Hi Carson Ward Family, Family and Friends,
Wow! Wasn't last week's Stake Conference broadcast great! Each talk was filled with so much information to help us in these challenging times. Their talks encouraged us, strengthened our faith and testimony and brought peace, reminding us we have a loving Heavenly Father and Savior who are here for us each day.
Brother Snow of the General Seventy's Presidency spoke about being prepared and shared the parable of the 10 Virgins, about being in holy places and service to others. Sister Johnson of the General Relief Society Presidency spoke about the importance of our faith and developing it. Brother Johnson spoke about that through our faith and good works we can strive to know the Lords will and accomplish that which we are to do. Elder L. Tom Perry of the Twelve Apostles spoke about we need to be organized, about the organization of the Priesthood and how the Savior organized his church here upon the earth, about the keys of the Priesthood restored and the Restoration of the Gospel through Joseph Smith. What wonderful words of advice and guidance from our church leaders.
How to apply this to our Emergency Preparedness and Food Storage:
1. We need to be prepared, both spiritually and temporally. We need to be reading our scriptures, studying the words written there, and praying daily for guidance. We need to be in tune with the Spirit at all times. We never know when we will need our emergency supplies and food storage. It may not be a natural disaster, or it may be, or it could be the loss of income or illness. If we are prepared, we have no need to fear.
2. We need to develop a strong faith in our Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ. When we have a strong faith, difficult times will not seem as difficult. We will know that we have a loving Heavenly Father and Savior who truly loves us and they are there guiding every foot step we make. With faith in Jesus Christ we can do all things.
3. We need to be organized in our emergency preparedness, our food storage and in our lives, just as our Savior organized his Church and the Priesthood. Without organization there is chaos. We need organization to know how much food storage our family requires for a month, 3 months, 6 months, a year. We need organization to keep track of what we have and when to rotate what we store. With organization comes peace of mind.
Weekly Temporal Assignment--72 Hour Individual Emergency Stessor Kit (add each item below to the Stressor Kit for each family member):
1) Activity book (crosswork or word serach for adults and those appropriate for children)
2) Copy of family member's favorite reading book (soft cover if possible)
3) Card game (put a different one in each child's Stressor Kit for variety to play, Old Maid, Go Fish, Uno, etc.)
Congratulations! You have just completed the 72 Hour Individual Emergency Stressor Kit.
You should have the following items in your Stressor Kits:
1. Photo of the family
2. Small paper back copy of the Book of Mormon
3. Important contact numbers, preferable out of state
4. Copies of all insurances (parents only, except child's health insurance card)
5. Pad of paper with a pencil with a sharpener and a pen
6. Plastic poncho
7. Activity book
8. Copy of favorite reading book
9. Card game
10. $5 in change, you may add if you desire (just in case they need to purchase something or make phone calls)
Food Storage--January's Beverage Assignments (Add the follow, enough for one month for your entire family. You can choose which every week you want.)
Purchase Chart (per person per adult for a month):
Week 1: Milk Non-fat Dry, one #10 can**
Week 2: Cocoa Mix, 1/2 lb. or 1/4 #10 can
Week 3: Fruit Drink Mix, 1/2 lb. or 1/4 #10 can
Week 4: Evaporated Milk, 1x12 oz can
Week 5: Jucie, 3x64 oz bottles/cans
**You can also store Almond Milk, Rice Milk and Soy Milk in cartons that do not need refrigerated from Trade Joes, Whole Foods and other grocery stores. Watch the expiration dates, rotate and replace as needed. Remember, Milk Non-fat Dry does not store as long, depending on the tempature, how and where it is stored, 6 months if in grocery store bought container. In #10 cans it will store up to 10-20 years if stored properly.
Water Chart per person:
2 weeks--14 gallons or 4x24 count cases of 16.9 oz. bottles
1 month--55 gallon water barrel, one per person (only for drinking and cooking, does not include bathing, will need extra for bathing)
Water: See last week's posting for more information about storing water for the "Water Storage" posting under "Postings" on the right side of the Blog.
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