Saturday, October 8, 2011

Weekly Assignment and Food Storage Ideas (Week of October 9th)

Hi Carson Ward Family, Family and Friends,


Paraphrased: " The solutions to life's most perplexing problems can be found in the scriptures. They open channels of communication to God. Within the scriptures are stalwart friends, always available when needed. It is like filling our filing cabinets with truth by learning, pondering, studying, memorizing the scriptures, which we can call upon at any time to bring comfort, strength, understanding, inspiration, calm an agitated sole, take on new meaning when we face a new challenge in life, a source of testimony and blessings. " Elder Richard G. Scott, Quorum of the Twelve

All the talks at General Conference can help us with our own personal and family challenges and even our emergency preparedness by being spiritual prepared.

Wasn't General Conference great! This Conference focused on the scriptures, revelation, service, our Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ, helping our youth stay on the right path back to Heavenly Father, families and children, our testimony, genealogy, exercising our faith, redemption, repentance, being an example to the world, the Book of Mormon, the atonement, prayer, encouragement, the blessings of a living prophet, covenants, morality and keeping the commandments, the spirit of missionary work, agency, blessings from Heavenly Father, inspiration through the Holy Ghost and so much more. It was full of ideas and ways we can become closer to our Heavenly Father and Savior and how to build and keep our faith and testimonies strong. How richly blessed we were to hear the words of our prophet, apostles and other church leaders. If you did not hear all of conference, I encourage you to get a copy of the November Ensign and read every talk given. Your life will be richly blessed in doing so.

Temporal Assignment-- 72 Hour Individual Emergency Food Kits:

This week we will finish up the 72 Hour Individual Emergency Food Kits. If you missed any of it, go back to the "Week of September 4th". Please add the following items this week, remember, 3 of each items for each family member's food kit.

1) Trail Mix (You can either buy one large bag and put in two small plastic zip lock bags so once you open it for day 1 you can divide the rest into day 2 and 3, or, you can purchase 3 small packs--I found these at Target for about $1.50 each.)

Snacks (Put the snack items in a different large plastic zip lock bag marked "Snacks", separate from the other food items) :

1) Hard candy---10-20 pieces (remember, if you buy mint flavored to put into a small plastic zip lock bag before putting it in with the other snack food to avoid everything tasting like mint)

2) Large pack of gum (same as for hardy candy above if minty/strong flavor)

Important: You will also need to include 3 Styrofoam cups and 3 spoons, or 1 metal cup and 1 metal spoon.

You should have the following meal and snack items, 3 of each item for each family food kit:

Meal items:

1) hot chocolate
2) small box of raisins
3) instant oatmeal
4) fruit cups and/or apple sauce
5) pack of 6 peanut butter or cheese crackers
6) trial mix
7) granola bars
8) dry soup mix--package
9) juice boxes or juice mix (will require more water)
10) water--2 liter or more

Put all the food items above in a large plastic zip lock bag, I doubled mine and sealed both. Put a copy of the 3 menu inside each kit to follow. See the 3 day Menu plan under the 72 Hour Emergency Kit posting on the right under "Postings". Keep the water separate from the food.


1) beef jerky
2) fruit snacks and/or fruit roll ups
3) hard candy
4) gum

Congratualtions! You have just finished the 72 Hour Individual Emergency Food Kit.

Next week we will start on the 72 Hour Individual Emergnecy Hygiene kit.

Spiritual Assignment (we are continuing our reading of the Book of Mormon:

This week read the following:

Day Date Page number Through to

9 Oct 9 53 1 Nephi 22
10 Oct 10 60 2 Nephi 2
11 Oct 11 67 2 Nephi 5
12 Oct 12 72 2 Nehpi 8
13 Oct 13 77 2 Nephi 9
14 Oct 14 84 2 Nephi 14
15 Oct 15 90 2 Nephi 19
16 Oct 16 96 2 Nephi 24

Food Storage Ideas:

Dried Beans and Legumes

Beans, peas, lentils, etc. provide an economical substitute for meat or other animal protein. The packaged beans, which are on the grocery shelf, are normally the highest grades. Dry beans are an easily stored food. They should be kept in a tightly covered, metal, glass, or plastic container in a dark, dry and cool location. The qaulity should be good for many years when stored under these conditions. Older beans will require longer soaking and cooking periods than freshly harvested beans.

Varieties of beans that may be stores are navy, pinto, kidney, black, lima, garbanzo, black-eyed peas, split peas, lentils and soybeans.

(Above information comes from the Magna Utah Central Eremgency Preparedness Plan, 1997)

Tip: When you bring your packaged beans home from the store, put them in the freezer for 24 hours to kill any moths, eggs or lava. Let cool, then store as recommended above. You could purchase larger bags from Sams Club or Costco and put them in the Mylar bags with the Oxygen Absorbers inside a 5 gallon food grade bucket tightly sealed with the lid, these will keep 20 years if stored properly.

Remember: Post your name and commnet at the end to have your name put in the FREE Monthly Giveaway Drawing to be held Sunday, October 30th.

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