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

Sunday, December 29, 2013

We Have a Responsibility to Prepare the Church

Because ours is the last and greatest of all dispensations, because all things will eventually culminate and be fulfilled in our era, there is, therefore, one particular, very specific responsibility that falls to those of us in the Church now that did not rest quite the same way on the shoulders of Church members in any earlier time. Unlike the Church in the days of Abraham or Moses, Isaiah or Ezekiel, or even in the New Testament days of James and John, we have a responsibility to prepare the Church of the Lamb of God to receive the Lamb of God—in person, in triumphant glory, in His millennial role as Lord of lords and King of kings. No other dispensation ever had that duty. In the language of the scriptures, we are the ones designated in all of history who must prepare the bride for the advent of the Bridegroom and be worthy of an invitation to the wedding feast. - Preparing for the Second Coming

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Christmas Story

He was born in a stable, lived a perfect life, was crucified and died, and rose again.  He will yet come again in Glory.  Let us Prepare our Hearts to receive Him.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Fear Not, But Be of Good Cheer

Jesus Christ, Savior of all mankind
Anxiety and Fear about future events is not a fruit of the Spirit of God.  He has told us to pray, obey, and seek him diligently.  Then, we will have peace.

In this day of prophesied global turmoil we would do well to heed that counsel.

"Pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart…"
"Seek the Lord diligently…"
"Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden…"
"Repent and come unto me"

Friday, November 22, 2013

When the "World" Comes Crashing Down

Will I Be Ready When He Comes Again?
Only a few minutes of the 'trusted' cable news source last night were enough to know that part of the 'world' is crashing down.  We've known that this would be the case in the 'last days' by Prophetic utterance for many years.

Those who are vigilant and who have watched carefully, are aware of the signs indicating the need to have our lamps fully trimmed and our hearts and lives in-tune with the Lord.

If we are true and faithful to all things which have been entrusted to our care, both temporally and spiritually, we will be in a much greater position to be worthy of receiving the Lord when He comes.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Dealing with Schizophrenia

I have a brother with schizophrenia.  He's been dealing with it since he was 20.  He's now in his late 40's.  He's tried to hold down a job and was able to work for Deseret Industries for a year - but his hallucinations and sense of reality keep him from being able to do some of the normal and routine things that the rest of us do.

My heart goes out to him and, as a family, some of us rotate taking him on his 'errands' each week.  It's been a big trial for all in our family (of 8 siblings) and for my parents who have carried the majority of the load.  Accompanying mental-illness are the ramifications, worries, stresses, and griefs for the family.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Do the BEST you Can!

President Hinckley is one of my heroes.  He'd teach correct principles and then, knowing that not all were always in a position to fully keep all that counsel he'd say 'do the best you can.'.

I love and appreciate that.

So...read over any or all of these blog posts.  They are all correct principles to the best of my understanding.  I've tried to post things of value and motivation to help us all get more prepared for whatever lies ahead.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Pay Off Debt as Quickly as you Can!

Pres. Hinckley
In 1998, then President Gordon B. Hinckley, urged all to 'look to the condition of your finances' and...the time has come to 'get our houses in order'.

He stated:  "I urge you...to look to the condition of your finances.  I urge you to be modest in your expenditures; discipline yourselves in your purchases to avoid debt to the extent possible.  Pay off debt as quickly as you can, and free yourselves from bondage.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Natural Disasters - We Don't Have to Be Afraid

Noah's Ark - Some obeyed and heeded
In his 2012 article, Elder Stanley G. Ellis of the Quorum of the Seventy, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches the following true principles that can bring peace to our lives.  Most of us are aware that natural disasters occur and have been prophesied to continue to occur.  We would do well to prepare ourselves in every way that we can - so that we can be at peace WHEN challenging things happen in our own lives and/or around us.

"The last days will be marked by many calamities and the rise of evil in the world. Against these threats the Lord and His prophets have given us counsel on how to be righteous and avoid spiritual pitfalls and evil. However, calamities—such as tornadoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis—seem to strike randomly and devastate the just as well as the unjust. These calamities terrify many of us. But I have learned that we don’t have to be afraid of disasters. When we are grounded in the gospel and when we are prepared, we can weather any storm."  Natural Disasters - We Don't Have to Be Afraid

Monday, August 19, 2013

The Zion of God will be Unmoved!

"We see evil forces everywhere uniting to destroy the family, to ridicule morality and decency, to glorify all that is lewd and base. We see wars and plagues and pestilence. Nations rise and fall. Blood and carnage and death are everywhere. Gadianton robbers fill the judgment seats in many nations. An evil power seeks to overthrow the freedom of all nations and countries. Satan reigns in the hearts of men; it is the great day of his power.

"But amid it all, the work of the Lord rolls on. The gospel is preached and the witness is born. The elect of God forsake the traditions of their fathers and the ways of the world. The kingdom grows and prospers, for the Lord is with his people....

Friday, August 16, 2013

Peace Is Taken from the Earth

"The hour is not yet, but is nigh at hand, when peace is taken from the earth, and the devil shall have power over his own dominion."  D&C 1:35

"Peace IS taken from the earth, and wrath and indignation among the people is the result; they care not for anything but to quarrel and destroy each other.  That same spirit that dwelt in the breasts of the Nephites during the last battles that were fought by them on this continent, when they continued to fight until they were exterminated, is again on the earth and is increasing."

George A. Smith, Sept. 23, 1855, Journal History

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Do More to Help the Poor - than just Pray

"If a man were poor or hungry, [some] would say, let us pray for him.  I would suggest a little different regiment for a person in this condition: rather take him a bag of flour and a little beef or pork, and a little sugar and butter.  A few such comforts will do him more good than your prayers.  And I would be ashamed to ask the Lord to do something that I would not do myself.  Then go to work and help the poor among yourselves first, and do all you can for them, and then call upon God to do the balance."  - President John Taylor, Journal of Discourses, vol 19. p. 340

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A Famine in America

"The world today will laugh at you if you talk about a famine in this land.  Why, they say, such a thing is absolutely impossible.  We are so connected and bound together with the iron rails, and by navigation, that it is utterly impossible for any section of the country to be left destitute, because there will be an abundance of food somewhere, and the railroads can speedily take from the lands that teem with plenty to the lands that are impoverished.  But notwithstanding this, we hear very frequently of famine in the land.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Sharing with others' in times of need...

"The true nature of people becomes obvious in times of real need.  Good people become better; they get closer to one another; they learn to share and become united.  The strength that develops out of
unity of the many good people becomes a real survivor factor.  On the other hand, people who lack emotional stability become cruel and ruthless under trying circumstances; however, they do not seem to become an overbearing threat because of the closeness and unity of the majority of the people.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Lesson of the Ant and the Grasshopper

President George Albert Smith taught the following:
"It was the advice of [the] early pioneers under President [Brigham] Young to keep a year’s foodstuffs on hand, so that if anybody did lose his crops, he could carry over until the next season. …
"We may have hard times, brothers and sisters, but we can be prepared for them, if we think of the seven years of plenty and the seven years of famine in the days of Pharaoh and plan as they did [see Genesis 41]. Such conditions may come again. We do not know, but we do know that in the early days of the Church the Presidency and leadership of the Church advised the people to store sufficient food to meet an emergency. The result has been that since the people got thoroughly settled here and farms began producing, and herds and flocks increasing, there has been no real necessity for anybody to suffer for food.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

If we are generous with our means....

If we are generous with our means, there is no need for anyone to go without.


"There is no necessity for any man, woman, or child in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to go without, for the Church is organized to help those who lack the necessities of life. There is plenty for all, and to spare. … God has permitted men to get wealth, and if they obtained it properly, it is theirs, and he will bless them in its use if they will use it properly.
We are becoming so wrapped up with the world that we forget the people who are suffering that we could help, in many cases.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Why Aren't We Prepared?

For many, many years, Prophets of God have told us to prepare for any eventuality.  They've given specific counsel as to spiritual and temporal preparedness.  They've taught us to learn and hone good skills, educate our minds and spirits, rear children in righteousness, and stay away from harmful things.

Yes, we're pretty dumb sometimes.  We think, as did many in the days of Noah, that things won't happen to us here or soon and that we will have 'plenty of time' in the future to prepare.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

God's Hand in the Founding of America

I love America.  We are SO blessed to live in the 'land of the free'.  But, at what cost?  What are our personal responsibilities and how do we maintain our freedoms that are under attack and under threat of being even more greatly diminished?

I found this amazing article by L. Tom Perry - one of my heroes.  It's packed full of information concerning the Founding of America and the blessings of liberty.  We will be free based on personal righteousness.  That is our obligation, responsibility and God-given choice.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Potential of a Righteous Government

John Adams understood the potential of a righteous government when he wrote:
“Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible as their only law book and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited. Every member would be obligated in conscience to temperance and frugality and industry, to justice and kindness and charity toward his fellowmen, and to piety, love, and reverence toward Almighty God. In this commonwealth no man would impair his health with gluttony, drunkenness or lust. No man would sacrifice his precious time to cards or trifling with other mean amusements. No man would steal or lie or in any way defraud his neighbor, but would live in peace and good will toward all men. No man would blaspheme his Maker or profane his worship, but a rational and manly, a sincere and unaffected devotion would reign in the hearts of all men. What a utopia, what a paradise this region would be.”

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Year's Supply of Food - Orderly Plan

We have been taught for many, many years - to get prepared.  How many are heeding that Prophetic Counsel?  We never know what is ahead but...the Lord does and He has taught us thing to do to get ready for whatever lies ahead; both spiritually and temporally.  We would do well to heed that counsel in every way that we can.  Sincere prayer will help us know what to do each day.    
“Why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46.)
"We encourage families to have on hand this year’s supply; and we say it over and over and over and repeat over and over the scripture of the Lord where He says, “Why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” How empty it is as they put their spirituality, so-called, into action and call him by his important names, but fail to do the things which he says.

Friday, June 21, 2013

The Importance of Living Within our Means

As a young couple, Spencer W. Kimball and his wife, Camilla, “knew they weren’t rich. But they had work and ability. They knew how to manage their own money, living within their income, saving for the future.  From the Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball we read the following:

If we are prepared, we shall not fear.
"The Kimballs lived through times of widespread economic difficulties—World War I (1914–18), the Great Depression (1929–39), and World War II (1939–45). Having experienced these challenges, President Kimball concluded, “What I have seen with my own eyes makes me afraid not to do what I can to protect against the calamities.”
"Among the things he saw were the struggles of others: “All my life from childhood I have heard the Brethren saying, ‘get out of debt and stay out of debt.’ I was employed for some years in the banks and I saw the terrible situation that many people were in because they had ignored that important counsel.”
"In addition to his bank work, Spencer kept the account books for some of the local stores. “One of the shocking things of my life was to find on the books the accounts of many of the people in the community that I knew. I knew them. I knew approximately what their income was, and then I saw them wear it away. In other words, I saw they were buying their clothes, their shoes, everything they had ‘on time.’
“And I found that it was my duty to make the bills at the end of the month for them. And many of them couldn’t pay at the end of the month. They couldn’t pay even the installments that were arranged for them. And having been reared in a home that took care of its funds, I couldn’t understand it. I could understand how a person could buy a home on time or perhaps could even buy an automobile on time. But I never could quite understand how anybody would wear clothes they didn’t own. Or eat food that they had to buy ‘on time.’”
"In his teachings President Kimball addressed not only financial issues but also other matters related to provident living, such as personal responsibility, work, and home food production and storage. He said: “Let us practice the principles of personal and family preparedness in our daily lives. ‘If ye are prepared ye shall not fear’ (D&C 38:30).”

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Custom Family Planning (Family Council)


We each have the responsibility of doing what we can to prepare ourselves for life's journey.  In various areas we can 'reason together' and set goals to help us accomplish needful things.  In his discourse entitled "The Need to Teach Personal and Family Preparedness", Elder L. Tom Perry states the following:
"Personal and family preparedness planning must begin with the family executive committee. Planning must be tailored to fit the circumstances of each family. Consideration must be given to their unique requirements in career development, financial and resource management, education, physical health, home production and storage, and social, emotional, and spiritual strength.
"Each family organization should include a family council comprised of all members of the family unit. Here the basic responsibilities of the family organization can be taught to the children. They can learn how to make decisions and act upon those decisions. Too many are growing to marriageable age unprepared for this responsibility. Work ethics and self-preparedness can be taught in a most effective way in a family council. President J. Reuben Clark, Jr., has paraphrased an old statement. “‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,’” he would say. “But all play and no work makes Jack a useless boy.” (As quoted by Harold B. Lee, “Administering True Charity,” address delivered at the welfare agricultural meeting, 5 Oct. 1968.)"

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Responsibility to Care for Ourselves

“No self-respecting Church member will voluntarily shift the responsibility for his own maintenance to another. Furthermore, a man not only has the responsibility to care for himself; he also has the responsibility to care for his family.” (President Marion G. Romney; The Basics of Church Welfare, address to the Priesthood Board, 6 Mar. 1974, p. 2.)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

WHEN will Zion be redeemed?

"I prophesy to you, in the name of the Lord, that when the Latter-day Saints have prepared themselves through righteousness to redeem Zion, they will accomplish that work, and God will go with them.  No power will then be able to prevent them from accomplishing that work; for the Lord has said it shall be done, and it will be done in the due time of the Lord, when the people are prepared for it.  But when shall I be prepared to go there?  Not while I have in my heart the love of this world more than the love of God.  Not while I am possessed of that selfishness and greed that would induce me to cling to the world or my possessions in it, at the sacrifice of principle and truth.  But, when I am ready to say, 'Father, all that I have, myself included, is Thine; my time, my substance, everything that I possess is on the altar, to be used freely, agreeable to Thy holy will, and not my will, but Thine, be done,' then perhaps I will be prepared to go and help redeem Zion."  Joseph F. Smith, in Millenial Star, 18 June, 1894, pp. 385-86.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Lay up your Stores...

"Lay up your stores, and take your silks and fine things, and exhange them for grain and such things as you need, and the time will come when we will be obliged to depend on our own resources; for the time is not far distant when the curtain will be dropped between us and the United States.  When that time comes, brethren and sisters, you will wish you had commenced sooner to make your own clothing.  I tell you, God requires us to go into home manufacture; and prolong it as much as you like, you have got to do it."  Heber C. Kimball

Saturday, May 4, 2013

People Will Flee from City to City

"The time will come when there will be no safety in carrying n the peaceable pursuits of farming or agriculture.  But these will be neglected, and the people will think themselves well off if they can flee from city to city, from town to town and escape with their lives.  Thus will the Lord visit the people, if they will not repent."  -Orson Pratt

Friday, May 3, 2013

People will come to the Saints for Assistance

"There will be millions on millions that will come much in the same way, only they will not have handcarts, for they will take their bundles under their arms, and their children on their backs, and under their arms, and flee; and Zion's people will have to send out relief to them, for they will come when the judgements come on the nations."   Heber C. Kimball

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Finding Peace in a Troubled World

How do we find peace in a troubled world?

The world would teach that financial security is #1. But, the Lord teaches us otherwise.  He teaches the truth.  Peace comes only in and through Jesus Christ.  He is the author of peace and can give us the comfort and truth we seek.  Nothing else will be sufficient to help us stand during troubled times.

In a recent discourse by Per G. Malm we read the following except.  I've attached a link at the end - if you want to read the full article.  It contains the key to helping us live in calm amidst storms.

Finding Peace in Troubled Times

From “Rest unto Your Souls,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2010, 101–2.

Per G. Malm
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

Finding Peace in Troubled Times

In downtown Gothenburg, Sweden, there is a broad boulevard with beautiful trees on each side. One day I saw a hole in the trunk of one of the huge trees, so I curiously looked inside and saw that the tree was completely hollow.
I was surprised that the tree could still stand. So I looked up and saw a wide steel belt mounted around the upper part of the trunk. Attached to the belt were several steel wires, and they in turn were fastened and anchored to nearby buildings. From a distance it looked like the other trees; it was only when looking inside that one could detect that it was hollow instead of having a solid, strong trunk. In time, the tree could not be saved and had to be taken down.
Just as a young tree grows bit by bit into a sturdy tree, so we can grow step by step in our capacity to be solid and filled from the inside out, in contrast to the hollow tree. It is through the healing Atonement of Jesus Christ that we may have the strength to stand tall and strong and to have our souls be filled—with light, understanding, joy, and love.
Faith in Jesus Christ and following His teachings give us a firm hope, and this hope becomes a solid anchor to our souls. We can become steadfast and immovable. We can have lasting inner peace; we can enter into the rest of the Lord. Only if we turn away from light and truth will a hollow feeling of emptiness, like the tree’s, occupy the innermost chambers of our souls.
Let us focus on those things that will sustain a lasting peace of mind and heart. Then our confidence will “wax strong in the presence of God” (D&C 121:45). The promise to enter into the rest of the Lord, to receive the gift of peace, is far from a temporary, worldly satisfaction. It is indeed a heavenly gift: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27). He has the power to heal and strengthen the soul. He is Jesus Christ.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Home Education - A Good Option for Families

These are some favorite homeschooling books that helped to shape my view on education and the benefits/importance of home education. 

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Prepare for Second Coming of the Lord

This is a POWERFUL short video for all who are interested in Preparing for the Second Coming of the Lord, Jesus Christ, in majesty and power!  All are invited to watch.  3 minutes, 2 seconds. 

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

To The Boys and to the Men

In 1998, over 14 years ago, President Gordon B. Hinckley strongly suggested that we were to get our houses in order.  Hopefully we heeded his counsel.  But, if not, please let's make an effort to do so now.  We never know when calamities may arise in any of our lives, or in the world.  We will have no 'excuse' if we know these things but don't listen.

Here are some powerful excerpts from his talk:
"...I am suggesting that the time has come to get our houses in order.
So many of our people are living on the very edge of their incomes. In fact, some are living on borrowings.

We have witnessed in recent weeks wide and fearsome swings in the markets of the world. The economy is a fragile thing. A stumble in the economy in Jakarta or Moscow can immediately affect the entire world. It can eventually reach down to each of us as individuals. There is a portent of stormy weather ahead to which we had better give heed.

I hope with all my heart that we shall never slip into a depression. I am a child of the Great Depression of the thirties. I finished the university in 1932, when unemployment in this area exceeded 33 percent.

My father was then president of the largest stake in the Church in this valley. It was before our present welfare program was established. He walked the floor worrying about his people. He and his associates established a great wood-chopping project designed to keep the home furnaces and stoves going and the people warm in the winter. They had no money with which to buy coal. Men who had been affluent were among those who chopped wood.

I repeat, I hope we will never again see such a depression. But I am troubled by the huge consumer installment debt which hangs over the people of the nation, including our own people. In March 1997 that debt totaled $1.2 trillion, which represented a 7 percent increase over the previous year.

In December of 1997, 55 to 60 million households in the United States carried credit card balances. These balances averaged more than $7,000 and cost $1,000 per year in interest and fees. Consumer debt as a percentage of disposable income rose from 16.3 percent in 1993 to 19.3 percent in 1996.
Everyone knows that every dollar borrowed carries with it the penalty of paying interest. When money cannot be repaid, then bankruptcy follows. There were 1,350,118 bankruptcies in the United States last year. This represented a 50 percent increase from 1992. In the second quarter of this year, nearly 362,000 persons filed for bankruptcy, a record number for a three-month period.
We are beguiled by seductive advertising. Television carries the enticing invitation to borrow up to 125 percent of the value of one’s home. But no mention is made of interest.

President J. Reuben Clark Jr., in the April 1938 general conference, said from this pulpit: “Once in debt, interest is your companion every minute of the day and night; you cannot shun it or slip away from it; you cannot dismiss it; it yields neither to entreaties, demands, or orders; and whenever you get in its way or cross its course or fail to meet its demands, it crushes you” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1938, 103).

I recognize that it may be necessary to borrow to get a home, of course. But let us buy a home that we can afford and thus ease the payments which will constantly hang over our heads without mercy or respite for as long as 30 years.

No one knows when emergencies will strike. I am somewhat familiar with the case of a man who was highly successful in his profession. He lived in comfort. He built a large home. Then one day he was suddenly involved in a serious accident. Instantly, without warning, he almost lost his life. He was left a cripple. Destroyed was his earning power. He faced huge medical bills. He had other payments to make. He was helpless before his creditors. One moment he was rich, the next he was broke.
Since the beginnings of the Church, the Lord has spoken on this matter of debt. To Martin Harris through revelation He said: “Pay the debt thou hast contracted with the printer. Release thyself from bondage” (D&C 19:35).

President Heber J. Grant spoke repeatedly on this matter from this pulpit. He said: “If there is any one thing that will bring peace and contentment into the human heart, and into the family, it is to live within our means. And if there is any one thing that is grinding and discouraging and disheartening, it is to have debts and obligations that one cannot meet”.
 
We are carrying a message of self-reliance throughout the Church. Self-reliance cannot obtain when there is serious debt hanging over a household. One has neither independence nor freedom from bondage when he is obligated to others.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

FOOD and WATER Storage

FOOD:

From President Gordon B. Hinckley, the Lord’s prophet, we hear:  “The best place to have some food set aside is within our homes. … “We can begin ever so modestly. We can begin with a one week’s food supply and gradually build it to a month, and then to three months. … I fear that so many feel that a long-term food supply is so far beyond their reach that they make no effort at all."

Encourage our members to regularly put into their home storage a few wholesome, basic food items and some water that is safe to drink. They should save some money, if only a few coins each week. This modest approach will soon enable them to have several months’ reserve. Over time they can expand these modest efforts into a longer-term supply by adding such essentials as grains, legumes, and other staples that will keep them alive in case they do not have anything else to eat.  "Lay Up In Store"

Three-Month Supply

Longer-Term Supply

President Brigham Young said, “If you are without bread, how much wisdom can you boast, and of what real utility are your talents, if you cannot procure for yourselves and save against a day of scarcity those substances designed to sustain your natural lives?” (In Journal of Discourses, 8:68.)

"Today, I emphasize a most basic principle: home production and storage. Have you ever paused to realize what would happen to your community or nation if transportation were paralyzed or if we had a war or depression? How would you and your neighbors obtain food? How long would the corner grocery store—or supermarket—sustain the needs of the community?"  Pres. Benson, "Prepare for the Days of Tribulation", 1980


 
WATER- Store drinking water for circumstances in which the water supply may be polluted or disrupted.

If water comes directly from a good, pretreated source, then no additional purification is needed; otherwise, pretreat water before use. Store water in sturdy, leak-proof, breakage-resistant containers. Consider using plastic bottles commonly used for juices and soft drinks.

Keep water containers away from heat sources and direct sunlight.

Water Storage

Water Purification

Water Filters

Monday, January 28, 2013

Physical Well-Being

 “The Lord has commanded members to take care of their minds and bodies. They should obey the Word of Wisdom, eat nutritious food, exercise regularly, control their weight, and get adequate sleep. They should shun substances or practices that abuse their bodies or minds and that could lead to addiction. They should practice good sanitation and hygiene and obtain adequate medical and dental care. They should also strive to cultivate good relationships with family members and others.”

 "Maintaining the best possible physical health has been a gospel ideal throughout the ages—from the strict dietary laws of ancient Israel, with the example of Daniel and his associates, to the Word of Wisdom in this dispensation and the counsel of today's prophets and apostles. By maintaining good physical health, we become more self-reliant and are better prepared to progress personally, strengthen the family, and serve in the Church and community."

Read more HERE.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

BEST Talks on Preparedness


"We encourage you to be more self-reliant so that, as the Lord has declared, “notwithstanding the tribulation which shall descend upon you, … the church may stand independent above all other creatures beneath the celestial world” (D&C 78:14). The Lord wants us to be independent and self-reliant because these will be days of tribulation. He has warned and forewarned us of the eventuality".  Pres. Benson, 1980

Here are some of the BEST TALKS on Preparedness that I know about.  If you have any others' that you'd like to share with us...please leave it in the comment section below.

"To the Boys and to the Men",  President Gordon B. Hinckley, 1998

"Lay Up in Store",  Bishop Keith B. McMillan, 2007

"Home Storage: Build on the Basics",  Ensign, June 1989

"Preparation for the Second Coming",  Dallin H. Oaks, 2004

"Prepare for the Days of Tribulation",  President Ezra Taft Benson, 1980

"Prepare Yourself for the Great Day of the Lord",  Pres. Benson, 1982

"Stand Independent above All other Creatures", Elder Bruce R. McConkie, 1979

The Second Coming and the Millenium,  Joseph Smith

Signs of the Times

Preparing for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ,  Wilford Woodruff

Signs of the Second Coming

The Most Frequently Asked Questions about Home Production and Storage

Home Storage

Family Home Storage; A New Message

The Security of a Food Supply, Ensign 1972

Basic Principles of Welfare and Self-Reliance,  2009


"Prepare Ye",   Ezra Taft Benson,  Jan. 1974

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Financial Preparedness

For many years we have been taught correct principles by representative of the Lord.  We would do well to heed their counsel with exactness and to the best of our abilities.  We can sincerely pray for help in the areas that we fall short and...seek to do better line upon line.

If we do so, the Lord will help us attain to the stature that he desires for us; which includes both spiritual and financial freedom. 
 
"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, January 25, 2013

Gardening

GARDENING

Planting a garden, even a small one, allows for a greater degree of self-reliance. With the right information and a little practice, individuals and entire families can enjoy the many benefits of planting and tending a garden.

“We encourage you to grow all the food that you feasibly can on your own property. Berry bushes, grapevines, fruit trees—plant them if your climate is right for their growth. Grow vegetables and eat them from your own yard.” (Pres. Kimball, Ensign, May 1976, p. 124).

"There are blessings in being close to the soil, in raising your own food even if it is only a garden in your yard and a fruit tree or two. Those families will be fortunate who, in the last days, have an adequate supply of food because of their foresight and ability to produce their own."  Pres. Ezra Taft Benson, "Prepare for the days of Tribulation, 1980

Planning a Garden

Gardening in Containers

Recipes Using Garden Produce

Links to Gardening Websites

BYU-TV Show: Home Grown

Read more HERE.


Obtaining Sufficient Food Storage


“Our Heavenly Father created this beautiful earth, with all its abundance, for our benefit and use. His purpose is to provide for our needs as we walk in faith and obedience. He has lovingly commanded us to ‘prepare every needful thing’ (see D&C 109:8) so that, should adversity come, we may care for ourselves and our neighbors and support bishops as they care for others.

“We encourage members worldwide to prepare for adversity in life by having a basic supply of food and water and some money in savings.

“We ask that you be wise as you store food and water and build your savings. Do not go to extremes; it is not prudent, for example, to go into debt to establish your food storage all at once. With careful planning, you can, over time, establish a home storage supply and a financial reserve.”  Read More:

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Becoming Self-Reliant

Becoming Self-Reliant

"We become self-reliant through obtaining sufficient knowledge, education, and literacy; by managing money and resources wisely, being spiritually strong, preparing for emergencies and eventualities; and by having physical health and social and emotional well-being." Julie B. Beck

Friday, January 11, 2013

100 Top Items Needed for Emergency - First Things to Disappear

100 Items to Disappear First

1. Generators (Good ones cost dearly. Gas storage, risky. Noisy...target of thieves; maintenance etc.)
2. Water Filters/Purifiers
3. Portable Toilets
4. Seasoned Firewood. Wood takes about 6 - 12 months to become dried, for home uses.
5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps (First Choice: Buy CLEAR oil. If scarce, stockpile ANY!)
6. Coleman Fuel. Impossible to stockpile too much.
7. Guns, Ammunition, Pepper Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bats & Slingshots.
8. Hand-can openers, & hand egg beaters, whisks.
9. Honey/Syrups/white, brown sugar
10. Rice - Beans - Wheat
11. Vegetable Oil (for cooking) Without it food burns/must be boiled etc.,)
12. Charcoal, Lighter Fluid (Will become scarce suddenly)
13. Water Containers (Urgent Item to obtain.) Any size. Small: HARD CLEAR PLASTIC ONLY: Food grade if for drinking.
14. Mini Heater head (Propane) (Without this item, propane won't heat a room.)
15. Grain Grinder (Non-electric)
16. Propane Cylinders (Urgent: Definite shortages will occur.
17. Survival Guide Book.
18. Mantles: Aladdin, Coleman, etc. (Without this item, longer-term lighting is difficult.)
19. Baby Supplies: Diapers/formula. ointments/aspirin, etc.
20. Washboards, Mop Bucket w/wringer (for Laundry)
21. Cookstoves (Propane, Coleman & Kerosene)
22. Vitamins
23. Propane Cylinder Handle-Holder (Urgent: Small canister use is dangerous without this item)
24. Feminine Hygiene/Haircare/Skin products.
25. Thermal underwear (Tops & Bottoms)
26. Bow saws, axes and hatchets, Wedges (also, honing oil)
27. Aluminum Foil Reg. & Heavy Duty (Great Cooking and Barter Item)
28. Gasoline Containers (Plastic & Metal)
29. Garbage Bags (Impossible To Have Too Many).
30. Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Paper Towels
31. Milk - Powdered & Condensed (Shake Liquid every 3 to 4 months)
32. Garden Seeds (Non-Hybrid) (A MUST)
33. Clothes pins/line/hangers (A MUST)
34. Coleman's Pump Repair Kit
35. Tuna Fish (in oil)
36. Fire Extinguishers (or..large box of Baking Soda in every room)
37. First aid kits
38. Batteries (all sizes...buy furthest-out for Expiration Dates)
39. Garlic, spices & vinegar, baking supplies
40. Big Dogs (and plenty of dog food)
41. Flour, yeast & salt
42. Matches. {"Strike Anywhere" preferred.) Boxed, wooden matches will go first
43. Writing paper/pads/pencils, solar calculators
44. Insulated ice chests (good for keeping items from freezing in Wintertime.)
45. Workboots, belts, Levis & durable shirts
46. Flashlights/LIGHTSTICKS & torches, "No. 76 Dietz" Lanterns
47. Journals, Diaries & Scrapbooks (jot down ideas, feelings, experience; Historic Times)
48. Garbage cans Plastic (great for storage, water, transporting - if with wheels)
49. Men's Hygiene: Shampoo, Toothbrush/paste, Mouthwash/floss, nail clippers, etc
50. Cast iron cookware (sturdy, efficient)
51. Fishing supplies/tools
52. Mosquito coils/repellent, sprays/creams
53. Duct Tape
54. Tarps/stakes/twine/nails/rope/spikes
55. Candles
56. Laundry Detergent (liquid)
57. Backpacks, Duffel Bags
58. Garden tools & supplies
59. Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies
60. Canned Fruits, Veggies, Soups, stews, etc.
61. Bleach (plain, NOT scented: 4 to 6% sodium hypochlorite)
62. Canning supplies, (Jars/lids/wax)
63. Knives & Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel
64. Bicycles...Tires/tubes/pumps/chains, etc
65. Sleeping Bags & blankets/pillows/mats
66. Carbon Monoxide Alarm (battery powered)
67. Board Games, Cards, Dice
68. d-con Rat poison, MOUSE PRUFE II, Roach Killer
69. Mousetraps, Ant traps & cockroach magnets
70. Paper plates/cups/utensils (stock up, folks)
71. Baby wipes, oils, waterless & Antibacterial soap (saves a lot of water)
72. Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.
73. Shaving supplies (razors & creams, talc, after shave)
74. Hand pumps & siphons (for water and for fuels)
75. Soysauce, vinegar, bullions/gravy/soupbase
76. Reading glasses
77. Chocolate/Cocoa/Tang/Punch (water enhancers)
78. "Survival-in-a-Can"
79. Woolen clothing, scarves/ear-muffs/mittens
80. Boy Scout Handbook, / also Leaders Catalog
81. Roll-on Window Insulation Kit (MANCO)
82. Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, Trail mix/Jerky
83. Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts
84. Socks, Underwear, T-shirts, etc. (extras)
85. Lumber (all types)
86. Wagons & carts (for transport to and from)
87. Cots & Inflatable mattress's
88. Gloves: Work/warming/gardening, etc.
89. Lantern Hangers
90. Screen Patches, glue, nails, screws,, nuts & bolts
91. Teas
92. Coffee
93. Cigarettes
94. Wine/Liquors (for bribes, medicinal, etc,)
95. Paraffin wax
96. Glue, nails, nuts, bolts, screws, etc.
97. Chewing gum/candies
98. Atomizers (for cooling/bathing)
99. Hats & cotton neckerchiefs
100. Goats/chickens

From a Sarajevo War Survivor:
Experiencing horrible things that can happen in a war - death of parents and
friends, hunger and malnutrition, endless freezing cold, fear, sniper attacks.

1. Stockpiling helps. but you never no how long trouble will last, so locate near renewable food sources.
2. Living near a well with a manual pump is like being in Eden.
3. After awhile, even gold can lose its luster. But there is no luxury in war quite like toilet paper. Its surplus value is greater than gold's.
4. If you had to go without one utility, lose electricity - it's the easiest to do without (unless you're in a very nice climate with no need for heat.)
5. Canned foods are awesome, especially if their contents are tasty without heating. One of the best things to stockpile is canned gravy - it makes a lot of the dry unappetizing things you find to eat in war somewhat edible. Only needs enough heat to "warm", not to cook. It's cheap too, especially if you buy it in bulk.
6. Bring some books - escapist ones like romance or mysteries become more valuable as the war continues. Sure, it's great to have a lot of survival guides, but you'll figure most of that out on your own anyway - trust me, you'll have a lot of time on your hands.
7. The feeling that you're human can fade pretty fast. I can't tell you how many people I knew who would have traded a much needed meal for just a little bit of toothpaste, rouge, soap or cologne. Not much point in fighting if you have to lose your humanity. These things are morale-builders like nothing else.
8. Slow burning candles and matches, matches, matches


100 Top Items Disappearing in War or Natural Disaster

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Food Storage as Essential as Noah's Ark

“The revelation to produce and store food may be as essential to our temporal welfare today as boarding the ark was to the people in the days of Noah”   To The Father's in Israel, President Benson, 1987

Monday, January 7, 2013

Listen to the Lord's Spokesmen...

Elder W. Don Ladd taught: “When it starts raining, it is too late to begin building the ark. … We … need to listen to the Lord’s spokesmen. We need to calmly continue to move ahead and prepare for what will surely come. We need not panic or fear, for if we are prepared, spiritually and temporally, we and our families will survive any flood. Our arks will float on a sea of faith if our works have been steadily and surely preparing for the future” Ensign, Nov. 1994