by canning and freezing
  • It's less expensive and healthier
***Be sure to order your seed catalogs now for spring planting! See our other stories in the catagory "The Backyard Gardener" for where to buy your Non-GMO seeds. Stay tuned for instructions on what to order, how much to order, how much room you'll need for your garden, how to start your garden and much, much more...
As we become self-reliant, we will be prepared to face challenges with confidence and peace of mind.
Becoming Self-Reliant

Parents have a sacred responsibility to look after the physical and spiritual welfare of their children. As children grow older, they become more responsible for their own welfare. Parents should teach them basic principles of welfare, helping them prepare to be self-reliant and provide for their own families in the future. Parents can also give children opportunities to help care for the poor and the needy.

All of the following counsel applies directly to adult members of the Church. Much of this counsel also applies to young men or young women, even if they still depend largely on their parents.

The responsibility for our social, emotional, spiritual, physical, and economic well-being rests first on ourselves, second on our family, and third on the Church. Under the inspiration of the Lord and through our own labors, we should supply ourselves and our family with the spiritual and temporal necessities of life.

We are better able to take care of ourselves and our family when we are self-reliant. We are prepared to endure times of adversity without becoming dependent on others.

We can become self-reliant by (1) taking advantage of educational opportunities; (2) practicing sound principles of nutrition and hygiene; (3) preparing for and obtaining suitable employment; (4) storing a supply of food and clothing to the extent the law allows; (5) managing our resources wisely, including paying tithes and offerings and avoiding debt; and (6) developing spiritual, emotional, and social strength.

In order to become self-reliant, we must be willing to work. The Lord has commanded us to work (see Genesis 3:19;D&C 42:42). Honorable work is a basic source of happiness, self-worth, and prosperity.

If we are ever temporarily unable to meet our basic needs through our own efforts or the support of family members, the Church may be able to help us. In these situations, the Church often provides life-sustaining resources to help us and our family become self-reliant again.

Caring for the Poor and the Needy

The Lord has always commanded His people to care for the poor and the needy. He said,

"Ye must visit the poor and the needy and administer to their relief" (D&C 44:6). He also commanded, "Remember in all things the poor and the needy, the sick and the afflicted, for he that doeth not these things, the same is not my disciple" (D&C 52:40).

We can care for the poor and the needy in many ways. One important way is through fasting and contributing fast offerings, which the bishop or branch president uses to assist ward or branch members who suffer from poverty, illness, or other hardships. We can also give of our time and share our talents. We can serve the homeless, the disabled, widows, and others in our neighborhood and community.

In addition to giving local and individual care for those in need, the Church reaches out worldwide to people, no matter their faith, who suffer the effects of natural disasters, poverty, disease, and other crises. The Church provides life-sustaining resources to help families and individuals recover and work toward self-reliance. Donations to the Church's Perpetual Education Fund provide the means for disadvantaged Latter-day Saints to further their education. Church-service missionaries volunteer their time and resources to improve literacy, promote health, and provide training.

Video - Have I Done Any Good in the World Today? - A message from President Thomas S. Monson

'Helping hand' should reach out

President Monson recalls years of Church humanitarian assistance

By Sarah Jane Weaver
Church News staff writer

Each time President Thomas S. Monson watches the news or picks up a newspaper and learns of terrible human suffering as a result of tornadoes, floods, fires, drought, hurricanes, earthquakes or conflicts of war, he asks a moving question: "Do we have a responsibility to do something about such suffering?"

The Church’s humanitarian service efforts are represented by images from Mongolia (neonatal resuscitation), Indonesia (tsunami reconstruction), Cambodia (clean water) and Haiti (emergency response). “I think we should not put an artificial border around need,” said President Thomas S. Monson.

The answer, he says, is always the same: "Yes! We are our brother's keeper."

Helping those in need is a Church principle that goes back to the earliest days of the Restoration. A formal Church welfare program started in the wake of the Great Depression. After World War II, the Church sent food to Europe to assist the Saints and others in war-devastated countries.

Church-produced Atmit porridge, made from a centuries-old recipe and sent to Ethiopia in 2003, helps malnourished children and the elderly who cannot digest whole grains or food made with coarse flour.

But the Church's efforts accelerated a quarter of a century ago when members united to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia.

President Monson sat down with the Church News this January — 25 years to the month after some 4 million Latter-day Saints participated in a special fast Jan. 27, 1985.

Tanner Boyack, left, and Blake Murdoch don 'Mormon Helping Hands' T-shirts during cleanup after fires ravaged San Diego County in 2007.

Since then, the Church has donated 1.1 billion dollars in humanitarian relief in 167 countries.

That relief has equated to 61,308 tons of food, 12,829 tons of medical supplies and 84,681 tons of clothing, according to Church welfare services.

Recalling major world disasters and Church initiatives — including the tsunami in Southeast Asia, flooding in the Philippines, measles and polio vaccination efforts, and clean water projects — President Monson said the Church takes most seriously the admonition from the Lord to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and visit the sick (see Matthew 25).

That effort to reach out has never been limited to one region, race or religion, he added.

"I think we should not put an artificial border around need," he said. "The Lord didn't and we shouldn't."

He said the desire to help those who are suffering is an innate characteristic in most Latter-day Saints. "We don't like to see other people suffer while we have much," President Monson said. "I think that is particularly true with regard to children. Show me a man who doesn't tear up when he sees children who are in need. I don't think you will find a real man who doesn't feel that way."

'An effect on me'

For President Monson, the desire to reach out to the less fortunate started at his childhood home with a courageous mother and a fence picket she wouldn't let him repaint.

"We lived a block from the railroad tracks," he recalled. "When the trains would go by the pictures on the wall would move."

During the 1930s, in the height of the Great Depression, hobos would ride the rails and look around the Monsons' west Salt Lake City neighborhood for food.

"I often wondered why Mother had me not paint one of the pickets in the fence. I learned later that word got around: 'You will get fed at the house that has a fence picket with a mark on it.'"

President Monson's mother invited each of those transient men into her home, had them wash up, fed them and sent them on their way with more food for later. Before they left, however, they had to endure her lecture.

"She would find out where they were from. 'Have you written your mother?' she would ask. 'Does she know where you are? She is probably very concerned. Why don't you write her a letter?'"

President Monson saw the men wash and dry with the same towel the family used. They ate the same food, at the same table, on the same plates as the rest of the family.

"That had an effect on me," he said.

'A helping hand'

President Monson said the problem with giving humanitarian aid worldwide can be summarized in a simple quote from Anne Morrow Lindbergh in her book Gift from the Sea: "My life cannot implement in action the demands of all the people to whom my heart responds."

President Monson said if a person looks at all the major needs for humanitarian aid, it is easy to become discouraged because of an inability to help everyone.

"The Church is a worldwide Church. We are just as interested in a starving child in Africa as we are a well-fed child in Los Angeles. We have to rally our resources and analyze where we can be of help."

One way the Church helps as many people as it can is by collaborating with other humanitarian organizations and agencies, including the Red Cross, Catholic Relief Services, and Islamic Relief Worldwide.

In 1988, for example, the Church teamed with Rotary International to eliminate polio. "As a young man in high school I witnessed firsthand the start of the polio epidemic in Salt Lake City," President Monson recalled. "Every day it seemed that someone at school came down with polio."

The Church purchased sufficient polio serum to immunize hundreds of thousands of children against polio and donated refrigerators to keep vaccines viable until they were administered. Today 210 countries in the world are polio free. "One never goes wrong by helping a child," President Monson said.

Since the day when his classmates suffered from polio, communication has made the world smaller, continued President Monson. Members in Salt Lake City learned of disasters in far away places — where there were large populations but small Church membership — almost immediately. Some of the problems were bigger than any one nation.

"We got out of our own wards, and out of our own stakes and out of our own country and realized that there was suffering. These are God's children and they need to be helped."

President Monson said once you start to help those who are suffering, there is no way to stop. "You find the need of the world is far greater than you ever imagined. One disaster strikes and almost before you can complete that work, another disaster strikes.

The Church won't walk away from suffering, he added. "Starvation is starvation. Human beings dying are human beings dying. … I have seen enough to convince me where there is want and where there is suffering I would like to be there to lend a helping hand."

'Standing together'

Even though he is well aware of them, President Monson doesn't talk about the Church's worldwide humanitarian efforts in terms of percentages or statistics. He talks about them in terms of people — the Ethiopian child saved from starvation by Church-produced Atmit; the man living in East Germany behind the Iron Curtain who needed a pair of shoes (President Monson gave the man his shoes and wore his house slippers home); the baby in the Philippines who is healthy because his mother learned about hygiene.

"Every president of this Church whom I have known has been four square in favor of helping those in need and without defining whether they are white or black or brown, or whether they are in the Orient or black Africa.

"Those who have much should be more generous in helping those who have none," President Monson said.

There will always be more work to do, he concluded. But, we can "replace the weakness of one standing alone with many standing together."

New Orleans ward is back on the map

Hurricane Katrina forced leaders to combine three units into one branch

By Jamshid Askar
Church News staff writer

Members of the New Orleans 1st Branch are shown outside their small meetinghouse in July 2006. For the first time since Hurricane Katrina struck Louisiana in 2005, the New Orleans 1st Branch was upgraded back to ward status on Dec. 6, 2009.

President Scott N. Conlin stood at the pulpit of the small uptown chapel Dec. 6. The president of the New Orleans Louisiana Stake informed attendees that effective immediately, the New Orleans 1st Branch would become the New Orleans 1st Ward.

The chapel's pews couldn't seat all the members in attendance; some listened to an audio feed in the Relief Society room. All told, 126 members raised their right hands to sustain branch president Terry Seamons as their new bishop.

In January 2006, President Conlin had presided over a very different scene in the same chapel. More than four months after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans, he dissolved two wards and a branch and combined the remnants of the three units into the New Orleans 1st Branch.

He estimates 15-20 people attended Church services that day.


New Orleans will never fully regain all that it lost to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The Category 5 storm slammed into southeastern Louisiana on Aug. 28, leaving a wide swath of destruction in its wake totaling nearly $1 billion.

An empty lot is all that's left now of a New Orleans meetinghouse that was one of the two LDS buildings destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Katrina destroyed two LDS meetinghouses, and not a single Church meeting was held in New Orleans during the final four months of 2005. When Church services resumed in January 2006, three units — New Orleans 1st Ward, Chalmette Ward and Uptown Branch — were combined to form the New Orleans 1st Branch.

If you listen to Church leaders in New Orleans, they'll tell you the Crescent City is beginning to look and feel more and more like its former, pre-Katrina self. The New Orleans 1st Ward, newly reformed after nearly four years of nonexistence, is a microcosm for how the indefatigable people of New Orleans are reviving their city.


By the time Bishop Seamons was called as branch president in 2007, the average meeting attendance had risen to about 45. That number continued growing, thanks to selfless service and fellowshipping efforts.

"When I first became branch president, we talked a lot in the meetings about what a Zion society was like and what it would take for us to move toward that," Bishop Seamons said. "People took it upon themselves to look beyond their own immediate situation. As people would move in and they would observe their friends and neighbors [serving others], they would jump into that same effort."

As graduate students and professionals returned to live in the city again, they, too, augmented the branch's growing momentum.

"We have a lot of returned missionaries who have a spontaneous willingness to reach out when they see someone new in the ward, reach out in many cases to help them with language issues," Bishop Seasons said. "They've taken it upon themselves to go out and fellowship and bring these people in. It's just been amazing."

Finally, by late 2009, the time had arrived for the branch to become a ward again.

"With the recovery of the city and the recovery of the branch," President Conlin said, "it grew and grew and finally had sufficient priesthood leadership and membership that we were able to make the recommendation to the Brethren to reestablish a ward there. We made that recommendation and it was approved.

"We were glad to be there, three years and 11 months [after dissolving the ward], to reorganize the ward. It was a real joy and a pleasure to be able to do that."


The two New Orleans LDS buildings destroyed by Katrina were full-sized meetinghouses; the one that survived is smaller and built for a branch. Housed in this smaller meetinghouse, the New Orleans 1st Ward feels like it's bursting at the seams.

President Scott N. Conlin of the New Orleans Louisiana Stake recommended to the Brethren that the New Orleans 1st Branch was ready to become a ward again. On Dec. 6, 2009, President Conlin's recommendation became a reality.
"The meetinghouse is really insufficient for the ward that we have now," President Conlin said. "It has some challenges because the land in that area is such that it would be very difficult to expand that building. We anticipate continued growth, and one of the things we're looking forward to is figuring out solutions to those challenges."


Fully incorporating the former members of the Chalmette Ward into the New Orleans 1st Ward remains an ongoing area of concern even now, more than four years after the three-unit consolidation of January 2006.

The Chalmette Ward, located on the eastern edge of New Orleans, was part of the Slidell Louisiana Stake. But it was annexed into the New Orleans Louisiana Stake in January 2006 because, in the words of President Conlin, it "was so much more in line geographically with New Orleans and the recovery in New Orleans."

By becoming part of the New Orleans 1st Branch in 2006, the members of the Chalmette Ward also changed stakes.

"The people out there [in the former Chalmette Ward], while it's only maybe 30 minutes from our building, had developed a sense of closeness out there which was separate and distinct," Bishop Seamons said. "It's been difficult for them … some of the ones that are still very active, they adapted very nicely. But we've had some that have just gone inactive."

When the New Orleans 1st Ward recently acquired its third set of full-time missionaries, they were assigned to work in the Chalmette area. Bishop Seamons conveys optimism when speaking about those increased missionary efforts in Chalmette and prognosticates that Chalmette could well have its own Church unit again.


Members without vehicles in the New Orleans 1st Ward often need a ride in order to simply attend their Sabbath meetings.

The bishopric of the New Orleans 1st Ward on Dec. 9, 2009, the day the ward was formed out of the New Orleans 1st Branch. From left: ward clerk David Van Dam, second counselor Mike Nicholas, bishop Terry Seamons and first counselor Matt Brady.
"Getting people to and from Church becomes a real effort because so many of these folks don't have transportation," Bishop Seamons said. "We have a lot of the members who will bring other families to Church. Or the missionaries will say, 'Can you go pick up so-and-so?' and we'll send somebody out to do that. We're dealing with it, but it represents a real challenge to keep it orchestrated."


Bishop Seamons can't help but forecast continued progress and growth for his new ward.

After all, each ward member is part of the resilient citizenry of New Orleans.

"You have the normal sadness over the loss of what they had and of people moving away, but there's a real sense of survivorship," he said. "The people banded together. People will remember Katrina, but they won't ruminate over it: 'It happened and we suffered, but we're in good shape.' There's not a 'poor me' feeling; there is a never-say-die belief in what goes on here."

LDS Church: City Creek project on target for 2012 completion

The massive City Creek development in downtown Salt...

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said today its massive City Creek development in downtown Salt Lake City is on schedule to be completed in early 2012.

"The end is in sight," said Mark Gibbons, president of the LDS Church's City Creek Reserve Inc.

The development, massive by any standard, will include offices, Macy's and Nordstrom department stores, specialty shops, restaurants, a food court, several condominum buildings and apartments.

Construction on the Harmons grocery store is set to begin in July, with completion of the 75,000-square-foot grocery scheduled for mid-2011.

City Creek's food court, which has been open since last year, has five tenants, including McDonald's, Great Steak, Sbarro Italian restaurants and Chinese and Japanese eateries.

Local favorite Red Iguana, which has two Salt Lake area sit-down restaurants, is adding a quick-serve restaurant to the City Creek food court next month. Also set to open is Bocata, a sandwich outlet, Roxberry, which will sell smoothies, and a Subway sandwich franchise.

While filling the quick-serve restaurant portion of City Creek has been successful, neither the church nor its partner Taubman Centers, would divulge any information about retail tenants in the shopping mall portion of City Creek. Ron Loch, vice president of planning and design for Taubman Centers, said the unique nature of the project and the commitment of the two anchor department stores makes the task of filling the rest of the retail space a bit easier.

"It hasn't been that difficult," he said.

Gibbons said the church's timing also has been good. Leasing activity is sluggish nationwide right now, but by next year, demand is expected to be better. "It's fortunate we're opening when we are," Gibbons said.

In March, the framework for the bridge over Main Street connecting the two parts of the City Creek development will be installed, he said.

Later this year, the 10-story Richards Court towers across from the church's Temple Square, will open. Richards Court, at 45 and 55 W. South Temple, will feature a total of 90 units priced from $442,000 to more than $2 million.

Another condominium development, The Regent, at 35 E. 100 South, will open around mid-2011. The 20-story project priced from about $300,000 to $1.7 million, will include 150 units.

Aside from Richards Court and The Regent, the LDS Church also is building a 30-story condominium tower at 99 W. South Temple with 185 units. A fourth condominium building will be built as market conditions allow. The church isn't in any rush to build the condominium projects given the downturn in home and condo sales.

City Creek also will include about 100 apartment units, some of which will front Main Street.

By Lesley Mitchell

The Salt Lake Tribune

Local Women Tie Quilts and Blankets for Haiti Victims

Rocklin's Millie Harris threads needles with yarn for quilting. The Relief Society, of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is one of the world's oldest and largest women's organizations, with a membership of over 5 million in 170 countries

Rocklin, CA— In 4 hours the annual Relief Society Humanitarian Open House turned out 111 quilts and blankets, joining 100 more done previously this year. The annual event, sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has always drawn an eager crowd of quilters, but this year the haunting images of destruction in Haiti gave it a very real sense of urgency. The largest turn-out yet at 300+ women, there were mothers and grandmothers, daughters and granddaughters, young and old alike. “Most of the blankets and quilts will be in the arms of Haitian earthquake victims soon,” said Sherie Abel, event organizer. “The Sacramento chapter of Project Linus plans to ship our blankets to Haiti on February 26th.”

Along with tying the quilts, the Relief Society gathered donated essentials for hygiene kits that will be assembled later this week. “Hygiene kits include personal essentials that are often left behind when disaster victims evacuate,” said Michelle Fluckiger, Rocklin Stake Relief Society President. “The list of items is very specific; we’ve learned what works and what doesn’t. Our kits contain combs, toothbrushes and toothpaste, soap and hand towels.”

“The hygiene kits will join with thousands of others made by Relief Society groups elsewhere”, said Abel. “What doesn’t get used for this disaster will store easily and can be pre-positioned in key locations for quick distribution to disaster victims when the need arises.”

The Relief Society, of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is one of the world’s oldest and largest women’s organizations, with a membership of over 5 million in 170 countries. ( Project Linus ( is a multi-chapter nation-wide organization that provides handmade blankets to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need worldwide.

Local Women Tie Quilts and Blankets for Haiti Victims
by 1846History - Rocklin, CA

Viewpoint: Old stories ring true for new generation of LDS readers

Photo courtesy of Herschel Pedersen. Herschel Pedersen’s new book recounts life experiences applicable to young and old alike.

I think many of us college students sometimes think we can’t relate to our parents or our grandparents simply because of the age difference. As I sat down to read “Stories From My Life,” a new book by Herschel “Bones” Pedersen, I went in with the same mindset.

But as I sat down to read, I was quickly reminded that Pedersen was once a 22-year-old college student, too.

“Stories From My Life” is a collection of Pedersen’s stories and experiences he has gathered throughout his life. When I first opened the book, I was unsure how to feel; my first thoughts were, “Why would I want to read a biography about someone who I have never heard of?”

As I began reading through the book, however, I realized that Pedersen went through many of the same experiences that I go through on a daily basis — whether it be dating, studying or getting into mischief.

As I continued reading, I found myself getting drawn into each and every story Pedersen tells, whether it is his experiences playing on the BYU basketball team in the ’50s to his long career at Geneva Steel. From being a mission president to being a mission representative of the Quorum of the Twelve, Pedersen has a wide range of stories almost anyone can relate to or learn from.

Another thing I found really interesting about the book is the spirit that comes as you read; it’s almost like reading an Ensign article or a conference talk. Pedersen shares different experiences he’s had sharing the gospel and helping those less active return to full fellowship in the church. He also has introduced several non-members to the church — in Utah. It goes to show that even though we are in Utah, there are still opportunities to share the gospel.

“Stories From My Life” is a book your parents would probably enjoy, but it is also very applicable to college students. Although times have changed, the experiences and life stories Pedersen encountered and experienced throughout his life are relevant now.

At the same time, it is important to remember that times have changed enough that asking a girl to pray in front of you to see if she’s the one to marry probably isn’t the best way to go about finding a spouse these days. But hey, it worked for Pedersen.

Viewpoint: Old stories ring true for new generation of LDS readers
By Spencer Flanagan -

Uganda Organizes Their First LDS Stake

Jimmy Carter Okot, pres; left, Charles Ssekirangi, 1st couns; right, Jackson Isiko, 2nd couns; left

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is growing rapidly, not only in the United States but around the world! Uganda has just formed its first stake. A brief background about stakes: Branches or wards are organized when a group of LDS people get together. Geographical boundaries are set for each ward or branch. Typically, a branch is smaller than a ward. When there are several wards in one area, a stake is formed. A stake stake comprises of several wards and/or branches.

Previously, Uganda was part of the Kenya Nairobi Mission area. In 2005, the LDS Church opened a mission in Kampala, Uganda. To organize the new stake, two days of meetings entailed a stake conference. Relief Society president, Rosemary Mufabi, remarked, "My heart is so full of joy today."

Nearly one thousand (1000) members attended the historic meeting. Gratitude was expressed to the many missionaries who have served and helped build the church in Uganda.

Uganda Organizes Their First LDS Stake

by Danette Ariotti of the LDS Church Examiner

Daily Scripture Study - Feb 9th, 2010

Exodus 29:1-30:10

Psalm 31:19-24

Proverbs 8:14-26

Matthew 26:14-46

1 Nephi 40

D&C 40

Monday, February 8, 2010

Daily Scripture Study - Feb 8th, 2010

Exodus 28:1-43

Psalm 31:9-18

Proverbs 8:12-13

Matthew 25:31-26:13

1 Nephi 39

D&C 39

Weekly Dinner Menu Feb 8-12


■Onion Pork Tenderloin

■Garlic Mashed Potatoes

■Bacon Mandarin Salad


■Crockpot White Chicken Chili

■Corn Bread with Honey Butter

■Chocolate Pudding


■Crustless Quiche

■Bacon or Sausage

■Buttermilk Biscuits

■Fried Apples


■Sweet and Sour Pork

■White Rice

■Fortune Cookies


■Flank Steak

■Twice Baked Potatoes

■Sauteed Greens
Monday Recipes

Notes for Monday:

1.We will be restocking our freezer with pork tonight. Buy a tenderloin large enough to feed your family for 2 meals at least, preferably more. We will be cubing the leftovers for Thursday so after your meal tonight, cube any remaining meat, save out about 2 cups for Thursday and freeze the rest for future use.

2.This recipe is even easier than the pork tenderloin I normally use for restocking. My family rated this one much higher than the one that uses marjoram. Let us know which one you like the best...head over to our Yahoo Group or our social network at

Onion Pork Tenderloin

■3-4 lb. pork tenderloin

■1/4 cup water

■1 pkg. onion soup mix

Spray inside of large crockpot or roaster pan with cooking spray. Place tenderloin in pot and sprinkle with onion soup mix. Pour water over top, cover and cook for 6-8 hours on low in crockpot or about 3 hours at 325°F in the oven. Check for doneness. Pork is done at an internal temperature of about 160°F. Slice and serve what you need for tonight and cube and freeze the rest in 1 lb. portions.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

■6 potatoes

■4 Tbsp. butter

■1 cup sour cream

■3 oz. cream cheese


■Garlic Salt or Adobo seasoning to taste

Peel potatoes and quarter. Boil in enough water to cover potatoes until potatoes are tender. Drain. Mix all ingredients except milk and mash with a potato masher or large fork. Add enough milk to make potatoes creamy. If you like very creamy mashed potatoes you can use a mixer to get a good whipped consistency. If you like lumpy potatoes, I recommend using a fork or potato masher to maintain a more solid consistency. If you want a healthier version, omit sour cream and cheese, mix with skim milk and add butter buds for flavor.

Bacon and Mandarin Salad
■1/2 lb. bacon, cooked according to package directions and crumbled

■1/4 cup olive or salad oil

■1/8 cup red wine vinegar

■1/8 cup sugar

■1 tsp basil, fresh chopped

■1 (11 oz.) can mandarin oranges, drained

■2 cups red leaf lettuce, torn

■2 cups romaine, torn

■1/2 cup walnuts, lightly toasted

Mix together oil, vinegar, sugar, and basil in a small bowl. In a large bowl, mix mandarin oranges and lettuces together. Sprinkle with bacon and walnuts. Split salad mix in half, saving half for tomorrow night. To the half you are using tonight, pour half of the dressing mixture and toss to coat. Serve immediately.

Store salad mix and dressing mix separately until tomorrow.

Tuesday Recipes

Notes for Tuesday:

1.I would love to tell you that I have a wonderful homemade chocolate pudding recipe, but I use the boxes of Food Lion brand instant pudding. Choose your favorite brand or recipe and make it according to directions. Be sure to make it early enough that it has time to set up.

Crockpot White Chicken Chili

■4 chicken breasts, cubed

■1 cup chopped onion, cooked (from freezer)

■2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

■1 1/2 cups chicken broth

■1 tsp ground cumin

■1 tsp dried leaf oregano

■1/2 tsp salt

■1/4 tsp Tabasco sauce

■2 cans (about 15 ounces each) great northern beans, drained, rinsed

■1 can (12 to 15 oz.) corn, drained

■2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro, optional

Mix onion, garlic, chicken broth, cumin, oregano, salt and Tabasco in 3 1/2 to 6-quart crockpot. Add cubed chicken breasts. Cover and cook on low for 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 hours, or until chicken is tender (this may vary depending on how hot your crockpot cooks). Stir in beans, corn, and cilantro, if using. Cover and cook on low 30 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

Cornbread with Honey Butter

■1 cup cornmeal

■1 cup flour

■1/4 cup sugar

■3 tsp. baking powder

■1 tsp. salt

■1/4 cup olive oil

■1 cup milk

■1 egg

Preheat oven to 425°F. Put half of the olive oil in a 9x9x2 cast iron skillet and preheat in oven without burning oil. Mix all remaining ingredients in a bowl. Pour batter into preheated cast iron skillet and bake for 20-25 minutes or until done.

Note: if you do not have a cast iron skillet, spray a pan with non-stick spray and mix all of the olive oil into the batter. Do not preheat your pan if it isn't cast iron.

Serve with softened butter that has been mixed with a little honey to taste.

Chocolate Pudding

Wednesday Recipes

Notes for Wednesday: none

Crustless Quiche

■5 eggs

■1/4 cup flour

■1/2 tsp. salt

■1/2 tsp. baking powder

■1/2 stick melted butter

■1 cup cottage cheese

■1/2 lb. grated cheddar cheese

Combine all ingredients and pour into a well-greased 9x9 pan. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes. Reduce to 350° and cook for 30-40 more minutes.

Bacon or Sausage

Buttermilk Biscuits

■4 cups self-rising flour

■1/2 cup butter

■1-1/2 cups buttermilk

Combine flour and butter, cutting with a fork. Stir in buttermilk. Add more flour if too wet, more buttermilk if too dry. When dough is rolling consistency, knead a few times and turn out onto a floured surface. Roll out and cut with a biscuit cutter. Bake half of the biscuits on cookie sheet at 475° until brown. Place the other half of the biscuits on a cookie sheet or other flat pan and put in the freezer until frozen. Before going to bed or early the next morning, bag the biscuits in a dated freezer bag for later use. If cooking thawed biscuits, follow normal cooking instructions. To cook frozen biscuits, extend cooking time. Serve hot biscuits with butter and jelly.

Fried Apples

■2 tablespoon butter

■1/8 cup brown sugar

■1 tablespoon lemon juice

■2 medium tart apple, cored and peeled

■1/2 cup apple juice or cider

Melt butter in a large skillet, over medium heat. Stir in sugar and juices. Thinly slice apples or cut into whatever shape you like. Add apples to skillet. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until apples are tender, stirring frequently. Serve warm.

adapted from Details of Dinner

Thursday Recipes

Notes for Thursday:

1.If you did not make the pork tenderloin and restock your freezer with pork Monday, be sure to add a small pork tenderloin to your grocery list.

2.You can bake your potatoes for tomorrow's Twice Baked Potatoes tonight to save time tomorrow.

Sweet and Sour Pork
■1lb. pork loin, cooked and cubed (from freezer)

■1 tbsp vegetable oil

■1 green pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces

■1 onion, cut into thin wedges

■1 (15 1/4-oz.) can pineapple chunks in juice

■1/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed

■1/4 cup white wine vinegar

■2 tbsp cornstarch

■2 tbsp soy sauce

■Hot cooked rice, (optional)

Preheat oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat. Stir-fry green pepper and onion in hot oil for 2-3 minutes or till crisp-tender. Remove from wok. Add more oil, if necessary. Reheated pork in wok; keep warm.

Drain pineapple, reserving juice. In a small pan combine the juice, brown sugar, vinegar, cornstarch and soy sauce. Bring to a boil; cook about 1 minute or till thickened, stirring constantly.

Return green pepper and onion to wok. Stir in pineapple and the thickened pineapple juice mixture. Cook and stir until heated through. Serve with rice, if desired.

adapted from recipe found at

White Rice

Fortune Cookies

Friday Recipes

Notes for Friday:

1.Prepare the steak in the morning so it can marinate all day.

2.We will be using extra flank steak from tonight in next Monday's salad. You can marinade the extra meat overnight in the the Italian dressing and steak sauce (see Monday's recipe) tonight if you want. Otherwise, make sure you leave several hours time Monday for this step.

3.Use the potatoes you cooked last night to quickly prepare your twice baked potatoes tonight. If you did not bake the potatoes last night, be sure to leave time to bake potatoes tonight.

Marinated Flank Steak

■1 to 1-1/2 lb. flank steak

■1/2 cup olive oil

■1/2 cup red wine vinegar

■1/4 cup teriyaki sauce

■2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

■1 clove garlic, minced

■2 tsp. dry mustard

■1/2 tsp. pepper

■pinch cayenne pepper

■dash hot sauce

Combine all ingredients except steak. Trim fat from steak. Place steak in gallon-sized freezer bag and pour in marinade, reserving 1/4 cup. Close tightly and shake gently. Marinate all day or overnight. Remove stead from bag, discarding marinade. Grill, covered on medium until desired doneness is reached (use a meat thermometer to determine doneness). Baste twice with reserved 1/4 cup marinade.

Slice into thin slices against the grain before serving.

Twice Baked Potatoes

■3 baked potatoes, baked and cooled

■1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

■1/4 cup milk

■1/4 cup bacon bits

Wash potatoes and poke each potato several times with a fork. Bake at 350 °F until centers are hot and tender. (start with 1 hour and go from there.)

After potatoes have cooked and cooled, cut them in half length-wise and scoop out the inside pulp. Mash pulp and add ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese , ¼ cup milk and sprinkle with bacon bits OR add ½ cup sour cream and chives to taste. Place seasoned pulp back into skins and sprinkle with cheese or paprika for garnish. Bake at 350°F again for about 15 minutes until heated through and cheese on top has melted.

Sautéed Greens of Your Choice

Wash 3 cups greens and sauté in butter with salt. You may add chopped onions for extra flavor.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Daily Scripture Study - Feb 7th, 2010

Exodus 26:1-27:21

Psalm 31:1-8

Proverbs 8:1-11

Matthew 25:1-30

1 Nephi 38

D&C 38