Monday, November 14, 2011

Ely Nevada Stake Relief Society

Newsletter Nov/Dec 2011
Thomas S Monson: We are surrounded by those in need of our attention, our encouragement, our support, our comfort, our kindness…. We are the Lord’s hands here upon the earth, with the mandate to serve and to lift His children. He is dependent upon each of us.”

I hope that each of you have had an opportunity to open up the new history and work of Relief Society “Daughters in My Kingdom”. It is full of wonderful information, stories, and testimonies. You will be blessed as you read from its pages. I invite you to listen to the spirit as you read, and it will give you direction for your life. This is another approved resource to be used as lesson and study material.
I have included a few of my favorite quotes – so far – I haven’t made it all the way through yet.
Although the name may be of modern date, the institution is of ancient origin. We were told by our martyred prophet that the same organization existed in the church anciently. Eliza R. Snow P 1

The Relief Society was not just another group of women trying to do good in the world. It was different. It was “something better” because it was organized under priesthood authority. Its organization was a necessary step in the unfolding of God’s work on the earth. P 16

Sister Mary Ellen Smoot, the thirteenth Relief Society general president, declared: “My desire is to plead with our sisters to stop worrying about a phone call or a quarterly or monthly visit, and whether that will do, and concentrate instead on nurturing tender souls. Our responsibility is to see that the gospel flame continues to burn brightly. Our charge is to find the lost sheep and help them feel our Savior’s love.” P 117

“The ability to qualify for, receive, and act on personal revelation is the single most important skill that can be acquired in this life. … It requires a conscious effort to diminish distractions, but having the spirit of revelation makes it possible to prevail over opposition and persist in faith through difficult days and essential routine tasks. … When we have done our very best, we may still experience disappointments, but we will not be disappointed in ourselves. We can feel certain that the Lord is pleased when we feel the Spirit working through us.” Julie B Beck p 158
You are now placed in a situation where you can act according to those sympathies which God has planted in your bosoms. If you live up to these principles how great and glorious!—if you live up to your privilege, the angels cannot be restrained from being your associates. … If you will be pure, nothing can hinder. Joseph Smith p 169

As we embark upon the upcoming holiday season and a new year. We pray that you will find peace in your life, by living the Gospel and trusting in the Lord. We love you and pray for you and your families.
Sister Jones
Sister Nicholes
Sister Reid
Sister Howes

Upcoming Dates:

  • First Presidency Christmas Devotional – Dec 4 – 5:00 pm
  • Community Christmas Sing – Dec 7 – 6:00 pm
  • December 25th – combined tri ward sacrament meeting at Stake Center (Sacrament Meeting only-all buildings)


Meet Jennie Nicolls of the Ely 1st Ward

I was born and raised in Delta Utah. In high school I was involved in different activities including track, tennis and orchestra. I enjoy sewing, crocheting around blankets, bibs and burp cloths. I enjoy playing the piano, violin and love to spend time with my family. My husband and I have 5 children. A 9 year old daughter, 5 year old son, 3 year old identical twin boys and a 5 month old girl. Our children are the light of our lives! I worked as a pharmacy technician until just before we had our twins and now I am a stay at home mommy! I have held various church callings inclluding enrichment committee, visiting teacher, primary worker, compassionate service committee and am currently a ward librarian. I love helping and serving others. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ so very much.

Meet Sydne Maycock of the Ely 1st Ward
Once upon a time a baby girl was born. She was the first child in this family and was welcomed and loved. Eventually, she was joined by a sister and then a brother. When she was sixteen she met a “Mormon” girl from Utah which led to missionary lessons and her conversion. She went to BYU and got her MRS degree. The family grew until there were 5 children. When the oldest was 11 and the youngest was 3, Daddy went jogging and was hit by a car and died. Heavenly Father was good to this little family through this difficult time and then sent a wonderful man and Priesthood holder to join them. As the children started leaving home Sydne became very depressed and decided to finish her education. She graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of nursing Science from Kennesaw State University in Georgia. She went to work as a nurse and has loved doing that. They now have 22 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. They are scattered across the country so there is never enough time to see all of them as much as she’d like. They came to Ely because Sydne got a job with Ely Mental Health. She loves our Heavenly Father and His Church and was recently called to serve with the Young Women. She feels very blessed and happy.

Thank you to those who attended the General Relief Society Broadcast at the Stake Center. We were blessed by so many who donated school supplies. We were able to put together over 60 kits for the Humanitarian Center and the extra supplies will be delivered to our local school teachers to assist in their classrooms. Thank you so much for your willingness to share. We look forward to a great service opportunity again next year.

More Quotes:
The history of Relief Society is recorded in words and numbers, but the heritage is passed heart to heart.” P 176
To be a righteous woman during the winding up scenes on this earth, before the second coming of our Savior, is an especially noble calling. … She has been placed here to help to enrich, to protect, and to guard the home—which is society’s basic and most noble institution. Spencer W. Kimball p 145

“There are many of the sisters whose labors are not known beyond their own dwellings and perhaps not appreciated there, but what difference does that make? If your labors are acceptable to God, however simple the duties, if faithfully performed, you should never be discouraged.” Eliza R Snow p 177

Need a fast, quick treat for one. Mmmm Can I say I need a chocolate fix!?
Two-Minute Mug Brownie
Adapted from
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
Pinch salt
2 Tbsp canola or other mild vegetable oil
2 Tbsp milk, coffee or water

In a heatproof mug or ramekin, stir together the dry ingredients until no lumps remain. Stir in the oil and milk until you have a thick paste.
Microwave on high for a minute, checking it after 30 seconds (microwaves vary) – it will be done when it’s springy on top but still a bit gooey – like the very best brownie. Eat warm.

Ely Nevada Stake RS Theme For 2012: Guardians of the Hearth
President Hinckley: “You are the guardians of the hearth. You are the bearers of the children. You are they who nurture them and establish within them the habits of their lives. No other work reaches so close to divinity as does the nurturing of the sons and daughters of God.” Daughters in my Kingdom pg 148-149

November Relief Society Newsletter.

Mexican Christmas Dinner - All Welcome

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Mandarin Chicken in the Crockpot

I had a couple of request for this favorite, easy family recipe - so here it easy.  Even my teen boys make this. (If I'm out of ginger I've left it out as well - but I usually buy a bottle or tube of the fresh garlic and ginger at walmart and it lasts me a couple of months in the fridge.  We have this every 2-3 weeks)

1 1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup soy sauce
2 Tbl. Lemon juice
2 tsp. Vegetable oil
2 tsp. Minced fresh garlic
1 tsp. Minced fresh ginger
1/2 cup water
3 Tbl. Cornstarch
6 skinless boneless chicken thigh fillets
• Put chicken thighs in crockpot, pour other ingredients on top, except water and constarch.  Mix water and cornstarch in bowl and add to mixture.
• Cook on high about 4 hours or low 6-8 hrs.
• Cook rice and serve over rice.
Adapted from Top Secret Recipes by Vera Jones

Monday, June 13, 2011

Frozen Lemon Cream

Serve in delicate bowls or scooped-out lemon shells

3 cups whipping cream

1/2 cup lemon juice

1 1/4 cup sugar

2 to 3 tbls grated lemon peel

In a large bowl, mix cream, lemon juice, sugar and lemon peel until blended (I whip it slightly). Pour (spoon) into 8 small dishes which can be place in the freezer. Cover with foil. Freeze overnight or up to 1 month. Do not thaw before serving. If desired, garnish each serving with a rosette of whipped cream and a mint leaf or a small slice of lemon.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Recipes from Stake Women's Conference

Here are the luncheon recipes for the Sweet Pork Salad.  The idea is to serve it over a warm tortilla with melted cheese, then add meat, beans, rice, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, sour cream, guacamole, and top with tortilla strips.  Pour Creamy Tomatillo Dressing over the top and enjoy! 

Dessert Recipe will be posted soon!

To make your own tortilla strips:
Slice thin tortillas, flour or corn a 1/4 inch thick, and deep fry until golden brown.

Shredded Sweet Pork

3 lb pork roast
1 c brown sugar
1 c Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp powdered ginger
1 tsp salt
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
2 Tb dried minced onions

Cook all ingredients in a crock pot on low all day (abt 8 hours). One hour before serving, remove roast and shred it. Dump out all cooking juices and place shredded pork back into crockpot and add...

 1 c brown sugar
1 c red enchilada sauce

Creamy Tomatillo Dressing

3 tomatillos, peeled and quartered
juice of 1/2 lime
1/2 c buttermilk
1/2 c mayonnaise
1/2 c sour cream
1 pkg dry buttermilk ranch dressing
1 c fresh chopped cilantro
6 green onions with ends, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced (1 tsp)
3 tsp sugar
1 jalapeno, sliced thin - add to taste

 Place all ingredients in food processor or blender and mix well. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.

Cilantro Lime Rice

3 c water
3 c Minute rice
4 cubes chicken bouillon
4 tsp garlic, minced
1 Tb canola oil
2 Tb fresh lime juice
1/2 bunch of cilantro
1/2 onion
1 can green chilies

Blend cilantro, onion, and chilies in food processor. Bring water to boil and add all ingredients, simmer covered for 30 minutes or until rice is cooked. *I hate Minute Rice and never buy it - you can substitute regular rice, just adjust the water to rice ratio accordingly.

Garlic Black Beans

1 can black beans
1/3 c tomato juice
2 cloves garlic, minced (1 tsp)
1 tsp cumin
2 Tb canola oil
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tb chopped cilantro

 Heat oil then add cumin and garlic until garlic begins to pop. Add rest of ingredients and serve warm.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade

Yield: 6-7 cups
For the strawberry syrup:
1 heaping cup chopped strawberries
2 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. lemon juice
2 tbsp. cold water
Pinch of salt
For the lemonade:
1 cup very hot water
2/3 cup sugar
1¼ cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
4½ cups cold sparkling water or seltzer
To make the strawberry syrup, combine the strawberries, sugar, lemon juice, water and salt in the bowl of a food processor or blender. Puree until smooth. Pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer to remove the seeds, pressing down to extract as much liquid as possible.
To make the lemonade, combine the hot water and sugar in a pitcher. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Mix in the lemon juice and water. Stir in the strawberry syrup.

To serve, rub a wedge of lemon or one of the spent lemon halves around the rim of a glass and then dip in sugar. Fill with ice if desired and then lemonade. Garnish with sliced lemon or strawberries. Serve immediately.

Printed from Annie’s Eats

Monday, May 16, 2011

You are a child of God!

Cute video - a reminder for all of us.  Share it with your friends.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Workshops and Schedule "Striving With Unwearied Dilligence"

8:30 - 8:55
Light Breakfast and Browse Displays
Opening Session                               
"Sisters in Zion"
9:30 - 10:10
Healthy Living for our Times -  Bill & Lisa Harris
"Foresight through hindsight conduces insight" (Ronald M. Mann)Preparing for the future by learning from the past.
Ellie Flake
Are You Ready? BYS -  Preparation Through The Scriptures -Karla McKay
Courageous Parenting in a Troubled World - Kathy Tucker

Young Women's Rm
Room 12 & 13
Chapel Overflow
Primary Rm
Marriage for Eternity -  Panel by the Stake Presidency and their wives -facilitated by Sandra Reed
Courageous Parenting in a Troubled World-By Kathy Tucker
A Pep Rally for FHE - Nicole Moore
"Foresight through hindsight conduces insight" (Ronald M. Mann)Preparing for the future by learning from the past.
Ellie Flake

RS Room
Primary Rm
Priesthood Rm
Room 12 & 13
Are You Ready? BYS - by Karla McKay
Marriage for Eternity -  Panel by the Stake Presidency and their wives -facilitated by Sandra Reed
A Pep Rally for FHE - by Nicole Moore
Healthy Living for our Times -  Bill & Lisa Harris

Chapel Overflow
RS Room
Priesthood Rm
Young Women's Rm
Luncheon & Displays

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Stake Women's Conference 2011 "Striving With Unwearied Dilligence"

We invite you to join us on JUNE 4TH for the Ely Nevada Stake Relief Society Women's Conference.  You won't want to miss it.  Please click on the following link to let us know if you are able to attend so that we can plan food and space accordingly.  We look forward to seeing you there!

or register with your ward Relief Society.

"Out of Small and Simple Things"

There will be a broadcast of several of the speakers from the 2011 BYU Women's Conference.  There are some great talks you won't want to miss.  *Note - Times are for Utah so they are an hour earlier for us.  The first one by Virginia H. Pearce (President Hinckley's daughter) is especially good.  If you have BYUTV be sure and tune in to be uplifted.  I will be posting links to handouts and pdf's of the talks as they become available.

The broadcast schedule with speakers and topics:

  • Monday, May 16, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. MDT (BYUTV)

  • Monday, May 16, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. MDT (BYUTV)

  • “By Small and Simple Things”
    Virginia H. Pearce
    “Ideals Are Stars to Steer By: They Are
    Not a Stick to Beat Ourselves With”

    Barbara Thompson
    President Cecil O. Samuelson
    “The Best Measure of True Greatness Is
    How Christlike We Are”

    Kathy K. Clayton
    Elaine S. Dalton
    Friday Morning (April 29) Opening Session
    Julie B. Beck

  • Tuesday, May 17, 8:00-11:00 a.m. MDT (BYUTV)


    Tuesday, May 17, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. MDT (BYUTV)
    “We Are Going to Do Something

    Elaine L. Jack, Bonnie D. Parkin,
    Mary Ellen Smoot, Barbara Winder,
    Sharon Eubank (moderator)
    “The Legacy of Relief Society”
    Susan W. Tanner
    John S. Tanner
    “Visiting Teaching: Making a Difference
    by Small and Simple Means”

    Bridgette Blackwelder Server
    Mary Ellen Edmunds

    Wednesday, May 18, 8:00-11:00 a.m. MDT (BYUTV)
    Wednesday, May 18, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. MDT (BYUTV)
    Friday Afternoon (April 29)
    Closing Session

    Elder David A. Bednar
    “The Plan of Salvation:
    One of Heaven’s
    Best Gifts to Mankind”

    Rosemary M. Wixom
    Jean A. Stevens
    Cheryl A. Esplin
    “I Did Frankly Forgive Them”
    Lolly S. Osguthorpe
    Russell T. Osguthorpe

    Sweet N Sour Chicken

    By Amy Fullmer

    Sweet-n-Sour Sauce

    ¾ cup sugar
    ½ cup vinegar
    ¼ cup pineapple juice
    ½ tsp. Salt
    4 Tlb. Ketchup
    Combine and bring to a boil.

    Boneless, Skinless, Chicken Breasts
    Sprinkle chicken with garlic salt.  Shake chicken in cornstarch and dip in beaten egg.
      Brown in hot oil.
    • Line 9 x 13 pan with foil.  Place in chicken breasts and pour sweet n sour sauce over it.
    • Bake at 350ยบ covered for 1 hour and then uncovered for 15 minutes.

    Monday, April 4, 2011

    Vera Jones - President

    My roots in White Pine County go back many years.  My ancestors were called to settle Lund.  My dad was born and raised there but eventually moved south and married.  I grew up in Southern Nevada and never dreamed I would be living in Ely.  I have come to love the area and mostly the people.  I have 7 children with 2 of them still living at home.  I also have a son serving a mission in Dallas, Texas.  My husband Ken and I have had many wonderful experiences raising our children and serving the Lord here in Ely.  I enjoy cooking, singing, crafting, and most of all my children and grandchildren.
    Relief Society has always been an important part of my life.  I have been privileged to serve in many Relief Society callings.  I feel that Relief Society has helped me to be a better wife and mother and most of all encourages me to build a stronger relationship with my Heavenly Father.  I am grateful for this opportunity to serve in a stake capacity and get to know more of the sisters.  Please know you are loved and that Heavenly Father knows your needs.

    Alice Nicholes - 1st Counselor

    Alice Kae Nicholes is the oldest of five children of Frank & Kae Warren.  She has been married to her best friend, Stanley D. Nicholes, for 35 years who was her high school sweetheart.   They have four living children and two heavenly children waiting for them to be an eternal family. She is a grandmother of eight grandchildren- five princes and three princesses.  She has had a wonderful opportunity to have the gospel in my life full time.  She has the opportunity daily to be a facilitator of learning for some very special students at White Pine Middle School.  She is looking forward to fulfilling, learning and gaining a testimony of Relief Society.

    Cherie Reid - 2nd Counselor

    My name is Cherie Reid and I live in Lund, NV.  I am married to Max Reid, and I have 2 children.  My son, Robby Reid, is 21 and just returned from serving a mission in Albuquerque, NM.  My daughter, Kelsea Reid,is 14 and starts high school next year.   I also have taught school for the past 9 years.  In my sparetime I love to hang out with my family and I also like to take my dog for walks up in the hills.  I am excited about working in the Stake Relief Society, and  I am really looking forward to getting to know more people in our stake!

    Sunday, April 3, 2011

    Daisy Howes - Secretary

    I’m Daisy Howes and have claimed Ruth as my home for 63 years.  Here I met and married Nolan Howes, my husband of 58 years.  We are the parents of nine children, scattered around the West.  We are blessed with 24 grandchildren (and 1 in progress), who in turn have blessed us with 15 (almost 16) great grandchildren.  Family is the joy of our life and we love having them visit.  They also keep us traveling to one event or another.  I’m grateful for gospel covenants that unite us as an eternal family.  Relief Society has been a great blessing in my life.  I have been privileged to serve there throughout my life.  I’ll be forever grateful to sisters who taught and shared their homemaking skills so I could better provide and care for my family.  Relief Society lessons have always and continue to strengthen my testimony of the Gospel.  I’m blessed to serve now with faithful sisters.

    Sunday, March 6, 2011

    Counsel from Sister Beck


    A Rising Generation of Women

    Sister Beck commended the sisters in attendance for their desire to do the Lord’s will.
    “We depend on you, the rising generation of women, to breathe new life into Relief Society … that it will be the shining light of the future, working side by side with brethren who hold the priesthood to help build the kingdom of God and prepare the Earth for His coming,” she said.
    Sister Beck testified that as those involved in the work of Relief Society keep the Lord’s purposes in their heads and in their hearts and fulfill His purposes here on Earth, they would be blessed, strengthened, cleansed, and healed.
    “We have an organization established by the Lord to bless His daughters,” she said. “The Lord knows who you are because it is His work. He will strengthen and magnify you.”

    To read the whole article visit:

    Saturday, March 5, 2011

    French Toast and Buttermilk Syrup

    Prepare French Toast as desired top with fresh fruit such as strawberries or blueberries and pour buttermilk syrup over top.  It is divine!

    Buttermilk Syrup:
    ½ cup buttermilk
    1 cup sugar
    1 cube real butter
    1 tsp light corn syrup
    Bring to boil in a saucepan.  Remove from head and add:
    ½ tsp vanilla
    ½ tsp baking soda
    Stir with a wire whip and be careful as it really foams up!-about triple the size.

    (I use powdered buttermilk that I keep on hand and mix up a 1/2 cup at a time.  There are quite a few places you can get this from - I ordered mine from the prepared pantry -  Of course you can use regular buttermilk from the store.

    Thursday, March 3, 2011

    Breakfast Casserole

    ½ lb cooked bacon, ham, or breakfast sausage(or any combination of the 3)
    chopped veggies (optional. We like to use broccoli & tomatoes. You can also do red peppers and onion if you want even more flavor)
    12 eggs
    1 c. milk
    1 pkg. (1 b.) frozen shredded hash browns
    1 c. cheddar cheese (shredded)
    1 tsp. salt
    ½ tsp pepper

    In a bowl, beat eggs and milk. Stir in all other ingredients. Put in greased 9x13 pan and bake at 350 for 45-55 min or until well set. Serve topped with salsa.

    Sticky Fingers

    10-12 Breaded Chicken Fingers - Baked according to directions.
    1 1/2 cups brown sugar
    6 Tbl Franks Hot Sauce (original or hot)
    4 Tbl water
    Bring to boil and cook for a few minutes.  Set aside and then drench cooked, breaded chicken fingers in sauce and serve.  Dipping in Ranch makes them even more delectable.