Thursday, October 29, 2009

A Brand New Year 2010

A Brand New Year will be coming again in 2010....the title has the link with ALL the information. It is a fun DVD with dancing, talks and other music to introduce the 2010 mutual theme.
"Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest" Joshua 1:9


Thank you all for attending the YW Leadership Meeting this year. We were so blessed to hear from Sister Cook who did just a fabulous job and really taught with the spirit. We are so grateful for all you do in your units and are blessed to know and work with you.

Here are two of the recipes that were served

Apple Brittle:
1 package of cream cheese (warm slightly and the texture will be creamy)
Beat together with 1/4 cup white sugar + 1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
10 oz of health bar
serve with sliced apples

Broccoli cheddar soup:
4 quarts water
12 chicken bouillon cubes
7 heads of broccoli chopped~boil for several minutes
(you can add grated carrots with sauteed onions)
reduce heat
in a separate sauce pan melt 3 cubes of butter and mix 1 1/2 cups flour in the melted butter~mix it well first before adding it to the soup or it will be really clumpy!
add cheese whiz-15 oz and mix well
let simmer
serve with bread bowls or alone and top with cheddar cheese

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

YW in Excellence

Friday, November 20th at 7:00-8:30pm

Join us for a special performance done by the YW!
Your entire family is invited to attend and we will celebrate everything that you have accomplished in Personal Progress this year.

We would also invite you to participate in TWO special musical numbers by ALL the YW. These are the songs with the links attached!

The first is called "Young Women's Mission" and you can click on the title to get the song and music.

The second is "As Zion's Youth in Latter Days" and you can click on the song to get the words as well or it is in the hymn book.

Monday, October 26, 2009

RS retreat

I had the BEST time at the RS retreat at Seneca Lake...this was such a fun weekend with lots of games, karaoke, service projects, workshops and really, really good food.

YES! that is our very own Lauren and President Jensen singing was a great weekend and I look forward to the next one!
Ah! the fun times you all get to look forward to in ....Relief Society!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Selected YW Music

If you have not seen this list of music just for the YW check it out! just click on the title.

You can download music to your ipod or download the sheet music~very cool...these are some of my favorites.
Learning the Young Women songs can bring many blessings into your life. These songs can help you invite the Spirit into your home and into Young Women meetings, learn important gospel truths, increase your joy, and be "an influence for good that helps you draw closer to Heavenly Father" (For the Strength of Youth, 20). Elder Russell M. Nelson has taught: "It really matters what you listen to. . . . Select music that will strengthen your spirit" ("Self-Mastery," Ensign, Nov. 1985, 32).

Monday, October 5, 2009

Stake Family Event

Dancing through the Decades....

the family stake event started at 4:00pm and ran until started with 40's music and each hour changed to another decade. There was lots of dancing, really great refreshments and families had a wonderful time at the stake center dancing the day away!

These YW did it all!!! What a great idea for a laurel project. It involved so many people and families throughout the stake and everyone enjoyed themselves. They made posters, gave out assignments for cleanup and setup, they involved the YM. With this activity under their belts they are now ready to graduate and move onto to bigger events!!!

Thank you so much Aimee and Kassey~you are both great leaders! Great job.

more food and more dancing....Brother Sykes did the music and there was even a slide show of pictures and events from each era...the decorations covered the entire gym and tables were setup in the back for people to sit down, visit as well as eat.

Monday, September 28, 2009

YW High Adventure

We had a great time this year on our YW High Adventure Trip!!!! Three days in the Adirondacks Hiking, camping, fishing and haning out. Here is the group.

WOW! we have a ton of photos but we has such a great time! So here we are packing up and getting ready to go...
the crater mobile~this is how warsaw traveled!


Making and decorating cakes~camping style!
Hanging out at camp!

and then the hikes!! the first day we were all suppose to head to the top of Wright's Peak but one group had to head to another so we were split. But they were equally as difficult. We ALL made it to the top with our Banners of Virtue!
at the top we were able to read about Sister Dalton's challenge to sacrifice and make it to the temple, carrying out own banners of virtue. Some of the YW were able to share testimony and experiences as well as leaders. We were strengthened and uplifted by a very challenging physical experience!
the second day was Mount Joe for some, hanging out at camp for others and another long hike through the was a challenge but everyone had a great time.

The Lake! lake heart....

We took a long hike to the top of Wright's Peak with our Banners of Virtue.


Sam fly fishing on the lake! Her first time and she did so well...

Here we are at the Olympic Stadium~we got to try a lot of events and got to see even more!
Very cool. IMG_7219

2010 YM/YW Theme

"Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest" Joshua 1:9

Have fun making plans for the New Year!!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Counsel to the youth

I love this message~take the 3 minutes to watch and listen!!!

The Prophet and Apostles love you and want you to be happy. And so do we as local leaders in the ward and stake!!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Seneca Lake with Ohio

We had the best time at the Seneca Lake Girls Camp with the Cinninatti, Ohio North Stake youth conference.
the girls camp has several cabins and a huge dining hall for meals and such occassions as this~a huge dance with other youth.

our beautiful YW!!!
Thanks everyone for coming and having a great time

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

another year of HCP

Hill Cumorah Pageant

what a great year at pageant! the show was wonderful and uplifting.
it was great to see so many of our YW not only performing in pageant but volunteering to help it all come together. i hope everyone had a chance to enjoy the story of the BOM told at the Hill Cumorah.

one night the performance was canceled because of lighting storms!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Rise above it

Young Women's Camp
August 17-21st

Bishoprics & YW Presidencies
Please Come Spend the Evening with the
YW of the Rochester and Syracuse
NY Stakes and their Leaders...
Where: Seneca Lake Camp
Date: Thursday, August 20th, 2009
Time: 6:00pm—Dinner with Unit
7-8pm—Group Activity
8-9:30pm Testimony Meeting
RSVP by August 1st to:
Sis Fraser @ 585-453-0816 or

Bishops Please Bring Your Favorite Desert!
Upon arrival—Check-in @ Nurses Office &
receive a visitor wrist band
Children under 12 are not allowed
@ camp as well as any YM
For your own safety—no open toed shoes

Family History, I am doing it!

We have some pretty amazing YW in our Stake!! Sarah is a 14 year old from the 3rd Ward. She has her own blog to keep her own family history but she posted this a few weeks ago. It is the cutest blog!
We wanted to share her example and testimony with you. Check her out! Great job. We love you.


This post is going to require some background information, so bear with me...A while ago the Young Women decided to have a genealogy month and learn how to use the new family search program and such. I thought it was a good idea. Little did I know how "into it" I would become and how much time I would spent working on family history. It is almost as addicting as facebook... almost:) Both of my parents are converts, so none of their families have any family history work done, so I made an account on the website ( and started with my parents. I put in all of the information that I already had and then started the searching. Many people have been willing to help me with learning how to use the program and I have learned alot.After my dad's family came to America, most of his family settled in New York or Pennsylvania and there is this one little cemetery in New York that alot of my dad's family. This is now my favorite cemetery because it has alot of my dad's family, and I mean ALOT. This makes it alot easier for family historians like myself because you can go to one place and get pretty much all of the information you need. This past time that we went to the cemetery, I walked around the whole thing and took down lots of names and dates. One couple in particular that I was looking for was Floyd Warner and Daisy Rockefeller. I was very happy when I found this (a head stone).

I also found in this family plot their son that only lived a few months and other names that I did not have before. I am always so happy when I find someone that I didn't have before.One other thing I love about having my dad's family all in one place is that you can find a maiden name and it will lead you to another line in your family tree. Every time I go back, I have another name to look for and I will walk up all of the rows of stones until I find that one.This is probably boring because all this post is, is me finding people in a cemetery that I don't even know, but I guess the real reason I wrote this is because I am so grateful for family history work and that we will be able to see the people that we do work for some day. I am also so grateful that we can see all of the people that have already passed on again. I know I am looking forward to that day.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

ministering through activities

I love this outline in planning activities!

How can we plan meaningful activities? Begin by identifying needs:

What are the needs of individual young women? What type of activity would meet those needs?
How can you follow priesthood direction and address priesthood leaders' concerns for youth through activities?
How can you mutually improve all young women and prepare them for their future roles as wives, mothers, homemakers, leaders, and faithful women in the gospel? Activities are a time to improve the skills of young women and help them develop spiritually, socially, physically, and intellectually. Activities should also provide youth with opportunities to practice using those skills and serve others.

read more online:,17884,8686-1,00.html

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Mormon New Era Messages

check out this mormon ad and others. you can even subscribe to the NEW ERA messages on youtube.....


Crowning the Laruels

What a CUTE idea!!

We talk a lot about how to recognize the achievements of our Young Women. The boys get all their priesthood ordinations and their scouting ceremonies, the young women rarely, depending on the ward, get the same pomp and circumstance.

I decided that when the girls in my ward turn 16 and enter my class, we should have a little ceremony in opening exercises where we crown them with a laurel wreath and then all the rest of the Laurels give them hugs and air kisses.
I thought it was just a fun goofy little thing to do until I found out that the girls were wearing their headbands to school and all the older Laurels started begging me for their own headbands.So here's how I did it:All I did was get a couple of different colors of green wool felt and cut a million little teardrop shapes out of them. If you can, avoid the craft felt. It's thin and will look cheap. Go for the real wool felt, you don't need much. A fat quarter will yield as many as seven or eight headbands depending on how you apply your leaves.
check out the full link!!!

Family History Library

Sponsors SUMMER of SLEUTHING Are you looking for a fun activity to keep your children occupied this summer? Would you like to learn more about your family? Do you need a kick start to organize your family records? “Summer of Sleuthing—Save Our Ancestors” (SOS) is a family summer activities program sponsored by the Family History Library to introduce families to the fun of family history.

With a series of weekly challenges, families can participate in activities that will help them learn more about themselves and their ancestors. The program materials are available online at listed under Activities for Youth.

The challenges can also help youth in accomplishing goals in Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Primary Achievement Days, Young Women, and Young Men. As part of the challenges, family members are encouraged to keep a journal of their experiences and create memories together as a family.

We encourage you to share this message with all families, both Church members and those who are not. We hope that this experience will bring families closer together as they gain an appreciation for the lasting treasures to be found in family history work.


FamilySearch U.S. and Canada: 1-866-406-1830

International: go to for more toll-free phone numbers

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Seminary Graduation

Congratulations! Seniors for graduating and for your participation in seminary. We are so proud of your hard work and accomplishments.....
~all six graduates. tessa, amanda, nicki, collin, + adam...minus jordan!

(last names omitted to protect the innocent..hee, hee)

Students receiving diplomas & certificates:



Allyssa-3 year
Nicholynn-3 year

Rochester 1st
Joshua-1 year
Brandon-1 year

Rochester 2nd

Rochester 3rd
Kyle-2 year
Frank-2 year

Thomas S. Monson Gospel Scholar Award
Brent, Jodie, Jordan, Devan, Daryl, Julia, Tessa

Heber J. Grant Persverance Award
Brent, Jordan, Alyssa, Collin, Devan, Julia, Samuel

Yummy treats!!!

The bunny hop.....