My Relief Society’s Constituition Class

Posted on December 9, 2009. Filed under: Mormon Life | Tags: , , , , |

by EmilyCC

Recently, I got an email talking about an upcoming Relief Society class series where we’d study the U.S. Constitution. I’m intrigued by the idea of this course of study and think it could be worthwhile.  Heavens knows, I need to know more about the Constitution.  But, I’m worried about mixing politics and religion in a Relief Society setting.  At first, it seems like a class on the Constitution would be politically-neutral, but gosh, I’m not sure.   I think of some of those Amendments and I wonder…can it be?

On the one hand, I think it could be terribly productive and enlightening to have a variety of readings and vigorous debate in class. It would do me good to have my political beliefs questioned and to tear down some stereotypes I have about those who’s opinions differ from mine. (more…)

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A Princess Enrichment Night? The Best and Worst of Enrichment

Posted on June 14, 2007. Filed under: Mormon Life, Mormon women | Tags: , , |

Yesterday I was talking to Amelia about the Church’s new Enrichment program, in which Relief Societies are supposed to meet all together quarterly rather than monthly, and smaller interest groups could meet more often.When I first heard about this new program, I thought it was a good idea. I liked the idea of the smaller groups, and this way, I though, RS presidencies could focus on making those quarterly meetings something really special.

I was amused and horrified, however, to learn from Amelia that her RS actually had sponsored a princess themed enrichment night for one of these quarterly meetings. Women were to come and be pampered like princesses. I think they were even supposed to dress up like princesses. (Amelia, was this right?) Wow. There are so many problems with this that I don’t even know where to begin.

Anyway, the conversation made me question if indeed this new program was leading to higher quality quarterly enrichment experiences. I actually see a lot of potential for this new Enrichment format. While some of the Enrichment evenings in my ward center around eating/parties, my RS has also invited guest speakers to tell us about various humanitarian programs on other Enrichment nights. (very cool). I also think it would be great if we could do some really active humanitarian work – serving soup at a soup kitchen, volunteering at a local nursing home for an evening, etc.

What has been your experience with Enrichment? What have been the best and worst Enrichment activities? How do you like the new format?

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Arcadia Ward Pork Tenderloin

Posted on June 30, 2006. Filed under: Mormon Life | Tags: |

When the new Enrichment program began, I was asked to co-host our ward’s cooking group that meets once a month. I was in charge of teaching the class in June, so I picked one of my family’s favorties. My friend, Liz, and I have dubbed it the “Arcadia Ward Pork Tenderloin.” It was created by another friend’s mother in the ward, and those of us who grew up in the Arcadia ward ate it quite frequently. It’s grilled so you don’t have to heat up your kitchen—a big plus for those of us who live in where the average temperature is 110° in the summer. And, if you make the grilled red potatoes below, it’s practically a complete Sunday dinner.

Barbequed Pork Tenderloin
Serves 4-6

3 sprigs fresh rosemary
2 lbs pork tenderloin
2/3 c fresh orange juice ¼ t salt
3 T soy sauce freshly ground pepper
3 cloves garlic, crushed

Place tenderloin in Ziploc bag with all ingredients. Marinate 2 hours at least or overnight. Bring meat to room temperature before grilling. Grill 5 to 8 minutes per side. Slice and pour remaining marinade (after boiling it) over pork.

Grilled New Potatoes with Parmesan and Herbs
Serves 6-8 plus leftovers

5 lbs small red-skinned potatoes
4 T olive oil ¼ C crumbled feta
1 C chopped green onions 3 garlic cloves,minced
3 T chopped parsley
2 t chopped fresh oregano

Cook potatoes in large pot of boiling salted water until tender (15 min). Drain, cool. Prepare barbecue (med heat). Cut potatoes in half; transfer to large bowl. Add 2 T oil; toss to coat. Grill potatoes until golden, turning occasionally. Transfer to bowl. Drizle 2 T oil over. Add remaining ingredients; toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Serve warm.

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Enrichment Potluck

Posted on April 7, 2006. Filed under: Mormon women | Tags: |

Last month, I went to the Relief Society birthday party in my ward. I got there a little late, so I dropped off my assigned potato salad and found a table to sit down.

Now, I love this blue cheese potato salad from Gourmet magazine. Since discovering it, I don’t make the yellow potato salad anymore.

After the opening prayer, we went to the buffet line. Interestingly, even though there were 60 women there, only 4 of us had brought food. So, there were 2 potato salads, a noodle/tuna/corn? dish, and a green salad. Oh, but fortunately, there was a lot of ham for those who cared for it.

Because of the way the food was set up, I couldn’t get to my blue cheese potato salad, so I took small amounts of the other dishes and skipped the ham. Our table was all seated, and the woman next to me took a bite of my potato salad and said, “Oh, this is not nearly as good as I thought it was going to be, and I got way too much of it.”

Then, the whole table launched into how it just didn’t taste right. One woman suggested they all just spread it around on their plates so they it looked like they ate it.

“Why does it taste funny?”
“Hmmm…I think it’s the cheese.”
“What is it?”
“Oh, yes, definitely feta.”

Now, part of me wanted to jump in, correct such egregious mistakes, and say that I had made it, but with each successive comment about my potato salad, I got more and more stuck. I was also pretty heartbroken. I had been hoping to start a gourmet group (like my fabulous one in Boston) in this ward. And, since my table didn’t know what blue cheese looked or tasted like, I’m a little worried about how this will happen.

The evening continued, and at the end of the night, I went to grab my bowl. One of the women sitting at my table was drying it. I almost didn’t want to take it from her because then she would know what had happened. But, my name was on the bottom of the bowl anyway (and really, shouldn’t she learn that disparaging food at a potluck is a no-no?!).

I took it from her, thanking her for washing it. The look on her face made me feel too bad for her to have my feelings hurt anymore. So, you probably don’t want to take this to your ward’s next potluck, but I think it’s delicious!

Blue Cheese Potato Salad

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