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Sharing Noah's Pudding with the North Ogden 11th Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The North Ogden 11th Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints invited Emerald Hills
Institute to come and share Ashura or Noah’s Pudding tradition with them on Sunday the 16th of

Michael Todd Cevering from the ward worked with Zeynep and Coskun Kariparduc to coordinate the
event, to which almost every person from the congregation attended. This is a ward for young adults
between the ages of 18 and 25, and at a time in life when their contemporaries are pushing boundaries
these young people were excited to find out about other faith traditions and were very polite and
engaging. “This was not what I expected,” was heard several times from many people, and “It really
tastes good!”

The tradition of Ashura or Noah’s Pudding grows from an anecdotal history of the Biblical Noah’s Ark
coming to rest on Mount Ararat in Southeastern Turkey. After months of living on the ark, Noah’s family
made a celebratory meal of the grain and dried fruits left after their incredible ordeal. The dish as it is
made today combines very different elements into a desert which is surprisingly sweet and tasty – and
has become a metaphor for the awareness that community is always stronger when differences are
appreciated and accepted.

Zeynep, the Outreach Coordinator for Emerald Hills Institute, gave a heartfelt presentation on the tradition
of Noah’s Pudding, and invited participants to consider how much better our communities – and the
world – will be when we put aside petty issues and celebrate the differences which make each of us

The leader of the congregation said “This was so much better than I hoped – we have got to
do this more!”