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Stuffed Green Pepper Casserole
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 2 ½ cups cooked white rice
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 large green bell peppers, diced
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 (29-ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 3 (14-ounce) cans tomato sauce
- 2 (14-ounce) cans corn, drained
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat your oven to 350.
Brown the beef in a large pan, drain and set aside.
Add oil to the pan you used for your beef. Cook peppers and onions in oil until they begin to get tender.
Add beef back in, along with diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, corn, garlic, salt and pepper. Stir well.
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
Add in rice and mix well.
Transfer mixture to a 13×9 baking dish and bake for 30 minutes, or until bubbly.
Brothers and sisters, think of the total amount of time in a week devoted to doctrinally based, spirit-filled instruction for our young people through the programs of the Church. Let's assume they go to seminary. That might yield three or four hours of quality instruction during the course of the week. What would they receive in church on Sunday? Thirty minutes in sacrament meeting; thirty minutes in Sunday School; and thirty minutes in Young Men's, Young Women's, or Gospel Doctrine. A total of maybe five, six, or seven hours for the entire week, if we are optimistic. Think of the evil influences in the world. Will the Church and its programs alone safeguard you and me and our children in an increasingly wicked world? The answer is no. Please do not misunderstand this statement--I would not trust my children exclusively to the programs of the Church. I love the Church, but the Church operates as a support to you and to me as we create a home that is a house of learning. First and foremost, the responsibility is ours as parents to create a Christ-centered, spirit-filled home environment where the Holy Ghost can teach and testify to our children. If they know the why, they will quickly learn the how.
Brothers and sisters, with all the energy of my soul, I express appreciation for being here with you today. I have gained much from your faith as you have assembled here. I hope the Spirit has instructed each of us in things we can do better to follow the admonition of Elder Wirthlin to create a home that is a house of learning.
I testify that Jesus is the Christ. I know He lives. I know He appeared with his Father to the boy prophet Joseph Smith. And I testify the living Savior directs the affairs of His living church through apostles and prophets in these latter days. I so testify in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.