Monday, June 26, 2017

Monday Message

"The greatest events that have been spoken of by all the Holy Prophets will come along so naturally as the consequences of certain causes, that unless our eyes are enlightened by the Spirit of God, and the spirit of revelation rests upon us, we will fail to see that these are the events predicted by the Holy Prophets." George Q. Cannon, Nov. 2, 1879, JD 21:266-67

"Now you ask where do I get the money for these things. I agree I need them, but I'm having a hard time making ends meet. Here is how you do it: Use one or more of the following suggestions: Food Storage Christmas: Use 25-50% of money for food storage, New Clothes: Don't buy instead make it last a few more months, use that money for food storage, Vacation/ Holiday: no vacation or holiday until food storage is complete, Recreation: Cut by 50% use money for food storage, find fun, free things to make lasting memories, Snowmobiles/campers/boats: sell or trade to get a year's supply, Change Diet: eat cheaper foods and use extra money for food storage. 

"The Lord will make it possible, if we make a firm commitment, for every LDS family to have a year's supply of food reserves ... All we have to do is to decide, commit to do it, and then keep the commitment.  Miracles will take place: the way will be opened and we will have our storage areas filled.

"I believe it is time, and perhaps with some urgency, to review the counsel we have received dealing with our personal and family preparedness. ... With events in the world today, it must be considered with all seriousness. We are not in a situation that requires panic buying but the instability in the world today makes it imperative that we heed this  counsel and prepare for the future." L. Tom Perry, Nov. 1995.

 "Signs of the Second Coming are all around us and seem to be increasing in frequency and intensity. ... While we are powerless to alter the fact of the Second Coming and unable to know its exact time, we can accelerate our own preparation and try to influence the preparation of those around us.  We need to make both temporal and spiritual preparation for the events prophesied at the time of the Second Coming." Preparation for the Second Coming, Dallin H. Oaks (2004).

"We are living in the prophesied time, 'when peace shall be taken from the earth,' (D&C 1:35) when 'all thing shall be in commotion,' and 'men's hearts shall fail them' (D&C 88:91) These signs of the Second Coming are all around us and seem to be increasing in frequency and intensity.'" Dallin H. Oaks, Conference, April 2004.

"Too often we bask in 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 will somehow be set aside because of the righteousness of the Saints, are deceived and will rue the day they harbored such a delusion.  The Lord has warned and forewarned us against a day of great tribulation and given us counsel, through His Servants, on how we can be prepared for these difficult times.  Have you (we) heeded His counsel?" Ezra Taft Benson, Jun. 1980.

I think we need to listen and pay attention and get prepared.

Life has hard times so work on your skills and get your storage in. If you feel like you are done, take a closer look. I know some feel I have twelve of this or that so I have my storage in… you have one time a month in if that is how you plan, won’t be enough in a real time of need. 

If you bought twelve boxes of pasta that is not a year supply, so go through, take an inventory and if you are good, fantastic! Be rotating it and continue to build it. Look at your first aid kits, your 24 hour kits and if you have it all tended work on your kids’ food storage. It is hard just starting out.

At the same time, work on skill building. just keep learning. It doesn’t end, it never will. 

Don’t be sucked into complacency it is soooo easy to say no not today, I'll do it tomorrow... next week... next pay check.... No, you need to be doing now.

If things went bad and you did not prepare, who would you turn to? Family, yes, but they aren’t prepared to carry your family too. We really need to prepare for our own needs.

We just celebrated our 43rd anniversary. We have known each other since seventh grade. We were high school sweethearts and still are and still best friends.

So we saw our store flyer and decided we would like what was on sale as our gift. So we got 24 cans of green beans and 12 jars of peanut butter.

We did this for Mother's Day and I suspect perhaps some 25 lb bags of flour perhaps three bags of walnuts too for fathers day   

If you really work together and are not set on worldly things this is a good way to use that money for storage. Do we have less happiness? No. Did we still have a great anniversary? Yes. We also like a trip to the used bookstore looking for things that can build a skill. We mainly like the clearance section as we have low funds. Just think what your funds could do when you pull together to get storage in. This is just one way we do it to build in tight times.

You have to be together to do this but instead of regular dinner out and gifts, this helps us to build in areas that might be low. - great ideas - simple to make - great ideas

I want you to keep storing looking for deals and work them into your storage. Can, dry, build skills. Let me know how it goes for you in the comments below.


  1. Enjoyed this post. I looked over at the list provided by Food Storage Moms. I appreciate the list and it gives a good guide to food storage. I heard an official on tv last week talking about how easy it would be for someone to shut down our power grid in the US and all the possible chaos to follow.

    1. yes i heard that too it is always best not to keep your eggs in one basket hence why canning is such a wonderful skill


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