Too often we bask in our comfortable complacency and rationalize that the ravages of war, economic disaster, famine, and earthquake cannot happen here. Those who believe this are either not acquainted with the revelations of the Lord, or they do not believe them. Those who smugly think these calamities will not happen, that they somehow will be set aside because of the righteousness of the Saints, are deceived and will rue the day they harbored such a delusion. - Ezra Taft Benson

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Watch General Conference LIVE Today and Tomorrow

Watch Conference LIVE Today and Tomorrow.
Saturday April 4, 2015 - Sunday, April 5, 2015

Home and Family Blog

What better way to spend an Easter weekend that with messages that bless and strengthen families?

Beautiful Flowers on Temple Square
Springtime in downtown SLC, Utah; Temple Square
General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Friday, April 3, 2015

He is Here - Importance of Easter

This is all that matters, really.
Let us choose to follow Him.


#BecauseHeLives we too will live again.

I share my personal witness to the world that He lives.  I know this for myself, independent of anyone else.  Study, Meditation and Prayer bring us to the knowledge that the most important things in life aren't things; they are truths learned only through faith.

Jesus Christ is our Redeemer.  He wants us to be happy and at peace.  He is a real person who walked this earth, teaching correct principles to all who would listen.

We, now, have that same opportunity.  It's what matters most for, in the end, we will each be held accountable for what we have done with His name.  Have we served Him or have we chosen otherwise?

As the creator of this earth, and as our elder brother, He has provided a way back to our Heavenly home if we will only heed the promptings of the Holy Spirit, turn to Christ, and obey His commandments.

The world teaches otherwise, but then when was the 'world' right?
It's spiritual things that matter most. I testify to this reality.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Prepare the World for the Second Coming

Many of us who love the Lord and His Holy Word found in scriptures and from modern day Prophets and Apostles - are watching for the signs of His coming and seeking to be prepared both spiritually and temporally.

Part of that preparation includes bringing souls unto Him; where they can learn of Him and His truths and be baptized by proper authority for the remission of sins and by way of entering into a covenant with Him to serve Him.  He promises us, that by doing so, we will receive His added strength and protection.  What an incredible gift this is.

Today I share a bit about the importance of missionary work and the role each of us play in the lives of others.  If we have truth we should share it.  For those who are seeking greater light and knowledge, we hope you will feel free to ask questions. Questions are good; they help us as we seek to find truth.

Preparing the World for the Second Coming

It requires sacrifice on the part of many but the sacrifices are worth it.

My son is currently serving as an LDS/Mormon Missionary in Idaho.  He loves it.  He loves the people and he loves the area; yet it is also long and laborious and hard work.  He wouldn't trade it for anything but often asks us for additional prayers that he may honorably and nobly fulfill this call to serve the Lord full-time (for 2 years).  Andrew in Idaho

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Prepare for the Coming Days

I've shared this before but it's worth the reiteration.  We're asked to prepare as best as we can for the days ahead.  I hope we'll consider these things seriously as we've been warned and will have no excuse in coming days.

"For over forty years, in a spirit of love, members of the Church have been counseled to be thrifty and self-reliant; to avoid debt; pay tithes and a generous fast offering; be industrious; and have sufficient food, clothing, and fuel on hand to last at least one year.  

"Today there are compelling reasons to reemphasize this counsel. We heard it done effectively in that great welfare meeting this morning. May I add just a word.

"Members of the Church are feeling the economic pinch of higher taxes and inflation coupled with conditions of continuing recession. Some have come to their bishops seeking assistance to pay for house payments, car loans, and utilities.

"Unfortunately, there has been fostered in the minds of some an expectation that when we experience hard times, when we have been unwise and extravagant with our resources and have lived beyond our means, we should look to either the Church or government to bail us out. Forgotten by some of our members is an underlying principle of the Church welfare plan that “no true Latter-day Saint will, while physically able, voluntarily shift from himself the burden of his own support” (Marion G. Romney, in Conference Report, Oct. 1973, p. 106).  - Read full article: Benson

Friday, November 14, 2014

Preparedness for Single Parents

I've worked hard to prepare for many years.  I've stored wheat and other grains as well as a variety of canned goods and oils.  I've also picked and canned my own fruit, bottled it, ground my own wheat and made homemade whole wheat bread, sprouted wheat and legumes, learned about herbs, essential oils, and nutrition etc.  I've also explored a variety of 'alternative' methods of emotional and physical healing.  I've worked to enhance my daily exercise, water intake and basic well-being.

But, I'm a single parent and I can't do all that I used to do.  My energy is lower as I age :) and...our income has been reduced so that I can't attain all the items I'd like to have for my family for preparedness purposes.

Yet, I know that I have done what I could.  It's taken many years to build up a food supply, get warm winter clothing and blankets, have a tent and sleeping bags etc.  I'm still working on some things as my children have grown and we've actually used up a lot of our food storage that we worked so hard to gather.  So, it served it's purpose.  We've had food when we needed it.  We've gained skills that would help us survive better if there were an emergency.  We do have flashlights and I do know how to find ways to cook things without fuel.

But, I hope that this stage won't last forever.  It's seemed like it has already (15 yrs. of raising my children alone).  We've learned many lessons and have had to work hard for survival.  I really mean that.

The message I'd share with other single-parents is that it can be done - a bit at a time.  Don't get overwhelmed by the task at hand.  Get a few extra things every week at the store.  Or, better yet, grow some of your own garden produce or find places in the community where you can pick fruits and vegetables for a reduced price.

Learn how to mend or sew items.  Children can and need to learn these skills as well.  Be frugal, thrifty and humble.  Ask for help when you need it.  Most people would help if they knew you were in need.  (I need to do better at that myself.)  :)

We're all in this together.  Many singles; never married, divorced, or widowed, are in similar circumstances.

For those who are able to help - please do so.  Many suffer in silence because they know not where to turn to ask for help or support.

And, Pray.  Our Heavenly Father is mindful of our needs.  He wants to help us - and sometimes that's through us learning new skills to help ourselves - but, sometimes, when we're really down, we need a boost from someone with more energy that we have at the time.  Then, someday, we can return that favor to someone else. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

How Can We Minimize Suffering?

This is a great 'all-encompassing' statement for why we prepare.

The rationale for emergency preparedness is that by living providently and by acquiring in advance the skills and resources necessary to cope effectively with difficulties, Latter-day Saints can minimize or avoid the suffering that accompanies the unexpected. They can also have the sense of security and peace of mind (D&C 38:30) that are essential to spiritual development. They are also taught to work toward self-sufficiency-to provide adequately for themselves, to assist those in need, and to avoid unnecessary dependence upon the efforts or resources of others. They are told to put aside something when times are good so that they can care for themselves and others when times are bad. For Latter-day Saints, preparing for emergencies is more akin to saving for a "rainy day" than surviving "doomsday" (Kimball, p. 78).  Emergency Preparedness

Friday, October 17, 2014

Essential Oils for Preparedness

These are a few of my favorite products for health and wellness.  We use, and have used, them OFTEN for infections, sore throats, acne, sore muscles, cramps, seasonal depression, allergies, and bug bites etc.  Each pure oil is for a unique use. 

These are products that I can sincerely recommend as being very helpful and for a variety of uses.

Here's the link to MY SITE - where you can order.  I would encourage you to look into them as these are products I can wholeheartedly endorse.

See also:  WHAT is an ESSENTIAL OIL?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

How Do We Prepare for the Future?

I run several blogs and used to post to this one more frequently.  I don't keep it up as often as I've sort of moved to a new phase I thought I'd add this little ditty.

For many years I worked hard to prepare temporally; food, clothing, shelter, water, sanitation etc.  I attended many classes, learned how to sprout, grind my own wheat, bake bread and other goods, cook, clean, survive in winter and provide sanitation facilities in emergencies.  I know how to clean water, use some herbs, cook without electricity, and my son even took a HAM radio operators class.

Amongst these things I've also studied about earthquake and pandemic safety and preparedness.  I've sought to be diligent in these matters and do what I could to protect my children from any eventuality.

I still think these things are important; especially if a person has made no preparations at all.  It's great to have important life skills to know how to garden, use basic tools, grow and store food, bottle food etc.  But, even more important, in my opinion, are the foundational principles that underlie all types of preparedness. 

Why do we prepare?
Why is that important?
Are we doing it so that we can help others' or just help ourselves?
Are we doing it out of obedience to God or for some other reason?

These questions will help us know better how and what to prepare.

As a single-parent I've had to work harder, perhaps, than most.  Our time, energies and funding were greatly limited.  I've sought guidance from a higher Power to help me know how to best use what I had to prepare for times ahead.  And, He has helped me do that.  I've seen miracles when we were offered apples or apricots for free - if we'd pick them.  I knew that because of my desire to obey we were being blessed beyond our own abilities.

Through it all (including all my many studies and readings about preparedness) I've come to feel for myself that the greatest preparation I've had is in becoming a whole and worthy person, forgiving of all who have hurt or offended me, healthier in both body and spirit, obedient to God's counsel, and at peace in the world around me.

As the world increases in wickedness and the natural disasters come closer to home, the greatest blessing I have right now is PEACE that He will be with me, He will comfort me, and He will continue to help and guide me.

Fear is not of God. It's from the opposite side and he seeks to stir our souls up to contention, dissension, anger towards one another, and...anything that will take peace from us.  We may have to 'fight' against that every day by keeping armor of light upon us.  This comes only through scripture study and sincere prayer as we keep our lives aligned with the things of light that take away the darkness.

Monday, August 25, 2014

"Gathering" To Zion

Found these messages that a friend sent me in 2008. They're a good reminder that the Lord will lead us along if we keep all of His commandments.  There is safety in that and in no other way.  'Don't go to extremes' is the watch-cry of our day.  But, do....Keep yourselves unspotted from the world, come out from Babylon, be pure in heart and do what the Spirit prompts you to do. 
Follow the Prophets; particularly the First Presidency.
Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Vol. 6, p. 12
“Perhaps some of you are ready to ask, ‘Cannot the Lord save us as well where we are as to gather together?’ Yes, if the Lord says so.
But if He commands us to come out and gather together, He will not save us by staying at home.”

Joseph Smith, JD, Vol. 6, p. 239, 6/2/1839 
 “There will be here and there a Stake for the gathering of the Saints. Some may have cried peace, but the Saints and the world will have little peace from henceforth. Let this not hinder us from going to the Stakes; for God has told us to flee, not dallying, or we shall be scattered, one here, and another there. There your children shall be blessed, and you in the midst of friends, where you may be blessed. The Gospel net gathers of every kind.
I prophesy that the man who tarries after he has an opportunity of going will be afflicted by the Devil. Wars are at hand: we must not delay, but are not required to sacrifice. We ought to have the building up of Zion as our greatest object. When wars come, we shall have to flee to Zion. The cry is to make haste. The last revelations says, ‘Ye shall not have time to have’ gone over the earth, until these things come. It will come as did the cholera, war, fires, and earthquakes, one pestilence after another, etc., until the Ancient of Days come; then judgment will be given to the Saints.“Whatever you may hear about me or Kirtland, take no notice of it; for if it be a place of refuge, the Devil will use his greatest efforts to trap the Saints. You must make yourselves acquainted with those men who, like Daniel, pray three times a day to the house of the Lord. Look to the Presidency and receive instructions. Every man who is afraid, covetous, etc., will be taken in a snare. The time is soon coming when no man will have any peace but in Zion and her Stakes.”

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Making Wise Use of our Time; Prioritizing Choices

"Time is never for sale; time is a commodity that cannot, try as you may, be bought at any store for any price. Yet when time is wisely used, its value is immeasurable. On any given day we are all allocated, without cost, the same number of minutes and hours to use, and we soon learn, as the familiar hymn so carefully teaches, “Time flies on wings of lightning; we cannot call it back”.  What time we have we must use wisely. President Brigham Young said, “We are all indebted to God for the ability to use time to advantage, and he will require of us a strict account of [its] disposition”

"With the demands made of us, we must learn to prioritize our choices to match our goals or risk being exposed to the winds of procrastination and being blown from one time-wasting activity to another. We are well taught about priorities by the Master Teacher when He declared in His Sermon on the Mount, “Wherefore, seek not the things of this world but seek ye first to build up the kingdom of God, and to establish his righteousness”.  - A Time to Prepare

Let us choose to PLAN and PREPARE as we also strive to heed daily promptings and keep ourselves open to what the Lord would guide us to do.

In my own life I've found that have a daily notebook is helpful.  I list things that I need to get done, and certain appointments, but then, I leave myself open to be flexible as to guidance of the Spirit and the needs of others.  This has been more effective for me than having a rigid daily schedule.  And, I've sought diligently to remove unnecessary things and to be more efficient when I do run 'errands'.  I try to combine them and keep them as infrequent as possible.

"Simplify" is my frequent motto.  This has blessed my life and opened me up to the things that matter most.