Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple

Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple

Sunday, March 23, 2014

A Baptism in Plaquemine!

Today was a very special day for the Plaquemine Branch because, after our meetings, we had a baptism!  Chino, a 16 year old, was baptized by President Hebert, the Branch President.  We've been asked to not take pictures of the baptism or put pictures of converts on public websites, thus, no pics today.

The program was so outstanding!  Sister Thornley and Sister Hill (pictures on Feb 9 post) spoke on Faith and the Gift of the Holy Ghost.  I'm amazed at the ability they both have of taking experiences from their short lifetimes and making analogies with the Gospel.  So impressive.

Sister Thornley began with the scripture from Proverbs 3:5-7.  "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.  Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil." Then she shared with us how she loved working with her dad to help "fix things" on his semi.  He drove a tanker type milk truck and went around to the dairies in their area, picked up milk, and delivered it to the cheese factory. (Sister T is from Tremonton in northern Utah.) She liked voluntarily getting up early in the mornings and helping clean the huge cylinder. She said it was fun but also hard work. She and her sister would climb up the ladder on the side of the truck. Dad would lower another ladder down the inside so they could get inside to clean, then he'd remove the ladder. They enjoyed splashing, sloshing and sliding, but in addition to being much like a Louisiana hot and humid July day, it was also very dark and a bit scary for two young girls. Dad would remind the girls that he was just a holler away if they needed him. Then came the lesson. We made the choice to come to this earth and be away from our Father in Heaven, much like the sisters made the choice to go down inside the dark cylinder of the truck.  But He's only a holler--a prayer--away.  Sometimes it can be frightening and dark living in this world, but we can exercise our faith. Our prayers will bring us closer to our Father, even though we can't see Him. Like Sister Thornley's dad was always there for her, our Father in Heaven is always there for us. John 14:18 "I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you."

Sister Hill is from Colorado Springs but attended Mills College in Oakland.  I'm wondering if she used to live in California, because she used to wonder why there were no streetlight along the southern coast, so she did some checking. Female sea turtles make their nests in the Southern California beaches. After they lay their eggs they return to the sea, leaving the nests and the eggs to develop on their own. As the eggs hatch, the hatchlings have to find their own way to the sea.  When the babies emerge, they instinctively move in the brightest direction.  Normally, this would be the night sky and the moon reflecting on the ocean. A large danger for them is from artificial lighting.   Street lights or other artificial lights, because the are brighter than the natural light, cause them to crawl in the wrong direction, thus decreasing their already slim chance for survival.  The Lesson:  The Holy Ghost is like the moon. Sometimes it's not as obvious as other influences and artificial lights of the world.  We need to pay closer attention to the light of the Holy Ghost and do our best to block out artificial light.

I tried Sister Wall's super easy and fast "King Ranch Enchiladas" recipe and highly recommend it!  She served it at a leadership training conference to about 75 people so it's been scaled down to 9x13 size. It's fine without garlic and cumin, since I didn't have either. Also, use cheap soup as you can't tell the difference. I hope you have the Birdseye holy trinity.  That's what it's called down here.  And it's so much easier than all that chopping.

King Ranch Enchiladas

2-3 chicken breasts, baked and shredded (or rotisserie chicken)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 C diced onions, celery & peppers (frozen mix)
1 t minced garlic
1 can Rotel tomatoes with green chilis
1/2 t. cumin
1/2 t. chili powder
Mix above ingredients to make sauce.

2 C shredded cheese
10 corn tortillas

Use a 9” x 13” pan
Place 1 C of sauce on the bottom
Layer: 5 tortillas
          2 C sauce
          1 C cheese
          5 tortillas
          2 C sauce
          1 C cheese

There weren’t any baking instructions.  I did 350 for 40 min.

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