Last Name Green, First Name Elder

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By Kenneth Green

So its all official like i am an missionary in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Being a missionary is sorta weird. People have high expectations of you. Some people look at you differently. And some look at you the same. I love being Kenny but for the next eighteen months at least my identity whether i like it or not is hidden in Christ. As a missionary i represent the church everywhere i go. That is a scary concept to me. If i slip and say a curse word, i’m doing so as his representative. It is for sure a motivation to do all i can to represent Christ well. The blessing from the setting apart was super awesome! I’m grateful to have a great Bishop who listens to the spirit and operates in the spirit.

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My Scripture i’m Pondering this week!

So General Conference was this weekend. And i must say that it was power packed. I loved the Saturday Morning and Afternoon sessions especially. Those talks really talked to my soul. And Priesthood is always special to me.

Am i gonna talk about the three new special witnesses of Christ? For a little bit i will. Like ever black member of the Church we hoped that God (Not Man Remember Who Does the Calling) would call a member of the seventy to serve as an apostle from a place of color. Latin America, Asia, Africa or even just someone of a different ethnicity from the US. That did not happen. Alot of people are mad about that. Some black LDS groups have blown uo because of it. If we can have faith to believe that we were not ready for the priesthood pre 1978, how come we cannot understand the the Lord is the Lord/ He calls whom he will. We can continue to pray that he is preparing someone to fill the next vacancy with the racial qualities we want. But at the end of the day if you believe the church to be true then you must go with whom the Lord has chosen and sustain them. I do so sustain!

One Week Later

So it’s a week after conference which means i missed a week of posting. I’m so sorry. So life has been interesting. People stretching me here and there. It has been a handful. And i’m almost breaking down at times. But this week i started compartmentalizing things. And placing some balance back into my life. I’m looking for a new hobby like the Role Playing Games one i had so i can have something fun to do. That is the one part of my life lacking now. But i am feeling so awesome as a missionary. I’m able to go out with the Elders and teach and i almost feel like one of them. Wearing the black name tag to the church and to the temple, its so awesome. I just love the gospel. And i’m falling in love with my faith all over again. I’m excited and getting ready for church now! I love my life! I am still fighting depression, and still going through that. But there are just moments in his (Christ’s) service that make me feel like i have a purpose on the earth!

Let’s get to the recipe!

Mini Peanut Butter Cheesecakes

Obtained recipe from here!

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  • 1/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 5 teaspoons butter, melted
  • FILLING:
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons beaten egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 miniature peanut butter cups

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, sugar and butter. Press onto the bottoms of six paper-lined muffin cups; set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and flour until smooth. Add egg and vanilla; beat on low speed just until combined. Place a peanut butter cup in the center of each muffin cup; fill with cream cheese mixture.
  3. Bake at 350° for 15-18 minutes or until center is set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Miniature Peanut Butter Cheesecakes in Cooking for 2 Winter 2009, p31
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