"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

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Self-Reliance- excellent resources

PROVO Resource Center  (click on link for more info.)  Classes are ongoing -- monthly repeats
Self-Employment, Career Options, Professionals, Scholarship Workshop, Youth, Youth Jobs, Small Business, Stake, Ward info. etc. 

Community Service - Help Wanted

Help others' - Educational Tutoring and Teach Classes 
Volunteer in Community (youth service projects available)
Community Service Programs
Help the Elderly
Humanitarian-Local
Mentoring: (math tutor 11 yr. old, blogging, coach, ACT prep., citizenship, cub scout leader, substance abuse, special Ed., Slate Canyon Detention center, etc.)
Help Children
Disabled- (read to blind, elderly, children,  special olympics, homebound, woman needing friend, abused women and children, etc.)
Sports;  community events, special olympics, internships, special events, etc.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Sell Items and Purchase GRAIN etc.

"Lay up your stores, and take your silks and fine things and exchange them for grain and such things as you need and the time will come when we will be obliged to depend upon 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 (Journal of Discourses, vol. 5, p. 10)

Global Food Prices expected to SOAR


See what is being reported about Global Food Prices being expected to Soar and "New Fears over coming Food Shortages."     "But if ye are prepared ye shall not fear."  Please continue to prepare as best as you can.

"Do Not Spend Money for That Which is of No Worth"

"With all the love I have in me and with the Savior’s love through me, I invite you to come unto Him and hear His words: “Wherefore, do not spend money for that which is of no worth, nor your labor for that which cannot satisfy. Hearken diligently unto me, and remember the words which I have spoken; and come unto the Holy One of Israel, and feast upon that which perisheth not, neither can be corrupted” (2 Nephi 9:51).

"I testify that the appetite to possess worldly things can only be overcome by turning to the Lord...He stands ready to help each one of us. “Fear not,” He said, “for you are mine, and I have overcome the world” (D&C 50:41)...May each of us also overcome worldly temptation by coming unto Him and by becoming provident providers both temporally and spiritually for ourselves and others is my humble prayer...     - Elder Robert D. Hales - "Becoming Provident Providers", 2009

Home Storage; A New Approach

A New Approach

In the spirit of President Hinckley’s remarks, Church leaders decided to closely reexamine their approach to self-reliance, looking for ways to reinforce the concepts of home storage and financial preparedness. As a result, the Church published the pamphlet All Is Safely Gathered In: Family Home Storage, outlining new guidelines for home preparedness that give Church members a simplified, four-step approach to building their home storage.   They are as follows:
  1. Gradually build a small supply of food that is part of your normal, daily diet until it is sufficient for three months.
  2. Store drinking water.
  3. Establish a financial reserve by setting aside a little money each week, and gradually increase it to a reasonable amount.
  4. Once families have achieved the first three objectives, they are counseled to expand their efforts, as circumstances allow, into a supply of long-term basic foods such as grains, legumes, and other staples.

Simplify our Lives; The Best is Yet to Be

"In our search to obtain relief from the stresses of life, may we earnestly seek ways to simplify our lives."

"Those of us who have been around a while—and Elder Wirthlin and I have been around for a long time—have recognized certain patterns in life’s test. There are cycles of good and bad times, ups and downs, periods of joy and sadness, and times of plenty as well as scarcity. When our lives turn in an unanticipated and undesirable direction, sometimes we experience stress and anxiety. One of the challenges of this mortal experience is to not allow the stresses and strains of life to get the better of us—to endure the varied seasons of life while remaining positive, even optimistic. Perhaps when difficulties and challenges strike, we should have these hopeful words of Robert Browning etched in our minds: “The best is yet to be” (“Rabbi Ben Ezra,” in Charles W. Eliot, ed., The Harvard Classics, 50 vols. [1909–10], 42:1103). We can’t predict all the struggles and storms in life, not even the ones just around the next corner, but as persons of faith and hope, we know beyond the shadow of any doubt that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true and the best is yet to come."     Elder L. Tom Perry  ---   "Let Him Do It with Simplicity," , (October 4, 2008)

How much food do you have on hand?

From their article "The Security of a Food Supply" we read about the studies of two BYU Professors who surveyed nine LDS families.  Here are the questions they asked:

How long do you believe your family could live as it normally does without going to a store?
How long do you believe your family could survive without going to a store?
How much food do you have on hand?

Food Group Percentage of Families Whose Food Supply Would Last Less Than Three Months
Milk89%
Meat92%
Flour, grain or cereal58%
Canned tomatoes72%
Vegetables and fruits62%
Fats and oils99%
Sugar and sweets61%

An adequate food supply could be the key to your family’s survival

"A general feeling of security is derived from having a combination of valued things, such as the feeling that one is living according to his religious convictions, is loved and respected by others, and has good health. The feeling of security or well-being is less complete if any valued item is lacking.  An important part of personal security is having an adequate supply of material goods and means to meet physical needs, both in the present and in the future."

"Brigham Young frequently stated that our religion is a practical religion. He advised the Saints to provide for themselves from the native elements. “If you cannot provide for your natural lives,” he said, “how can you expect to have wisdom to obtain eternal lives?”

"Moreover, the general Church welfare handbook states: “… welfare leaders will earnestly teach and urge Church members to be self-sustaining to the full extent of their powers. No true Latter-day Saint will, while physically able, voluntarily shift from himself the burden of his own support. So long as he can, under the inspiration of the Almighty and with his own labors, he will supply himself with the necessities of life.”

Too Few Have Begun - to Prepare

“Recent surveys of the Church members have shown a serious erosion in the number of families who have a year's supply of life's necessities. Most members plan to do it. Too few have begun.”   - Thomas S. Monson (September 1986 Ensign)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Two Cans of Corn

By starting small, wisely using storage space, saving money, and gradually increasing their efforts, newly married couples can experience the blessings of peace and security that come from home storage.

Following their wedding, Ron shared the advice he had received with his wife, Lorene, and the couple decided to give it a try. On their first shopping trip together, they purchased their regular groceries and two cans of corn, which they stored in the closet of their one-room apartment. “Those two cans became a good source of humor for us,” Ron says. “Each week the joke continued as we added two more cans.”  

They soon discovered that their home storage was not a laughing matter, when six months later, Ron found himself without a job—and without money for food. He and Lorene relied on the supply in the closet to sustain them, and they immediately recognized the blessings of the principle of preparation. Now, more than 20 years later, Ron says it’s a principle that has blessed his family in numerous ways. “I am thankful for an inspired bishop who counseled us from the beginning to save food—and who showed us how to do it even with little money,” he recalls. “It has protected us many times.”

Allie Schulte, "Two Cans of Corn: Home Storage for Newlyweds", Ensign, Sept. 2009

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Only 30% of Church has Two-MONTH Supply of Food

“On the average, about 30 percent of the church has a two-month supply of food. The remainder have little or none...become self-sufficient as possible to prepare against the days to come.”     - Bishop H. Burke Peterson (General Conference October 1975)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Our need for COLOR and VARIETY in our foods

This article from Meridian Magazine talks of how we need COLOR and VARIETY in our foods; especially during winter months when we may not be getting it from our surroundings.

It's worth the read; especially for those who are striving to learn and prepare for times ahead!

Read it HERE.

Friday, February 11, 2011

All Is Safely Gathered In


Dear Brothers and Sisters:  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 Church 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.

We realize that some of you may not have financial resources or space for such storage. Some of you may be prohibited by law from storing large amounts of food. We encourage you to store as much as circumstances allow.

May the Lord bless you in your home storage efforts.
The First Presidency - 2007

Wednesday, February 9, 2011