Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Authority - Exercises for the Soul

God gives man authority for his guidance and protection. Without it there would be no order or freedom. God has commanded us to respect the authority of home, church and community.

As a family, make a chart of people in authority.

Person in Authority Source of Authority Lord's Instructions

Parents God Honor
Bishops or
Church Leaders God Honor

Principal or
School Leaders School Board Honor

Mayor or
Community Leaders The people Honor

Ask: How should we treat those in authority?
Explain: To honor means to obey, esteem, support and sustain.
Discuss some specific ways we can honor some of the people listed on the chart.
Ask: Family members to tell experiences when those in authority helped them.

Story: Relate the following story told by Boyd K. Packer
"On one occasion he [Karl G. Maeser] was going with a group of young missionaries across the alps. They were crossing a high mountain pass on foot. There were long sticks stuck into the snow of the glacier to mark the path so that travelers could find their way safely across the glacier and down the mountain on the other side.
When they reached the other summit, Brother Maeser wanted to teach the young elders a lesson. He stopped at the pinnacle of the mountain and pointed to those sticks they had followed. And he said, 'Brethren. behold the priesthood of God. They are just common old sticks, but it's the position that counts. Folow them and you will surely be safe. Stray from them and you willl surely be lost.' And so it is in the Church. We are called to leadership positions and given the power of the priesthood. And we are just common old sticks, but the position we are given counts. It is separate and apart from us, but while we hold it, we hold it.'
("It Is the Position That Counts,"
NEW ERA June 1977, p. 51)

If desired, invite a community,school, or church leader to your home to explain his responsibilities and duties. Have him tell how he can be more effective when people respect his authority.

(Suggested Song) "Follow the Prophet" Children's Sing With Me book.
Person of the Week: Jacob Hill for being so kind and helpful when I visited their house and helping in his own way even if it was just lifting my legs onto the couch.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Meal in a Pumpkin and Wheat Chili

For lots of reasons I have been unable to use my computer lately so I am making a very tardy entry. Last weekend Sara and kids came for a visit and we went to the cabin. Jacob (3 years) rode in the car with us. On the way Ralph saw a Farmer's Market and bought a couple of pumpkins. I told Jacob we were going to eat them and he said inn a disgusted voice, "Grandma, you don't eat Jack-O-Lanterns," So, I have included the recipe for "Meal in a Pumpkin" that Hailey and I made last week. I have also included a recipe for "Wheat Chili" which was given to me by my V.T. partner and tastes very good.

Meal in a Pumpkin

1 medium pumpkin ( It is best to use cooking pumpkins like 'Sugar Baby' but this time I used just regular Jack-o-Lantern pumkins that weren't too big {about 10" in diameter} and it tasted fine.)
1 onion, chopped
2 T. oil (I skipped the oil as the ground beef had enough fat.)
1 1/2 to 2 lbs. ground beef
2 T. soy sauce
2 T. brown sugar
4 oz. can of mushrooms, drained
10 3/4 oz.can crean of chicken soup
1 1/2 c. cooked rice ( I prefer regular rice. This week we used instant rice and it was o.k.)
8 oz. can of sliced water chestnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. (paint face on pumpkin if desired. I never have.)

Saute onions, brown ground beef and drain. Add soy sauce, br.sugar, mushrooms, and condensed soup. Simmer and stir 10 min. Add rice and water chestnuts. Spoon into cleaned out pumpkin. Bake on baking sheet 1 hour with lid on top.
Serve insides with pumpkin flesh mixed in.

Wheat Chili

Soak overnight: 1 c. red beans, 2 1/2 cups hot water, 2 tsp. soda
Rinse well and add: 1 c. raw wheat, 1 beef boullion cube, 3 c. water.
Cook 1 lb. hamburger and 1 chopped onion
Add 1 (15oz.) can tomatoes, 1 1/2 tsp. salt, 3 c. tomato juice, 1 Tb. chili powder, 2/3 c. ketchup, and 1/2 tsp. cumin.
Stir all ingredients together and heat thoroughly.

( I have not made this yet but tasted it and it was very good.)