Feed A Missionary

You may not know it, but lately I have been a little distracted with another project. My connection with many missionary mums around the world thru the LDS Missionary Moms email group has led me into a little venture. I thought I would share it with you here, especially since this week I am running a little giveaway at the moment, and I would love for you to be a part of it.

Over the last year or two I have made a connection with many missionary mums and dads, particular those who have missionaries serving here in New Zealand. I have found that one of the biggest concerns they have had is how to send their missionaries something special from time to time without it costing an arm or a leg, or without the fear of knowing whether it will make it thru customs or not. As such, a friend and I got together and came up with this new little venture called Missionary Morsels – Bringing home-cooked comfort to the LDS missionaries of New Zealand.

Missionary Morsels offers these mums and dads a way to send their missionaries something special without it costing them the earth. Some of you may be familiar with the service that is offered thru DearElder.com where mums and dads can order freshly baked goodies for their missionaries while in the MTC and serving within the US on missions…well Missionary Morsels is a similar service offered to missionaries serving in New Zealand.

With Christmas on our doorstep, we decided to run a bit of a giveaway at Missionary Morsels. You may wonder why I am promoting this giveaway here since most of my readers probably don’t have a missionary serving in any of the three missions in New Zealand. But that shouldn’t stop you from being a part of this giveaway. There are lots of missionaries serving here (particularly from the surrounding Pacific Islands) who probably never get a package of anything from home because of economic restraints. If you are a winner of the giveaway I would be more than happy to nominate a needy missionary serving here that would love to receive a surprise Christmas package. What a fun way to feed a missionary!

If you would like to participate in this giveaway, or know someone who has a missionary serving in the Auckland, Hamilton, or Wellington Missions (or even in the NZ MTC over Christmas) then follow the link below and jump on over to be a part of this giveaway. REMEMBER, you don’t have to have a missionary serving in New Zealand to participate!

Missionary Morsels Giveaway




Taco Rice Salad…Ole’

This weeks ‘Food Friday‘ Recipes come from two good friends of mine. Firstly, the Taco Rice Salad was shared by Nadia. She and I worked together in the Primary Organisation quite a few years ago. I loved working beside her and I learnt a lot from her. We have managed to keep in contact over the years.

Nadia is a pretty good cook, and I have used a number of recipes that she has shared in the past. This is just one of those many great recipes.

The Guacamole recipe is compliments of Alisa. Alisa, who hales from Utah, is currently living here in New Zealand with her husband and three small children. She was raised in LA, and managed to learn a lot about traditional mexican food (LA style). 

Alisa is a blogger like me, so if you are interested then you should have a look at Rusted Sun. It is here that she documents some of their experiences in New Zealand.

Both these recipes were tried and tested by our family this week and it was a bitter battle for the leftovers. These recipes definitely fit into the framework of quick, simple, inexpensive and, of course, delicious.


Taco Rice Salad
Serves 2-4 


1 taco mix sachet
1 pkt corn chips
1 cup rice
4-5 lettuce leaves  (more if you want)
3-4 tomatoes chopped (more if you want)
1-2 cups cheese
Sour cream
Guacamole – (see recipe below)
1 jar salsa – can be homemade, or bought
500g (1 lb) mince beef (ground beef)


Place rice into 2-3 inches of boiling water. Stir with a fork for 30 seconds, to stop the rice sticking together. Bring back to the boil. Take pot off the heat, put the lid on and let it sit for about 15 minutes (the rice will absorb the hot water and cook through in this time).

Prepare guacomole (see recipe below), and place in the fridge.

Place ground beef into a small fry pan and cook till brown. Add taco seasoning and ¼ cup water. Stir until it thickens and boils. Remove from heat.

Chop up lettuce and tomato. Grate cheese.

Layer Order:

Place rice on the bottom, taco meat mix, cheese, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, and top with corn chips.



1 avocado – peeled, pitted, and mashed
Juice of 1 lime
1/3 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup diced onion – red onion is nicest
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro (coriander)
1 roma (plum) tomato , diced
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)


In medium bowl, mash together the avocado, lime juice, and salt. Mix in onion, cilantro, tomatoes, and garlic. Stir in pepper. Refrigerate till ready to use.

Printable Recipes:

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with colour image – Taco Rice Salad


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without colour image – Taco Rice Salad 2


**Do you have any recipes that are similar, or that would be good to add to our ‘Food Friday’ list? Please let me know by commenting below, or send me an email at macytraine1@hotmail.com

Missionary work of a different kind

Over last weekend I was excited to be able to attend our Stake YWs camp. I use the word ‘camp’ loosely as we actually stayed in the dorms of the old CCNZ campus, within the shadow of the New Zealand Temple. But if any of you have been to Temple View you’ll agree with me when I say it is one of the most beautiful places to visit, and it certainly was the perfect setting for our YWs camp.

The blueprints for this event had been laid more than 15 months earlier, and was inspired, to say the least. Long before Elder Bednar’s Oct 2011 Conference talk ‘The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn’, our Stake YW Leaders had a vision for the YW.

That vision included each YW learning how to research her family tree, identifying 1-3 ancestors who needed their work completed, and bringing those names to the Temple. But this wasn’t the extent of our Stake leaders vision.

Over that 15 months of preparation they commissioned a local member and author, Sis. Pamela Reid, to write a novel.

Yes, that’s right, she wrote a book for our YW!


The story follows the life of a young Scottish girl in the late 1800s who, at the age of 17, travels across the seas from England to start a new life in New Zealand. To add context, the story is told through the eyes of a modern day YW who discovers her heritage as she reads the diary of this young traveller.

How amazing!

My girls were captivated by the narrative, which was released chapter by chapter through an online blog in the weeks leading up to the camp. The last three chapters where left for the camp, where each YW was presented with her own copy of the completed novel.

There were many moments during camp where noses were buried in the book to catch the end of the story.

As the YWs President in my ward, it was inspiring to hear my girls stand and bear their testimonies on the last day of camp, and to see their countenances as they came out of the Temple.

We have been told that we cannot be saved without our dead, so to see these young women work to bring the gospel to many of their ancestors was truly a time of salvation. This was their opportunity to do missionary work of a different kind.

I will finish with the words of Elder Bednar himself:

I invite the young people of the Church to learn about and experience the Spirit of Elijah. I encourage you to study, to search out your ancestors, and to prepare yourselves to perform proxy baptisms in the house of the Lord for your kindred dead (see D&C 124:28–36). And I urge you to help other people identify their family histories.