Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Whom sayest ye that I am?

As I ponder this question, I can't help but be filled with a deep spirit of love. Who is he, Jesus Christ? He is the reason I will conquer death. He is the hope I feel when I loose a loved one. He is the happiness I have when I have another child, because I know through him, I can be with them forever. He is the reason I will never be alone, even in Minnesota :) He is the one who knows me better than any one else, and loves me still. He is the one who atoned for my sins. The spirit that I feel when ever I choose the right, is the spirit that leads me to him. He is hope in a dismal world. Comfort in a sea of sin and wickedness. He is our leader. The one who guides us home. He said I am the bread of life. In 3 Nephi, it said they partook of the sacrament and they were filled. Filled, not because they ate so much but because of what the sacrament represents. Because he gave his body and blood, that he might call us his children, take us into his fold, and lead us safely back to the father. And if we stray, he will find us. He has promised to never leave us. And he has never left me. Who is Jesus? He is the healer, he has promised us that whatever we go through, he has already gone through for us. He took it on, whether we ask it of him or not. He has told us in the doctrine and covenants that his work and glory is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. A Perfect God, our Savior, the one who knows us better than anyone else, and his "work and glory" Is our "immortality and Eternal Life". In the Book of Mormon it says, And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins. In a world with so many uncertainties, I know of this one certainty, Our Savior loves us, he has atoned for our sins, and he is the way, the truth, and the light. I hope I can always be found bearing testimony of him in my words, my actions, and my heart. As I leave this testimony, I would love to read your response to the Saviors question, "Whom sayest ye that I am?

Sunday, November 16, 2008

One More Recipe

I want to keep this blog pretty specific to just journal writing, testimony bearing, and encouragement. Having said that I am going to add one more recipe. This is a chocoholic must have, though it needs a little tweaking, I am pretty positive that it is going to become a date night favorite.
It is Chocolate cake in a mug
Five TBS of Sugar
Four TBS of Flour
three TBS of Oil
Three TBS of Milk
Two TBS of Cocoa (I am going to try 1 1/2 TBS next time)
One Egg
a dash of salt
One Mug
Add all ingredients to the mug and mix. Put a plate under your mug and microwave for 3 minutes.
It will "grow" out of the mug while its cooking. Let it settle back in the cup before removing the cup from the microwave.
At least from my experience, part of it stays a little gooey- I like it that way, you could probably cook it longer (shrug) It is a great fix to a chocolate craving!

Thanks for sharing this with me Stephanie!!

Give and receive

This week I have been taught the lesson of give and receive a few times.

First, On Tuesday I read Joseph Smiths lesson on the second coming. There was a part that really stood out to me. It is dated December 27th 1832. Joseph Smith tells his High priest group that if they wanted to receive revelation they needed to be of one heart and one mind. he then recommended that they each pray individually out loud. Each of them did so, one after another. I was surprised as I read on that they did not pray to be of one heart and one mind. They each prayed and spoke of their determination to keep the commandments. Shortly after, the prophet received the revelation that constitutes section 88.
As a side, the last 2 pages of section 88 are a great way to check yourself and see if you are becoming a Zion in heart as Elder D. Todd Christofferson and President Henry B. Eyering referred to in conference.

OK-second lesson. Yesterday I had the opportunity to go to the temple. I was able to give several members of my deceased family the option of being bound together for the Eternity's as Malachi talks about in the Bible. When I was finished I was able to go into the Celestial room. This is a room for quiet meditation. An opportunity to think and pray always gives way in this most beautiful setting. If you ever have a chance to go to a temple open house, I invite you to, and you will see that this special room has a wonderful spirit of love. I was sitting in the Celestial room contemplating my great-great cousin who had done all of the leg work for this family history. He had definitely been motivated from heaven. I had the special feeling of knowing that at least one of the families being sealed was happy, that they would be together for Eternity. As I was contemplating this, my thoughts were led to my brother. He will be finalizing a divorce this week. I prayed for him and my family as they go through this time of trial. After about 20 minutes going on and on in prayer for things that people were in need of, I remembered that I had not yet been brave enough to tell Heavenly Father of my determination to keep the commandments, like the high priests had. I then offered that prayer, and my heart was lead to pray and ask him what I could do for him. The simple answer was, Help your husband. I thanked Heavenly Father and prepared to go home to the whirlwind of boys.
When I walked in, the dishes were done and the house had been picked up. The boys were quiet and playing with Tom. When he saw me, he told me he was going to lay down and take a nap. When I told him about the prompting I had received in the temple to help him, and asked him what I could do to help him, I was suprised at his answer. I don't know what I expected, I was thinking-clean the garage, rake the leaves, etc. His answer, "If you could just clean the house and keep doing all the things you are doing, I would be so happy."
result-I deep cleaned the kitchen with the happiest heart, full of love. I knew that this was helping him and so it made the work full of joy. I continued on through the house, without one feeling of drudgery.

Third lesson- Today was tithing settlement for our family. The Lord has established a great principle of Tithes and Offerings. Tithe or tithing is 10% of your income and Offerings-or Fast Offerings-The Church designates one Sunday each month, usually the first Sunday, as a day of fasting. Proper observance of fast Sunday includes going without food and drink for two consecutive meals, attending fast and testimony meeting, and giving a fast offering to help care for those in need.A fast offering should be at least the value of the two meals not eaten. When possible, we should be generous and give much more than this amount. So now that we are clear on these definitions, I will move on to Tithing settlement. This happens at the end of each year. You and your family go into the bishop, to say whether or not you pay a full 10% tithe. It also gives you a chance to check your records and make sure your records match that of the church.
Before Tithing settlement we had a little discussion with the boys to refresh in their minds what tithing is and where it goes. We gave the boys each a dollar and let them pay a dime from their dollars for tithing. Each of the boys tried to give more. We explained that this was not necessary. The Lord is so good, he gives us everything and only asks for 10% in return. And if we pay our 10% he promises us blessings that we wont even have room to receive. When I told the boys that, the spirit bore witness to me, that I knew it was true, and flashed in my mind the many times that I personally have been able to witness the truthfulness of it.

The "Purple Park"

So, Fourth Lesson-On the way home from tithing settlement we drove by a park. Gabriel said look there is the purple park! Seth said yeah but we don't play at the park on Sunday, and then for the first time, noticed that there were in fact people playing at the park. Mom, he said, some people are playing at the park. Yes Seth I know, but that is because they don't know that Heavenly Father asked us to keep the Sabbath Day holy. But we know that, right. Then Seth said, but I wish I didn't know that, I want to play at the park on Sunday and not go to church. Then I said, yeah it seems like it would be pretty fun to play at the park on Sunday, huh. He said yeah. I said, but can you imagine if you didn't go to church. You couldn't get baptized or receive the holy ghost. If you didn't go to church, your kids wouldn't go to church. If you didn't go to church you couldn't get married in the temple, and that would mean that you couldn't be with your family forever and ever. I said, Seth, going to church is such a small thing that the Lord ask of us. Its like just paying 1 dime from our dollar for tithing. And yet when we keep the sabbath day holy we receive great blessings, like being with are families forever. I am not sure if he learned the lesson, but for me the weeks teachings had come full circle and again the spirit bore witness to my heart that things I was saying were true. I am so grateful for a Father in Heaven who leads and guides me. How blessed I have been!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

The Best Cinnamon rolls I have ever made!


Cinnamon filling

Orange filling


  1. Place first 3 ingredients into mixing bowl and let sit till yeast begins to work. After about 10 minutes I add 6 Cups flour to this mixture.
  2. Heat Shortening, Sugar, salt, and Canned milk, until shortening is melted, and cool to a luke-warm temperature. When it is cooled, add 4 cups of flour to this mixture then mix it with the yeast mixture, after mixed, add one more cup of flour.
  3. Knead well.
  4. Place in a greased bowl and let rise till doubled.
  5. Punch down, rise till doubled again.
  6. knead then let rest 10 minutes.
  7. Roll out about 1/2 inch thick .- I break this down to a third of the dough at a time, just to make it easier to work with.
  8. Spread with desired filling I melt the butter, add the sugar and mix, then add the cinnamon and mix it all in. As you can see it makes a pretty generous amount- My feeling on this is the gooyer the better. So I dollop it on pretty thick. This is where I add raisins, chocolate chips, or pecans.
  9. Roll up jelly roll style and cut into 3/4-1 inch thick rolls.
  10. Place on greased cookie sheet allowing plenty of room for them to expand.
  11. Let raise 30 minutes.
  12. Cook 350 degrees for up to 25 minutes, watch carefully and do not let them brown!
  13. Store in an airtight conatainer and only frost when needed.
  14. To freshen your cinnamon rolls place a pat of butter on top and microwave for 10-20 seconds.
  15. Makes about 3 dozen