Pumpkin Recipes you need!

Tis the season for cooler weather, apple picking, and of course- PUMPKIN EVERYTHING! Here is a list of some websites you can look at with some yummy new recipes for you to try.  Please feel free to bring them to relief society for all of us to try!


Melt in your mouth pumpkin cookies- Here

Two ingredient pumpkin muffins for all you busy ladies here!

Fall Pumpkin dip? YES PLEASE!

Pumpkin waffles. Oh. My.

Easy pumpkin cheesecake muffins- HERE

Let’s just make it easier and give you a list of great recipes to try–  HERE!


We hope you find something you love here! Please feel free to share any recipes you might have as well!

Are YOU Prepared?

We all know how important our food storage can be. Whether it a natural disaster, lost job, or to help others in need, you need to make sure you have an adequate food supply for unforeseen events.

Here are some things to help you.

  • Here is a link to Provident Living from LDS.org. You will find information for finances, food storage and much, much more. Click here
  • Watch a short video here
  • Buy food storage online here
  • Starting your short-term food storage here

Everyday Home Storage

Making home storage a part of our everyday lives.


When my husband, Brian, was a graduate student, we worked hard to stretch his small income so that I could stay home full time with our children. During one semester, unexpected school expenses significantly depleted our savings. We approached the birth of our second daughter with little more than condiments left in our refrigerator. Anxious about the future and unsure of what to do, I prayed.

As I prayed, my feelings of concern gave way to a calming reassurance that the Lord would provide. I’m not sure what I expected, but what the Lord sent was an idea: I recalled that my mother-in-law had given us some food storage a few months earlier. I searched through recipes, and the Lord inspired me with ways to use the canned goods to make tasty, nutritious meals. Although it took some creativity, our food storage sustained us over the next few months until the end of the semester.

That struggle helped me realize the importance of family home storage. My husband and I resolved to make a conscious effort to acquire more food, water, and savings for our growing family. For us, the best way to accomplish this was to find small ways to make family home storage a part of everyday life.

Starting Small

Over the next several months, I began to gradually build our home storage. Before each grocery shopping trip, I checked my list for items that would keep for at least three months and purchased additional quantities of those items. I made sure to buy food that was part of my family’s normal diet, which made it easier to rotate through it on a regular basis. Every few months, I bought wheat, rice, flour, and oats until we had built up a long-term supply. Our parents and others saw our determination to gather food storage, and they gave us some of their surplus. I frequently experimented with the storage items, using them to make homemade tortillas, bread, pasta, seasoned rice, and granola rather than purchasing these products from the grocery store. I also learned how to make my own yogurt and cheese using powdered milk. Whenever I wanted to make a certain recipe, I would consider whether I could make it from scratch and substitute ingredients that I already had in my house rather than purchase ingredients from the store.

Because we had limited space, we had to be creative. We kept our food storage under the bed. We also covered boxes and buckets of supplies with tablecloths and used them as decorative end tables.

Reestablishing our savings—our “financial storage”—was also important. Instead of dwelling on the limitations of our small earnings, we focused on making saving a regular practice. With every paycheck, we paid our tithing and then designated a percentage of the remaining funds to deposit into our savings account. Anytime we happened to receive extra income, we put the money in savings rather than use it to buy new furniture, fancy electronics, or other unnecessary items.

We made an effort to live on less. We separated our wants and needs by determining if items were essential or simply nice to have. Essentials included tithing, food, and shelter. We also decided that a phone was a necessity, but we chose a more basic option rather than the latest technology. We had resolved early in our marriage to not incur credit card debt. When Brian or I were tempted to buy something beyond our means, we helped each other maintain perspective.

As we took small steps, our savings and food supply grew at a steady rate. Within a year we had a long-term supply of grains, a three-month supply of food and water, and several months’ worth of savings. Living on less was hard, but it enabled us to build our home storage and be better prepared for the future.

Facing Adversity

Having met our home storage goals, we enjoyed a sense of security—for about a month. Then one morning a police officer called and asked me to come to the hospital emergency room right away. Brian had been in a bicycle accident on his way to school. Even though he had been wearing a helmet, he had sustained a traumatic brain injury.

When I got to the hospital and saw him in a coma-like state, I was scared. I was afraid that he might not live, or that if he did, that he might not be able to talk, read, or lead a normal life. Would he be able to continue his schooling? I felt anxiety not only about him but about our family’s future.

The doctors could offer no assurance that Brian would recover. But that day he received a priesthood blessing in which he was promised that he would fully recover and that his brain would function properly again, according to his and my faith. At that moment the Spirit whispered comfort to me and confirmed that the promises in the blessing would come to pass. With resolve, I chose to have faith and dismiss all doubts.

When my mind turned to how we would get by in the coming months, I was grateful that we had gotten our home storage in order. I knew that our family’s immediate needs would be taken care of for several months before I would need to consider obtaining employment.

Because our basic needs were met, I was able to focus on supporting Brian during his recovery while also remaining at home to care for our two girls. Priesthood blessings, prayers, and special fasts helped Brian recover quickly. He spent only five weeks in the hospital. Only three months after the accident, he was ready to go to work and school part time.

Moving Forward with Faith

Brian soon recovered his health enough to work full time, but by then the worldwide recession had hit. Most of his co-workers had been laid off, and his former position was no longer available. While Brian searched for adequate employment, we lived off of our food storage and savings. Through some temporary jobs, kind help from friends and family, and the blessings of the Lord, we did not have to go into debt, even though Brian’s search for employment went on for months.

When more than a year had gone by, we had very little left in savings and our food storage was running low. Although our circumstances seemed bleak, we had faith that the Lord would provide. Just in time, Brian was offered a position with income that was more than sufficient to meet our expenses. As soon as we were able, we recommenced our efforts to build our savings and food supply.

For us, home storage has become more than an item on a to-do list. It is an important part of Heavenly Father’s plan to provide for our families. Having our three-month supply helps us feel empowered and secure even during troubled times. We have reaped spiritual and temporal rewards by following the Lord’s counsel. When we are doing all we can to provide for ourselves and our families, He makes up the difference. He loves us, and He’ll make sure that our needs are met. We take comfort in knowing that as we move forward with faith, our family is prepared for whatever lies ahead.

For more information, visit the home storage section of providentliving.org or refer to the pamphlet All Is Safely Gathered In: Family Home Storage.

Start Establishing Family Home Storage Today

Here are some helpful tips to start establishing food storage and a financial reserve:

  • Designate an area in your home where you can keep your food storage.
  • Each time you go grocery shopping, pick up a few nutritious items that will store for several months to add to your storage.
  • Stock up on items when they are on sale, and buy in bulk when practical. Be sure to check expiration labels before you make the purchase.
  • Buy only items you know you’ll use so you can easily rotate through your food storage.
  • Store water in sturdy plastic juice or soft drink bottles that you have emptied and rinsed.
  • Order basic long-term food items such as wheat, flour, and oats from a Church home storage center or other trustworthy organization.
  • Designate a percentage of your monthly budget for food storage.
  • Start putting a percentage of your income or a certain dollar amount in a savings account each month.
  • Help others establish home storage by giving food storage items or money for savings accounts as gifts.

“We encourage Church members worldwide to prepare for adversity in life by having a basic supply of food and water and some money in savings.”

The First Presidency, All Is Safely Gathered In: Family Home Storage (2007).

“With careful planning, you can, over time, establish a home storage supply and a financial reserve.”


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Please forgive us (well Bree) for the blog not being updated in February. Baby came and everything else in life went out the window for a few weeks while she tried to wrap her head around 2 toddlers and an infant.

Now you can check out the lessons, evening relief society messages, AND now we have a place for  you to download the newsletters.

We appreciate all you guys do and look forward to a great month!


Church’s FamilySearch.org Works to Put Church’s Historical Records Online In One Generation

Article was published Feb 2014

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FamilySearch.org, with the help of countless volunteers, has already archived, preserved and made available online through indexing more than three billion names, a process that has taken 100 years to accomplish. To digitize and index 5.3 billion more names would take FamilySearch volunteer indexers up to 300 years to complete at the current rate.

“That means you and me and the next 10 generations of our posterity would not live to personally benefit from them,” said FamilySearch CEO Dennis Brimhall. “We can do significantly better by working together with other organizations and as a community.”

Working with Ancestry.com, findmypast and MyHeritage, indexing those names can be accurately recorded in a generation, or 20 to 30 years.
Gathering such information across the world’s records and employing the world’s technological capabilities could eventually document a significant portion of the 28 billion people who have populated the earth since A.D. 1500.

More details on how this can be accomplished will be presented by FamilySearch.org at RootsTech 2014.

Now in its fourth year, the family history technology conference will also feature over 200 courses, notable guest presenters and approximately 11,000 participants from 46 states and 21 countries, with another 20,000 joining remotely online at rootstech.org. The event runs 5-8 February 2014 and will be held in the Salt Palace Convention Center.

In addition, the Innovator Summit held on Wednesday, 5 February 2014, focuses on the rapidly expanding technology related to family history research activities and is primarily available to software developers, entrepreneurs and technology business leaders.

Registration information is available at rootstech.org. Single-day or all-conference passes are available, including passes for a special Family Discovery Day on 8 February.

Dan Martinez, conference director, defines the innovative gathering as a “creative national forum for development of family history-related technology. The conference links such technology with prospective end users in an effort to promote innovative consumer participation.”

Partnering technology with exploration is a natural in today’s sophisticated family history world. Discovering individual stories, both histories of ancestors or contemporary tales, has become a simple task with the increasing capabilities of technological advances. The ability to record and share such stories and family memories is expanding as websites, apps, blogs and social media communications proliferate.

The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, keynotes the conference. Recognized as one of the country’s top 25 bloggers, Drummond also authors cookbooks and hosts a television show.
“I love sharing stories about my family and my experiences on the ranch,” the well-known author states, “so I’m really excited to be part of RootsTech this year. It’s all about ways to share family stories and strengthen family communications.”

Other featured speakers include Stephanie Nielsen, who maintains a popular family blog, NieNieDialogues; Dr. Spencer Wells, director of the National Geographic genographic project; Todd Hansen, host of the Emmy Award-winning television show Story Trek; Anneleis van den Bell, CEO of DC Thomson Family History and host of over 1.8 billion genealogical records across several Internet brands; and Judy Russell, a certified genealogist and attorney who writes the Legal Genealogist blog.

Chris Dancy, known as the “world’s most quantified man” and chief technology officer at BMC Software, will keynote the Innovator Summit.

Fill the World with Christ’s Love- By President Dieter F. Uchtodorf

When we think of Christmas, we often think of giving and of receiving gifts. Gifts can be part of a cherished tradition, but they can also detract from the simple dignity of the season and distract us from celebrating the birth of our Savior in a meaningful way.

I know from personal experience that the most memorable Christmases can be those that are the most humble. The presents of my childhood were certainly modest by today’s standards. Sometimes I received a mended shirt or a pair of gloves or socks. I remember one special Christmas when my brother gave me a wooden knife he had carved.

It doesn’t take expensive gifts to make Christmas meaningful. I am reminded of a story told by Elder Glen L. Rudd, who served as a member of the Seventy from 1987 to 1992. One day before Christmas a number of years ago, while he was managing a bishops’ storehouse, he learned from an ecclesiastical leader about a needy family that had recently moved to the city. When he went to visit their small apartment, he discovered a young single mother with four children under age 10.

The family’s needs were so great that the mother could not buy treats or presents for her children that Christmas—she couldn’t even afford a tree. Brother Rudd talked with the family and learned that the three little girls would love a doll or a stuffed animal. When he asked the six-year-old son what he wanted, the hungry little boy replied, “I would like a bowl of oatmeal.”

Brother Rudd promised the little boy oatmeal and maybe something else. Then he went to the bishops’ storehouse and gathered food and other supplies to meet the immediate needs of the family.

That very morning a generous Latter-day Saint had given him 50 dollars “for someone in need.” Using that donation, Brother Rudd bundled up three of his own children and went Christmas shopping—his children selecting toys for the needy children.

After loading up the car with food, clothing, gifts, a Christmas tree, and some ornaments, the Rudds drove to the family’s apartment. There they helped the mother and her children set up the tree. Then they placed presents under it and presented the little boy with a large package of oatmeal.

The mother wept, the children rejoiced, and they all sang a Christmas song. That night as the Rudd family gathered for dinner, they gave thanks that they could bring some Christmas cheer to another family and help a little boy receive a bowl of oatmeal.1

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Christ and the Spirit of Giving

Think of the simple yet dignified way our Heavenly Father chose to honor the birth of His Son. On that holy night, angels appeared not to the rich but to shepherds. The Christ child was born not in a mansion but in a manger. He was wrapped not in silk but in swaddling clothes.

The simplicity of that first Christmas foreshadowed the life of the Savior. Though He had created the earth, walked in realms of majesty and glory, and stood at the right hand of the Father, He came to earth as a helpless child. His life was a model of modest nobility, and He walked among the poor, the sick, the downcast, and the heavy laden.

Though He was a king, He cared neither for the honors nor the riches of men. His life, His words, and His daily activities were monuments of simple yet profound dignity.

Jesus the Christ, who knew perfectly how to give, set for us the pattern for giving. To those whose hearts are heavy with loneliness and sorrow, He brings compassion and comfort. To those whose bodies and minds are afflicted with illness and suffering, He brings love and healing. To those whose souls are burdened with sin, He offers hope, forgiveness, and redemption.

If the Savior were among us today, we would find Him where He always was—ministering to the meek, the downcast, the humble, the distressed, and the poor in spirit. During this Christmas season and always, may we give to Him by loving as He loves. May we remember the humble dignity of His birth, gifts, and life. And may we, through simple acts of kindness, charity, and compassion, fill the world with the light of His love and healing power.


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We are so excited to get our blog up and rolling. Please make sure to check it often and let us know about anything that we can add to make it even better for you. We will be adding messages from the Ensign, Relief Society Presidency, and whomever has something wonderful for us to share.

We have added pages with our weekly topics on them. Make sure to read them before the lesson so you will come prepared to participate and know what we are talking about beforehand. We are very thankful for all of our teachers and their hard work with preparing lessons for our spiritual growth!

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