Sunday, November 27, 2011

Weekly Assignment and Food Storage Ideas (Week of November 27th)

Hi Carson Ward Family, Family and Friends,

Congratulations to the George and Vai Fuailefau Family! They won November's FREE Monthly Giveaway Drawing. They won a kit with the following items in it: Camping Mess Kit, Silverware set, Heat Cell (Like Sterno. Last for 10 hours of cooking), Water Proof Matches, and a small Hand Crank 3 LED Light Flashlight. This can either be put in the 72 Hour Emergency Preparedness Family Bag or a 72 Hour Emergency Preparedness Individual Backpack.

For the month of December I will be taking a break from the Carson Ward Emergency Preparedness Blog. Many will be busy with Christmas parties, Christmas shopping and family get togethers. But continue to add to your Food Storage and Emergency Preparedness items. I do have a Temporal Assignments for the month of December.

Have a spiritual and fantastic Christmas and New Year!

Temporal Assignments for December and this week:

1. Give each family member a 72 Hour Emergency Backpack with the 3 kits (Food Kit, Personal Hygiene Kit and Stressor Kit) inside? See October 9, 2011 blog posting for the Individual Food Kit and November 19, 2011 blog posting for the Persoanl Hygiene Kit. (Just keep scrolling down until you get to them) And see the Posting on the right side under 72 Hour Emergency Kits for the Stressor Kit, which we will be working on again in January, the other two are mentioned there too.

2. Give each family member $10-$20 and have them purchase an item the family needs for your Food Storage and/or Emergency Preparedness items. Give them a list of the things you need. Of course, you will need to help the young ones. You may even put the items in a jar to draw out an item and that is what they will purchase, no duplicates this way. But, remember it is a secret until Christmas morning when the family opens the presents. It is always good to get the family involved. See the blog "Postings" on the right for ideas.

3. Continue to add items to your Food Storage and rotate out almost expired items and use them. This is an ongoing process!

4. Purchase a 55 gallon Water Barrel and fill with water. Or, purchase other bottled water for storage, it will only keep for a year. See the blog posting "Water Storage" for the place to purchase them in Long Beach and how to prepare the water to store.

5. Be creative in ways to give Food Storage and Emergency Preparedness items as Christmas gifts this year!

Spiritual Assignment:

Continue reading the Book of Mormon and try to finish before the end of this year. You can follow the guideline in the 2011 Stake Director in the back we have been following.

Remember: Post you name and comment to have your name entered into the December FREE Monthly Giveaway Drawing.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Weekly Assignment and Food Storage Ideas (Week of November 20th)

Hi Carson Ward Family, Family and Friends,


"Come, ye thankful people, come; Raise the song of harvest home.
All is safely gathered in Ere the winter storms begin.
God, our Maker, doth provide For our wants to be supplied.
Come to God's own temple, come: Raise the song of harvest home.

All the world is God's own field, Fruit unto his praise to yield,
Wheat and tares together sown, Unto joy or sorrow grown.
First the blade and then the ear, Then the full corn shall appear.
Lord of harvest, grant that we Whole-grain and pure may be. "
(Come, Ye Thankful People, Hymn # 94, LDS Hymn Book)

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Let us all be thankful not just this time of year, but all year long. How blessed we all are to live in this country where we enjoy the freedoms we do. How thankful we are for all those who have fought and given of their lives to protect the freedoms we enjoy daily. Let us thank them each day and our Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ for freedom and the gospel in our daily lives!

Once again I am excited about how the members are preparing their homes and families. Last night I was at a member's home and notice the family had #10 cans of freeze-dried/dehydrated food from Honeyville. It makes my heart sing when I see the members getting prepared!

Temple Assignment:

Please add the following items, one of each per kit, to your 72 Hour Emergency Individual Personal Hygiene Kits:

1) Emergency Reflector Space Blanket ( has them for $1.25 each or you can purchase them at camping/sporting goods stores)

2) Small tube of Sun Screen

3) Prescriptions and any other medications your family member takes (remember, enough for 3 days or more)

Congratulations! You have just completed a 72 Hour Emergency Individual Personal Hygiene Kit for each family member. Put all the items in a large plastic zip lock bag and place the bag in each 72 Hour Emergency Individual Backpack for each family member. You should have the following items in each kit in a large plastic zip lock bag---

1) Small comb and/or brush
2) Small bottle of shampoo and rinse, better to get the type that requires not rinsing out to converse your water
3) Small bottle or tube of hand lotion
4) Bar of soap with a wash cloth in a plastic zip lock bag
5) Small bottle of liquid soap
6) Small bottle of hand sanitizer
7) Deodorant (adults)
8) Baby wipes (small package)
9) Roll of toilet paper
10) Small tube of Sun Screen)
11) 2-3 Respirator masks per person
12) Emergency Reflector Space Blanket
13) Heavy work gloves
14) Prescription and other medications as needed, enough for 3+ days

Spiritual Assignment (Continue to read the Book of Mormon daily)

This week read the following:

Day----Page------Thru Chapter
21-------271--------Alma 24
22------275--------Alma 26
23------280-------Alma 29
24------287-------Alma 31
25------293-------Alma 33
26------300------Alma 36
27------305------Alma 38

Remember: Post your name and comment at the end of the blog posting to have your name entered into our FREE Monthly Giveaway Drawing to be held next Sunday, November 27th.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Weekly Assignment and Food Storage Ideas (Week of November 13th)

Hi Carson Ward Family, Family and Friends,


"Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, have a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life." (2 Nephi 31:20)

Wow! What a wonderful promise in this scripture. Now to tie this to Emergency Preparedness---if we press forward with a steadfastness in building up our Food Storage and Emergency supplies we will reap great benefits and peace of mind. Also, to be spiritual prepared, if we read the scriptures daily and feast upon them, we will have the spiritual strength and knowledge we need to help us through any trail we face. It may not get rid of the trial, but it will make it a little easy to handle.

Temple Assignment:

This week add the following to your 72 Hour Emergency Personal Hygiene Kits(one item per kit for each family member):

1) 2-3 Respirator masks per person (I got mine from, 10 in a package for $12.99, shipping will be $6.00. You can also find them at Walmart and other stores.)

2) Roll of toilet paper (This may not fit in the large plastic bag with the other items, put a roll in each family members emergency backpack.)

Great Emergency Light Tip:

Yard/garden solar spot lights are a great source of emergency light at night. Put them around in your garden or planter and pots to catch the sun during the day. If you loose your lights you can bring them into the house at night to give you about 6 hours of light. It will not be a lot of light, but it will be better than being in the dark. Just remember before going to bed to put them back in the garden so they can recharge during the next day.

Spiritual Assignment:

Continue reading the Book of Mormon. This week read the following:

Date---Page----Thru Chapter

14------271------Alma 24

15-----275------Alma 26

16-----280-----Alma 29

17----287-----Alma 31

18----293-----Alma 33

19----300-----Alma 36

20----305------Alma 38

Food Storage Ideas:

How to use older stored wheat---

How many of us have wheat stored from the 1970's which is about 40+ years old and have not used any of it yet? I learned something from Sister Cummings as she is started to rotate and use their 40 year old wheat. When you make bread or bake with it you will need to add some white flour to the wheat flour to make the total amount used in the receipe. If you do not, the bread will come out like bricks. The white flour lightens up the bread. Another trick I learned from Sister Emily Brown in Torrance Ward is to add Lecithin liquid and the bread will be lighter too. Add 3 tablespoon for a whole wheat bread receipe that uses about 9 cups of wheat flour, 1 tablespoon per loaf the receipe makes. You may need to experiment with the amount. You can only get Lecithin from Whole Foods or other health food stores. Most of us will probably not make whole wheat bread with just wheat flour in the beginning, it will cause some very uncomfortable stomach problems if you are not use to it, best to add white flour at first, and then start decreasing the white flour until your family gets use to just the whole wheat flour.

Remember: Post your name and any comments you would like to make and that would be helpful to other at the end of this positing. Your name will be entered into our Monthly FREE Giveaway Drawing to be held Sunday, November 27th.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Weekly Assignment and Food Storage Ideas (Week of November 6th)

Hi Carson Ward Family, Family and Friends,

I put this on last weeks blog posting, but I am not sure if everyone saw it, so here it is again.

WARNING! I was just reminded last Sunday by Brother Andy Jensen to NOT STORE YOUR PROPANE TANKS INSIDE YOUR HOUSE OR GARAGE. They need to be stored outside in a place that gets the least amount of sun, keep cool and dry. They can explode if in the house/garage or exposed to the sun to much. In fact, it is a law in California. Also, the church building is not a place to store propane tanks. Thank you Brother Jensen for the reminder.


"We all have the responsibility to teach the gospel." (Matthew Richardson, Second Counselor in the General Sunday School, October 2011 General Conference)

What a better way to open the door to sharing the gospel than share with our less-active and/or non-member family members, neighbors, co-workers, and friends, than to share with them about being prepared by having extra food, water and emergency supplies on hand. This is a great way to introduce the church, its programs, the teaching of Jesus Christ and share our testimonies. Invite them over for Family Home Evening and have a lesson on emergency preparedness and then relate it to eternal preparedness.

Temporal Assignments:

If you are working on your 72 Hour Emergency Individual Personal Hygiene Kit please add the following this week. Remember, you only need one of each item for each kit. Put these items in with the other items in a large plastic zip lock bag and then place the bag in your 72 Hour Emergency Backpack for each family member. Add the following:

1) Small bottle of shampoo and rinse. Try to find the non-water type, meaning you do nto have to use water to rinse out the shampoo. You need to save your water for drinking and cooking. I found the non-water shampoo at the 99 Cent Store.

2) Baby wipes--small package. I found these at the 99 Cent Store too.

For those of you who have already completed a 72 Hour Emergency Individual Personal Hygiene Kit for each family member, do the following this week, of course, everyone can do this too:

Strive to keep a half tank of gas in your cars at all times. If the electricity goes out and there is an emergency situation the gas pumps will not work. You may need to evacuate. A half tank of gas should get you pretty far. President Kimball admonished us to follow this rule.

Spiritual Assignment:

Continue to read the Book of Mormon. This week read the following as an individual or a family:

Date-----Page---Thru Chapter

Nov 7----228-----Alma 8
Nov 8----234-----Alma 10
Nov 9----241-----Alma 13
Nov 10---246-----Alma 14
Nov 11---253-----Alma 17
Nov 12---259-----Alma 19
Nov 13---266-----Alma 22

Food Storage Ideas:

Inventory your food storage 2-3 times a year. A few weeks ago I mentioned how I had to throw away a hold chase of Potato Pearls, a costly loss. I have created a Food Storage Log Sheet I use to keep track of my Food Storage. I have divided it up into columns to help me. The columns are:

1) What is stored--example, Hunts Diced Tomatoes
2) How many of that item--number of cans or packages
3) Size of the can or package--16 oz, #10 can
4) When it expires
5) Where is its stored--pantry, kitchen cupboard, bedroom closet, hall closet, under what bed,garage, etc.

On the place where items are stored I have a list on the door, what is on each shelf, on the floor and under the beds. It makes it much easier to find things when you are looking for them, since some items are in the very back and hard to see. Example: Top Shelf: Canned Green Bean, Canned Corn, Canned Peas. Second Shelf: Canned Tomato Sauce, Canned Diced Tomatoes, etc.

When you purchase new items put them in the back and rotate the older items to the front so you use them first. Remember: Rotating is important and the key in Food Storage. Also, only store what your family will eat!

Find a way that works for you. If is important to organize our Food Storage, inventory it 2-3 times a year and rotate it so as to not loose items because we forgot they are there and are going to expired soon.

Remember: Post your name and comment at the end to have your name entered into our FREE Monthly Giveaway Drawing to be held the 4th Sunday of November. Also, any ideas or thoughts are greatly appreciated and help us all.