Saturday, October 29, 2011

First Snow

UPDATE: (3 days later) Our electric company reported Saturday's snowfall resulted in more damage to their infrastructure than Hurricane Irene! We have talked to several people who have been told their electricity may be out until Wednesday!!!!!

NY TIMES posts: "Millions of people across the Northeast found themselves without power on Sunday after an unusual autumn storm dumped record amounts of snow. In New Jersey, Public Service Electric and Gas reported on Sunday that about 271,000 of its customers had no service, most of them in Bergen, Essex, Passaic, Union and Middlesex Counties. That total was down from a peak of about 350,000."       

Friday, October 28, 2011

First Time

Last night was the first time Eatontown YSA Institute was split into Spanish and English-speaking classes. Afterwards we all got together to enjoy one another's company! Love these "kids"!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Trivia: What States Border New Jersey?

 On New Jersey's right border is the Atlantic Ocean.

Which state borders New Jersey on its left? Which state is north of Jersey? How about the south?
(Scroll down for the answer.)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Faith, Knowledge & Testimony-A Necessity

"I think we live in that day prophesied by Heber C. Kimball. He said: This Church has before it many close places through which it will have to pass before the work of God is crowned with victory. To meet the difficulties that are coming, it will be necessary for you to have a knowledge of the truth of this work for yourselves. The difficulties will be of such a character that the man or woman who does not possess this personal knowledge or witness will fall. If you have not got the testimony, live right and call upon the Lord and cease not till you obtain it. If you do not you will not stand.

-Harold B. Lee, BYU, June 28, 1955

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

New Kids on the Block

Welcome to the new Spanish-speaking CES specialist, Elder & Sister Dixon!

Almond Poppy Seed Bread

3 cup all-purpose flour                            
2 1/2 cups sugar                                     
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder               
1 1/2 teaspoons salt                               
1 1/8 cups canola oil                               
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
2 teaspoons poppy seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoons butter flavoring
1 1/2 teaspoons almond flavoring
¾ cup white sugar
¼ cup orange juice
½ teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon butter flavoring
½ teaspoon almond flavoring
Preheat oven to 350oF. In medium bowl, sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. In large mixing bowl, combine eggs, oil, sugar, and flavorings and beat for 2 minutes. Alternate adding in flour mixture and milk and then mix until just combined. Add poppy seeds and mix until just combined. Pour into prepared pans (5 mini pans or 2 regular loaf pans) and bake (35-40 minutes for mini pans, 1 hour for large pans; keep eye on them). When done, place on cooling rack for 10 minutes and then remove from pans and allow to cool completely on cooling rack. While cooling, prepare glaze by combining all glaze ingredients. Drizzle over loaves and allow to harden. (Place these in cellophane goody bags found in cake decorating section of Walmart or craft store like Michael’s and tie with ribbon. If possible, try not to package these in cellophane until ready to deliver because moisture will condense in bag and glorious sugary crust on bread will liquify and soak into bread. Which, don’t get me wrong, tastes great, but slightly-crispy texture on top of soft bread may just be best part)

Thanks, Betsy, for bringing this recipe to my attention!! Yum!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Weekend in Review

Friday's Princeton's Lecture Series on "King James Bible 1411-2011"

Sunday's East Brunswick Stake YSA FHE at Freehold Building.

YSA FHE "get-to-know-you" game--sooo FUN!

Monday's missionary apartment inspections continue
with Freehold Elders Boyes & Tippetts--check out their smiles.
Could it be because the SKIES are FINALLY b-l-u-e!

Hightstown #1 missionary apartment inspection
with Elders Clark & Kakiva--winning teammates.

Hightstown #2 missionary apartment inspection
with Elders High & Wootten--cute personalities!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011

Father Abraham

We are really enjoying learning more about Father Abraham in Old Testament class!

As a YSA (young single adult), this is his "wish list" or his desires:

"And, finding there was greater happiness and peace and rest for me, I sought for the blessings of the fathers, and the right whereunto I should be ordained to administer the same; having been myself a follower of righteousness, desiring also to be one who possessed great knowledge, and to be a greater follower of righteousness, and to possess a greater knowledge, and to be a father of many nations, a prince of peace, and desiring to receive instructions, and to keep the commandments of God, I became a rightful heir, a High Priest, holding the right belonging to the fathers." -Abraham 1:2

How many 18-31 year olds make a list like this? The ones I read about in the media wish for fame and fortune. Father Abraham had his head (and heart) in the right place! He waited at least 30 years to be ordained to the Holy Priesthood and another 30+ to have a son with Sarai (Sarah). Again, how many of us endure that long to have our prayers answered? Abraham is my HERO!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Princeton Meeting

CML or "Center for Mormon Life" : )
is dorm apartment of Richard & Jesse.
(Cool college dorm room with separate large living area!)

Awesome Princeton 1st Ward YSA reps,
Jacquie & Richard with former rep, Jesse.

I SPY Princeton University outdoor sculpture:
16-foot "Head of a Woman" by Pablo Picasso (1971).
Cast concrete was executed by Carl Nesjar,
Norwegian artist chosen by Picasso.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Apt Inspection Continues

On our way to our twice-monthly CES Inservice training, we stopped by this high rise near Rutgers University to inspect another missionary apartment.

Cute Sisters Adams & Lambert smile for a photo with wet hair!
They didn't let lack of A/C or brown water dampen their moods!
Good Sports!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Missionary Apartment Inspections

In Bordentown we visited Sisters Bell & Dicou. They passed!
Today was our first time inspecting young missionary's apartments.
In Lawrenceville Elders Tuaila & Broadhead. They passed--
on condition they corral clutter!

In Trenton Elder McMillian welcomed us.

Elders Guinto & McMillian passed--on condition they replace
their 4 burner pans on their stove and wipe out bottom of oven.

Guys' freezer!

Nicely organized closet for guys!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Family Reunion

One of Sister S's Cox relatives happened to be visiting family in NJ this weekend and included us on their itinerary! We had a delightful lunch! The woman (my first-cousin once-removed) told me I looked very much like my grandmother which I considered a compliment! (Trivia: Can you tell who is related to whom? Answer: Look for matching animal print shirts! Hahahaha)  :)

Find Joy in the Journey

Saturday, October 8, 2011

NJ Trivia: How Many Lighthouses Does New Jersey Have?

Located in some of the most beautiful areas of New Jersey, visitors are amazed by the 11 majestic lighthouses that have guarded mariners sailing the Atlantic Ocean and intercoastal waterways for over a century. New Jersey's 11 lighthouses are at Cape May, Barnegat, Twin Lights, Sandy Hook, Sea Girt, Tucker's Island, Absecon, Hereford Inlet, East Point, Finn's Point, and Tinicum.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Happiness & the Golden Ticket

The happiest people I know are not those who find their golden ticket; they are those who, while in pursuit of worthy goals, discover and treasure the beauty and sweetness of the everyday moments. They are the ones who, thread by daily thread, weave a tapestry of gratitude and wonder throughout their lives. These are they who are truly happy.  -Dieter F Uchtdorf

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

New Jersey Morristown Mission Logo

What 3 Words Describe the Faith of a Latter-day Saint (Mormon)?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ main Facebook page, which has more than 513,000 fans, Thursday posed the question, “What three words describe your faith as a Latter-day Saint?"

More than 500 responses have been posted. Faith, love and Jesus Christ were among the most frequent words. See the word cloud above, generated from the text of these comments, to see the most popular responses.

-from LDS Newsroom Blog

Monday, October 3, 2011

General Conference Center

General conferences of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints take place every six months, originating in the 21,000-seat Conference Center in Salt Lake City and reaching a global audience estimated to be in the millions. But for Mormons, the grand scope and scale of the event is merely backdrop to the real drama taking place in the individual life of each participant.

As an example of this personal touch, the general conference that was held in April 2008 marked the first time that the Church provided real-time interpretation for people who speak Apache. Apache is one of the 92 languages available for attendees to participate in general conference. The message this sends to Apache speakers and to others is this: if there is someone who wishes to view or listen to conference, and the Church can find an interpreter for that person’s language, then it will happen. Such is the desire to bring the messages of general conference to individuals. Nearly 800 interpreters, located in Salt Lake City and in other countries, help Latter-day Saints benefit from the messages during the five conference sessions.

When the Conference Center was dedicated nearly 10 years ago, the late Gordon B. Hinckley (president of the Church at the time) said that notwithstanding the auditorium’s size, it was designed to meet the needs of individuals. “It is a unique and remarkable building,” he said. “When it was first envisioned and planned, we were not concerned with building the largest house of worship to be found anywhere. We were concerned with a plan to accommodate the needs of our people.”

Speaking of the Conference Center’s acoustics, President Hinckley explained, “The challenge was to provide a system that delivered the same sound to listeners wherever they might be in the room.” The highest priority was to enable all who attend to hear the spoken word as clearly as possible. But these gatherings are much more than an event for those attending in the Conference Center or watching on television in North America. “We reach beyond the confines of the United States and Canada,” President Hinckley said. “We essentially reach across the world.”

General conference combines the intimacy of the personal and the fellowship of the communal. There is a power for Mormons watching general conference in London, England, or listening to it in Chandler, Arizona, even if they watch or listen alone. That power comes from a sense of gathering with millions of others who share the same faith in Christ and who are experiencing the event together.

Many of the Church leaders who speak at general conference, such as President Thomas S. Monson, travel the world in their respective ministries. As they do so, they meet members of the Church from Accra to Anchorage and learn of their challenges. As they prepare to speak at conference, they take into account the circumstances and difficulties of individual members and seek inspiration to deliver messages that will be relevant and uplifting.

Church members find that the same address can be understood in different ways. Mormons ascribe this to a desire on the part of each person to receive uniquely relevant and applicable instruction and inspiration from sermons, with the help of God’s Holy Spirit. This form of tailor-made learning — experienced by people of all faith traditions who sincerely engage with sacred texts or in religious services — is something that must be experienced to be truly comprehended.

For Mormons, general conference is an exciting time when large numbers gather to hear sermons, sacred music and news. But the most satisfying, profound and exhilarating thoughts and feelings of inspiration come when one person receives an answer to a personal question or is reassured by a connectedness to God and others.

from lds newsroom