Did You Know...

from December 22, 2013 Society Page

*~ Every year since 1984, a group of economists at PNC Wealth Management have figured out how much it would cost to actually buy all the things on the “Twelve Days of Christmas” list. The so-called Christmas Price Index indicates inflation and the increasing costs of certain goods. This year, for instance, if you were really going to buy everything on that list—which includes hiring drummers and dancers (per performance) and milking maids (per hour), and, presumably, a group of men who are willing to leap for pay—it would run you $114,651.17. Compare that to 1990, when you could get away with the whole shooting match for a cool $15,231.70. At today’s prices, a performance of twelve drummers drumming would set you back an average of $2,854.50, while seven swans will run you a whopping $7,000.

*~ Unless you become a Grinch and deny yourself of a day of Christmas excess, you can expect to consume around 7000 calories. Considering the recommended daily calorie intake is 2000 for women and 2500 for men, this is a big leap. Egg nog, nuts, chocolates, smoked salmon and a turkey dinner all add up to make December 25 one big binge-fest. Don't worry - you can always make joining a gym one of your New Year's resolutions.

*~ Myrrh - one of the three gifts said to be given to the baby Jesus - comes from a small bushy tree, cultivated in ancient times in the Arabian peninsula. The resin used raw or crushed and mixed with oil to make a perfume.


Did You Know...

from the December 15, 2013 Society Page

*~ How magical is Santa?  There are 2.1 billion children under age 18 in the world. If there are on average 2.5 children per household. Santa would have to make 842 million stops on Christmas Eve, traveling 221 million miles. To reach all 842 million stops, Santa would need to travel between houses in 2/10,000 second, which means he would need to accelerate 12.19 million miles per second on each stop. The force of this acceleration would reduce Santa to “chunky salsa.”

*~ In 1962, the first Christmas postage stamp was issued in the United States.

*~ The Viking god Odin is one precursor to the modern Santa Claus. According to myth, Odin rode his flying horse, Sleipnir (a precursor to Santa’s reindeer), who had eight legs. In the winter, Odin gave out both gifts and punishments, and children would fill their boots or stockings with treats for Sleipnir.

*~ Mistletoe is from the Anglo-Saxon word misteltan, which means “little dung twig” because the plant spreads though bird droppings.

*~ In Poland, spiders or spider webs are common Christmas trees decorations because according to legend, a spider wove a blanket for Baby Jesus. In fact, Polish people consider spiders to be symbols of goodness and prosperity at Christmas.

*~ Norwegian scientists have hypothesized that Rudolph’s red nose is probably the result of a parasitic infection of his respiratory system.


Holy Family For Sale

Gloria Sharp has an extra Holy Family set if any one is interested. It is a 3 piece set - Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus. She is asking $100 for the whole set.

If you are interested or know of anyone who might be, or have any questions, please contact her at 801-253-2510.


Clothes Wanted...

Jennifer Pond, in the ward, has a new friend in Idaho getting baptized in a few weeks. Her friend and her two girls are in need some church clothes, but can't afford anything right now. They just moved to a tiny little town where there isn't even a DI or Savers. Jennifer could use some help gathering a few items to send, such as new clothes--they can even be nice hand-me-downs.

The mom is a size 16 (XL).
Her daughters: age 8 is a size 8 girls & age 13 is a size 5 Juniors.

Jennifer would like to get the stuff sent up there in the next couple of days so they can have it before Sunday, November 10th.

If you would like to contribute in any way or have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Jennifer Pond at 801-253-8056.


Primary Program is Coming Up

The Primary program will be held on Sept. 29th. If you have not received an assignment for your child, or need a duplicate, please contact Sandra Oakeson, Kim Shafer or Heather Allred.

Please help your child learn their parts by Sept. 22nd, as we will be having our first practice on that day. We will also have a practice on Sept. 27th (FRI) directly after school at the church (1:45). We will also be having pizza and drinks, so plan on about 2 hours. Fun times!


Gymnastics Fundraiser

Maya and Emma Fullmer, two young women in our ward, will have the opportunity to participate in 2 gymnastics meets in Hawaii in January of 2014. They are raising money to make this trip possible by selling jars and sticks of honey.

This honey comes from Olsen Honey Farms in Oregon, owned by Lucia Fullmer's sister and brother-in-law.  It is raw and unfiltered.

glass jars  6 oz  $3.50
            10 oz  $5
            12 oz $6

sticks  $0.25 each

Your contribution is greatly appreciated!!!

For more information or any questions, please contact Lucia Fullmer at 801-230-9628.


Summer Social

Summer is coming to an end, and that means it's time for our annual R.S. Summer Social. Come help us wrap up our summer challenge and enjoy a little food and friendship. The date is Tuesday, August 27th at 6:30 p.m. We will be meeting in Lori Stringham's backyard (9518 Spring Harvest Cr.). Bring any potluck item you wish. Hope to see you there!

*In case of inclement weather, meet at the church.

**If you have surplus produce from your gardens this year, feel free to bring it along and share it.** 


RS Summer Challenge

Welcome Summer!

We look forward to the Summer season! Three months (90 days) filled with warm days, vacations, family reunions, recreation and fun. We hope you will take just a little time this summer to enjoy serving those who have gone before us.

Pres. Henry B. Eyring said, "Their hearts are bound to you, their hope is in your hands. You will have more than your own strength as you choose to labor on to find them.”

We hope you will join us in our

Relief Society Summer Challenge:
   In the next 90 days,
   Give 1 day (24 hours)
     to Temple and Family History Service.

This can include Temple work, Family History work, Indexing, or anything you consider appropriate.

"All of us should find JOY in this Labor of love!" -Howard W. Hunter 


helping hands

Thanks to everyone who participated in our quilt-a-thon in May. We were able to finish 20 quilts, 3 crochet-edged quilts and 6 burp cloths to donate to charities in our community. Special thanks to all of our quilt sponsors and those who helped to set the quilts up that day.