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Creamy Texas Caviar Recipe

Last night I accidentally made probably one of the best dishes I've ever made for our traditional Taco Tuesday Night.  It's a variation of my traditional Texas Caviar.  
Here are the ingredients:  Salad:

2 c. cooked rice (cooked with a Goya seasoning packet)  1 can black beans (rinsed)  1 can pinto beans (rinsed)  1/2 green bell pepper, finely chopped  1/2 orange pepper, finely chopped  1 c. grape tomatoes (I slice them using this gadget
Salad dressing:  1/2 c. ranch dressing
1 T. hot red chile sauce (I use a different brand, but it's like this)
1/2 sprig of cilantro leaves 
3 T. lime juice 
Mix in a blender, I use a Nutribullet, to chop the cilantro, or just use dried, crushed cilantro leaves 
This can be eaten as a salad, as a dip, or mixed with crushed tortilla chips, which is how I ate it.

Giving Feedback: Lessons from an Angel

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Alma the Younger was visited twice by the same angel as recorded in the Book of Mormon.  I noticed that their interactions teach us a valuable principle that we can use today—the art of giving feedback both negative and positive.   

GIVING NEGATIVE FEEDBACK     
The first interaction was when the angel needed to give Alma negative feedback.  Let's look at the strategy he uses.  
Lesson #1 - TALK TO THEM IN PRIVATE WHEN YOU HAVE THEIR ATTENTION
When the angel first appears to Alma he makes quite the entrance. He comes down as if in a cloud, he speaks as if his voice is thunder, and he makes it feel like it's an earthquake.  (Mosiah 27:11). 
I don't think that's necessarily what we should do when we need to speak to someone.  We probably would freak them out.  However, this is a powerful example of making sure you have someone alone and have their attention.  The angel didn't show up in front of a bunch of people, just the ones who needed to hear the message.  He chose a …

5 Homecoming Talks: The Missions of the Sons of Mosiah and Alma

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NEPHIHAH: 
Welcome to the Zarahemla First Ward Sacrament Meeting.  My name is Nephihah, the Chief Judge.1  Alma, the son of Alma who is presiding asked that I conduct.  I'd like to thank everyone for moving towards the middle of the rows since we have lots of visitors today.  We also have set up the Relief Society room as an overflow.  The reason for the large crowd is because we have five missionary homecoming talks today.  I know we are all excited to hear about their missions, so without further ado, let's have our opening hymn.  Open your hymn plates to Hymn #4 Hold to the Rod.  Helaman, the son of Alma will give the opening prayer.  We will then have the animal sacrifice by the priests. 
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We'd like to thank the priests for the reverent manner in which they administered the sacrifice and the shedding of blood.  You may get cleaned up and go sit with your families.2
We are first going to hear from Himni who has been in Zarahemla for a while now, the rest just got back f…