Sunday, February 3, 2013

My umbrella!

an umbrella have i
it is orange
my umbrella is bent
it appears
as though from Dr. Seuss'
imagination

this umbrella's been broke
iloveit
my umbrella to keep
because it'll
work - umbrellas that stay
keep me dry

one umbrella brings joy
when i dance
with this umbrella as
she plays on
letting my umbrella
carry me

an umbrella in my
possession
i can hide behind its
happiness
but my umbrella can't
hide my joy

Friday, February 1, 2013

Declarations

The work of the Lord, to bring to all His children the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, is so much bigger than any one of us.  It is His desire to bring each of us as much happiness as we're willing to accept, but we must serve Him to receive it!  An army is going forth to declare this to the world, and I am a member of that army.  I will stand on the rock of my Redeemer, with my feet firmly planted in Christ and say, "Come unto Christ and heed His words - let us forsake the sins and fears that pull us down.  Let us not shake at His power, but rather envelop ourselves in it as we act in worthiness.  Let us learn of Him, follow Him, and do nothing save it be to glorify and praise Him.  He is my God, He is your God, and we will meet Him.  He lives and loves.  Listen and He'll bless. Obey and He'll comfort.  Come unto Christ and be made whole."

In about 90 days I will be set apart as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and you'd better believe that I am going to do my darndest to be as worthy as I can of that sacred calling to represent the Lord and prepare the earth for the 2nd coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  I know in whom I trust, for I know my Savior.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

This is me!

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  My behavior is centered on its teaching, its guidance, and its doctrine.

I attend my church meetings for 3 hours every Sunday.  I have a goal to read scriptures for at least 30 minutes every day and to pray to my Heavenly Father morning and night, before I eat meals, and to have a continuous prayer always in my heart.  I look for ways to become more like Christ.  I donate 10% of my income to my church.  More often than not, I relate things to how I understand the gospel of Jesus Christ and try to live it as best as I can. 

This gospel encourages enlightenment and learning, and so I attend a private university made possible with the funds donated by the 14+ million members of this church.  At this university there are amazing professors who sacrifice so much of their time to help their students learn.  Friendly, smiling faces who know their specialty and have a passion to share it with their students.  They teach the "secular" material with principles set forth by God.  Before many of the classes begin, a prayer is said and sometimes a hymn is even sung.  I am so blessed to be able to freely worship (it's even encouraged) while I study.

In one of these classes, I have a professor who has written a book entitled, "The Continuous Atonement" in which he states, "Perfection is our long-term goal, but for now our goal is progress in that direction -- continuous progress that is possible only through the continuous Atonement [of Jesus Christ]."  This perfection has been a huge stumbling block for me in the past within this church because I have felt I've never been able to do as well as I could.  I'd set a goal and get discouraged when I didn't have it down perfectly by the end of the week.  It wasn't until I truly understood the previous quote and began applying it to my life that I found peace about my work and efforts to do better.  I will admit that there are parts of this gospel that are hard to accept if I look at them with pride and selfishness, but always, as I humble myself and seek to submit myself to His will, I am able to renew my desires to follow Him.

Something that will help me tremendously in my efforts to come closer to Christ and patiently work with and through my weakness is something I did yesterday.  Yesterday I entered the Holy Temple of the Lord and took part in sacred covenants and ordinances that are essential for progression through the eternities.  On this earth our purpose is to practice for heaven, and as we progress in that practice, we will be moving toward true perfection which "is our long-term goal." By having the responsibility of keeping those covenants along with having the confidence and peace that comes with the blessings promised in return for writing them upon my heart, I will have more capability to do what I thought I never could because the Lord is helping me. 

I am a daughter of my Heavenly Father who loves Him very much, and I know that He loves me.  I will stand as a witness of Him at all times, and in all things, and in all places as I strive to live these values He has set forth: faith, divine nature, individual worth, knowledge, choice and accountability, good works, integrity, and virtue.  I believe as I strive to accept and act upon these values I will be prepared to strengthen my current and future home and family, keep the sacred covenants I've made, remember the ordinances I've received, and eventually enjoy the blessings of exhalation, becoming a goddess through the receiving of all that my Father hath.

My name is Amelia Theobald, and I'm a Mormon.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Bestest Cupcakes Ever


Strawberry Colada Cupcakes
24 cupcakes, 50 minutes prep, start to finish: 1 hr. 50 min.

CUPCAKES
1 1/2 c. fresh strawberries, hulled
1/2 c. canned coconut milk (not cream of coconut)
1 1/2 t. coconut extract
1/2 t. vanilla
2 cups cake flour
2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
3/4 c. unsalted butter, softened (not melted)
1 1/3 c. granulated sugar
1 whole egg
2 egg whites
1/4 c. well-drained crushed pineapple in unsweetened juice

FROSTING
1 c. butter, softened
3 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 t. coconut extract
1/2 t. vanilla

GARNISH
fresh strawberries
toasted coconut*

DIRECTIONS

1. Heat oven to 350 F.  Place paper baking cups in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups. 

2. In blender, place 1 1/2 c. strawberries. Cover; puree about 30 seconds or until smooth (Puree should measure about 1 c. If not, puree additional berries.) Pour 2/3 c. puree into small bowl; stir in coconut milk, 1 1/2 t. coconut extract and 1/2 t. vanilla.  Reserve remaining puree for frosting. 

3. In medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.  In large bowl, beat 3/4 c. butter and granulated sugar with electric mixer on medium speed 2 minutes or until light and fluffy.  Add whole egg and egg whites, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  On low speed, alternately add flour mixture about 1/3 at a time, and strawberry-coconut milk mixture, about 1/2 at a time, beating just until blended. Stir in pineapple.

4. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, filling each about 3/4 full.

5. Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until centers spring back when lightly touched.  Cool 5 minutes; remove from pans to cooling racks to cool.

6. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, beat 1 c. butter with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy.  On low speed, beat in powdered sugar about 1/2 c. at a time.  Stir in 1 t. coconut extract, 1/2 t. vanilla and 3 T. reserved strawberry puree just until blended (discard any remaining puree).  

7. Frost each cupcake with a generous tablespoon of frosting.  Garnish with strawberries and toasted coconut.

*To toast coconut, cook in skillet over medium-low heat about 8 minutes, stirring frequently until browning begins, then stirring constantly until golden brown.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Ahem! Can I have your Attention Please?

This evening I will begin my mission papers so that I can receive a call to serve the Lord as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  If all goes well, I'll have my call by Thanksgiving. 

I am extremely happy about this decision and have found the peace I need to move forward with it.  These past two weeks have been accompanied by growth, understanding, and indescribable peace and love coming from my Savior.  This is what I need to do and this is what I want to do. 

For those wondering, Spencer and I have decided together that we will no longer date.  We feel it's the best choice for us.  I'm doing my best to stand by the Lord and that means I will get through whatever comes.

One thing I've learned is that if I'm to have peace and joy, it's my job to strive for that.  I'll do what I can to be happy, then the Lord will fill all the empty spots I'm unable to fill.  That's what the atonement is for.  And what a sacred opportunity we have to use it.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Oops!


My dearest people whom I am quite unaware of,

Unfortunately, as you've been able to deduce, I'm sure, I have foolishly slacked off in my creation of certain types of writing, AKA, blog posts.

Why, Amelia?  Why?

It's his fault.



















I feel no guilt in blaming him for my lack of bread baking and other things of that sort regardless of the fact that maybe I got tired of making my apartment so stinkin' hot due to the oven being on.  And maybe I got tired of my bread not turning out as well as I would've liked it to.  And maybe the Brioche made me so mad that I just didn't want to cook much anymore.

And so technically, he has very very little to do with the fact that I seriously slowed in my bread baking...and baking in general.  I will let it slide for now and not try to recreate my past of spending unreasonable amounts of time cooking.  Because now I'm in school and must focus on that.  Once I'm no longer in school I can focus on cooking and enjoying my cooking.

For now, school is the priority, and so is that certain boy 2 paragraphs above this.  :)

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Barbies with some ques and water

Before I talk about my past month, I must apologize for my lack of posts as of late.  I haven't felt quite up to writing, so I haven't.  Life has required my energy elsewhere.  Not only have I been lacking in posts, but also in the creation of the most delicious creation: bread.  Hopefully these next few weeks will be the beginning of a new pattern. 

In the past month I've had many very fun moments of pure happiness.  One moment was on the Monday before the 4th of July when a bunch of people in my ward got together and had a little Barbeque! 


 Lindsey made us some delicious jello salad.

 And Katt put together some wonderful patties!

 
We even grilled some corn on the cob after half shucking and pulling out the corn hair out.  It really was very delicious.  

 Here are the hooligans!

 The master behind the evening, in his usual attire.

 A food fight ensued between Spencer and Katt....
 .....resulting in a bloodied gum....
 ....and drastic hair styles, styled with whipping cream.  How quaint.

After the BBQ some of us went to the pool and played a nice game of MELON BALL.  

What is this, you ask?

Simply a game of no rules except these two:
  1. Get the duct taped cantaloupe to the other side of the pool at all costs.
  2. Don't break any bones or kill anyone.
LET THE GAME BEGIN!  Let the odds be ever in your favor....you'll need them.  It can get quite violent, but safe.  No one died this time!

So that was July 2nd.  On July 4th my family and I went to see the Stadium of Fire put on in the BYU Stadium.  Here are the happy campers enduring the heat!


They had lots of fun with Daddy's phone until it died.

 We would not go sit on the bleachers until it was absolutely necessary, hence our standing in the shade.

 Oh the joys of summer time!!

And then this past week Rachel and I had a most marvelous time cleaning out room!!!!!  We even had crazy hair to keep us going.  I didn't get as far as I would have like to, but there will always be more Saturdays!  It's time to start getting my life in order, prepping for school to begin again.