First off, I'm sorry for not posting as regularly as I'd like. Like I mentioned in my last post, I've had some family issues to deal with. This time was my father. He'd been in the hospital for about a month, undergoing various surgeries, when the doctors discovered a very aggressive tumor in his right frontal lobe of his brain. Knowing he would never recover, and anything we could do at this point would only prolong life, not make anything better, we discontinued all life support. He entered into hospice care, being given medications to keep him out of pain until he passed away on Sunday, July 27th. Needless to say, this has been a difficult time for my family.
As Mormons or, more properly, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we believe that family relationships can last forever. My parents were sealed together as husband and wife in the Manti LDS Temple when I was a young boy. My brothers and I were sealed to them as their sons. My wife and I were married in the Jordan River LDS Temple, and so our children have been born “in the covenant.” If we keep the faith, we can enjoy the same familial relationship in Heaven that we enjoy here on Earth. Knowing that brings great comfort to me. I know that my father knew it because he taught it to us. I know that I will see him again.
To quote our scriptures, Doctrine and Covenants, section 138, verses 47 – 48
47. The Prophet Elijah was to plant in the hearts of the children the promises made to their fathers,Dad's funeral was last Wednesday. There is a traditional potato casserole that gets served at funerals, or other pot-luck “get-togethers.” Commonly known as “funeral potatoes” (my wife knows them as “yummy potatoes”) it's basically a potatoes au gratin variation made with frozen cubed hash brown potatoes and extra cheese.
48. Foreshadowing the great work to be done in the temples of the Lord in the dispensation of the fulness of times, for the redemption of the dead, and the sealing of the children to their parents, lest the whole earth be smitten with a curse and utterly wasted at his coming.
Admittedly, we didn't have these at the funeral. I can't say I'm sorry. They're okay, but not a favorite of mine. Offering it to you today may be in bad taste but, my Dad liked a good joke and not all of them were in good taste. Maybe I'm just my father's son.
24 oz. frozen cubed hash brown potatoes
1/3 cup green onions, chopped
2 14 oz. cans condensed cream of chicken soup
2 cups sour cream
1 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
non-stick cooking spray, olive oil, or butter to grease the pan.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Combine onions, soup, sour cream, 1 cup of the cheese, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Mix in the potatoes. Spread evenly across the bottom of a greased 9 x 13 baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top. Bake on the center rack of the oven for 30 minutes.