Helps For Home Teachers

Priesthood leaders and home teachers frequently ask for resource material on home teaching. Following is a list of materials for use in quorum instruction, personal priesthood interviews, and personal study:

1. Melchizedek Priesthood Handbook, pp. 11–14.

2. Melchizedek Priesthood Personal Study Guide, 1975–76, pp. 7–10, 100–104; 1976–77, pp. 139–44; 1978–79, pp. 32–37.

3. Bruce R. McConkie, “Only An Elder,” Melchizedek Priesthood Personal Study Guide, 1976–77, p. 239. Also available through Church distribution centers (stock no. PXMP0153), 10¢ each.

4. Marion G. Romney, “The Responsibilities of Home Teachers,” Ensign, March 1973, pp. 12–15.

5. Boyd K. Packer, “The Saints Securely Dwell,” Ensign, January 1973, pp. 88–90.

6. James A. Cullimore, “Home Teachers—Watchmen over the Church,” Ensign, January 1973, pp. 124–26.

7. L. Tom Perry, “Home Teaching—A Sacred Calling,” Ensign, Nov. 1978, pp. 69–71.

8. Don B. Center, “The Day We Really Started Home Teaching,” Ensign, June 1977, p. 18.

9. Earl Stowell, “Little Ben,” Ensign, March 1977, pp. 66–68.

10. Paul S. Buckingham, “Homer Giles,” Ensign, Dec. 1977, pp. 34–39.

11. “Home Teaching: Watching over the Church,” lesson outline for Melchizedek Priesthood departmental session of stake priesthood leadership meeting—third quarter 1978.

12. “Worthy to Stand,” 16 mm film available through Church distribution centers (stock no. VVMP0965).

New Quality Control Emphasis for “Deseret” Foods

A lamb without blemish was the sacrifice required of the ancient Israelites (see Ex. 12:5). It was to be the best of the flock, not “blind, or broken, or maimed, or having a wen, or scurvy, or scabbed. … Ye shall not offer unto the Lord that which is bruised, or crushed, or broken, or cut.” (Lev. 22:22–23.) The Savior indicated that the same standards of quality applied as much to our offerings unto the needy as unto the Lord: “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (Matt. 25:40).

For this reason, high quality is still sought in today’s Church welfare projects. Although quality control checks have always been done on these projects, careful screening and inspection is now being emphasized more than ever.

“Good quality is never an accident,” said Bishop J. Richard Clarke of the Presiding Bishopric; “it is always the result of high intention and sincere effort” (Ensign, Nov. 1978, p. 82).

Quality control ensures that food produced for the needy and distributed under the “Deseret” label be “biologically safe, palatable, high in nutrition, with a maximum shelf life, [comply] with regulatory health laws, and [be] pleasing to the Lord” (A New Dimension, Welfare Services filmstrip).

With these goals in mind, the Welfare Services Department has outlined specific guidelines for products from Church projects. Before products are ever considered for processing, they are inspected. Every product must meet the standards or be rejected.

“We instruct our Welfare Services coordinators to ensure that grades and standards are clearly stated and understood by production units (stakes) at the time production commitments are made,” says Dennis R. Lifferth, manager of Product Coordination and Planning. “The published standards of quality should be strictly honored.”

Items meeting the standards are sent to canneries where, after processing, they are inspected again. The Ezra Taft Benson Agricultural and Food Institute at Brigham Young University has provided sanitation and equipment guidelines for the canneries.

Local members are called to serve as the quality control team for each cannery. After receiving training in sanitation and canning processes, a team member is assigned to instruct volunteer workers and inspect the whole process during every shift. A team member is on duty whenever a group is working on a project.

According to Frayne Williams, supervisor of Church canneries, every cannery has a quality control lab. The team member inspects selected cans from every batch to be sure they meet product standards. Samples from every batch are also sent to the Benson Institute for a second inspection.

“We always meet or exceed the approved standards,” says Brother Williams, “or we just won’t distribute the product.”

And if a later inspection turns up a below-standard item—after its distribution? The canneries can speedily trace and recall the goods: identification numbers on each can and case give the cannery, product, and batch number history. But recall of products is rarely necessary.

Quality control personnel don’t stop with the canning, though; they also monitor storage and distribution. Welfare Services and Benson Institute personnel are developing guidelines for those final stages. “Whether in services or produced goods, by management or volunteer workers, quality control applies to every aspect of welfare services,” said Bishop Clarke. “The quality of commodities received into the storehouse is the final measurement of our production efficiency.” (Ensign, Nov. 1978, p. 82).

And President Spencer W. Kimball has summarized the Church’s quality control aims: “[We should] be pleased to serve a meal of our products to the Lord, were it … our privilege to have him visit any one of our storehouses” (Quoted by Bishop Clarke, Ensign Nov. 1978, p. 82).

Summer Programs Offered by Ricks and BYU

A host of educational and recreational adventures are being offered this summer on the campuses of Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, and Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

Family education is the focus at Ricks. With Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks nearby, families can combine vacation with learning.

Four family-oriented programs are available: “Family Rendezvous” (horseback riding, canoeing, hiking, and nature walking for the whole family in beautiful Teton Valley), “Family Week” (swimming, tennis, crafts, art, seminars, picnics, campfires, horseback riding, and nature trails), “Sons of Helaman Campaign” (fathers and sons backpacking and canoeing in the Teton mountains), and “The Sacajaweans” (dads and daughters exploration of the backcountry). Staff is available to ensure a great time for everyone.

“Discovery ’79” is a five-week wilderness experience for college-age youth. Participants will explore Yellowstone, the Tetons, Targhee National Forest, and the Idaho Primitive Area on horseback, in canoes, and by foot.

The “Three R’s Institute” is a special program designed for graduating high school seniors who may need assistance to acquire the skills they’ll need at college. In addition to intensive in-class sessions, students work one-on-one or in small groups with tutors.

For further information on programs, contact Ricks College Division of Continuing Education, Rexburg, Idaho 83440, phone (208) 356-2516.

Everyone from dentists to debaters, from gymnasts to genealogists can find something exciting to learn on the Brigham Young University campus this summer. Fifty-four workshops—thirty for youth and twenty-four for adults—are offered throughout June, July, and August.

New this year is the First Annual Family Backpacking Adventure—a week of fishing, exploring, camping, rappelling, and studying nature in the High Uinta Wilderness.

There are camps for those interested in baseball, basketball (both boys and girls), football, golf, gymnastics (girls), soccer, swimming/diving, tennis, track, volleyball, and wrestling.

There are fine arts and communications workshops in debate, modern dance, music, publications, and theatre.

Of special interest to girls are Academy for Girls, Beauty Is You, and a pep clinic; and for boys, Boys’ World of Adventure. Especially for Youth, a week-long program of classes, devotionals, and recreation, is popular with both boys and girls. A workshop for deaf youth is also offered.

Students interested in medical technology, microbiology, dentistry, or medicine are invited to the Medical Laboratory Workshop—and college credit is offered. Credit is also available for those who take College Preparation and Theater workshops.

Among the offerings for adults are the Rocky Mountain Writers Convention, National Olympic Academy, Family History and Genealogical Research Seminar, Second National Conference on Law and Education, Primitive Pottery Workshop, Soccer Coaches Clinic, and a workshop for high school theater and cinematic arts teachers.

Of special interest is a workshop on the early years of life, directed by Dr. Burton White of Harvard, author of The First Three Years of Life. And for those sixty years of age and older, “Elderhostle” is “a stimulating and rewarding experience.”

Professional conferences and workshops are also available. Twenty educational workshops are offered for elementary and secondary teachers. The BYU Academy of Dentists is sponsoring their second annual Update Seminar, August 18 and 20, for dentists, hygienists, and dental assistants. Other health professional workshops include College Health Nurse Practitioner Preparatory Course, Administrative Concepts for the Health Professional, Immunohematology Seminar, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Workshop, and Emergency Medical Technician Training Workshop.

Those interested in any of the BYU youth or adult programs are encouraged to write or call immediately for further information: Conferences and Workshops, 242 HRCB, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah 84602, phone (801) 374-1211, extension 3556.

BYU Education Week will be held August 21–24 this year. For information contact Department of Education Weeks, 256 Fletcher Bldg., Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah 84602, phone (801) 374-1211, extension 5023.