Monday, January 4, 2010

Celestial University

Celestial University is a Pursuit of Excellence program for the sisters in our ward. The purpose of Celestial University is to offer each sister an opportunity to reach her divine potential as a Daughter of God. The program is designed to meet these goals by providing direction, motivation, and resources. Through raised self-esteem and a sure knowledge that she can improve her life and the lives of those around her, each sister will become an active force in promoting the Kingdom of God on earth.

Celestial University is a goal setting program whereby a sister may earn her Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctorate Degree by finishing outlined requirements. At the end of this packet are the requirement sheets for all three degree levels.

There are 12 different areas or colleges in which one may earn a degree. When requirements have been completed, the Department Chair of that particular college will verify the sister’s success with a date and signature. When all the requirements for a degree have been met, the sister’s name will be presented to the Dean to be included in the next graduation ceremony.

A sister may work on more than one requirement at a time as well as more than one degree at a time. But, In order to earn a Master’s or Doctorate degree, the Bachelor’s degree in that college must be completed first.

The original requirements of Celestial University have been modified to meet the needs of the sisters in our ward. Rachel Woods is the creator of Celestial University and may be reached at or

Reynoldsburg Ward Celestial University Blog:

Degrees Offered:

Bachelors degree :

8 requirements in a chosen college

5 goals in the College of Theology

Masters degree:

4 additional requirements the same college

2 additional requirements in the College of Theology

Doctorate of Celestial Studies:

4 additional requirements in the same college

2 additional requirements in the College of Theology

Celestial University’s goal is to provide an opportunity for the sisters to become knowledgeable in each of the specified colleges; therefore the Master’s and Doctorate degrees will be a continuation of a bachelor’s degree in the same college.



Personal Management

Career Development

Political & Community Awareness

Technology & Applied Science

Behavioral Sciences

Health & Fitness

Language Arts

Arts & Music

Culinary Arts

Handcrafted Arts

Interior Design

Monday, December 21, 2009


"It used to be quite a chore to get my daughters, Katrina, seven, and Valerie, three, to try on hand-me-downs and the prior year's clothing whenever a new season rolled around.  That was until I created The Clothes STore Game.  For each girl, I spread out a categorized selection of clothes: pants, pajamas, dresses, and the like.  The girls come "shopping" and select items to try on int eh dressing room (my closet).  When they've tried on enough for that day, they bring their purchases to the cashier (me) to be tallied.  My daughters each pay with real money, givin to them just for this purpose, and get to take the clothes back to their rooms in a shopping bag.  Depending on how many outfits there are to be tried on, we play the game one or two more times and always have fun."

Theresa Medoff
Wilmington, Delaware

Friday, December 4, 2009

Controlling Clutter

Legos.  Work sheets.  Soccer cleats.  It's one of the paradoxes of family life:  nobody can ever find the things they need, and yet there are things everywhere--underfoot, under the bed, on every tabletop.  Our paradoxical solution?  Less stuff means more stuff.  The more clutter you clear away, the easier it will be for your family to find and use the things you actually need.  So clutter, beware!  There's nowhere to hide.

Maintain control.  Determine your worst clutter zones -- inside the front door, may be the kitchen counter.  Then develop a system for managing incoming items and stick with it.  Make sure your dis understand the strategy, and solicit their help in implementing it.

Save selectively.  Do you need to keep all of your children's artwork?  HOld onto every catalog?  Store outgrown tosy and clothes in the garage?  Wherever stuff is accumulating, ask yourself why, and whether you can live without it.

Do more, bring home less.  It may seem like clutter multiples while you're  not looking -- but he truth is that things end up in our homes because we buy them, kkep them, or collect them.  Encourage your family to do activities that don't entail acuiqisition:  visit a  museum, take a bike ride or a hike, or build a sand castle at the beach.

by Deanna F. Cook

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Truly Living Life

When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly life life.
     -Greg Anderson

Friday, October 2, 2009

Busy Bee

Melissa M. has proven to be another busy bee, working hard on her Celestial University program. She has completed her first bachelor's degree in the department of Career Development. Come to the Oct. H.M.G. to learn more!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Graduate News

Here's to our newest Personal Management Diploma Earner:  Cynthia

Always Be A Student

Keep on learning, (graduate's name),

Though your graduation's done;

Your whole life's an education

That has only just begun.

Your diploma is the first big step,

For knowledge is the special key

To winning what you want in life

And being who you want to be.

If you'll always be a student,

You'll find the secrets to success

And travel on the golden road

To peace and happiness.

By Joanna Fuchs

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

How To Make a Money Belt



Mexican Chicken-and-Rice Casserole

Use your stored staples to cook this quick, healthy dinner. Don't be afraid to swap ingredients—if a recipe calls for kidney beans and you have extra cans of black beans in your pantry, use them instead.

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min. Serves: 8 Cost per serving: $1.41

• 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil.

• 1 onion, chopped.

• 1 Tbsp. chili powder.

• 1 Tbsp. cumin.

• 2 cups uncooked white rice.

• 1 14.5-oz. can low-sodium chicken broth.

• 1 14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes with jalapeños.

• 1 15.5-oz. can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed.

• 1 8.75-oz. can whole-kernel corn, drained and rinsed.

• 1 4.5-oz. can chopped green chilies.

• 1 12.5-oz. can chicken breast in water, drained.

• Salt and pepper.

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large Dutch oven over medium heat, warm oil. Add onion and sauté until softened and translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Add chili powder and cumin; stir for 1 minute. Add rice; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Stir in 2 cups water, broth, tomatoes, beans, corn, chilies and chicken, season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Cover tightly and bake until rice is tender and liquid has been absorbed, 25 to 30 minutes.

2. Remove from oven and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Fluff rice with a fork, check and adjust seasoning and serve.

PER SERVING: 216 Cal., 3g Fat (0g Sat.), 31mg Chol., 4g Fiber, 17g Pro., 34g Carb., 1,051mg Sod.