Wednesday, April 27, 2016

National Tell a Story Day - Junior Prom, Provo High School,1993 #katys40of40

Today is National Tell a Story Day so here ya go:

Once upon a time, I was a junior in high school attending release-time seminary at the building next to our Provo High School. One spring day - a Friday as I recall -  as I was leaving seminary to go back to my other classes at the high school, Brother Wilcox stopped me and gave me this special assignment:

I accepted the assignment and started to walk out the door when Brother Wilcox stopped me and suggested that I take my scriptures home with me because he felt like I should study the same set of scriptures that I was using in seminary. I had two sets of scriptures at that time so I could keep one in my little cubby in seminary and one at home so I wouldn't have to transport a set each day. This suggestion seemed a bit odd to me but I shrugged it off and grabbed my seminary set of scriptures.

When I got home that afternoon, for some reason I didn't procrastinate preparing for this assignment. Perhaps I wanted to know what the missionary message was in Philemon chapter 2 so I could ponder it that weekend. I opened up my seminary scriptures to find that the page for Philemon chapter 2 felt a little different and strange but I started reading nonetheless. And here is what I read:

Make sure you read all of chapter 2 because verse 8 was the one that touched my heart and had the most impact for my near future. So yes, this was by far the most clever way I have ever been asked out on a date. Actually with all the crazy shenanigans that teenagers pull to ask each other out, this was the most creative I had heard about up to that point in my life and actually to this point in my life too. Although I will say that the dead duck Peter Bauman gave me to ask me to Senior Dinner Dance was also pretty darn clever. He must have known that I'd spend most of the rest of my life working in a museum with many dead ducks and other animals with the same living status. Maybe I'll tell that story next year for National Tell a Story Day. I remember I had a a lot of fun answering Peter Bauman with a video I made with Courtney Clark and Wendy Densley. Spencer Hall - if you find that VHS tape, I'll post that video to prove how much fun we had!

Anyway, yesterday I was eating at the Cannon Center at BYU for lunch with a friend. Did you know it only costs $5 for faculty and staff? So in the booth next to us was my pal, Richard B. Crookston - the very same guy mentioned in Philemon 2:8. I interrupted his lunch and asked for a picture because he qualifies for one of my 40 lists of 40 things - reconnecting with old friends, that I have known for over 20 years. 

I don't think we've changed one bit! Thanks Richard Crookston for an awesome date! I think that was the first and only time I've ever been skeet shooting (is that even what it is called?).


  • 3 of 40 obscure holidays celebrated (National Tell a Story Day)
  • Reconnecting with 4 of 40 old friends (20 years)

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Downtown Dining with Larry - Episode Eight (Spicy Corea)

Good things come to those who wait ... thanks for joining us Angela!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Old Testament Lesson 39 (Isaiah 50-53)

I really enjoyed studying and preparing for this lesson. I thought since I did all of my preparation using tools that are connected to the internet, it might be fun to share it with all of my virtual friends. Feel free to share your insights and comments if you so desire.

Here is a handout (worksheet) I prepared.

Here is a mind map I created. Check it out - I've included links and notes. I plan to add to it during our lesson today with the ideas and insights that come from our discussion.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Question - what do you think this means?

Yesterday in Relief Society I read this statement from lesson 7 of the Lorenzo Snow manual and have been pondering ever since about how "continued integrity" will help us through our trials. I have lots of thoughts but I'd like to hear yours ... if you are comfortable sharing, please do. Thank you very much.

"… know that your lives have not been all sunshine; you have doubtless passed through many trial, and perhaps have come up through muchtribulation; but by continued integrity you will soon emerge from theshadows into the glorious sunshine of the celestial world."

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Cooking for One with Katy - Season 2 (w/o sugar or flour), Episode 5

Oven Roasted Chicken
Boneless skinless chicken breasts
Non stick cooking spray or olive oil
Seasonings and/or herbs
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with tin foil. Spray or rub both sides of chicken breast with oil. Season both sides of chicken breast with desired seasonings. Place chicken on baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Let rest 20 minutes. Quarter chicken and place in mixer with paddle attachment. Mix on low until chicken is shredded. Store in airtight container.

Mexican Chicken Soup
                1 ½ c chopped onion
                3 garlic cloves
                1/2 c frozen corn
                1 tsp ground cumin
                1 tsp chili powder or chili seasoning packet
                1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed
                1 10 oz can Rotel tomatoes  or diced tomatoes
                2 14 oz cans low sodium chicken or vegetable broth or stock
                8 oz can tomato sauce
                8 oz cooked chicken or garbanzo beans
                1 oz reduced fat mozzarella cheese, shredded (optional)
                Lime juice
Heat large sauce pan on medium heat. Spray with cooking spray.  Saute onions until soft and translucent. Add garlic. Add the corn.  Add a couple tablespoons broth. Add the cumin and the chili powder.  Saute for about 1 minute.  Add the black beans, Rotel, shredded chicken, chicken broth and tomato sauce to the pan.  Increase heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and allow to simmer for about 15 minutes.  Divide into evenly into 8 containers. Can also freeze. When serving, can top with cheese, cilantro, and lime juice.
Calories – 243  Fat – 4  Carbs – 29  Protein - 26

Here's the link for the recipe I adapted this from:

Monday, March 25, 2013

Download my General Conference Jeopardy

We played this game tonight for my ward FHE and it was a lot of fun. I thought I'd make it available for anyone and everyone that might want to play it with their families, wards, or youth groups.