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Sunday, August 30, 2009

You Want Me To Do What?

Sunday I was sustained as the Relief Society Emergency Preparedness Specialist at my church. Basically that means that I am in charge of teaching other women how to be prepared before emergencies, ie How to Be Paula Deen on a $20 Budget When All Hell Breaks Loose. Or something like that.

My first assignment: Canning Class at my home where I'll teach interested ladies how to make jellies using wild fruits--more specifically mustang grapes and prickly pears. You know these ladies will be thanking me later when they have to pull out their three month food storage and find jelly to spread on their stale wheat crackers. I'm just sayin'.

Seriously though, the jelly is going to be good and I'll be sharing the recipe on Screwed Up Texan Recipes afterward.

I'm surprised that I was extended any calling in my church especially after being absent for over a year. I assumed I didn't deserve any church assignment--and honestly I feel very humbled to have even been asked to serve. When I think of the ladies at church who do have assignments whether it is teaching children or heading a class, I envision these women as faithful and righteous leaders--definitely characteristics I have lacked in the last several months.

Perhaps the following conversation should have been a warning to them:

Member of Bishopric: We'd like to extend to you a calling--but don't worry: it's not in the Primary. (Um, I am slightly vocal about that doncha think?)

Me: Oh good, because if you would have asked me to teach kids I was going to hit the liquor store on the corner and never come back.

The Hubs: You are rotten.

Me: But the lesson was on Honesty in Gospel Principles, remember?

Hey, at least this member of the bishopric has a good sense of humor. Hopefully no one will laugh too hard at me attempting to teach preparedness skills. More importantly, hopefully no one at church will find this post and fire me...because I am still asking, you want me to do what?


ziptheusa said...

Can't wait to see how the jelly turns out. My grandmother used to make the best plum jelly. It's a dying art and I'm glad there are women out there that still know how to make it.

DangGina said...

Well that's cool! Just from what I've read on your blog, this calling sorta seems down your ally. No? You'll have to keep us posted on all the stuff you do with new said calling :)

Auntie Em said...

I believe in you! I have never heard of mustang grapes but they look beautiful! have you tried pepper jelly? I made some last night its pretty much awesome...and guess what the only thing we had in the house to try it out on was... stale water crackers and yes the jelly made it worth it!

Tracie said...

I agree, I think you'll do a great job and enjoy sharing tricks of the trade you know or will be learning! Much better than nursery :) You like to help people and share whatcha know so this is perfect if you ask me!

Inge' said...

I think with your sense of humor, this will be a fun project for all the women.

It will also be a great opportunity for you to get to know other women in your church.

Looking forward to reading your recipes.

Screwed Up Texan said...

ziptheusa, Do you know if your grandmother used hog plums (wild plums) or did she use reg plums?

DangGina, I'll keep ya posted...still trying to figure out what I'm supposed to

Auntie Em, See, I wasnt lying--HA! lol

Tracie, You make a great point. I am happier teaching others what I already sortof know.

Inge', They're sure to leave with a laugh if I have anything to do it. Can't wait to share!

Halftime Lessons said...

No one has EVER looked to me to teach them how to be calm during an emergency. I must intimidate people with my calm.

f8hasit said...

How do be Paula Deen on $20 when all Hell breaks loose.

I need to stop drinking coffee when I read your posts in the morning. Hot coffee just blasted through my nose. Looking on the upside, it cleaned out my sinuses stat.

Mindee@ourfrontdoor said...

Now I can make jelly. But making it with what grows wild in my area? Well we'd just have to eat dry, stale crackers. I haven't a clue.

Can't wait to see the recipes!

Kristi said...

Aww, Allie, you'll do great! I'd love to have a jelly class in our ward!

Screwed Up Texan said...

Halftime Lessons, I have some extra diapers and wipes ready for ya when you need em.

f8hasit, I can't be held responsible for copius amounts of laughter or boogers.

Mindee, Hmmm. Not sure if you can make wheat jelly. lol (at least that is what I imagine your state being full of...not sure why.)

Kristi, Hopefully my method will come across easy enough that you can teach the class :)

Teri said...

congrats and I know you will do a great job!

Screwed Up Texan said...

Teri, Thanks! Still say a prayer for me though, lol!

ziptheusa said...

Allie, I think my grandma's plum jelly was from a tree she had on her property. Probably regular plums. She could also make killer blackberry cobbler from wild blackberries.

John Wesley said...

I know I'm out of my league here, but thought you might be interested in knowing that the current issue of Backwoods Home Magazine has an article on organizing an outdoor canning party. It's at .
Congrats on being tapped to help others gain practical knowledge.

Kim said...

So I appreciate this post since I have long suspected we share the same faith. While I do not have a calling in the relief society I was called to the Primary Presidency this summer. It was a shock to me but I trust that we are BOTH in the right place. Can't wait to read how the canning lesson turns out.

KMDuff said...

Awww, sounds like fun! I want to make wild jelly! Can't wait for recipes. :)

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