Friday, January 28, 2011

Weekly Challenge and Assignment (Week of January 30th)

Hi Carson Ward Family,

Congratulations to Sister Barbara Holland! She won the FREE Monthly Giveaway Drawing today, January 30th. She won a Small Folding Stove with 2 Heat Cell cans for her 72 Hour Emergency Family Pack.


"Should the Lord decide at this time to cleanse the Church -- and the need for that cleansing seems to be increasing -- a famine in this land of one year's duration could wipe out a large percentage of slothful members, including some ward and stake officers. Yet we cannot say we have not been warned." (God, Family, Country, page 383)

Currently I am reading in 3 Nephi in the Book of Mormon. In Chapter 3 & 4 it talks about how the Nephites and the Lamanites united and gathered together in the lands of Zarahemla and Bountiful to protect themselves from the Gadianton robbers and the armies of Giddianhi , they brought their families, all their provisions, grains (food), flocks, herds and all their substance together. Because of them doing this they were able to protect themselves from the Gadianton robbers and the armies of Giddianhi. The armies of Giddianhi were weak because they had few provisions. In Chapter 4:18 we read, "But behold, this was an advantage of the Nephites; for it was impossible for the robbers to lay siege sufficiently long to have any effect upon the Nephites, because of their much provisions which they had laid up in store".

This is a testimony to me of the importance of storing up food, water and emergency supplies for our family. If we are prepared we will be able to fight the Gadianton robbers and the armies of Giddianhi in our days. If we fortify ourselves, as the Nephites and Lamanites did, we will be able to protect and provide for our family. How important it is to store the necessary items to protect our family from what may come some day!

Weekly Assignment:

72 Hour Emergency Family Pack/Bag:

This week add the following:

1) 2 Mess kits (2 per Family Pack/Bag should be enough to warm up soups, water, etc for a family.) On they are about $6. You can also purchase them at department stores (Wal-Mart, Target, etc.) in their camping/sports section, surplus survival stores or Boy Scout shops (you may pay more).

2) Street map of the near by towns--cost about $5 (You can purchase these from most gas stations, AAA Auto Club (if a member), or make copies out of your Thomas Guide of local towns. In an emergency situation you may need to know alternate routes if areas are not accessible.)

You should have the following items in your 72 Hour Emergency Family Pack/Bag:

1) duffel bag to put the items in
2) first-aid kit with a First-aid book
3) portable radio with extra batteries (or a solar radio with extra batteries)
4) hand can opener
5) extra large waterproof tarp
6) 50 foot nylon rope/cord
7) roll of masking tape
8) heat cell fuel
9) flat fuel folding stove
10) water proof matches
11) 2 Mess kits
12) street map of local areas

Weekly Challenge:

How to figuring out how much you will need for a years supply of food for your family--

By now you should have done the following (this is a great thing to involve the whole family with, especially picking out their favorite dishes):

1) a list of your favorite breakfasts and dinners you cook for your family

2) decided if you want to do the 7 day menu plan or the 14 day menu plan, or a 7 day menu plan for breakfast with a 14 day menu plan for dinner

3) you should have chosen 7-14 each of breakfasts and dinners and put each dish on a separate 3x5 file card (different color cards for breakfast and dinner), giving you 7-14 breakfast dishes and 7-14 dinner dishes

4) you should have put down the ingredients and measurements for each dish on each card

4) you should have either multiplied each ingredient amount by 52 weeks or 26 weeks (depending on if you are using the 7 day or 14 day menu plan) and determined how much of each ingredient you will need for a years supply. I will give you the chart to figure out how much you need for a year this Sunday.

This weeks challenge:

This Sunday I will give you a chart to help you purchase those items. It is an easy way to know what you need, how much you already have and how much you need to purchase. Fill in the chart listing the food items alphabetically. Follow the instructions with the chart.

How to use the chart I gave you this Sunday (Jan. 30th) at church. If you did not get a copy please see Sister Cuppett or call her at 310-835-0902.

"Organize all of the information from your cards into a notebook. Make a chart or table that alphabetically lists all the foods from your recipe cards. The chart has 5 columns. The first column lists the food item. The next lists all the meals that food item is in. The third column lists how many cups, cans, or jars are needed. The fourth lists how much of that item I have and the fifth, how much I need to buy."

Note: If you do not know what to do for the above, see the last few Weekly Challenge and Assignment postings below.

Remember: Post your name and comment at the end of this blog posting to have your name put into our January 30th FREE Monthly Giveaway Drawing. Good luck to all who enter!

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