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

Monday, May 30, 2011

Earn Own Way - Become Self-Reliant

"I love the simple gospel truths as taught by the holy prophets, and I never tire of speaking about them. Since the beginning of time man has been counseled to earn his own way, thereby becoming self-reliant. It is easy to understand the reason the Lord places so much emphasis on this principle when we come to understand that it is tied very closely to freedom itself."

On this subject, Elder Albert E. Bowen said, “The … Church is not satisfied with any system which leaves able people permanently dependent, and insists, on the contrary, that the true function and office of giving, is to help people [get] into a position where they can help themselves and thus be free.”

"Many programs have been set up by well-meaning individuals to aid those who are in need. However, many of these programs are designed with the shortsighted objective of “helping people,” as opposed to “helping people help themselves.” Our efforts must always be directed toward making able-bodied people self-reliant."    Marion G. Romney

Monday, May 23, 2011

Utah Valley SUPER Preparedness FAIR June 3-4

UTAH VALLEY SUPER PREPAREDNESS FAIR

EVERYTHING AND MORE THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS.  LOOKING TO BECOME THE LARGEST PREPAREDNESS FAIR IN UTAH HISTORY**

Lectures, Demonstrations, Samples, Vendors, Workshops and much more.
SPEAKERS: Roger K. Young, Sarah Menet, Jim Philips, Ken Moravec, Ken Bowers, Rod Meldrum, Vicki Tate, Richard Nielson, Alan South, and many more.

WHEN: Fri-Sat June 3, 4 2011 (Friday: 12noon to 9pm... Saturday:9am to 9pm)

WHERE:Utah Valley University Event Center, in Orem, Utah. (I-15 and University Exit)
COST: $7.50 at the door for 12 and older.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE
(this tentative schedule is subject to change)

EVERYTHING AND MORE THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

Many of these speakers are considered world class experts, some of the very best in
their areas of expertise.

TOPICS:
Food Storage...everything you need to know (cook it, store it, buy it, best deals)
Sprouting...everything about sprouting
Cold Weather Survival
The 4 levels of emergency preparation
Urban Warfare survival
Self Defense ...(the do's and don'ts)
Cooking with Food Storage...easy to prepare tasty, healthy meals from scratch
What does the future hold...the good news and bad news of the next 3-10 years
Nuclear/biological event preparedness
Solar energy
Sustainable energy
"In house" super gardens. (Growing super food inside your house)
Constitutional issues
How to build an ark...5 easy steps (just kidding...sort of)
....and much more

Friday June 3
11:30 Doors Open
12:00-1pm Ken Bowers
1:15--2:30 Richard Neilson
3:00--4:30 Breakout Sessions 1. (Ken Moravec, Dave Noack, Vicki Tate)
5:00-6:00 Breakout Session 2 (Vicki Tate, Kevin Reeve, Farley Anderson)
6:00-7:00 dinner break
7:00-9:30 Roger K. Young

Saturday June 4
9:00am-10:am TBA
10:30-12:00 Jim Philips
12:30-1:30 RJ Hender
1:45-2:45 Breakout Session 3 (Alan South, Farley Anderson, Kevin Reeve)
3:00-5:00 Sarah Menet
5:00-6:00 dinner break
6:00-7:00 Breakout Session 4 (Dave Noack, AVOW, Richard Nielson)
7:15-9:30 Rod Meldrum - TBA 

Friday, May 20, 2011

Wellness Seminar - Sat. May 21, Orem, Utah

For Utah locals - please join us tomorrow in Orem for a wonderful seminar on health and wellness.  Topics include basics on muscle testing, essential oils, energy, emotion code, foot zone therapy, generational healing, NAET - allergy ellimination etc.

10:00-1:30   See here:  www.May21Seminar.blogspot.com

3 amazing presenters will share their life's work with us.  I know them personally and respect them very much.  They have healing gifts and know the Source of their understanding.   I believe that they have been brought here 'for such a time as this'.  Please consider attending.

www.May21Seminar.blogspot.com

Thursday, May 19, 2011

We're each known and loved by the Creator


"Every one of us as human beings is known and loved by the Creator apart from every other human on earth."    The Strong-Willed Child. p. 19


"...The Lord hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name..."  Isaiah 49:1  The Holy Bible, King James Version 

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Real Purpose of Welfare Program

"There is no person who knows the real purpose for which this welfare program is being instituted but hardly before sufficient preparation has been made, the real purpose will be revealed and when that time comes, it will challenge every resource of the church to meet it."  President Harold B. Lee

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Spiritual Gifts are Distributed Among Faithful

"Spiritual Gifts are distributed among the members of the Church, according to their faithfulness, circumstances, natural abilities, duties, and callings; that the whole may be properly instructed, confirmed, perfected, and saved."  

Masterful Discourses and Writings of Orson Pratt  p.571

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Filled with the Love of God

"A man filled with the love of God, is not content with blessing his family alone, but ranges through the whole world, anxious to bless the whole human race".  

Joseph Smith,  A Comprehensive History of the Church, Volume IV ( 4 ) p. 227

Monday, May 9, 2011

Frugality

"There is a wise saying 'Eat it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.'  Thrift is a practice of not wasting anything.  Some people are able to bet by because of the absence of expense.  They have their shoes resoled, they patch, they mend, they sew, and they save.  They avoid installment buying and make purchases only after saving enough to pay cash, thus avoiding interest charges.  Frugality means to practice careful economy."  Elder James E. Faust

Thursday, May 5, 2011

An Eternal Marriage



"An eternal marriage means being willing to commit oneself totally to another.  It means unceasing devotion, a total consecraction of one's time and resources, and a willingness to sacrifice in behalf of those we love."  Strengthening Our Families, p. 99

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Power, Peace, Light and Strength



His Atonement makes available all of the Power, Peace, Light and Strength that we need to deal with life's challenges.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Vengance Comes Speedily

"Behold, vengance cometh speedily upon the inhabitants of the earth, a day of wrath, a day of burning, a day of desolation, of weeping, of mourning, and of lamentation; and as a whirlwind it shall come upon all the face of the earth, saith the Lord." D&C 112:24

Monday, May 2, 2011

Voluntary Simplicity

I loved the phrase "Voluntary Simplicity" when I first heard it.  Groups of like-minded souls who are seeking to simplify their lives - are popping-up around the county and sharing ideas of how to let go of materialism and find greater peace in living daily life meaningfully. 

A group member in Utah questioned "What do I really want in life?  Do I want to spend time with my children or more time making money to be spent on things that I don't really need?"  Voluntary Simplicity is a way to focus on life rather than on being so busy all the time 'getting things done'.  It's about getting rid of unessentials, things that are not that important to you, to make time for the core things that you really value more.

An 8 yr. old boy trimmed the amount of toys he had down to basic blocks and several other favorite items.  The rest he donated to charity.  He commented "I feel so good and I don't miss the toys.  I like spending time outdoors and fishing in our pond."

Linda B. stated "The things you buy really makes a difference.  Ask yourself 'Do I really need this?'  And (I would add): "Do I really want or love it'  "Does it enhance my life', 'Will something I have - do the same job?"

Group members say their lives are much richer for having downsized and become more aware of how they use their precious resources.  I concur with their findings. 

Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Lord's Library





"We are admonished to "seek out of the best books words of wisdom." (D&C 88:118).  Surely these books must include the scriptures.  Alongside them must be the words of the President's of the Church. "His word ye shall receive, as if from mine own mouth" (D&C 21:5).  These books make up what has been referred to as "the Lord's library" -- namely the standard works and the various volumes that contain the words of the different Presidents of the Church.  Of the latter volumes, that which would be of greatest importance to you would be the words of the current President of the Church, for his words are directed to our day and our needs.    - Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p. 137-138