General Conference was fabulous! The messages were about the 75 year anniversary of the Church Welfare Program, being, serving others, listen and follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost, comfort and peace in trails and challenges and blessings that come from them, blessings of having a living prophet and his apostles on the earth today, honoring the Sabbath Day, love of our Savior Jesus Christ and his teachings, resist temptations, forgive and letting go, the light of Christ, attending the Temple more often and many more things. I encourage all to read the May Ensign Conference report when it arrives or read the talks online at lds.org.
Quotes (from April 2011 Annual General Conference):
"Everyone is happier and feels more self respect when they can take care of their own families and help others." President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor of the First Presidency
"We should not let our fear combat our faith." Russell M. Nelson, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles "Listen to the spirit (of the Holy Ghost) and follow it." Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor of the First Presidency
"Self-reliance helps the people help themselves, assume responsibility for our own welfare, assume debt, prepare for time of stress, know the difference between needs and wants, live accordingly." H. David Burton, Presiding Bishop
"We need to readjust our desires to reach our highest priorities. ... What we desire is what we will become and receive eternally." Dallin H. Oaks, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
I would like to liken these quotes to Emergency Preparedness and Self-Reliance. It is our own responsibility to take care of our own family and be prepared for whatever might come our way. How many of us have our 72 Hour Emergency Kits for each family member (at home, in the car, at work, and what about the schools are children attend), Water, Medical Supplies, a 3 Months Food Supply so we can take care of own family? Are we working towards that goal. Where are our priorities? Do we distinguish needs from wants? Are we listening to the Holy Ghost for guidance and are we following Him? Are we self-reliance when it comes to our Emergency Preparedness for our family? Do we expect others with take care of us if there is a natural disaster or other type of emergency? It is our responsibility as parents to provide for our family's needs.
As you are aware and hear there is a lot of talk on the TV and radio news programs regarding earthquakes and Tsunamis in California. This past week I was listening to a new program and they asked the a fellow who works for the California Earthquake Emergency Preparedness Department if California is ready for a large earthquake in this area. His response was, "California is not ready for a huge earthquake." What does this mean, we need to be prepared ourselves to take care of our own family with food, water, clothing, and emergency supplies. We many need to help our neighbors. It could takes days, weeks, maybe even months, before assistance could arrive (food, water, medical help). I strongly feel we need to have a 3 months supply of food.
I know you are probably getting tried of me talking about this but it is only because I care, I want your families to be protected and be prepared with emergency supplies, and I know the more I talk about it you may start preparing. What are we waiting for? Set goals with your family and work on accomplishing them, warn your neighbors as Sister Cummings is doing, start preparing if you have not already done so. Something is better than nothing! This blog provides you with all the information you will need to be prepared.
Weekly Assignment: I have several this week.
1) If you have not planted your vegetable garden or vegetable container garden, do it as soon as possible so your vegetables will have time to grow before the fall cool weather. Even if it is just one tomato plant in a container on your patio or deck, or a small herb garden on the kitchen window sill. When you do this you are becoming self-reliant.
2) If you do not have your 72 Hour Food Emergency Kit start this week. Start with the blog posting August 1st (scroll down until you get to it) and work on each weeks assignment until you have it done.
3) Add more items to your 3 Months Food Supply (see the blog posting on the right side of the blog.
4) Purchase a water barrel and fill it. See the blog posting on water where to purchase it. If you need help with any of these assignments, please just ask me. I would love to help you.
1) With all the news about earthquakes and Tsunamis, plan, discuss with your family and have an earthquake grill in your home this week. Know where to evacuate to if necessary. Know if you are in Tsunami area, know where to evacuate to, higher ground and inland. Have a plan!
2) Plan, discuss with your family and have a fire grill in your home this week. If you live in a apartment or condo with several units, know the fire escape route and plan.
3) If your family does not have an out of state contact person in case of a disaster or an emergency, set one up. You be the one to instigate it and make a plan, you can do this by email. Help each family within your family set this up this week. If they live in California or out of state, have a family contact person in another state. Email them the contact person, everyone in the family needs to keep this phone number with them and a phone card in case cell phones are not working. They will call the contact person to let them know where they are, if they are alright or injured, where they are going, and how to contact them.
Let's be the best prepared Ward in the Stake and family in your neighborhood.
Once again: "If ye ar prepared, ye shall not fear."
Remember: Post you name and comment at the end of the blog posting for our April FREE Monthly Giveaway Drawing to be help April 24th. I will have the drawing for the March drawing this coming Sunday.