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11.30.2011

Hands of Heaven

***A BIG thank you to all who commented on my last post.  You made me feel happy!***

Well, I’ve got sick kids and I am sick, too, so I figured this would be a good time to get some blogging done.

I’ve got half my Christmas shopping done and I’ve got all my decorating done AND my house isn’t even a total wreck so I am feeling pretty on top of things right now.  I am really unhappy that I am sick.  I HATE being sick!  But, such is life, I guess.

In my church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) we have a women’s organization called the Relief Society.  Once a month we have an activity on a week night, and currently I am in charge of organizing these activities.  A couple months ago I put on my first activity.  I wanted to make it really nice and special.  It was a night about bringing us all together as sisters even more than we already are.

The jumping off point for the evening was a video I had seen a couple years back called Hands of Heaven.  Here is a clip from it.  It is incredibly touching and I LOVE the message.  I highly recommend it.  You can order it online from one of our church bookstores called Deseret Book.

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Anyway, here is what we did.  As the sisters entered, we tied together their hands in pairs.  We told them they had to stay tied together until we told them they could untie.  We thought this would be a fun way to help people who didn’t know each other well or weren’t currently close friends get to know each other better.  We gave them a list of prompting questions to help them find things to talk about.  I was worried about this activity but it really turned out great. 

We then had an opening prayer and song.  We sang “Lord, I Would Follow Thee” but we changed the word “brother’s” to “sister’s”.  We then invited the sisters to serve themselves dinner from our buffet.  But we told them they had to stay tied together until they were seated and ready to eat.  This was fun to watch.  It took some creative serving and teamwork.

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The sisters then ate their dinner.  We served Fruited Pasta Chicken Salad, Antipasto sticks and crackers, rolls, cucumber water, and strawberry water.  They all had a cupcake at their seat for dessert.  They were White Chocolate Orange cupcakes and they were divine!  I will post the recipe in another post.

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After dinner we showed the video.  There were few dry eyes in the room.  I then gave a short talk about how we all have trials and we all need friends and support.  I then shared a personal experience about when my Relief Society sisters had pulled me in and helped me through a difficult time in my life.  We then had two other sisters share experiences of a similar type.  We ended with a special musical number and a prayer. 

It was an amazing night and I think the sisters all felt love and friendship.

The decorations were AMAZING!  My pictures do not do it justice.  It looked like a wedding reception.  The decorations were super simple but packed a lot of punch.  Under each plate is a piece of scrapbook paper.  Then we had all the mercury glass candlesticks with the tissue pom poms.  One of the ladies on my committee had those little silver balls which we scattered all over the tables.  It just looked elegant.

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9 comments:

  1. Wow! I want to be in your ward!! :) Seriously.
    and if you say those pictures don't do it justice then WOWSERS! Cause I already think it looks absolutely fabulous!

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  2. Enjoyed the clip. The food looks divine. Can you tell me what all is on the antipasto sticks, and did you use skewers? Enjoy your blog.

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  3. The antipasto sticks had a cube of colby jack cheese, a piece of hard salami folded in quarters, a grape tomato, 2 pieces of pepperoni folded in quarters, and a piece of sharp cheddar cheese, and a square of either a red, yellow, or orange sweet bell pepper.

    Other ideas for these are marinated artichoke hearts, olives, basil leaves, mozzarella balls. We had to keep costs down so we didn't do any of these more expensive things.

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  4. WOW....that is one amazing night you put on for those ladies! Being in charge of those things is not easy. Everything looked great and TASTY! :)

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  5. Wow, I have loved that video its amazing, so is the decor!

    If you have a copy of the cupcake toppers I would love those and the cute poem you have on the tables for each Sister.

    Thanks for sharing your ideas and talents!!

    My email address is
    builditsewitloveit@gmail.com

    THANKS FOR THE AMAZING IDEAS!!!

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  6. Thanks for the idea! We are doing this for our April activity. What is the poem that is on the table? I would love to have it for ours. Thanks.

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  7. Thank you for the idea. We are doing this for relief society in April. I would love the poem on the table. Thanks!

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  8. Did you ever share this cupcake recipe?

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    1. no, i don't think I ever did. sorry! i don't even know what it was anymore.

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