Monday, May 31, 2010


As promised in class on Sunday, a copy of the great, yet-to-be-tried-by-me 5 MINUTE CHOCOLATE MUG CAKE Recipe!


4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
A small splash of vanilla extract
1 large coffee Milo mug

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly.

Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.

Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again.

Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts (high). The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed! Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.

EAT! (this can serve 2 if you want to feel slightly more virtuous). And why is this the most dangerous cake recipe in the world? Because now we are all only 5 minutes away from chocolate cake at any time of the day or night!

For those avoiding Cocoa products during June, omit the 2 tablespoons of Cocoa, the 4 tablespoons of sugar, the 3 tablespoons of milk, the 3 tablespoons of oil, and the 3 tablespoons chocolate chips and replace with... er... um... OOOH, I know! Another 15 tablespoons of Flour! Well... it might work...!

I guess you had to be there!


OK, I tried it!

With a ridiculously large dollop of whipped cream, it wasn't too bad! The serve is HUGE so I didn't finish eating it (Wendy was strong, and could not be tempted!) Hey, it was worth it just to watch it emerge out of the mug!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Don't Ark up, you Noah I don't like it!

Yes I stole the title from Colin's email as it's rather hard to top!  So today's lesson was on Noah.  We began with a demonstration of 3 YSA standing in a line at arms length, which with another 1/2 YSA would have reached from wall to wall.  If we could get 85 YSA (better get baptising!!) then we would have a visual idea of how long Noah's ark was.  So mathematically, if we times the length we saw by 28.3 then we would have the desired lenth.  Colin prepared some very imformative charts to help us understand the size of the ark by comparison.  For example, it was roughly the same size as an icebreaker boat, such as the Aurora Australis
which we frequently see docked in Hobart.  We also could compare the size of the ark to the Starship Enterprise, Godzilla, and Captain Jack Sparrow's Black Pearl, amoung many others.

So basically we gathered it was a fairly big boat - not comparing it to futuristic creations.  Given this size it would not have been easy for Noah to be discreet about building this boat, in the middle of a very dry place with no preceding signs of great rain or flood.  It is perhaps easy to understand why people thought him a nutter and mocked him, although as we read in Moses they were also a generally wicked people and had previously not hearkened to the words of the prophet - that, of course, being Noah himself.  

We are unsure of how exactly Noah got all those animals on the ark, such as the ferocious tigers (not sure I would have volunteered for that job!), but after the flooding he also managed to get them off.  Then after all that effort of preserving such animals for the period of the flood, Noah built an alter and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl and offered burnt offerings on the alter -(Genesis 8:20) in other words he had to kill some of those animals which he had worked so hard to preserve!! But this he did as an expression of thanks and obedience to the Lord, according to the law of sacrifice at the time.  Now that's dedication!  This is rewarded by the Lord by setting a rainbow as a token of the convenant which He then made with Noah.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Stairway to Heaven

In a freezing, icebox-like room surrounded by some rare Tasmanian summer heat, this week the YSA compared the attitudes of two Old Testament figures:  Cain (convicted murderer and suspected also of intent to steal), and Enoch (5-times winner of the Everyone's-Favourite-Guy Award).   On the one hand, Cain was selfish, rebellious, and distanced himself from God.  But Enoch cared for others, was humble and knew God.  It was small steps such as these taken by each which eventually led them to Eternal life (Enoch), or endless misery and woe (Cain). 

We can take a look at our lives to see what direction our staircase is going, as even the small things can all add up.  But as President Uchtdorf has clearly stated (in a conference talk), there is no such thing as a "point of no return".  We can always stop, use the Saviour's atonement to repent and begin to step in a new direction.  Let us all strive to ascend the stairway to heaven by doing all we can to be obedient to God's commandments and prove ourselves worthy for Eternal life and exaltation.