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

Friday, November 14, 2014

Preparedness for Single Parents

I've worked hard to prepare for many years.  I've stored wheat and other grains as well as a variety of canned goods and oils.  I've also picked and canned my own fruit, bottled it, ground my own wheat and made homemade whole wheat bread, sprouted wheat and legumes, learned about herbs, essential oils, and nutrition etc.  I've also explored a variety of 'alternative' methods of emotional and physical healing.  I've worked to enhance my daily exercise, water intake and basic well-being.

But, I'm a single parent and I can't do all that I used to do.  My energy is lower as I age :) and...our income has been reduced so that I can't attain all the items I'd like to have for my family for preparedness purposes.

Yet, I know that I have done what I could.  It's taken many years to build up a food supply, get warm winter clothing and blankets, have a tent and sleeping bags etc.  I'm still working on some things as my children have grown and we've actually used up a lot of our food storage that we worked so hard to gather.  So, it served it's purpose.  We've had food when we needed it.  We've gained skills that would help us survive better if there were an emergency.  We do have flashlights and I do know how to find ways to cook things without fuel.

But, I hope that this stage won't last forever.  It's seemed like it has already (15 yrs. of raising my children alone).  We've learned many lessons and have had to work hard for survival.  I really mean that.

The message I'd share with other single-parents is that it can be done - a bit at a time.  Don't get overwhelmed by the task at hand.  Get a few extra things every week at the store.  Or, better yet, grow some of your own garden produce or find places in the community where you can pick fruits and vegetables for a reduced price.

Learn how to mend or sew items.  Children can and need to learn these skills as well.  Be frugal, thrifty and humble.  Ask for help when you need it.  Most people would help if they knew you were in need.  (I need to do better at that myself.)  :)

We're all in this together.  Many singles; never married, divorced, or widowed, are in similar circumstances.

For those who are able to help - please do so.  Many suffer in silence because they know not where to turn to ask for help or support.

And, Pray.  Our Heavenly Father is mindful of our needs.  He wants to help us - and sometimes that's through us learning new skills to help ourselves - but, sometimes, when we're really down, we need a boost from someone with more energy that we have at the time.  Then, someday, we can return that favor to someone else. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

How Can We Minimize Suffering?

This is a great 'all-encompassing' statement for why we prepare.

The rationale for emergency preparedness is that by living providently and by acquiring in advance the skills and resources necessary to cope effectively with difficulties, Latter-day Saints can minimize or avoid the suffering that accompanies the unexpected. They can also have the sense of security and peace of mind (D&C 38:30) that are essential to spiritual development. They are also taught to work toward self-sufficiency-to provide adequately for themselves, to assist those in need, and to avoid unnecessary dependence upon the efforts or resources of others. They are told to put aside something when times are good so that they can care for themselves and others when times are bad. For Latter-day Saints, preparing for emergencies is more akin to saving for a "rainy day" than surviving "doomsday" (Kimball, p. 78).  Emergency Preparedness

Friday, October 17, 2014

Essential Oils for Preparedness

These are a few of my favorite products for health and wellness.  We use, and have used, them OFTEN for infections, sore throats, acne, sore muscles, cramps, seasonal depression, allergies, and bug bites etc.  Each pure oil is for a unique use. 

These are products that I can sincerely recommend as being very helpful and for a variety of uses.

Here's the link to MY SITE - where you can order.  I would encourage you to look into them as these are products I can wholeheartedly endorse.

See also:  WHAT is an ESSENTIAL OIL?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

How Do We Prepare for the Future?

I run several blogs and used to post to this one more frequently.  I don't keep it up as often as I've sort of moved to a new phase I thought I'd add this little ditty.

For many years I worked hard to prepare temporally; food, clothing, shelter, water, sanitation etc.  I attended many classes, learned how to sprout, grind my own wheat, bake bread and other goods, cook, clean, survive in winter and provide sanitation facilities in emergencies.  I know how to clean water, use some herbs, cook without electricity, and my son even took a HAM radio operators class.

Amongst these things I've also studied about earthquake and pandemic safety and preparedness.  I've sought to be diligent in these matters and do what I could to protect my children from any eventuality.

I still think these things are important; especially if a person has made no preparations at all.  It's great to have important life skills to know how to garden, use basic tools, grow and store food, bottle food etc.  But, even more important, in my opinion, are the foundational principles that underlie all types of preparedness. 

Why do we prepare?
Why is that important?
Are we doing it so that we can help others' or just help ourselves?
Are we doing it out of obedience to God or for some other reason?

These questions will help us know better how and what to prepare.

As a single-parent I've had to work harder, perhaps, than most.  Our time, energies and funding were greatly limited.  I've sought guidance from a higher Power to help me know how to best use what I had to prepare for times ahead.  And, He has helped me do that.  I've seen miracles when we were offered apples or apricots for free - if we'd pick them.  I knew that because of my desire to obey we were being blessed beyond our own abilities.

Through it all (including all my many studies and readings about preparedness) I've come to feel for myself that the greatest preparation I've had is in becoming a whole and worthy person, forgiving of all who have hurt or offended me, healthier in both body and spirit, obedient to God's counsel, and at peace in the world around me.

As the world increases in wickedness and the natural disasters come closer to home, the greatest blessing I have right now is PEACE that He will be with me, He will comfort me, and He will continue to help and guide me.

Fear is not of God. It's from the opposite side and he seeks to stir our souls up to contention, dissension, anger towards one another, and...anything that will take peace from us.  We may have to 'fight' against that every day by keeping armor of light upon us.  This comes only through scripture study and sincere prayer as we keep our lives aligned with the things of light that take away the darkness.

Monday, August 25, 2014

"Gathering" To Zion

Found these messages that a friend sent me in 2008. They're a good reminder that the Lord will lead us along if we keep all of His commandments.  There is safety in that and in no other way.  'Don't go to extremes' is the watch-cry of our day.  But, do....Keep yourselves unspotted from the world, come out from Babylon, be pure in heart and do what the Spirit prompts you to do. 
Follow the Prophets; particularly the First Presidency.
Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Vol. 6, p. 12
“Perhaps some of you are ready to ask, ‘Cannot the Lord save us as well where we are as to gather together?’ Yes, if the Lord says so.
But if He commands us to come out and gather together, He will not save us by staying at home.”

Joseph Smith, JD, Vol. 6, p. 239, 6/2/1839 
 “There will be here and there a Stake for the gathering of the Saints. Some may have cried peace, but the Saints and the world will have little peace from henceforth. Let this not hinder us from going to the Stakes; for God has told us to flee, not dallying, or we shall be scattered, one here, and another there. There your children shall be blessed, and you in the midst of friends, where you may be blessed. The Gospel net gathers of every kind.
I prophesy that the man who tarries after he has an opportunity of going will be afflicted by the Devil. Wars are at hand: we must not delay, but are not required to sacrifice. We ought to have the building up of Zion as our greatest object. When wars come, we shall have to flee to Zion. The cry is to make haste. The last revelations says, ‘Ye shall not have time to have’ gone over the earth, until these things come. It will come as did the cholera, war, fires, and earthquakes, one pestilence after another, etc., until the Ancient of Days come; then judgment will be given to the Saints.“Whatever you may hear about me or Kirtland, take no notice of it; for if it be a place of refuge, the Devil will use his greatest efforts to trap the Saints. You must make yourselves acquainted with those men who, like Daniel, pray three times a day to the house of the Lord. Look to the Presidency and receive instructions. Every man who is afraid, covetous, etc., will be taken in a snare. The time is soon coming when no man will have any peace but in Zion and her Stakes.”

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Making Wise Use of our Time; Prioritizing Choices

"Time is never for sale; time is a commodity that cannot, try as you may, be bought at any store for any price. Yet when time is wisely used, its value is immeasurable. On any given day we are all allocated, without cost, the same number of minutes and hours to use, and we soon learn, as the familiar hymn so carefully teaches, “Time flies on wings of lightning; we cannot call it back”.  What time we have we must use wisely. President Brigham Young said, “We are all indebted to God for the ability to use time to advantage, and he will require of us a strict account of [its] disposition”

"With the demands made of us, we must learn to prioritize our choices to match our goals or risk being exposed to the winds of procrastination and being blown from one time-wasting activity to another. We are well taught about priorities by the Master Teacher when He declared in His Sermon on the Mount, “Wherefore, seek not the things of this world but seek ye first to build up the kingdom of God, and to establish his righteousness”.  - A Time to Prepare

Let us choose to PLAN and PREPARE as we also strive to heed daily promptings and keep ourselves open to what the Lord would guide us to do.

In my own life I've found that have a daily notebook is helpful.  I list things that I need to get done, and certain appointments, but then, I leave myself open to be flexible as to guidance of the Spirit and the needs of others.  This has been more effective for me than having a rigid daily schedule.  And, I've sought diligently to remove unnecessary things and to be more efficient when I do run 'errands'.  I try to combine them and keep them as infrequent as possible.

"Simplify" is my frequent motto.  This has blessed my life and opened me up to the things that matter most.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Spiritual Storms are Raging. We Need Unshakable Faith.

From President Erying we receive the following wisdom.  I'm grateful for it!
"It will take unshakable faith in the Lord Jesus Christ to choose the way to eternal life. It is by using that faith we can know the will of God. It is by acting on that faith we build the strength to do the will of God. And it is by exercising that faith in Jesus Christ that we can resist temptation and gain forgiveness through the Atonement.

"We will need to have developed and nurtured faith in Jesus Christ long before Satan hits us, as he will, with doubts and appeals to our carnal desires and with lying voices saying that good is bad and that there is no sin. Those spiritual storms are already raging. We can expect that they will worsen until the Savior returns."   - Start Early and Be Steady

Friday, May 2, 2014

Worldwide Spiritual Crisis

...We are living in a time of urgency. We are living in a time of spiritual crisis. We are living in a time close to midnight. There is an urgency to meet the worldwide spiritual crisis through action now. It can only be accomplished by performance. Procrastination is a deadly weapon of human progress. Thank God there is no need of a shortage in the oil of preparedness. It is accumulated at will, drop by drop, in righteous living.  Marvin J. Ashton

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Preparation has Ceased

May we NOT be like those whose preparation has ceased, who have become complacent thinking that the hard times ahead will never come.  PLEASE - continue to prepare both temporally and spiritually!

Through lack of patience and confidence, preparation has ceased. Others have lulled themselves to sleep to a complacency with the rationalization that midnight will never come. The responsibility for having oil in our personal lamps is an individual requirement and opportunity. The oil of spiritual preparedness cannot be shared. The wise were not unkind or selfish when they refused oil to the foolish in the moment of truth. The kind of oil needed by all of us to light up the darkness and illuminate the way is not shareable. The oil could have been purchased at the market in the parable, but in our lives it is accumulated by righteous living, a drop at a time.   - A Time of Urgency

Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Ten Virgins = People of the Church of Jesus Christ

It can be properly and appropriately concluded that the ten virgins represent the people of the Church of Jesus Christ, and not alone the rank and file of the world. The wise and foolish virgins, all of them, had been invited to the wedding supper; they had knowledge of the importance of the occasion. They were not pagans, heathens, or gentiles, nor were they known as corrupt or lost, but rather they were informed people who had the saving, exalting gospel in their possession, but had not made it the center of their lives.  They knew the way, but were foolishly unprepared for the coming of the bridegroom. All, even the foolish ones, trimmed their lamps at his coming, but their oil was used up. In the most needed moment there was none available to refill their lamps. All had been warned their entire lives.  - A Time of Urgency

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Prepare for the Coming of the Lord

There is an urgency in this day for us to prepare for the coming of the Lord. For you who have heeded the warning and continue in your preparations to accumulate the oil of righteousness in your lamps, great blessings are yours.  
A Time of Urgency

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Prepared for WHAT???

Many of us are aware of the global events that are occurring in this day and age.  Some of them seem to be increasing in size and frequency.

We speak of Preparedness - and we wonder "Prepared for What?"

Prophets of God have prophesied of calamities in the 'last day'.  Those who are aware and striving to heed their counsel will be blessed.

During the time of Noah, few believed him and only 8 were saved from the flood.

Followers of Christ, in all ages, have sought diligently to know His mind and will so that they could heed it.  We would do well to do the same.

Through His servants, Prophets of God and other chosen leaders, we receive counsel for our day.  That is the blessing of 'modern day revelation'.  We love and learn from the scriptures, and from those who have gone before us, and we also are given revelation for our day - just as those in the times of Noah were given revelation for their day and those in the time of Moses - received what was needful for them.  We have those amazing teachings to give us a good foundation and to learn of how God speaks to His people, which prepares us to receive His word for us in our day.  The Heavens are NOT closed and what a WONDERFUL gift that is for us.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

God Hath Not Given Us the Spirit of Fear

From President Gordon B. Hinckley we read:

As I have traveled throughout the world, and through the years of my life, I have met many people who have had problems and anxious concerns. In response to these challenges and concerns, I have often recalled some words that were written long ago by Paul the Apostle. At the time he was probably a prisoner in Rome, “ready to be offered,” as he said. (2 Tim. 4:6.) He had been a great missionary, unflagging in his testimony, zealous in his desire to bear testimony of the risen Lord. He knew his days were now numbered, and with great feeling he wrote to a junior companion, Timothy, whom he described as “my dearly beloved son”:

“Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee. …
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Tim. 1:6–7.)  

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Don't Panic

One of the things I've been reminded of recently is the importance of staying the course no matter the outer circumstances. Peace can be ours even in times of trial and hardship.

There are wars in various countries at this time.  Our thoughts are with many who are suffering.

We may hear of wars in our own county at some point.  It's been prophesied through the scriptures and modern-day revelation.Yet, we are to preach peace and not panic.

That's my hope and wish for us all.

And…if we've been heeding counsel for these past many years - we'll be in a much better situation to be able to endure and hold up a lamp for others.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Prepare for Calamity - Hear and Obey

“Knowing the calamity” that was coming, the Father and the Son called upon the Prophet Joseph Smith and gave him—and through him, the rest of us—commandments (D&C 1:17). Perhaps the most important commandment was given by the Father when He and the Son appeared to Joseph Smith in the spring of 1820. Referring to His Son, the Father commanded Joseph, “Hear Him!” (Joseph Smith—History 1:17; see alsoMatthew 17:5Mark 9:7Luke 9:35). On that day and thereafter, Jesus Christ gave Joseph doctrines, covenants, and commandments to “prepare [all people] for that which is to come” (D&C 1:12; see also D&C 133:10). Only by receiving such doctrines, covenants, and commandments can the world be properly prepared for the Lord’s coming and everything leading up to that event. “If ye are prepared,” the Lord has counseled, “ye shall not fear” (D&C 38:30).
Among the essential instructions given by the Lord to prepare for His coming is that we listen to and obey His voice. “Hearken and hear, O ye inhabitants of the earth … hear the voice of the Lord” (D&C 133:16).   - James J. Hamula

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Who Shall Abide the Day?

Ancient prophets who foresaw the last days also seemed to have been troubled. Referring to the Lord’s latter-day coming, Joel asked, “Who can abide it?” (Joel 2:11). Similarly, Malachi exclaimed: “Who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth?” (Malachi 3:2; see also 3 Nephi 24:2D&C 128:24). And after seeing the signs of the last days, John the Beloved cried out, “The great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (Revelation 6:17). 2 These are expressions of concern about the ability of people to endure the calamities and perils of the last days. Fortunately, the Father and the Son have addressed these prophetic concerns.  - James J. Hamula

Monday, January 13, 2014

We Cannot Progress without Preparedness

We cannot progress without attending to our own personal and family preparedness on a regular basis. Preparedness is not something that is static; it is ever changing. I know of no situation in life where it is not necessary. May we all become involved in it for the blessing of our families. There is precious little time to waste in preparing for the eternities. 

We find, as family conditions change and maturity develops, there is still a constant need for expressions of “I love you.” There is still the need for regular father-mother-daughter interviews. There is still the need for dad and a thirteen-year-old to spend some time every summer at the amusement park. Husband-and-wife communication must still be nurtured. Needs like these will exist forever and must be satisfied.  -H. Burke Peterson

Sunday, January 12, 2014

"I Know You Not" - Matthew 25

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.” 
- L. Tom Perry

Saturday, January 11, 2014

POWERFUL Message about Forgiveness, Service, Unity

This POWERFUL video is WORTH the 12 minute watch.  It's a deeply moving message about how we can forgive and become unified.  President Eyring's message at the end is worth the wait.  Please watch and consider your own life and what you can do to better serve those who have wronged you.

The Home is the Center of Preparedness Plans

The home must be the heart of the welfare program. We must focus our training of personal and family preparedness to reach the family organization. We must teach that every family should be headed by an executive committee comprised of a husband and wife who will set aside sufficient time to plan for their family needs. If it is a single-parent family or an individual living alone, there is still need to organize time and thought to establish goals for meeting needs.
It must start here. Every family has different needs. I notice the difference in my own family now that my children are married. Father and mother are now alone. Their needs have changed. A daughter with her own home and family, a son renting in a student housing project with his family, and a newlywed daughter and her husband, still students at a university—each has different needs, and these needs are changing each year.   -L. Tom Perry

Friday, January 10, 2014

Importance of Spiritual Preparation

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.
What we will need in our day of testing is a spiritual preparation. It is to have developed faith in Jesus Christ so powerful that we can pass the test of life upon which everything for us in eternity depends. That test is part of the purpose God had for us in the Creation.  - Henry B. Eyring

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Develop Skills to Help Your Family

Develop your skills in your home preservation and storage. We reaffirm the previous counsel the Church has always given, to acquire and maintain a year’s supply—a year’s supply of the basic commodities for us. 
Wherever possible, produce your nonfood necessities of life. Improve your sewing skills; sew and mend clothing for your family. All the girls want to learn to type, they all want to go to an office. They don’t seem to want to sew anymore, and to plant and protect and renew the things that they use. Develop handicraft skills as the sisters have told us, and make or build needed items.  - Pres. Kimball

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Have a Year's Supply on Hand

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. - Pres. Kimball

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

A Feeling of Security?

Brethren and sisters, we’ve gathered here this morning to consider the important program which we must never forget nor put in the background. As we become more affluent and our bank accounts enlarge, there comes a feeling of security, and we feel sometimes that we do not need the supply that has been suggested by the Brethren. It lies there and deteriorates, we say. And suppose it does? We can reestablish it. We must remember that conditions could change and a year’s supply of basic commodities could be very much appreciated by us or others. So we would do well to listen to what we have been told and to follow it explicitly. -Pres. Kimball

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Goals for 2014 - Will We Put the Lord First?

Second Coming of Jesus Christ
May we contemplate the most important matters this year as we set our 'goals' for 2014?

What would the Lord have us do?

Who would He have us become?

What can we do to let go of the past and move forward into the future in a better and more refined state-of-being?

Ezra Taft Benson said this:  
"Men are tried and tested in this mortal probation to see if they will put first in their lives the kingdom of God. (See Matt. 6:33.) To gain eternal life, they must be willing, if called upon, to sacrifice all things for the gospel. “If thou wilt be perfect,” Jesus said to the rich young man, “go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.” (Matt. 19:21.)
Hearing this injunction, Peter said, “Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?”

Wednesday, January 1, 2014