Cooking Up Activity Day Fun

They might look like ordinary girls, but today they’re actually chefs in training. About once a month, these activity day girls from the Whittier Ward in the Salt Lake Wells Stake try out a recipe from the Friend. “Cooking is much more fun if you do it together!” said Annika C., age 11.

Today the girls went bananas making banana chocolate-chip bread and funny banana faces. You can see their bread recipe on the page to the right.

These girls know quite a few different languages. That’s because some of their parents are from Tonga, Tahiti, Germany, Norway, Ecuador, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. They have lots of fun together doing things like riding their bikes and playing Fox and Geese in the snow.

They also enjoy learning about the gospel together. One week the full-time missionaries taught them about following the promptings of the Holy Ghost. The girls took turns wearing a blindfold and trying to follow a voice directing them which way to go.

One of their most special activity days helped them get ready for the dedication of the Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple, which was to be televised at their stake center. Their leader, Sister Pam Carson, told them about the temple dedication and gave each of the girls a white handkerchief. The girls were able to use those handkerchiefs for a special part of the temple dedication.

Whether they are learning about the gospel or cooking up a treat in the kitchen, these girls agree that it’s always more fun when they’re together.

Illustrations by Brad Teare; photographs by Steve Bunderson