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, December 26, 2012

Gamma Seals - Food Storage Bucket Seals

Spiritual Preparedness is first; which then leads to temporal preparedness - which is also very important; and...may be vital in the coming days.

I Highly Recommend Gamma Seals for buckets. 

Gamma Seals - to go over buckets and store grains, beans, sugar etc.  I keep 3 main ones in my kitchen.  The Gamma seals are fabulous because they provide a way to easily access items - yet keep them clean and protected.  I recommend having a few for the items you access most.  Then, refill the bucket as needed - without removing the Gamma Seal.




Friday, November 16, 2012

Prepare for the Days of Tribulation



One of the BEST and MOST POWERFUL messages from President Ezra Taft Benson.  Regarding Prophesied Global calamities and the importance of Self-reliance, thrift, industry, labor, and the Providence of God.  PLEASE watch and share!  Your life may depend upon these truths.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Helpful Skills and Resources for Emergencies

Here are some helpful Skills and Resources that could be useful during an emergency or disaster:

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,

Friday, November 9, 2012

Look to the Condition of your FINANCES

FINANCES

We encourage you wherever you may live in the world to prepare for adversity by looking to the condition of your finances. We urge you to be modest in your expenditures; discipline yourselves in your purchases to avoid debt. . . . If you have paid your debts and have a financial reserve, even though it be small, you and your family will feel more secure and enjoy greater peace in your hearts."
—The First Presidency, All Is Safely Gathered In: Family Finances, Feb. 2007, 1


Pay Tithes and Offerings

Avoid Debt

Use a Budget

Build a Reserve

Teach Family Members

“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.  Pres. Benson

"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.” (President J. Reuben Clark, Jr., in Conference Report, Apr. 1937, p. 26.)  Read it also here;  Pres. Benson

Financial Preparedness

Becoming Provident Providers, Elder Hales, 2009

One for the Money,  Elder Marvin J. Ashton, 2007

Friday, November 2, 2012

Help in Relief Efforts for Hurricane Sandy

We've posted a new widget to the right - to accept donations to help in the relief effort for Hurricane Sandy.  Thank you for anything to you can do to help and/or to share this message.

Our thoughts and prayers are going out continually to those who are suffering the aftermath of this situation.  We hope they will feel of our love and care for them as well as the offerings that we may make monetarily - which are part of that support.

Thank you, in advance, for anything you can do to help.

Read more HERE from the Mormon Newsroom:  


Monday, October 8, 2012

Best Preparation is Spiritual

The best preparation for anything that lies ahead for any of us - is spiritual.
We may store up all the wheat in the world but unless we repent and become clean we will not enjoy eternal blessings that could otherwise be ours.

Wise counsel is to be prepared in both temporal and spiritual things.  Many have focus on the former but, perhaps, fewer have worked on the spiritual - which will bring us peace during troubled times.

President Henry B. Eyring spoke the following: 
"Most of us have thought about how to prepare for storms. We have seen and felt the suffering of women, men, and children, and of the aged and the weak, caught in hurricanes, tsunamis, wars, and droughts. One reaction is to ask, “How can I be prepared?” And there is a rush to buy and put away whatever people think they might need for the day they might face such calamities.
But there is another even more important preparation we must make for tests that are certain to come to each of us. That preparation must be started far in advance because it takes time. What we will need then can’t be bought. It can’t be borrowed. It doesn’t store well. And it has to have been used regularly and recently." 
Spiritual Preparedness; Start Early and Be Steady

The great test of life is to see whether we will hearken to and obey God’s commands in the midst of the storms of life.

Watch beautiful short video:  The Ten Virgins



Monday, August 27, 2012

Principle of Work

How I admire men, women, and children who know how to work! How the Lord loves the laborer! He said, “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread,” and “The laborer is worthy of his hire.” He also gave a promise: “Thrust in your sickle with all your soul, and your sins are forgiven you.” Those who are unafraid to roll up their sleeves and lose themselves in the pursuit of worthwhile goals are a blessing to their families, communities, nations, and to the Church.

The Lord doesn’t expect us to work harder than we are able. He doesn’t (nor should we) compare our efforts to those of others. Our Heavenly Father asks only that we do the best we can—that we work according to our full capacity, however great or small that may be.

Work is an antidote for anxiety, an ointment for sorrow, and a doorway to possibility. Whatever our circumstances in life, my dear brethren, let us do the best we can and cultivate a reputation for excellence in all that we do. Let us set our minds and bodies to the glorious opportunity for work that each new day presents.  Elder Deiter F. Uchtdorf, Two Principles for any Economy

Friday, August 24, 2012

Avoid Debt

Finances

“We encourage you wherever you may live in the world to prepare for adversity by looking to the condition of your finances. We urge you to be modest in your expenditures; discipline yourselves in your purchases to avoid debt. … If you have paid your debts and have a financial reserve, even though it be small, you and your family will feel more secure and enjoy greater peace in your hearts” (All Is Safely Gathered In: Family Finances).

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Be Modest in our Wants

Distinguish between Needs and Wants

We must learn to distinguish between wants and needs. We should be modest in our wants. It takes self-discipline to avoid the “buy now, pay later” philosophy and to adopt the “save now and buy later” practice.

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin (1917–2008) taught: “All too often a family's spending is governed more by their yearning than by their earning. They somehow believe that their life will be better if they surround themselves with an abundance of things. All too often all they are left with is avoidable anxiety and distress” (“Earthly Debts, Heavenly Debts,Liahona, May 2004, 42).

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Dare to Stand Alone

I've stood alone many times in my life.  It's been part of who I am and what I am to do.  Many of you are in the same situation; surrounded by things/people/philosophies that aren't true.  You know, deep inside, that you must stand-up and even stand alone for what you know to be true.

I remember a statement I heard years ago that really stuck with me.  It was something like 'Wrong is always wrong even if 'everyone' is doing it and...right is always right even if no one is doing it."

President Monson spoke to men of God when he said "Dare to Stand Alone'.  He shares the following: "I recall a time—and some of you here tonight will also—when the standards of most people were very similar to our standards. No longer is this true. I recently read an article in the New York Times concerning a study which took place during the summer of 2008. A distinguished Notre Dame sociologist led a research team in conducting in-depth interviews with 230 young adults across America. I believe we can safely assume that the results would be similar in most parts of the world.  I share with you just a portion of this very telling article:"
“The interviewers asked open-ended questions about right and wrong, moral dilemmas and the meaning of life. In the rambling answers, … you see the young people groping to say anything sensible on these matters. But they just don’t have the categories or vocabulary to do so.
“When asked to describe a moral dilemma they had faced, two-thirds of the young people either couldn’t answer the question or described problems that are not moral at all, like whether they could afford to rent a certain apartment or whether they had enough quarters to feed the meter at a parking spot.”

My hope is that we'll live above the 'world' and do the things that we know are true - even if they are not the most popular or well-accepted.  The greatest leaders of all time were those who led the way - and taught true principles by doing so.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Calamities Will Happen - Are We Prepared?

I am so grateful for this message from a Prophet of God - who has warned and forewarned of calamities to come.  Are we prepared?  Have we heeded wise counsel?  Are we willing to obey even when we don't see 'afar' off?

"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 that day they harbored such a delusion". --- Pres. Ezra Taft Benson, Prepare for the Days of Tribulation

Friday, June 1, 2012

Saints are ill-prepared

We discuss the wise and foolish in the scriptures.  Do we class ourselves among one of those groups?  Are we waiting for the bridegroom to come with our lamps trimmed and ready?  Or...do we think that we can quickly prepare as soon as we hear that He's near?

In 1980 Bishop Victor L. Brown expressed concern that far too many Saints are ill-prepared to care for themselves in difficult times, even though they have been instructed to prepare for YEARS:

He said "....we have a great concern that as a people we are far short of truly being prepared.  The heart of welfare services is....member preparedness.  ....many of our people do not have their reserves and consequently are unable to take care of their own basic needs.  ....This counsel has been given at least twice a year for all these years.  Some have followed ...and are prepared. Some, like the foolish virgins, do not have enough oil in their lamps."  Ensign May 1980

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

War Poured Out Upon All Nations - Armageddon


Listen to President Benson as he shares the things that lie ahead.  He teaches of what is to come SO that we WILL be prepared, not fear, trust in God, and DO all that He has asked of us.  It is a naive person who thinks that these things will not happen.  As one who has studied and read much - I URGE you to do ALL you can to be ready for whatever is ahead.  Not in fear - but...in obedience and...PEACE.

"Be it remembered that tribulations lie ahead. There will be wars in one nation and kingdom after another until war is poured out upon all nations and two hundred million men of war mass their armaments at Armageddon....Peace has been taken from the earth, the angels of destruction have begun their work, and their swords shall not be sheathed until the Prince of Peace comes to destroy the wicked and usher in the great Millennium.

"There will be earthquakes and floods and famines. The waves of the sea shall heave themselves beyond their bounds, the clouds shall withhold their rain, and the crops of the earth shall wither and die.
There will be plagues and pestilence and disease and death. An overflowing scourge shall cover the earth and a desolating sickness shall sweep the land. Flies shall take hold of the inhabitants of the earth, and maggots shall come in upon them. (See D&C 29:14–20.) “Their flesh shall fall from off their bones, and their eyes from their sockets” (D&C 29:19).

"Bands of Gadianton robbers will infest every nation, immorality and murder and crime will increase, and it will seem as though every man’s hand is against his brother.
"We need not dwell more upon these things. We are commanded to search the scriptures where they are recounted with force and fervor, and they shall surely come to pass."  Benson

Perils of Past are Foretaste of What is to Come

Elder McConkie is one of my greatest heroes in life.  I have studied and pondered on many of his writings.  I have sought the Lord for further light and knowledge concerning some of the things he has said as well as personal application of those principles.

Since my teenage years I have studied from his teachings.  Coupled with the scriptures, I have spent many, many hours deeply pondering and praying about what lies ahead.

We need not fear if we have been obedient to Prophetic instruction.  If we have not - we need to Repent and make amends.  The Lord WANTS to bless us.  He knows what is ahead.  He is providing everything He can to make us safe.  We would do well to heed that instruction.

"For the moment we live in a day of peace and prosperity but it shall not ever be thus. Great trials lie ahead. All of the sorrows and perils of the past are but a foretaste of what is yet to be. And we must prepare ourselves temporally and spiritually.

"Our spiritual preparation consists in keeping the commandments of God, and taking the Holy Spirit for our guide, so that when this life is over we shall find rest and peace in paradise and an ultimate inheritance of glory and honor in the celestial kingdom.

"Our temporal preparation consists in using the good earth in the way the Lord designed and intended so as to supply all our just wants and needs. It is his purpose to provide for his Saints for all things are his, but, he says, it must needs be done in his own way. (See D&C 104:14–18.)

"There is a common axiom among us which states: A religion that cannot save a man temporally does not have power to save him spiritually. If we cannot care for our temporal needs in this world, how can we ever succeed in spiritual things in the world to come?"   Elder McConkie, Stand Independent

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Government is Sum of it's People

Powerful Message - Painting by Walter Rane

"If government is really the sum of it's people, it follows that they must be watchful, vigilant, and informed lest their liberties become gradually usurped by naive or unscrupluous leaders and they awaken to find their liberty gone."  - Benson

Monday, March 12, 2012

Frequently Asked Questions about Home Storage


What is a good way of knowing what you have on hand?

Inventories are most important when a family has a complete food storage program that includes rotation. First, tabulate what the family needs. Often the foods are labeled by date and arranged into categories such as those that supply mainly calories (e.g., fats and sugars), those that supply mainly protein (e.g., meats, eggs, and cheese), and those that supply vitamins and minerals (e.g., fruits and vegetables). Second, when a category has been partially depleted through rotation, it may be replaced with a different food that serves the same general function. This type of flexibility lets a family take advantage of seasonal fluctuations in price and availability.
Taking inventory is a good way of inspecting the quality of the food. It also makes the food storage program a living, flexible program that can change with the needs and likes of the family.

What is the best method of storing seeds? How long do they last?

Garden seeds should be kept dry at all times, preferably in a cool place, and rotated periodically. Buying your seeds a year ahead will ensure a year’s supply of viable seed quite simply. Some seeds may be grown from this year’s plants, but not all—some plants cross-fertilize and produce unacceptable seeds. Hybrids revert to their genetic forebears, which may or may not be good quality. Some seeds that can be safely saved are peas, beans, nonhybrid tomatoes, and cabbage. However, cabbage and its cousins don’t bear seed the first year.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Making Home Storage a Part of Our Everyday Lives

From an article that teaches the importance of and blessings-in compiling food storage.  Peace of mind is the underlying theme of obedience.  I encourage you all to do prepare in every way that you can.

"When my husband, Brian, was a graduate student, we worked hard to stretch his small income so that I could stay home full time with our children. During one semester, unexpected school expenses significantly depleted our savings. We approached the birth of our second daughter with little more than condiments left in our refrigerator. Anxious about the future and unsure of what to do, I prayed.

"As I prayed, my feelings of concern gave way to a calming reassurance that the Lord would provide. I’m not sure what I expected, but what the Lord sent was an idea: I recalled that my mother-in-law had given us some food storage a few months earlier. I searched through recipes, and the Lord inspired me with ways to use the canned goods to make tasty, nutritious meals. Although it took some creativity, our food storage sustained us over the next few months until the end of the semester.

"That struggle helped me realize the importance of family home storage. My husband and I resolved to make a conscious effort to acquire more food, water, and savings for our growing family. For us, the best way to accomplish this was to find small ways to make family home storage a part of everyday life."

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Rugged Days Ahead


"In the light of these prophecies (abomination of desolation), there should be no doubt in the mind of any (man) that the human family is headed for trouble.  There are rugged days ahead.  It is time for every man who wishes to do his duty to get himself prepared - physically, spiritually, and psychologically -- for the task which may come at any time, as suddenly as the whirlwind."  (Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p. 107)

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Self-Reliance

In a recent magazine article published by the LDS church - we read a message given particularly to women as mothers in the home.  But, it's meaning and importance is applicable to all members of the family.  As we each become more self-reliant - we find peace in our hearts and homes.  Being able to provide the necessities of life, living within our means, developing good habits and skills, are all ways that help us become more self-sustaining in times of trouble and challenge.  I've found this to be true in my own home.  And...I've also learned that self-reliance does not omit God.  In fact, He is the reason many of us do these things - because He has instructed, taught, and inspired us to do so.  As we're aware of global changes and the reliance on and need for physical commodities - we also are reminded that the real peace and strength comes from physical preparations partnered with faith, obedience and promptings that will keep us spiritually safe in the physical and spiritual challenges that are in the world today.

"Developing self-reliance—the ability to care for ourselves and our families—is the responsibility of every sister. We become self-reliant as we learn to love work, as we seek inspiration to find the best ways to provide for ourselves, and as we work with family members to meet basic needs.

When we are self-reliant, we use our blessings and resources to prepare for and avoid problems. Self-reliance, however, is enhanced as we pray for the courage to meet with faith the challenges that will surely come. Self-reliance also enables us to keep our covenant to care for others.

In Relief Society, we are taught self-reliance principles and skills. Sisters can learn about budgeting, debt relief, employment qualifications, the scriptures and the gospel, teaching others to read and learn, technology, physical health, fitness, addiction prevention and recovery, social and emotional health, preventing illness, gardening, food production and storage, emergency preparedness, and many other things that will help us become self-reliant."  VT Message