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