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Maybe you’ve noticed the prices of groceries have gone up (a lot) lately. Or maybe you’ve heard rumors of bugs being added to food in order to add protein due to potential meat shortages? Or perhaps you have realized that our food supply is very dependent on our supply chain, and have seen the recent farmer protests or trucking protests in the news. These things can seem a little alarming when we think about how comfortable we are in our way of life.
As members of the Church of Jesus Christ, we sometimes fall prey to a misconception that the law is our friend; that if we do it well enough, the law will work in our favor. This is inaccurate. If we want to clearly understand Jesus Christ—His role and purpose—and deepen our relationship with Him, we have to know what the law actually does to imperfect, fallen mortals:
“A Word of Wisdom, for the benefit of the council of high priests,
assembled in Kirtland, and the church, and also the saints in Zion—To
be sent greeting; not by commandment or constraint, but by revelation
and the word of wisdom, showing forth the order and will of God in the
temporal salvation of all saints in the last days—Given for a principle with
promise, adapted to the capacity of the weak and the weakest of all
saints, who are or can be called saints.” – (D&C 89:1-3)
It’s the time of year where many of us are filing or preparing to file those not-so-favorite taxes. Tax returns often mean extra cash to burn for concert tickets, that brand new car we were wanting, but with inflation rising, and budgets getting tighter, it’s a good time to try to stretch those extra dollars as far as they can go!
What would you do if there were a shortage of medications? Do you have a plan to help keep your family healthy if there ever were a delay in the supply chain? One of the first things to disappear in an emergency is access to medical supplies. It’s important that we start to think ahead, especially if we have family members who have chronic health conditions.
Welcome to 2024 friends! New Years is one of my favorite times of year. I love getting a new calendar, setting new goals and intentions for the year, and feeling like it’s a fresh start. I love to get notebooks, mark out big events and birthdays, and try to set new routines to build better habits for the year.
However, like we’ve learned in the last few years, we never know what is inside Pandora’s box, so this is also a great time to take an inventory of where we are in preparation for it. I like to use the first couple of weeks to reorganize the pantry, update 72 hour kits, and play a little ‘what if’ game.
My husband and I bought our first home recently, and so we are so excited to be planting our very first real garden with our family! Because of this, I’ve been doing research to help us plan ours, so if you are in the same position, or are looking for info on how to start, this is for you!
Last week we talked about several ways to improve our self-reliance, because each of our paths are going to look different. Some of us will be guided to focus on more temporal preparation, while others may be told that they should focus on emotional or physical health goals. As we go forward, we will be sharing ideas in all of these areas!
As we work towards self-reliance, all of us will end up taking different paths to get there. Today, we will talk about several easy steps to help us improve!
The last step I would recommend is practicing your plan! We all grew up doing fire drills at school about once a month, so that if a real one happened, we would know what to do. There is a reason we did that, so we already had the automatic response. We want to create that in our homes too.
After creating your plan, make sure that each family member knows where to go, and what to do for each type of emergency. Can everyone get out? Can everyone fit in the space selected for tornado shelter? Where would you meet if you evacuated the house? Having practices and meetings sets routines for these situations so everyone knows what to do, and helps relieve some of the anxiety that comes with them.
Welcome to part four of our blackout preparedness series. We’ve talked about food, lighting and protecting our homes, and now it’s time to talk about what to do about surviving the cold or the heat, depending on the time of year, and where we live.
It’s time for part three of our power outage series! This week, how to fortify our homes in the case of an extended power crisis. Our homes have so much that rely on electricity. So as we prepare, we need to think about what we need to keep our families safe and their needs met.
As a teacher, I saw a lot of different ways to tackle technology both in the home and the schools. Some shy completely away from using technology to preserve an “innocence bubble”, and others take a more “dive in and teach them how to swim” approach. Personally, I think the answer is somewhere in the middle, that best fits you and your family’s needs. But to find that balance, I think we need to be really aware of the good and bad that technology offers, and understand the tools and practices that will help us keep our kids safe.
We’ve talked about how part of the reason we want our food storage is to help us maintain our regular standard of living as long as we can in an emergency. When we experience uncertain times in our lives, there is a tension that arises, and the more of our every day normal we can maintain, the more we can manage that. In addition to food, we are all accustomed to certain other things that keep our home running smoothly. As we are working to build our food storage up, we should also think about the non-food things we use everyday, so that we can lessen the interruptions to our lives even more.
Ok, so let’s talk about the biggest question we have when we start working on our food storage… how much do I need?
This is something I really struggled with at the beginning of building up our food storage. Storage is a bit subjective, which makes it difficult for someone write up just exactly how much food to buy. Because when I started, I really wanted to find some list somewhere that told me, “Dude, go buy 200 cans of corn, and 150 cans of black beans, etc.” But I honestly don’t like canned peaches, and maybe you hate eating green beans.
If you are following along with the Come Follow Me lessons, you know that over the next couple of weeks we are going to be studying the Abrahamic Covenant. We talk about this a lot, but sometimes I think that we think of the Abrahamic Covenant, as a promise God made to Abraham, but don’t really know what that means. Knowing a little more about his story helps give us some context about this Covenant
Personally, I struggle with feelings of anxiety and inadequacy, developed through past experiences and (if we’re being totally honest here) too many hours dedicated to magazines and the internet. But, part of preparing for the Lord’s Second Coming means preparing in all areas of life. We know that as we move closer to His return, the more difficult challenges will become. As disciples of Christ, we can prepare emotionally for the upcoming challenges by developing emotional resiliency.
Isn’t debt a four-letter word? Most of us don’t want to talk about it, because in today’s society, it’s sometimes seen as impolite, and also, it can be embarrassing to discuss our individual, personal financial situation. But, most of us haven’t scored that “independently wealthy” moment, particularly as we are just starting out as adults or young families. Which means that at we have to borrow money on occasion. Especially when it comes to things like a car, school, or a house. Which means, most of us has some kind of debt, somewhere.
A few years ago, when I was still single, I was having a difficult time feeling like I wasn’t progressing, or doing “meaningful” things with my life. (I had graduated from college, had a career… now what?) So I started creating “New Year’s Bucket Lists” each year. I would include some physical/health related goals, some fun activities I wanted to try, and then at least one or two spiritual goals for the year.
The holidays are rolling in, and it’s my favorite time of year! I love the crazy bustle, and the general sense of anticipation that comes with it. I’ll be honest, I’m an early decorator, like before Thanksgiving early. (No shame) I love taking my kids to see Santa, driving around to see the lights, and making all of the special holiday treats.
But my favorite part of Christmas is being able to spend time focusing on Christ. This week, I’ve collected lots of ideas for how celebrate the birth of our Savior even more this year to help you prepare for Christmas the next couple of weeks.
In the loved hymn, How Firm a Foundation, the Savior says, “The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose, I will not, I cannot, desert to his foes. That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake, I’ll never, no never, forsake.” Over the years, I have had the thought, what if we switched who was speaking in this verse? What if we were in fact the ones singing this to the Lord? We are the soul that clings to the Savior for peace and safety, and no matter what the enemy sends our way, no matter how hard he tries to sway us, we become so reliable, so resilient that no matter how confusing the world gets, the Lord knows that not only will He not forsake us, but that we will never forsake Him
If you’ve been following along the last few weeks, you were probably wondering if we were ever going to get here. Because let’s be honest, when most of us think of “emergency preparedness” we automatically think, “two year supply of food,” or “food storage.”
As His saints, the Lord has commanded us to become self-reliant. Getting a budget under control is a huge step to developing this. After all, it’s really hard to build up a food storage, or prepare other things if all your money is tied up in bills! So this week, I’m giving you 10 easy tips to help you boost your budget, and help you become more independent.
Ok, last week we tackled what a budget is, and different methods to do so. Budgeting plans are great starting points to help build healthy financial habits. But each of us has unique experiences, and our finances are going to reflect that. I have used several variations of different budgeting methods over the years. My husband and I have found that we do best when we we take pieces of different methods to help us best fit our life and goals.
How do you feel about preparedness? Some of us grew up in homes where there was only the food for that week on the shelf, where others of us maybe had miniature versions of Costco in our basement. But, regardless of how you grew up, at some point, you get to be on your own, and you have to start from scratch. And that can be pretty intimidating.
This month’s topic is a dirty word for many people, but one of the biggest factors in being temporally prepared truly is being able to maintain a budget. This month, we are focusing on how to create and manage a budget that works best for you and your family. This week, we want to focus on what a budget should look like, how it works, and some of the options you have available to you!