Monday, November 22, 2010

Monday, September 6, 2010

Mother-Daughter Night, Wednesday, Sept 15th

Next week on Sept. 15 is Mother-Daughter night!  We have some exciting and informative presentations planned. 
  • Our Body's Need for Healthy Nutrition, by Sister Cluff, and 
  • Signs and Dangers of Eating Disorders, by Sister Christenson (who worked with girls with eating disorders before moving to CS)
It should be an informative night for all.  Please come. 

ps.  There are several young couples that might be able to watch your little ones during this time. I hope you all can be there.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Favorite smoothie ideas from everyone...

Have brown bananas, but no time to bake banana bread? Peel them and toss them in the freezer to add smooth sweetness to your next smoothie.


Oranges+cantalope+peaches+mango+vanilla yogurt=yum!

Tiger (striped) smoothies:
Blend 2 different smoothies. Make one of them have blueberries so that it has a darker purple color. Make one using lighter orange-colored fruit like peaches and carrots so that it has a lighter peachy/orange color. Then spoon them into a clear glass creating alternating layers of each color.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Fruit & Veggie Smoothies

Thanks to Sis. Sawaya we have a ton of great new smoothies to give us a healthy boost!

Blueberry-Carrot Greens Smoothie
The peaches are perfect in lifting the greens, the color is beautiful, and the blueberries makes this smoothie decadent.
2 peaches 1 bunch of carrot tops from 6-10 carrots1 cup frozen blueberries2 cups water
Soak the carrot tops in cold water while halving the peaches and removing the stones. Blend peaches and carrot tops with water, when smooth, add blueberries. Add water to reach the consistency you like.

Beautiful Beet Smoothie
You can use banana, ice, a little sweetener and Vitamin C rich fruits to tone down the super-earthy taste of beets, one of natures healthiest root vegetables.
1 banana½ beet, skin removed and loosely chopped plus some of the greens1 cup frozen berries1 cup frozen fruit (pineapple, peaches, mango) ~1 cup Orange Juice1 Tablespoon Aqave nectar3-4 ice cubes
Wash your beet, cut off the greens, cut the beet in half and place cut side down on cutting board (for safety and to keep the juice from soiling your hands/clothes). Use your knife to pare off the skin (you can leave it on, but removing cuts down on the earthy taste, if you don’t like that). Chop loosely.
Add banana, beet, ½ of the beet greens, frozen fruits, ice, juice and sweetener to taste.

Emerald Green Smoothie
There are literally thousands of “Green Smoothie” recipes out there (just try Googling it!), but many have a similar idea… somewhere around 50% fruit and 50% greens (literally any green vegetable). This one uses Kale, another nutritional powerhouse, but it could easily be made with spinach, lettuce, argula, wheatgrass, broccoli – especially sprouts –which are sweeter, collard greens, etc.
1 cup green grapes; 1 cup fresh or frozen pineapple; 2 cups Kale; Sweetener (like ripe bananas,) 5-6 ice cubes
Wash your Kale and cut off the stems and ribs. Add ingredients to blender. Add water if necessary. Taste after blending and add sweetener if needed/desired.

Berry/Spinach Smoothie
This has become the Sawaya family regular smoothie because it uses ingredients that are often on hand – especially that handful or two of leftover baby spinach. The colorful berries mask any green ingredients for finicky eaters.
1 banana; 2 cups fresh spinach; 1 cup frozen berries; ½ cup other frozen fruit (I usually pick mangos or peaches) ~1 cup Orange Juice
Add ingredients to blender in the order listed (the berries weigh down the spinach and help it blend quickly). Add water or ice if necessary. Taste after blending and add sweetener if needed/desired.

Green Melon Smoothie
I have personally never liked the consistency of melon, but simply putting it in a smoothie takes care of that problem. Here is the simplest kind of melon and green smoothie recipe… of course you can add other ingredients to it, but give it a try simply at first.
½ cantaloupe, seeded and cut; ½ head romaine lettuce; ½ cup water; 2-3 ice cubes
Add ingredients to blender, adjust water as needed.

Strawberry Rhubarb Smoothie
6 large strawberres, stems removed; 1/2 c. rhubarb; 1 c. ice; 1/2 c. plain nonfat yogurt; 2 T. honey (or to sweet taste); splash of milk
Toss all in a blender and puree until smooth. Taste for sweetness and adjust to taste.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Dating Workshop

Not 16 yet, but can't wait to learn more about dating? Need great ideas? Then you'll love tonight's Dating Workshop!

Find out more with a visit to the dating page of at

Also, get your own FREE copy of suggested reading... I Lost My Phone Number, Can I Have Yours? Download it and read online. Visit
or ask Sis. Morgan to email you a copy at

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Saturday, July 24, 2010

German Pancakes

We love this recipe in Young Women's, because it is a recipe for comfort food that is student-budget friendly. It can be elegant for two or quick protein for a crowd. It's also easy to memorize (notice the 1/2+1/2+1/2 pattern.)

Melt up to half a stick of butter in a pan at 400 in the oven. (Choose a pie pan to serve 3 or a 11x13 pan to serve 6)
Mix eggs and milk. (1/2 cup milk & 3 eggs for 3 people. 1 cup milk & 6 eggs for 6 people)
Add flour and salt. (1/2 cup flour & 1/2 tsp salt for 3. 1 cup flour & 1 tsp salt for 6)
Pour into the melted butter and bake for 15 min.

Enjoy drizzled with syrup, dusted with powdered sugar, topped with fruit or served with favorite omelet toppings.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Independence Day!

Elder Ballard gave a wonderful talk in the October 2008 Sunday Afternoon session called, "The Test." It's a longer talk, but is a great one for study as we celebrate the Fourth of July and was a part of today's lesson. You can see the video online at,5239,23-1-947,00.html

In his talk, Elder Ballard mentions the tragic persecution of the early saints while our country was quite young. He goes on to describe the patriotism of the saints despite that persecution. The Saints understood the importance of freedom very personally through their own and also through their recent ancestors' experiences as they sought religious freedoms and helped to establish the society we are blessed to live in today.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

June 23rd Activity

Hello Ladies,
This Wed. we will be having a pre-camp night. We will be meeting at the Church at 7. Camp is next week!!!


Monday, June 21, 2010

Secret Sisters Suggestions...

Secret Sisters isn't just about exchanging little gifts, it is to think of your secret sister throughout camp. Prayerfully consider if there is anything you can do or say that could help her to have the best Girls Camp ever! Think ahead to pack a small item to cheer and encourage your secret sister each day during Girls Camp. Below is a list of inexpensive ideas from the internet to inspire ideas of your own...

Cocoa and marshmallows (Styrofoam cups and sticks)

S'more fixin's

Snacks with an inspirational thought

At craft stores I have found blank 3 X 5 puzzle boards. They are still connected, you write a message to your secret sister, then break up the pieces and wrap them up. Your secret sister has to put it together to see the message. About $.99

Buy an electric switch plate cover. Use glow in the dark puff paint and write something cute like, " Let Your Light So Shine". When they turn off their light the message will glow in their room for a few minutes. Also about $.99

Make a pillow case for your secret sister with material that goes along with the camp theme. Use fabric paints to add the camp name and the year.

Bouncy Ball - "If you thought today was a ball, just wait until tomorrow!"

"I am soda-lighted to be at camp with you."

Monday, June 14, 2010

Wed., June 16th YW Activity

Hello All,
This Wed. we are doing a service project out at Messiah's Ranch which is where the girls will be having camp in a few weeks. We are leaving with the YM at 5:45 to go out to the Ranch. The girls are to wear work clothes, bring gloves if possible and closed in shoes. The ranch suffered from the rain last week. But the main job we will have is working on the cafeteria-eating area. They will call as they get close to town.
Next week we will work on the camp items that still need to be done. That was to be this week but bc of the need at the ranch we are all going there. Thanks.


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

May 26 Activities

May 26
Beehives-meet in YW room for camp preparation
MM and Laurels-Sister Nixon's home, Honor Cody-it's a surprise

Monday, May 24, 2010

Lesson 23- Counseling with the Lord

Counseling with the Lord

Counsel with the Lord is to discuss things with him. We tell him the desires and feelings of our hearts and then wait for an answer. We are often so busy that we pray and rush off before there is time for an answer. Sometimes answers do not come immediately or in the way we expect them to come. Sometimes an answer comes, but we don’t accept it because it isn’t the one we want to hear.

Doctrine and Covenants 101:7–8.
We should pray frequently. We should be alone with our Heavenly Father at least two or three times each day: ‘… morning, mid-day, and evening,’ as the scripture indicates. (Alma 34:21.) In addition, we are told to pray always. (2 Nephi 32:9; D&C 88:126.) This means that our hearts should be full, drawn out in prayer unto our Heavenly Father continually. (Alma 34:27.)

Monday, May 17, 2010

General Young Womens Meeting Broadcast

General Young Women Meeting
The General Young Women Meeting originated from the Conference Center on Saturday, March 27. Speakers included the Young Women general presidency and a member of the First Presidency.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

He Lives: Testimonies of Jesus Christ

Lesson 14: The Blessings of the Temple

Blessings of the Temple

President Gordon B. Hinckley, First Counselor in the First Presidency, said that the temple is “a symbol of strength, a haven of peace, a sanctuary of service, a school of instruction, a place of revelation, … a house of covenants” (“The Salt Lake Temple,” Ensign, Mar. 1993, p. 4). 

President Harold B. Lee said: “When you enter a holy temple, you are by that course gaining fellowship with the Saints in God’s eternal kingdom, where time is no more. In the temples of your God you are endowed not with a rich legacy of worldly treasure, but with a wealth of eternal riches that are above price” (“Enter a Holy Temple,” Improvement Era, June 1967, p. 144).

"A teacher affects eternity; he or she never knows when their influence stops."

Thanks to all our wonderful teachers, parents, young men and young women for a successful Teacher Appreciation Night.  A special thanks to Jamie Jasperson for organizing this event and all her hard work and time put into this project.  We had a great turnout and many positive comments.

It was very touching to hear our youth tell how their teachers have influences their lives.  Please share your experiences from that evening.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Sunday Lesson 13: Patriarchal Blessings

Discussion Questions

Why would the Lord want me to have a patriarchal blessing?•
How can I better understand and participate in the fulfillment • of my blessing?
When and with whom is it appropriate for me to share my • patriarchal blessing? (see True to the Faith [2004], 113).

Additional Resources
Thomas S. Monson, “Be Thou an Example,” • Ensign and Liahona, May 2005, 112–15.
“Help can come to you from many sources. One is your patriarchal blessing. Such a blessing contains chapters from your book of eternal possibilities. Read your blessing frequently. Study it carefully. Be guided by its cautions. Live to merit its promises” (p. 114).
Julie B. Beck, “You Have a Noble Birthright,” • Ensign, May 2006, 106–8.
“About Patriarchal Blessings,” • New Era, Mar. 2004, 32–35.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Sunday Lesson 9: A Young Woman as a Peacemaker in Her Home

A Young Woman as a Peacemaker in Her Home “The blessed part of being a peacemaker is that those who are peacemakers and who live the gospel principles receive a testimony borne of the Holy Ghost. They enjoy the peace that surpasseth all understanding, relief from inner tensions, joy and happiness, contentment, growth, and development” (Franklin D. Richards, in Conference Report, Oct. 1974, p. 154; or Ensign, Nov. 1974, p. 107).

Romans 12: 14-21
14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
17 Recompense to no man bevil for evil. Provide things honest in the dsight of all men.
18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

Discussion Questions
What could bring the spirit of peace into my home?
What am I doing to bring peace and harmony to my family?
How can I be a peacemaker among my ward family, especially among the young women in our class?

Additional Resources
James E. Faust, “The Healing Power of Forgiveness,” Ensign and Liahona, May 2007, 67–69.
Henry B. Eyring, “Our Hearts Knit as One,” Ensign and Liahona, Nov. 2008, 68–71.
3 Nephi 12:9; Doctrine and Covenants 64:9–11.
Personal Progress: Divine Nature value experience 7.

Beehives Fire Adventure!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Upcoming Sunday Lesson (Feb 28th, taught by Advisors)

Lesson 8: Improving Communication Skills

Poor Communication
  • Making no effort to understand each other’s needs and problems
  • Not choosing a good time
  • Trying to communicate in a noisy and disruptive physical environment
  • Not communicating with love

Good Communication

  • Making efforts to understand each other’s needs
  • Planning for an appropriate time
  • Consulting with everyone involved
  • Communicating love as well as needs

 Barriers to Communication

  •  Sending an unclear message
  • Not listening
  • Ignoring the speaker
  • Not being trustworthy
  • Embarrassing someone in front of others
  • Not understanding each other

 Benefits of Communication
  • Helps us understand others’ feelings, joys, and sorrows
  • Helps others understand us
  • Prevents problems caused by misunderstandings
  • Helps us care about others and feel unity with them

  Ways to Improve Communication in the Family

  • Be a good listener.
  • Accept other members of the family as they are.
  • Confide in parents and other family members.
  • Care about the interests of other family members.
  • Be affectionate.
  • Give sincere compliments and approval.
  • Keep confidences shared with you.
  • Help to create a good environment for communication.

Additional Resources
Robert D. Hales, “Christian Courage: The Price of • Discipleship,” Ensign and Liahona, Nov. 2008, 72–75.
Jeffrey R. Holland, “The Tongue of Angels,” • Ensign and Liahona, May 2007, 16–18.
Proverbs 15:1; Ephesians 4:29; 2 Nephi 25:26–27; Doctrine • and Covenants 20:54; 108:7.

Personal Progress: Divine Nature value experience 3.
Have each young woman select a standard in For the Strength of Youth (pamphlet, 2001), and have her initiate a discussion with her parents on that subject.  



Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Upcoming Sunday Lesson (Feb 21, taught by Advisors)

“Lesson 7: Living in Love and Harmony,” Young Women Manual 2, 25
  • What makes families harmonious?
  • Why can’t something or someone have harmony by itself or herself?
  • What experiences have I had where I was treated in a Christlike manner? What were the results of these experiences?
  • What are some ways Christ would have me treat my family? How would this affect my family?
“No other success can compensate for failure in the home” --President David O. McKay
Matthew 22:36–39 
36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt alove the Lord thy God with all thy bheart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy cmind.
38 This is the first and great acommandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt alove thy neighbour as thyself.
Additional Resources
Thomas S. Monson, “To Learn, to Do, to Be,” Ensign and Liahona, Nov. 2008, 60–62, 67–68.
Joseph B. Wirthlin, “Life’s Lessons Learned,” Ensign and Liahona, May 2007, 45–47.
For the Strength of Youth (pamphlet, 2001), 6.

Personal Progress: Divine Nature value experience 5; • Individual Worth value experience 3; Good Works value experience 5.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

New Beginnings, February 10th

Our Miss Values Beauty Queens!
Cakes by Riley! Beautiful and delicious.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Upcoming Activities

Saturday, February 6th
Youth Temple Trip
We will be leaving at 3pm and will return by 6pm on Saturday.  We will not be stopping to eat this time. 
If you still need a recommend, contact the Bishop or one of his counselor for an interview.

Wednesday, February 10th
New Beginnings 7pm-  We will Parents and their daughters are invited to attend.

This is an annual event teaching the purposes of the Young Women organization. It includes an orientation to the Personal Progress program and to the Young Women theme, logo, motto, and values. It is usually held at the ward or branch level.

The purposes of New Beginnings include the following:
  • Teach young women and their parents about the Young Women organization.
  • Provide an opportunity to encourage parents to help young women in Personal Progress experiences.
  • Provide an opportunity for leaders to express love for young women and acknowledge their accomplishments.
  • Help young women and parents plan for events of the coming year.

Divine Nature

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 (2 Peter 1:4–7).

Upcoming Sunday Lesson

“Lesson 6: Sharing Work in the Home,” Young Women Manual 2, 22 (February 7th)
One of our Church leaders has counseled us: “It is the duty of children to obey their parents, to learn, and to help with household chores” (Joseph B. Wirthlin, in Conference Report, Oct. 1980, pp. 101–2; or Ensign, Nov. 1980, p. 70).

“I do not believe people can be happy unless they have work to do. One can really be more of a slave to idleness than to work. Work also keeps us humble and reminds us of how all our blessings come to us from our Heavenly Father. …

“The gospel of work is a very important teaching of the Church. If we learn to work early in life we will be better individuals, better members of families, better neighbors, and better disciples of Jesus Christ, who Himself learned to work as a carpenter” (Neal A. Maxwell, “Gospel of Work,” Friend, June 1975, p. 7).

Doctrine and Covenants 42:42  Thou shalt not be idle; for he that is idle shall not eat the bread nor wear the garments of the laborer.

Alma 36:25  Yea, and now behold, O my son, the Lord doth give me exceedingly great joy in the fruit of my labors;

Doctrine and Covenants 58:27 Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness;

Kenneth Johnson, “Restoring Faith in the Family,” Ensign and Liahona, May 2008, 15–17.
For the Strength of Youth (pamphlet, 2001), 10–11.

Thursday, January 28, 2010


Upcoming Temple Trip
February 6th will be a youth temple trip at 3pm.  We will not be eating afterwards and expect to be back around 6pm.   
If you need a recommend, the Bishop and his Counselors will be meeting with youth for interviews after church this Sunday (January 31).  If you are not able to meet then, contact the Bishop for a different time.

Next Sundays Lesson

We would love for all of us to get the most out of each Sunday's lesson.  We have decided a good way to do this is to ask the young women (and parents) to prepare before Sunday by thinking about the topic and reading a few selected quotes and scriptures directly from the lesson.  Any suggestions or comments are appreciated.  Please review the following information in preparation for Sunday's lesson.

Lesson 5: Home Environment (January 31, 2010, Taught by the Class Advisors)

President Spencer W. Kimball:  “No matter what you read or hear, no matter what the differences of circumstances you observe in the lives of women about you, it is important for you Latter-day Saint women to understand that the Lord holds motherhood and mothers sacred and in the highest esteem. He has entrusted to his daughters the great responsibility of bearing and nurturing children.

“This is the great, irreplaceable work of women. Life cannot go on if women cease to bear children. Mortal life is a privilege and a necessary step in eternal progression. Mother Eve understood that. You must also understand it. …

“Much is said about the drudgery and the confinement of the woman’s role in the home. In the perspective of the gospel it is not so. There is divinity in each new life. There is challenge in creating the environment in which a child can grow and develop. There is partnership between the man and woman in building a family which can last throughout the eternities” (“Privileges and Responsibilities of Sisters,” Ensign, Nov. 1978, pp. 105–6).

Good habits are not acquired simply by making good resolves, though the thought must precede the action. Good habits are developed in the workshop of our daily lives. It is not in the great moments of test and trial that character is built. That is only when it is displayed. The habits that direct our lives and form our character are fashioned in the often uneventful, commonplace routine of life. They are acquired by practice” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1974, p. 25; or Ensign, Nov. 1974, p. 20).

Scriptures to read:
Doctrine and Covenants 132:8  Behold, mine house is a house of aorder, saith the Lord God, and not a house of confusion.
Moses 3:15 And I, the Lord God, took the man, and put him into the Garden of Eden, to dress it, and to keep it.
Doctrine and Covenants 90:18  Set in aorder your houses; keep slothfulness and cuncleanness far from you.
Doctrine and Covenants 42:41  And let all things be done in cleanliness before me.
Ephesians 6: 1-3  1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) 3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

Discussion Questions
• How can I help my family create a home environment where the Spirit can dwell?
• What homemaking skills and life skills do I need to learn to make home life less stressful and to increase my family’s sense of well-being? In what ways will learning these skills help me in my future home?

Additional Resources
• Susan W. Tanner, “Stand as a Witness,” Ensign and Liahona, May 2008, 113–15. Consider sharing the story about the gift of faith that Sister Tanner’s mother possessed and how it influenced Sister Tanner’s life.
• Mary N. Cook, “Strengthening Home and Family,” Nov. 2007, 11–13.
For the Strength of Youth (pamphlet, 2001), 10–11.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

January Theme-- FAITH

“The Lord has promised us that as we ‘search diligently, pray always, and be believing, … all things [will] work together for [our] good’ (D&C 90:24). That doesn’t mean that everything will be perfect or that we will not have any trials, but it does mean that everything will be okay if we just ‘hang in there.’ Ours is the opportunity to ‘be … an example of the believers’ (1 Tim. 4:12), and the Savior has promised that ‘all things are possible to him that believeth’ (Mark 9:23). So believe in yourselves. Believe that you are never alone. Believe that you will always be guided.”--By Elaine S. Dalton

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