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 30, 2011

Righteous Woman's Influence


"To be a righteous woman during the winding up scenes on this earth, before the second coming of our Savior, is an especially noble calling.  The righteous woman's strength and influence today can be tenfold what it might be in more tranquil times".

President Spencer W. Kimball, Ensign, Nov. 1978, p. 103

Friday, April 29, 2011

Build a Reserve - even Small


"... set your houses in order. If you have paid your debts, if you have a reserve, even though it be small, then should storms howl about your head, you will have shelter for your wives and children and peace in your hearts. That’s all I have to say about it, but I wish to say it with all the emphasis of which I am capable."  President Gordon B. Hinckley, 1998

Needful Resources - for Emergencies etc.


These are some resources that have been helpful to others' in times of distress or disaster.  You may desire to consider them as part of your home supply of food and commodities.
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, April 28, 2011

I am Concerned About People Not Preparing


I am concerned about those who are not seeing or feeling the need to prepare and to follow Prophetic Counsel. 

In 1975 Bishop H. Burke Peterson reported on a study made by Utah State University regarding the Saint's response to storing food as counseled.  The study revealed that only about 5% of church members had a year's supply of meat products, 3% a year's supply of dried or canned fruits or vegetables, approx. 18% had a year's supply of grains.  In the milk group, only three families in a hundred had a year's supply of canned or powdered milk.  On the average, about 30 percent of Church had a 2-month supply of food.  And...this, after years of being counseled to attain it.

Read more statements in this great book "Prophetic Statements on Food Storage"

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Seasons of Scarcity; Prepare for Emergencies

In June, 1867, Elder George Albert Smith taught "President Kimball (Heber C.) has been urging us strongly to store our bins with wheat and flour.  This may sound like strange counsel to those who, during most of their lives, have been in the habit of receiving their wages every Saturday, then, then, without further care, laying in their week's provisions.  But in this country, where we are liable to seasons of scarcity, it is requisite to prepare for such emergencies; hence the counsel to store up food is frequently given, and is absolutely necessary.  Yet, as a people, we are apt to neglect it, for the sun rises and sets, the seasons come and go with unfailing regularity, and we expect that every year will bring plenty; yet we have had years of scarcity, and may have again, and we are not safe unless we provide against them, and be prepared for a day of hunger.  Hence, in this respect and in many others, the Latter-day Saints have many things to learn. (Journal of Discourses, vol.12, p. 25)

Basic Preparedness Principles

“First, and above and beyond everything else, let us live righteously. …

“Let us avoid debt as we would avoid a plague; where we are now in debt, let us get out of debt; if not today, then tomorrow.

“Let us straitly and strictly live within our incomes, and save a little.

“Let every head of every household see to it that he has on hand enough food and clothing, and, where possible, fuel also, for at least a year ahead. You of small means put your money in foodstuffs and wearing apparel, not in stocks and bonds; you of large means will think you know how to care for yourselves, but I may venture to suggest that you do not speculate. Let every head of every household aim to own his own home, free from mortgage. Let every man who has a garden spot, garden it; every man who owns a farm, farm it.” (Conference Report, April 1937, p. 26.)    J. Reuben Clark

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The World is in Serious Trouble




"The world is in serious trouble," Elder Richard G. Scott said. "The fundamental values of this nation are being undermined. There is a continual crumbling of principle, virtue, integrity and religious values -- the foundation stones of civilization and definitive ingredients of peace and happiness."  Read more HERE:

Monday, April 25, 2011

Helpful Skills to Have

Here are some skills that could be helpful in the future.  Consider them as you continue to prepare.

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.

We welcome your additional ideas.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

How to make a Compost Heap:

A productive garden requires a well nourished soil that needs to be reneewed and restored each year.  You can do that yourself by making a compost heap.  Here is just one idea of how to do it.

In an out-of-the way area (shaded if possible), mark off an area approx. 6'x6' and pile (as available) the following:  garden refuse, weeds, fruit and vegetable waste (no meats), dead leaves, lawn clippings, saw dust, wood ashes, egg shells.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Monday, April 18, 2011

Our Lord is Not a Novice




"Our Lord is not a novice.  He is not an amateur.  He has been over this course time and time and time again.  And if you think of this galaxy of ours having within it from the beginning, perhaps until now, one million worlds, and multiplying that by the number of millions of galaxies, one hundred million galaxies, that surround us, then you'll get some view of who this man we worship is."

J. Reuben Clark Jr.  Behold the Lamb of God, pg. 16

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sprouting





"All grain is good for the food of man." (D&C 89:16), but He, the Lord, particularly singles out wheat.

Dry, whole, hard grains, when stored properly, can last indefinitely, and their nutritional value can be enhanced through sprouting, if desired.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Wheat Should Have Priority



"From the standpoint of food production, storage, handling, and the Lord's counsel, wheat should have high priority.  Water, of course, is essential.  Other basics could include honey or sugar, legumes (beans), milk products or substitutes, and salt or its equivalent." 

Pres. Benson, God, Family, Country, p. 269

Friday, April 15, 2011

FUEL and Handyman Skills

"Wood, coal, gas, oil, kerosene, and even candles are among those items which could be reserved as fuel for warmth, cooking, and light or power. Some may be used for all of these purposes and certain ones would have to be stored and handled cautiously. It would also be well to have on hand some basic medical supplies to last for at least a year."

"Men should seek honorable employment and do their work well in order to provide for their own. Men who can perform useful skills with their hands will be in increasing demand. Handymen, farmers, builders, tailors, gardeners, and mechanics can and will prove a real blessing to their families and their fellowmen."   Pres. Ezra Taft Benson, Prepare Ye

Thursday, April 14, 2011

America's Most Indispensable Man

Who is America's Most Indispensable Man?  His priceless insights concerning the government of a free people are a treasure of political wisdom.  Read More HERE.

Strong Temporal Homes

"Not only should we have strong spiritual homes, but we should have strong temporal homes.  We should avoid bondage by getting out of debt as soon as we can, pay as we go, and live within our incomes.  There is wisdom in having on hand a year's supply of food, clothing, fuel (if possible), and in being prepared to defend our families and our possessions and to take care of ourselves.  I believe a man should prepare for the worst while working for the best.  Some people prepare and don't work, while others work but don't prepare.  Both are needed if we would be of maximum service to our God, our family, and our country."  Ezra Taft Benson, Teachings, p. 264