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Apple Butter

My house smells like apple butter - wonderful, cinnamon aromas sift through the air. I love the smell of apple butter when it's cooking. But more than the smell, I love the lesson that making apple butter has taught me.

Several weeks ago, we bought two large boxes of apples and put them out in the garage where it is cool and the apples stay fresh longer. The kids have been eating them for lunches, snacks, and caramel apple treats. Over time, the apples in the last box were starting to get bruised, wrinkled and soft. They were no longer very good for eating, but they were perfect for apple butter. No matter their outward appearance, you take the apples, peel them, core them and slice them into pieces and throw them in the crock pot, bruises, blemishes and all. (Just don't use the rotton ones!) You add a few other ingredients, let them simmer for a few hours, and then what you have is amazing!

Now, you are probably wondering what I mean by a lesson! It's pretty simple, actually. You see, the apples are bruised, stained, and not very good. But by adding to them and cooking them, you end up with something that is better than you ever thought it could be. It's a lot like our earthly lives.

We are born into this world crisp and clean, like new apples. Time goes on, and we do not stay the way we started. We get bruised and stained with sin and trials. We get discouraged and frustrated. We lose our shine. We lose our way. We might even look undesirable to others.

But we are never un-redeemable to the Savior. He takes us with all of our bruises and sorrows and adds to us until we become something completely different than we were, and oh, so much better! He can make us more than we ever believed or thought possible. Through Him, we become more like Him.

Repentance makes us into what He needs us to be. Sometimes, it does not seem very pleasant, but once we trust in Him, changes take place and we become better. We can't do it on our own, but with His help we can become perfect.

All the words in the world could never describe how wonderful my house smells right now, nor could they describe how great the apple butter tastes when it is finally done. The same is true of the changes the Savior can make in our lives.

No matter how hard I try, I could never explain how much He loves each one of us and how absolutely amazing the principle of repentance really is. He ALREADY suffered for all our sins! No matter what we have done, we can still turn to Him and change our lives. No matter how bruised, torn or broken we are, He still can help us become what He needs us to be. We are not, and never have been unloved.

It is amazing how something that appears useless can be turned into something that is wonderful. The Lord takes us and changes us to be His. Through Him we can be forgiven and redeemed.

And that's what Apple Butter has taught me.

Mom's Apple Butter

  • 6 lbs apples - peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 4 cups white sugar
  • 4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  1. Place apples in crockpot. Add sugar, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Mix well.
  2. Cover and cook on high one hour.
  3. Reduce heat to low and cook 10 to 12 hours, stirring occasionally, until mixture is thickened and dark brown.
  4. Mash apples with a potatoe masher.
  5. Uncover and continue cooking on low for one hour.
  6. Spoon the mixture into sterile containers, freeze.
  7. You can also prepare jars and put in jars. The heat from the apple butter with seal the jars. Leave on counter for several hours, check seals and put on shelf.

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