Monday, October 31, 2011
This is the second time I've started this blog. I was nearly done, and we lost power. Weird. The whole neighborhood lost power. At any rate, I just wanted to catch up on my salad report. I am still going strong with my salad goal. However, I wish there was an easier way to load pictures off my camera and on to my blog. It just takes so stinking long! So... this is the salad I ate on October 13.
I caved, and got a salad from Dairy Queen on October 15. It's easy to cave when I'm involved in a show.
Potato salad was the treat for October 16. Not sure why, but I do like Potato salad... especially with mustard.
October 17 I got a yummy Red Potato Salad at the local store. I need to get a recipe for this salad. I really like it!
October 20 I had to have the Red Potato Salad again. I swung by the store on my way to play performance.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
I thought I should update the salads. Yes. I am still eating salad. Yes. It is tedious to chop up all the veggies. Yes. I should do more to make the salads more interesting. And yes. I feel better when I eat them. In fact, I can't imagine a day without eating a salad.
Saturday, Oct. 1 was a long day of rehearsal, and a peaceful evening of Conference. I enjoyed a yummy Peach salad. Something that tasty really should be called salad.It was simple... peaches, cinnamon and sliced apples.
Sunday, Oct. 2 was a welcomed peaceful day of Conference. I was lucky to have had salad greens in the house. With rehearsals, school, seminary, and canning apples, I was ready for a simple quiet day.
Monday, Oct. 3 was a crazy busy day... I caved, and got myself a Subway chicken salad. I was even too lazy to take a picture for myself.
Tuesday, Oct. 4 I made a yummy Gazpacho salad. Nothing like fresh chopped veggies... most of the veggies from my own garden!
Monday, Oct. 10 I ate salad greens and Terriaki Chicken with Oriental Dressing. It was surprising good.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Was God sending me a sign.
Finally, after an exhausting search of all me musings, I found the post and adapted it to the best of my abiliies to be a YW in Excellence or New Beginnings type activity.
I sure hope it helps my friends... and I'm posting it on my blog in the hopes that it will help someone else out there too.
These ideas are for a YW event using M&M's (Mighty and Marvelous!) and using M&M's candy for favors and games.
• Use the colors of M&M's candies. Contact the website that will print the M&M’s in the value colors and have them print the values on the appropriate M&M.
• Cut out circles of poster board or cardstock to make M&M's to decorate with in all sizes.
• Use M&M's colors for decorating tables and tableware.
Games and Ice-breakers
• M&M's Introduction:
Give everyone 3-5 M&M's candies and have each girl say something about themselves for each one.
• M&M's Guess:
Fill a jar with M&M's and have everyone guess how many is in the jar.
• M&M's in cello bags or snack-size individual packages.
• Set out small bowls of M&M's. Caution: Be careful about setting out peanut M&M's. So many people have peanut allergies.
• M&M Cookies.
• Cakes or cupcakes decorated with M&M's candies.
• Have blenders on hand to make ice-cream Blizzards/Blasts. Make sure to have M&M's as one of the choices. (my personal favorite).
I believe the following thought should be shared by a single speaker with a few “object lessons helpers” to parade out as the value colors are mentions:
Long ago, in a faraway place, I lived as a lovely young princess as did all of you. One day, our father, the Heavenly King, told us all of a great plan that he had already put into place. This plan included going away to a place called Earth.
Earth was a place that each Prince and Princess received a body. While on earth a princess would be given the opportunity to live and to learn. Earth was a place that everyone wanted to experience. A place that everyone was anxiously awaiting their turn. Earth was a little like a candy store where a prince or a princess could choose for themselves all the best things that were offered.
It is not easy to choose the best among all the good things that are offered. Once you pass through the door you won’t necessarily be able to remember all the instructions you have learned in how to choose the best in a world that overwhelms the senses with exciting colors, delicious smells and mouth watering taste. Temptations abound! Choosing is both wonderful and challenging. Some chooses are deceiving; tricking you into a false sense of what is truly fulfilling. These chooses seek to destroy the taste buds and all that is good.
In an effort to assist me in my processes of choosing the best, the Great King provided me with wonderful signals to remind me of what the best chooses truly are. He provided symbols to remind me of all that He had taught me about being a true coinsure of that which is truly best. He provided the gospel to guide me through the smorgasbord of choices. He has give me M&M’s – the Mighty and Marvelous – to guide me through the Candy Shop of life.
Here are the things to remember:
1) M&Ms come in a variety of colors. Remember to choose the BEST colors
God has created each of us unique in many ways too. We each are uniquely gifted, have different backgrounds, different personalities, etc. and it all comes together like some delicious salad.
1 Corinthians 12:4-11 “Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.”
(White) The color white represents Faith. Alma 32:21 states, “Faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true.”
For most of the world white is the color associated with purity (wedding dresses); cleanliness (doctors in white coats, using white gloves to touch art). White is associated with creativity (blank canvas). It is a compression of all the colors in the color spectrum, as such, it reflects Light as we exercise Faith IN Christ.
White remind you to be faithful in praying… faithful in keeping covenants… faithful to the end.
White reminds us to stand for purity.
(Blue) Divine Nature is represented by the color blue. In 2 Peter 1:4-7 it states, “Be partakers of the divine nature....Giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.”
Much of the world is blue (skies, seas). Blue is peaceful and tranquil and seeing the color blue causes the body to produce calming chemicals in the brain. People tend to be more productive in a blue room because they are calm and focused. Blue has become associated with steadfastness, dependability, wisdom and loyalty (Blue uniforms). These are the qualities of a King. We have inherited these qualities from our Heavenly parents. The key is to find your divine qualities and use them, develop them.
Blue reminds us of the sky, heaven and where we came from and the earth we can inherit. We are truly of divine parents.
(Red) The color red represents Individual Worth. In D&C 18:10 it tells us, “Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God.”
If you want to get attention, use red. It is often where the eye looks first. Red is the most emotionally intense color and get people excited. Red is the color of energy.
Individual Worth should be bold and confident.
Often, sins are represented by red or blood. But don’t forget, the price paid for you is also represents by blood or red. You are a Daughter of a King. Remember that you are worth something because the Savior gave his life for you with His blood.
Red reminds us of the blood of Christ. The Savior believed that there wasn't any price too high to pay for us. He loved us so much that He willingly paid for us with His blood and His own life. He bled from every pore for us. He paid the infinite price. We are of great worth to the Lord and we should be to ourselves as well.
(Green) Knowledge is represented by the color green. In D&C 88:118 we read, “Seek learning, even by study and also by faith.”
It is the easiest color on the eye. Green is a calming color that's very pleasing to the senses. Green is seen as tranquil and refreshing. It is calming,. The color GREEN reminds us to be analytical, organized, practical, and decisive.
Green reminds us of spring time when things are starting to grow. We too, should keep growing and learning.
(Orange) Choice and Accountability, two values together, is represented by putting two colors together; red and yellow make orange. In Joshua 24:15 we read, “Choose you this day whom ye will serve;... but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
To some ORANGE is the color of the assertive and outgoing. Orange represents energy, balance, warmth, enthusiasm, and vibrancy.
Orange can remind us of the caution on a stoplight. We too, have choices to make and we need to pray to make the correct choices. We need to use caution in making those choices.
We don't always make the right choices. But that's just part of learning. Remember we are not perfect and we all make mistakes. We need to learn from and remember our mistakes so we can make a better decision next time.
Orange reminds us of using caution when a choice is placed before us.
(Yellow) Yellow is the color of Good Works. 3 Nephi 12:16 says, “Therefore let your light so shine before this people, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in Heaven.”
Yellow is cheerful in service and associated with joy. YELLOW is friendly, positive, creative, encouraging…
Yellow, like the “Son”shine brightens the lives of others. When we give service it makes us feel warm all over just as the sun makes us feel warm. We are always blessed by the service we give.
Yellow is a reminder to share your good works with everyone you come in contact with.
(Purple) Integrity is purple, royal and righteous. Job 27:5 says, “Till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me.”
Purple dye was very hard to come by in past ages and was costly to produce so only people of royal birth (Kings and Queens) could afford to wear the cloth of this color. It came to represent royalty. We are of royal birth... daughters of Heavenly Father. Someday, if we live worthily, we will be princesses and Queens. We must have integrity to do that. If we have integrity we have all the other values as well.
Purple reminds us to have the courage to stand up for what we know is right… to be loyal to the royal that is within us.
(Gold) Like the gold Peruvian shawl the Young Women presidency unfurled at the top of Ensign Peak, the value of Virtue will be represented by gold — a precious metal that has long been known as a symbol of purity, said Sister Dalton. "When gold is refined, it is pure," she said.
"If you are virtuous, you are strong," added Sister Cook. "It is power and it is strength. It is all derived by being pure."
Sister Dibb noted that virtue is "what's a part of you that no one else will know. But you know and the Lord knows."
Sister Dalton compared gaining virtue to training for a marathon. "Virtue isn't something that you have instantly," she said. "It is strict training. It is the daily, deliberate practice of small things."
Crowns are made of gold. Gold reminds us of our potential eternal reward as we become virtue woman in the kingdom of God.
God has his way of blending our background, personality, & spiritual gifts into unique, individual children of His Kingdom! Just as M&Ms are all different looking on the outside with their various colors, so God has created us each to be unique and different.
2) M&Ms are filled with chocolate - the best part!
We are filled with God's love!
Like an M&Ms, although we may all look different we are all created to be filled. M&Ms are filled with chocolate - yum! We are made to be filled with God's love - even better! Without the chocolate an M&M is just a fragile shell with really no taste. Even so, we, without God's love and mercy, are fragile and empty too.
1 John 4:9-11; 15 16; 19 “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. We love him, because he first loved us.”
Also, because of how M&Ms are made, they are easily shared with others. God's love is made to be shared through sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
3) M&Ms are marked with an M.
Followers of Christ are marked or sealed with the Holy Spirit of God.
2 Corinthians 1:22 “Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.”
Ephesians 1:13 “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise…”
But we are also marked for a purpose and focus. We're marked for to serve.
Mosiah 18:8-11 “… as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light; Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witness of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life— Now I say unto you, if this be the desire of your hearts, what have you against being baptized in the name of the Lord, as a witness before him that ye have entered into a covenant with him, that ye will serve him and keep his commandments, that he may pour out his Spirit more abundantly upon you? And now when the people had heard these words, they clapped their hands for joy, and exclaimed: This is the desire of our hearts.”
I’d like to marked with whatever proves that Christ is the center of my choices.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we looked at all values and all M&M’s and loved them all? I assure you that as we seek the entire rainbow, we will get to the elusive pot of gold at the end.