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

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tragedy or Triumph?




"We must never forget that we may also find meaning in life even when confronted with a hopeless situation, when facing a fate that cannot be changed.  For what then matters is to bear witness to the uniquely human potential at it's best, which is to transform a personal tragedy into a triumph, to turn one's predicament into a human achievement."  Viktor Frankl (holocaust survivor, concentration camp inmate)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Preparing for Emergencies; A Year's Supply

"Preparing for Emergencies", Ensign, Dec. 1990, 59

Families who have a year’s supply of food, clothing, and fuel should rotate their supplies and take periodic inventory. As part of your effort to be prepared and to manage your family’s resources well, you will want to review your food storage and other materials. Basic storage might include—

  • Grains (wheat, rice, etc.).
  • Nonfat dried milk.
  • Sugar/honey.
  • Legumes (beans, peas).
  • Salt (iodized in some areas).
  • Vegetable oil (fat).
  • Drinking water (14 gallons recommended for each family member), plus water for washing and cooking.
  • Vitamins (replaced within 2 to 5 years).
  • Garden seeds, for planting to supplement stored diet.
  • Bedding, clothing, fabric, thread, needles.
  • Wheat grinder (hand-powered).
  • Medical supplies.
  • Scriptures, books, learning supplies.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Peace is Taken from Earth

Read here:  References on the Last Days

“We shall … do well to discern the signs of the times as we pass along, that the day of the Lord may not ‘overtake us as a thief in the night.'

“Wherefore, comfort one another, even as ye also do, for perilous times are at hand. … Peace is taken from the earth in part, and it will soon be in whole; yea, destructions are at our doors, and they soon will be in the houses of the wicked, and they that know not God." 

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Most Frequently Asked Questions - Food Storage

As President Kimball has said, “Preparedness, when properly pursued, is a way of life, not a sudden, spectacular program.” (October 1976, Regional Representatives Seminar address.)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Housing Crisis

"Newspapers are filled with reports of the current housing crisis. We have been encouraged at almost every general conference of the Church I can remember not to live beyond our means. Our income should determine the kind of housing we can afford, not the neighbor’s big home across the street.
"President Heber J. Grant once said: “From my earliest recollections, from the days of Brigham Young until now, I have listened to men standing in the pulpit … urging the people not to run into debt; and I believe that the great majority of all our troubles today is caused through the failure to carry out that counsel” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1921, 3).

"One of the better ways to simplify our lives is to follow the counsel we have so often received to live within our income, stay out of debt, and save for a rainy day. We should practice and increase our habits of thrift, industry, economy, and frugality. Members of a well-managed family do not pay interest; they earn it." -Elder L. Tom Perry,  - read more here:  "Let Him Do it With Simplicity"

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Live by Faith, Not Fear

Elder Quentin L. Cook shares the following:  "When we choose to follow Christ in faith rather than choosing another path out of fear, we are blessed with a consequence that is consistent with our choice."

“Behold, this is the promise of the Lord unto you, O ye my servants.
“Wherefore, be of good cheer, and do not fear, for I the Lord am with you, and will stand by you; and ye shall bear record of me, even Jesus Christ, that I am the Son of the living God, that I was, that I am, and that I am to come.”  Read more here:

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Prepare for the Future

President Thomas S. Monson has taught, “Our journey into the future will not be a smooth highway stretching from here to eternity. Rather, there will be forks and turnings in the road, to say nothing of the unanticipated bumps. …   “Prepare for the future.” 



 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Do it with SIMPLICITY

In our search to obtain relief from the stresses of life, may we earnestly seek ways to simplify our lives.
L. Tom PerryFrom his experiences at Walden Pond, Thoreau determined that there were only four things that a man really needed: food, clothing, shelter, and fuel. I would like to expand on each of these four basic needs of life, as well as the spiritual benefits of a simplified lifestyle.  The first requirement is food.  -  Another basic necessity is our clothing. - Third requirement; That of shelter.  - Thoreau’s final necessity was fuel. 

In our search to obtain relief from the stresses of life, may we earnestly seek ways to simplify our lives. May we comply with the inspired counsel and direction the Lord has given us in the great plan of happiness. May we be worthy to have the companionship of the Holy Ghost and follow the guidance of the Spirit as we navigate this mortal journey. May we prepare ourselves to accomplish the ultimate purpose of this mortal test—to return and live with our Heavenly Father.  Read more here:
 

Monday, March 21, 2011

We are responsible for our own social, emotional, spiritual, physical, and economic well-being"

We are responsible for our own social, emotional, spiritual, physical, and economic well-being.

The Church and its members are commanded by the Lord to be self-reliant and independent. (See D&C 78:13–14.)

The responsibility for each person’s social, emotional, spiritual, physical, or economic well-being rests first upon himself, second upon his family, and third upon the Church if he is a faithful member thereof.  

No true Latter-day Saint, while physically or emotionally able, will voluntarily shift the burden of his own or his family’s well-being to someone else. So long as he can, under the inspiration of the Lord and with his own labors, he will supply himself and his family with the spiritual and temporal necessities of life. (See 1 Timothy 5:8.

As we travel and visit the people throughout the world, we recognize the great temporal needs of our people. And as we long to help them, we realize the vital importance of their learning this great lesson: that the highest achievement of spirituality comes as we conquer the flesh. We build character as we encourage people to care for their own needs.   - President Spencer W. Kimball

Sunday, March 20, 2011

We should WORK for what we receive

We should work for what we receive. 

"With regard to all phases of our lives, I believe that men should help themselves.  They should plow and plant and cultivate and harvest and not expect their faith to bring them bread.  Work is a spiritual necessity as well as an economic necessity.

"Work brings happiness, self-esteem, and prosperity. It is the means of all accomplishment; it is the opposite of idleness. We are commanded to work. (See Gen. 3:19.) Attempts to obtain our temporal, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being by means of a dole violate the divine mandate that we should work for what we receive.

"The Lord’s way builds individual self-esteem and develops and heals the dignity of the individual, whereas the world’s way depresses the individual’s view of himself and causes deep resentment."   Read more:  Teachings of President Spencer W. Kimball

Saturday, March 19, 2011

A Lesson on Preparedness; Regular Basic Training

"A lesson on preparedness was taught by the Lord in the twenty-fifth chapter of Matthew. It tells about ten virgins awaiting a marriage celebration. Five were wise and prepared. Five were foolish and not prepared. The five wise virgins were welcomed into the marriage feast upon the arrival of the bridegroom. The five foolish virgins were off to the store buying supplies, and upon their return found the door closed. The cry to the Lord to open the door was met with the response, “I know you not.”

My assignment today is as basic to welfare services as priesthood is to the Church. I’ve been given the assignment to bring an increased awareness to the priesthood and Relief Society leadership of the need to teach and to give basic training in personal and family preparedness on a regular, continuing schedule."       - Elder L. Tom Perry

Friday, March 18, 2011

Preparedness Ideas; Learn and Improve

Some ideas you might seek to learn and improve upon:

Skills: carpentry, cooking, counseling, problem-solving, electrical, financial, first-aid, furnace repair, shutting off gas/water/electrical, music, leadership, camping, comforting children, planning, organizing, plumbing, storytelling-entertaining, knot-tying, HAM-radio operator, gardening, sprouting,

Resources:  food, water, 72-hr. kits, blankets, buckets, clothing, tools, cooking equipment, generators, first-aid supplies, fire-extinguishers, extra food for others', fuel, heavy equipment, ladder, tarps, duct tape, ropes, HAM/short-wave radio, sleeping bags (and extras), tents, trailer, truck, van, matches, portable toilets, water purifier, water pump, wheelbarrow, wagon, chains, educational materials, toys for children, herbs, essential oils, consecrated oil, etc.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

What are our responsibilities for home production and storage?

What exactly are our responsibilities in the area of home production and storage?

Responsibility for the well-being of members of the Church lies first with the individual, then with the family, and last of all with the Church. In keeping with this principle, our families should seek to become self-reliant and independent in home production and storage by:

1. Producing food on our own property, and also producing appropriate non-food necessities of life wherever that is practical.

2. Learning the best methods of preserving that which we produce.

3. Properly storing whatever we have, using the methods that are best suited to our areas. The Church recommends that we store at least a year’s supply of food and clothing, and, where possible, fuel. A supply of water is also important. The food we store should be appropriate to our diets, beginning with the basics and adding what we are able to from there. 

4. Using what we have in an appropriate manner, practicing thrift and avoiding waste.   Read more HERE:

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Organized Love


“We can . . . truly know that God loves us, individually and perfectly, even though we cannot always explain the meaning of all things.”

"Organized Love is Better than Generalized Concern".   - Elder Neal A. Maxwell

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Japanese earthquake to spark Stock Market Drop?

One of the nation’s leading economic analysts, Yale University professor Robert Shiller, believes the Japanese earthquake will spark a huge worldwide stock market drop as early as this week. And it looks like he is dead on as the market correction is already underway Tuesday — the Dow was down more than 250 at the opening bell.   Read Full Story Here

Monday, March 14, 2011

Store up GRAIN

For over 100 years we have been admonished to store up grain. “Remember the counsel that is given,” said Elder Orson Hyde, “‘… Store up all your grain,’ and take care of it! … And I tell you it is almost as necessary to have bread to sustain the body as it is to have food for the spirit; for the one is as necessary as the other to enable us to carry on the work of God upon the earth.” (Journal of Discourses, vol. 5, p. 17.)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

What are some of the Calamities foretold?

What are some of the calamities for which we are to prepare? In section 29 the Lord warns us of “a great hailstorm sent forth to destroy the crops of the earth.” (D&C 29:16.)

In section 45 we read of “an overflowing scourge; for a desolating sickness shall cover the land.” (D&C 45:31.)

In section 63 the Lord declares he has “decreed wars upon the face of the earth. …” (D&C 63:33.)

In Matthew, chapter 24, we learn of “famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes. …” (Matt. 24:7.)

The Lord declared that these and other calamities shall occur. These particular prophecies seem not to be conditional. The Lord, with his foreknowledge, knows that they will happen. Some will come about through man’s manipulations; others through the forces of nature and nature’s God, but that they will come seems certain. Prophecy is but history in reverse—a divine disclosure of future events.

Yet, through all of this, the Lord Jesus Christ has said: “… if ye are prepared ye shall not fear.” (D&C 38:30.)

Purchase your own copy of the D&C (Doctrine and Covenants) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints HERE

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Search These Commandments


What, then, is the Lord’s way to help us prepare for these calamities? The answer is... found in section 1 of the Doctrine and Covenants, wherein he says:

“Wherefore, I the Lord, knowing the calamity which should come upon the inhabitants of the earth, called upon my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., and spake unto him from heaven, and gave him commandments;

“Search these commandments, for they are true and faithful, and the prophecies and promises which are in them shall all be fulfilled.” (D&C 1:37.)

Purchase your own copy of the Doctrine and Covenants (D&C) HERE and.....Student Manual (accompanying study guide) HERE

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

How Well Do You Know The Constitution?

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WISE or FOOLISH?

President Kimball in his book, “Faith Precedes the Miracle” wrote, “It is so hard to wait and be prepared
always. But we cannot allow ourselves to slumber. The Lord has given us this parable as a special warning.”  “I believe the ten virgins represent the people of the Church of Jesus Christ…they were knowing people who were foolishly unprepared for the happenings that were to affect their eternal lives… They were fools these five unprepared virgins.” “Now, too late, they were becoming conscious of the tragedy of unpreparedness…The foolish asked the others to share their oil, but…they needed all their oil for themselves; they could not save the foolish. The responsibility was each for himself. This was not selfishness or unkindness.”

Pres. Kimball, “Faith Precedes the Miracle,” pgs. 253-255

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

How EASY it is to can at the Cannery


Short 1 min. video on how EASY it is to can at the LDS CANNERY!

"Mormon Cannery" (from non-LDS perspective)


This is a 6 minute video clip from a couple who went to their local "Mormon" Cannery and had a very positive experience.  The man explains the process, what they did, how cordially they were treated, the fair prices they found, what they canned, and their overall very positive experience.  He recommends the cannery very highly!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Who's on the Lord's Side?

We are instructed to “watch with all perseverance” and we should do it with faith…not fear.

Elder Bednar gives this guidance, "Now brothers and sisters, these teachings from modern and ancient prophets about latter-day tests and trials are sobering and solemn. But they should not be discouraging, and we should not be afraid. For those with eyes to see and ears to hear, spiritual warnings lead to increasingly vigilant watching.  You and I live in ‘a day of warning’ (D&C 63:58). And because we have been and will be warned, we need to be, as the Apostle Paul admonished, ‘watching … with all perseverance’ (Ephesians 6:18). As we watch and prepare, truly we have no need to fear (see D&C 38:30).”

Elder David A. Bednar, “Who’s on the Lord’s Side? Now is the Time to Show,” BYU-I Education Week Address, July 2010

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Look to the Lighthouse of the Lord

Our beloved prophet, President Thomas S. Monson gave us “a word” at the end of General Conference in 2010, “My brothers and sisters, today, as we look at the world around us, we are faced with problems which are serious and of great concern to us. The world seems to have slipped from the moorings of safety and drifted from the harbor of peace…My counsel…is to look to the lighthouse of the Lord . There is no fog so dense, no night so dark, no gale so strong, no mariner so lost but what its beacon light can rescue. It beckons through the storms of life. The lighthouse of the Lord sends forth signals readily recognized and never failing…The Lord loves us, my brothers and sisters, and will bless us as we call upon Him.”

A Word In Closing, 2010, President Monson

Friday, March 4, 2011

Prophetic Statements on Food Storage

I've recently finished this book.  It contained excellent information!  I would highly recommend it to any who are wanting to read more about preparing and Prophetic Statements on Food Storage.

The author writes "The degree of our preparation will equal the extent of our obedience, which will determine the measure of our peace of mind." 

He has served as a Bishop twice, as a counselor in the Stake Presidency, High Council member for decades, Seminary teacher, Elder's quorum President and numerous other callings including those related to food storage and personal and family preparedness.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Cooking with Food Storage

                                
This is one of the first books I ever purchased on how to actually use my Food Storage.  I've had it for over 12 yrs. now and it is a wonderful resource.  I've learned new things and experimented and tried and tested new recipes.  It's been a good journey.

I recommend it highly for any who are trying to figure out how they are going to actually eat what they have stored.

Basic Foods- including grains and beans - can easliy be incorporated into our diets now -- rather than later.  As we use what we've stored - our bodies adapt and become accustomed to those products.

Using the foods we have stored - can be healthy, delicious and....empowering.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Cleanse the Church?


"Should the Lord decide at this time to cleanse the Church, and the need for that cleansing seems to be increasing -- a famine in this land of one year's duration could wipe out a large percentage of slothful members, including some ward and stake officers.  Yet we cannot say we have not been warned."  Ezra Taft Benson, "Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson", p. 265.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Cooking at Home Saves 75% on Food Bill

Today (March 1, 2011) Dave Ramsey said "Cooking at home saves 75% on your Food Bill."   Broadcast on FOX News Neil Cavuto show 

That's good advice for us all.  There are plenty of places and ways to learn to cook at home, eat more healthily, save on your food bill, and ...spend time with your family. 

Fear Not, I Am With Thee; Oh, Be Not Dismayed

Many times in my life I have had this verse come to mind as an answer to prayer.  It's comforted me more times than I can name.  The Lord wants us to put our trust in Him.  He has not given us the spirit of fear.  He desires to help us as we prepare in all ways (temporally, spiritually, emotionally etc.) for the return of His Son.  That would be His greatest joy; to know that we walk in His light and truth.

"Fear not, I am with thee; oh, be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid.
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand."

Read the FULL text here "How Firm a Foundation" 
Download FREE MPV version of the Hymn HERE

See Also:  "God Hath Not Given Us the Spirit of Fear" Pres. Hinckley 1984

No vacation until you have a year's supply!

In 1976 Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone gave the following suggestions on ways to be able to afford a year's supply of food and commodities in his talk entitled "Food Storage". All of us would do well to consider our own circumstances and how we can 'with exactness' obey Prophetic counsel.

  1. When you desire new clothes, don’t buy them. Repair and mend and make your present wardrobe last a few months longer. Use that money for the food basics. Make all of your nonfood necessities that you feasibly can, such as furniture and clothing.
  2. Cut the amount of money you spend on recreation by 50 percent. Do fun things that do not require money outlay but make more lasting impressions on your children.
  3. Decide as a family that there will be no vacation or holiday next year unless you have your year’s supply. Many Church members could buy a full year’s supply of the basics from what they would save by not taking a vacation. Take the vacation time and work on a family garden. Be together, and it can be just as much fun.
  4. If you haven’t a year’s supply yet and you do have boats, snowmobiles, campers, or other luxury possessions, sell or trade one or two or more of them and get your year’s supply.
Read the full article HERE