Archive for November, 2009


Cinnamon Roll Recipe

   Posted by: John    in Recipes

I made these for breakfast this morning.  The only issue I had was the dough did not initially rise at all.  After 45 minutes I went ahead and prepared them for baking but after placing them in the pan they still did not rise.  I finally decided to bake them anyway and I am glad I did.  They rose and baked beautifully!  I’m glad that I did not chuck them as they turned out to be some of the best cinnamon rolls I have ever made!


  • 2 tsp dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 4-5 cups flour

Milk should be about 110 degrees.  In a large bowl, add yeast and 2 tbsp sugar to the milk.  Stir together and wait for yeast to dissolve.  Add butter, salt, eggs, the rest of the sugar, and 4 cups of flour.  Mix well.  Add flour in small amounts if the dough is too sticky.  Knead the dough for several minutes, ending with the dough in a large ball.  Put in bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place for 45-60 minutes. 

(I like to use my Kitchen Aid mixer for the dough using the bread hook attachment.  Fill the mixing bowl with hot water, then pour out and dry.  Combine the ingredients as described above.  Run the mixer on slow speed until the flour is mixed in, then move up to medium speed.  Add flour in small amounts until the dough does not stick to the bottom or sides of the bowl.  Let it run for about 5 minutes, reducing speed if desired.  Remove the dough from the bread hook, shape into a ball, then replace it in the bowl, cover and let rise.)

Roll the dough on a smooth surface, lightly floured, until it is about 1/4″ thick.  It should be about 24″ x 16″. 


  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
  • Margarine (softened if using cubed)

In a bowl, mix the sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon together thoroughly.  Using a small wire whip works well as it breaks up the brown sugar lumps nicely.

Using a soft rubber spatula, spread a thin coating of margarine evenly over the dough.  Sprinkle the sugar mixture evenly over the margarine.  (I like to use a sifter to spread the sugar mixture.  You get a nice even coating that is pretty easy to manage.)

From the long side of the dough, start rolling, but not too tightly.  Even up the ends and carefully make sure the roll is the same diameter all the way across it.  Cut into 12 rolls; each roll should be about 2″ tall.  Place the rolls into a 9×13 baking pan.  Cover and let rise for 30-40 minutes.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Bake uncovered for 23-25 minutes.


  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Whip together the icing ingredients for about 90 seconds.  Icing should be smooth and pretty thick.  Spread evenly over cooled rolls.  Enjoy!


Pregnancy Q and A

   Posted by: John    in Fun Stuff

Q: Should I have a baby after 35?
A: No, 35 children is enough.

Q : I’m two months pregnant now. When will my baby move?
A: With any luck, right after he finishes college.

Q : What is the most reliable method to determine a baby’s sex?
A: Childbirth.

Q: My wife is five months pregnant and so moody that sometimes she’s borderline irrational.
A: So what’s your question?

Q: My childbirth instructor says it’s not pain I’ll feel during labor, but pressure. Is she right?
A: Yes, in the same way that a tornado might be called an air current.

Q: When is the best time to get an epidural?
A: Right after you find out you’re pregnant.

Q: Is there any reason I have to be in the delivery room while my wife is in labor?
A: Not unless the word ‘alimony’ means anything to you.

Q: Is there anything I should avoid while recovering from childbirth?
A: Yes, pregnancy.

Q: Do I have to have a baby shower?
A: Not if you change the baby’s diaper very quickly.

Q: Our baby was born last week. When will my wife begin to feel and act normal again?
A: When the kids are in college.

In Sunday School today, Ryan had someone read the following story:

Frederick William Hurst was working as a gold miner in Australia when he first heard Latter-day Saint missionaries preach the restored gospel. He and his brother Charles were baptized in January 1854. He tried to help his other family members become converted, but they rejected him and the truths he taught.

Fred settled in Salt Lake City four years after joining the Church, and he served faithfully as a missionary in several different countries. He also worked as a painter in the Salt Lake Temple. In one of his final journal entries, he wrote:

“Along about the 1st of March, 1893, I found myself alone in the dining room, all had gone to bed. I was sitting at the table when to my great surprize my elder brother Alfred walked in and sat down opposite me at the table and smiled. I said to him (he looked so natural): ‘When did you arrive in Utah?’

“He said: ‘I have just come from the Spirit World, this is not my body that you see, it is lying in the tomb. I want to tell you that when you were on your mission you told me many things about the Gospel, and the hereafter, and about the Spirit World being as real and tangible as the earth. I could not believe you, but when I died and went there and saw for myself I realized that you had told the truth. I attended the Mormon meetings.’ He raised his hand and said with much warmth: ‘I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ with all my heart. I believe in faith, and repentance and baptism for the remission of sins, but that is as far as I can go. I look to you to do the work for me in the temple. … You are watched closely. … We are all looking to you as our head in this great work. I want to tell you that there are a great many spirits who weep and mourn because they have relatives in the Church here who are careless and are doing nothing for them” (Diary of Frederick William Hurst, comp. Samuel H. and Ida Hurst [1961], 204).[1]

It is interesting to note that this departed person, having heard but not fully accepting the word of the Lord while living, “attended the Mormon meetings” in the spirit world.  The implication is that missionary work is occurring in the spirit world, just as it is on Earth.  When Christ preached to the spirits in prison (D&C 138:18-19), he prepared spirits to be missionaries to the wicked and disobedient people (D&C 138:29-37) of whom he did not go himself (D&C 138:20-21).

Now consider this story written by Wilford Woodruff:

Perhaps I may be permitted to relate a circumstance with which I am acquainted in relation to Bishop Roskelley, of Smithfield, Cache Valley.  On one occasion he was suddenly taken very sick — near to death’s door.  While he lay in this condition, President Peter Maughan, who was dead, came to him and said: “Brother Roskelley, we held a council on the other side of the [veil].  I have had a great deal to do, and I have the privilege of coming here to appoint one man to come and help.  i have had three names given to me in council, and you are one of them.  I want to inquire into your circumstances.”  The bishop told him what he had to do, and they conversed together as one man would converse with another.  President Maughan then said to him: “I think I will not call you.  I think you are wanted here more than perhaps one of the others.”  Bishop Roskelley got well from that hour.  Very soon after, the second man was taken sick, but…Brother Roskelley did not go to him.  By and by this man recovered, and on meeting Brother Roskelley he said: “Brother Maughan came to me the other night and told me he was sent to call one man from the ward,” and he named two men as had been done to Brother Roskelley.  A few days afterwards the third man was taken sick and died.  Now, I name this to show a principle. They have work to do on the other side of the [veil]; and they want men, and they call them.[2]

Again, the implication is that work is being performed in the spirit world, and it is missionary work.  We don’t know to be sure exactly what form it consists of.  After all, these are spirits which are not subject to the physical limitations or weaknesses that a mortal body straps us with.  But considering the number of people who have lived on this Earth, and comparing how relatively few have been true and obedient to the commandments of God, the workload must be enormous. 

We have all heard and likely used the phrase “called home” when referring to a person who has departed this life.  You never know, it could be that simple.  Perhaps that person was needed there more than here and so left this mortal existence to preach the gospel on a far grander scale. 

[1] Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual, Lesson 39.

[2] Best Loved Stories of the LDS People, Volume 3, page 21.


The Sunday After the Time Change

   Posted by: John    in Fun Stuff

If you forgot to set your clock back last night, you might just end up at church an hour early.

Unless you worship at the Church of Saint Mattress.