Thursday, April 25, 2013

Weekly Assignment, Food Storage and Emergency Preparedness (Week of April 29th)

Hi Carson Ward Family, Family and Friends,

First, I apologize for this long blog posting, but I feel all these things are important and need saying. Please read all the way through.

Spiritual Preparedness:

The 10 Virgins

Spiritual preparedness will get you through those tuff times in life; when things seem like they will never be the same again, or life is closing in on you, or the world is falling apart, or Satan is attacking you from all sides, or when you feel there is no hope. There is always HOPE! Remember that. I hope these comments from talks given at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-days Saints 183rd Annual General Conference will help give you hope and help you become more spiritually prepared for whatever comes your way. These comments are taken from the Sunday morning session, April 7th...

"Some of us feel we are surrounded by darkness, we have lost a loved one, we feel alone and unloved, we have lost our job....God promises the hope of light....He shows us the way out of darkness....Faith, hope and charity will bring light to us....God's light is real, it gives light to all things, it will heal the loneliness of our souls, it can illuminate....The spirit of Jesus Christ is spiritual light....It takes an act of faith to open our eyes....How do we obtain light: 1. Start where you are. First step towards the light. Seek Heavenly Father. He will open and enlighten your soul. 2. Turn your heart towards the Lord. Acknowledge your short comings, pour your heart out to him, seek his light. 3. Walk in the light. We will make mistakes....Rise up and become the person you are designed to be....His son came here to give us the gospel, to know, to do and to be....The Savior illuminates light....Darkness cannot stand before the living light of Jesus Christ....Learn of him and his gospel....Participate and help each other....Walk towards the hope of God's light...." (President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, 2nd Councilor, 1st Presidency)

"Go into the world and teach the gospel to all.....All people, all earth, utter most parts of the world.....Faith over comes doubt....If not on your coat, paint a missionary tag on your heart....Every righteous member has thought about how to share the gospel, some it comes easy, some struggle, fall on your knees for help, pray for an opportunity to share, be ready....Follow Jesus Christ, not the traditions of our fathers....Jesus Christ will open doors and remove road blocks so we can share the gospel...." (Neil L. Anderson, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles)

"Love being a child, ok to not know, ok to grow, ok to stretch....Influence a child by increasing a child's faith in Jesus Christ through the words we speak....How we speak to a child can encourage them....If we speak to a child's heart we need to know their needs....Turn off technology and engage with our children and family....What would be say to our family if we could only write 25 words, not knowing you if would see them again...." (Rosemary Wixon, General Primary President)

"Watch and can learn so much by watching....marriages...strong, faithful ones....Steps to good marriage; 1. Happiest when both consider the relationship..., walk divine path, brings much joy, refinement and is priceless.... 2. Built on faith and the Lord Jesus Christ....We need to attend Sacrament and other meetings weekly, have Family Home Evening and prayer, pay tithing....Strengthening faith strengthens marriage.... 3. Repentance is a part of every good marriage relationship....Restores and maintains harmony and peace. Be one can change someone else, but with faith we can change ourselves, both should seek to bless, lift each other, build a happy marriage....4. Respect...equal partners, make decisions unanimously, focus first on home, shared responsibilities, cooperation, turn off technology....Be fearlessly loyal to each other, have a sacred trust for each other....5. Love, radiate obedience, live together in love, be completely devoted and love each other, leave behind single life....Seek after forming an eternal marriage.... Marriage a gift from God....Our love in marriage is a gift to God...." (L. Whitney Clayton, Presidency of the Seventies)

"Obedience to law is liberty...eternal law....God;s plan of agency is a gift from God....Next to life itself, free agency is God's greatest gift....Gospel of Jesus Christ never wavers....We cannot pick and choose which commandments to follow, all are important....Stand morally firm, stand as a beacon to the whole world...." (L.Tom Perry, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles)

"Many seek a place in mortal existence and happiness....Keep God's commandments, keep and seek truth and light....We learn obedience throughout our life....Obedience is required of us as well (like Abraham and Isac)....Obedience is first law of heaven....Obedience is the hallmark of the prophets....Obedience is readily available to us today....The greatest test of this life is obedience....The Lord learned obedience by the things he suffered, the Lord was always obedient....Are we willing to be obedient?...When we are willing to obey the commandments we received truth and light...." (Thomas S. Monson, President and Prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

Being obedient and having the light of Jesus Christ in our lives will help us be spiritually prepared!

Weekly Assignment: 72 Hour Individual Emergency Personal Hygiene Kit...

This week add the follow...

One package of baby wipes per each family member's 72 Hour Individual Emergency Personal Hygiene Kit. You can find these at most discount stores like the 99 Cent store, The Dollar Tree and The
Dollar General. Each family member should now have a tooth brush, a small tube of tooth paste, a bottle of "no rinse" shampoo (one per every two people in the family). Place the baby wipes in the large plastic zip lock bag along with the other items.

Someone recently asked me for the entire list of items in the 72 Hour Individual Emergency Personal Hygiene Kit so they could purchase other items they find while shopping. most of these items can be found at dollar discount stores. Here is the list...

72 Hour Individual Emergency Personal Hygiene Kit List

Tooth Brush with a small tube of tooth paste
No rinse shampoo (one bottle should be enough for every two people in your household)
Small package of baby wipes
Small bar of soap in a small baggie
Wash cloth
Small bottle of hand sanitizer
Small bottle of hand lotion
Heavy work gloves (found these at the 99 Cent Store)
Deodorant (only for those that need it)
Respirator masks (good price is at, box of ten $12.95, need 3 per family member)
Emergency (reflecting) blanket (space blanket)
Plastic rain poncho (good price is at, $1-$3.50)
Roll of toilet paper (I do not put this in my kit but separate in my backpack in a small baggie)
Feminine hygiene items as needed or diapers for a baby
Bottle or tube or sun screen (usually 1-2 per family in the family emergency bag is enough)
Medical gloves, about 5 pairs (good price at, one box will supply the whole family)
Extra pair (old pair) of prescription glasses if case yours break
Sun glasses
Prescription medications (3-3+ days supply)

Vegetable Gardening Tip: I love this idea!

Vegetable gardening could not be easier. New from Miracle-Gro Miracle-Gro Growables Seed Pods Salad Garden Kit. The Salad Garden Kit plus Herb Garden Kit includes 18 seed pods, which includes vegetables and herbs: tomatoes, cucumbers, bush beans, snap peas, loose-leaf lettuce, butterhead lettuce,smooth-leaf spinach, romaine lettuce, sweet peppers, basil, cilantro and dill. Click on the link above to learn more about this great idea. Anyone can plant a small vegetable garden using this method in the soil, a raised bed or large containers. Click on the how to link below to view the video.

Miracle-Gro Growable Seed Pod video

Emergency Preparedness:

Please read below and be better prepared in protecting your children while in the car. Everyone should know this, even if you do not have children. It may save a child's life...

What is wrong with the picture above?

Child Car Seat Safety: Having worked in the auto insurance business for over 10 years I have learned how important the proper car seat or booster seat is for a child. Recently I saw a young boy about 10 years old and less than 80-100 pounds riding in the front seat of his parents car using just the regular adult seat belt. Not only is the adult seat belt not going to protect him but if the air bag implodes he may be killed. I had to restrain myself from going up to the parents and asking them "how much their son's life meant to them?". I really should have done it anyway. I see this so many times. Please protect your priceless children!

California Law: Did you know if you are pulled over in California and a child is not in a proper child car seat or booster seat it is 2 points on your Motor Vehicle Record, and you loose your California Good Driver Discount, for 3 years?

Personal Story: While working for an insurance company I took an auto accident claim from one of our policyholder family members. Wow!!! I did not expect to hear the words I did. Our policyholder was driving down the 405 Freeway in Torrance, California, USA in the Diamond Lane (used for cars with 2 or more passengers in the car). She was going the correct speed, 65 miles an hours, she was driving a Suburban. Suddenly, a car in a lane next to her lost control and spun around into her lane hitting her head on. The sad thing, this very type of accident had happened to her husband a couple of years before and killed him. Her car came to a sudden stop. As other drivers stopped and got out to help the victims, she was conscious and felt behind her for her 7 year old daughter who was being restrained by an adult seat belt behind her. She could not feel her daughter's legs. She screamed in panic to those trying to help her, "Where is my daughter?". Everyone around her looked in the back seat and could not find her daughter. Rather than tell her she was not there, they tried to calm her down and help her with her serious injuries. Those tying to help her before the Fire Department got there, realized something had gone through her windshield. After further investigation it was discovered her daughter had flown out of the adult seat belt, through the windshield and 25 feet down the freeway. Her daughter was in a coma for several months and has permanent brain damages from the accident, now she is mental and physically handicapped. The mother had a serious concussion and has a gash in her head from her injuries. If the daughter had been in the correct type of booster car seat  with the 5 star restraint system for her age, height and weight she would have probably have not been thrown from the car and had such serious injuries.

The type of car seat or booster seat you use for your children does matter!!!

Car Safety Rules for Children:

1. Know how to properly install and use your child's car seat and booster seat. Many times people do not properly put them in the car, they are to loose, the car seat rocks back and forth and forward. Follow the instructions in each car seat or booster seat manual.

2. Babies at a certain weight and height should face towards the seat. Check your baby car seat manual.

3. All car seats and booster seats should have the 5 star restraint system.

4. Use the proper car seat or booster seat for your child's weight, height and age.

5. Follow the guide lines for your states or countries laws regarding the weight, height and age for car seats and booster seats.

6. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER use a car seat or booster seat in the front seat of a car! The child will be seriously injured and possibly killed. If for any reason, like an emergency, a child has to ride in the front seat make sure the air bag is turned off.  But only put them in the front seat if it an emergency situation.

7. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER ride with a child in your lap or in the front seat. They need to be restrained in the proper car seat or booster seat.

8. The 2011 Recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics suggest as best practice: all children whose weight or height is above the forward- facing limit for their CSS should use a belt positioning booster seat until the vehicle lap-and-shoulder belt fits properly, typically when they have reached 4 feet 9 inches and are between 8 and 12 years of age.

9. When using a booster seat, be sure to position the lap belt low on the hips and the shoulder belt across the chest and onto the shoulder or collar bone. Adjust the shoulder belt guide to assure a proper fit.

Important: The picture above shows an improper booster seat for this child. It should not go across his neck, but across his shoulder and collar bone.

10. No child under 12 years old and less than 100 pounds should ride in the front seat of the car. There is not enough protect for them and if the air bag implodes it could kill them. See the safety warning on the sun visor in front of the passenger side seat.

11. The most common form of misuse for all child restraints included loose safety belt attachment to the child restraint and loose harness straps securing the child to the child restraint system.

12. Only use the adult seat belts if your child can pass the Safety Belt Fit Test below..

The Safety Belt Fit Test (Safe Kids Worldwide)

Have your child sit in a back seat with her bottom and back against the vehicle’s seat back. Do the child’s knees bend at the seat’s edge? If yes, go on. If not, the child must stay in a booster seat. If yes, go on. If it
rests on the soft part of the stomach, the child must stay in a booster seat.

Buckle the seat belt. Does the lap belt stay low on the hips or high on the thigh? If yes, go on. If it rests on the soft part of the stomach, the child must stay in a booster seat.

Important: The picture on the right is an example of how bad an adult seat belt fits a child. This child should be in booster seat with the 5 star restraint system.
Look at the shoulder belt. Does it lie on the collarbone and shoulder? If yes, go on. If it is on the face or neck, the child must remain in a booster seat. Never put the shoulder belt under the child’s arm or behind the child’s back. Do not allow children to play with the shoulder portion of a seat belt. Treat it like any cord.

Important: The picture on the left is an unappropriated booster seat. It does not have the 5 star restraint protect. The adult seat belt will not protect him.

Can the child maintain the correct seating position with the shoulder belt on the shoulder and the lap belt low across the hips, or high on the thighs? If yes, the child has passed the Safety Belt Fit Test. If no, the child should return to a booster seat and re-test in a month.

Seat belts generally fit a child when they are at least 4’9” tall (57 inches) between the ages of 8-12 and who weigh between 80-100 pounds. Have all children pass the Safety Belt Fit Test before moving them from a booster seat into the adult seat belt.

NHTSA recommends that if the seat belt does not fit properly, the child should use a belt positioning booster (BPB) seat.

(The above information comes from Safe Kids USA)

California Law Regarding Child Safety Seats (Effective 01/01/2012):

1. Children under the age of 8 must be secured in a car seat or booster seat in the back seat.
2. Children under the age of 8 who are 4' 9" or taller may be secured by a safety belt in the back seat.
3. Children who are 8 years and over shall be properly secured in an appropriate child passenger restraint system or safety belt.
(, the California Highway Patrol)

Please, let's protect our children! Use the correct child car seat or booster seat with the 5 star restraint system!

Comments: All your comments, ideas, suggestions and experiences are welcome! We all learn from each other. Thank you for your comments.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Weekly Assignment, Food Storage and Emergency Preparedness (Week of April 21st)

Hi Carson Ward Family, Family and Friends,

Spiritual Preparedness...

This week I will continue quoting parts of talks given at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-days Saints 183rd Annual General Conference. Below are quotes from the Saturday afternoon session, April 6th.

First a personal story...A few weeks ago one of our children and their family had a very sad event happen in their family. While being a very stressful and sad time, because of their spiritual preparedness, they were able to handle the situation better than if they were not prepared. They felt peace, even though their world at the time was falling apart around them and many tears were shed. Because of their understanding of the Plan of Salvation, a testimony of Jesus Christ and a knowledge that families are eternal they had an inner peace that only being spiritually prepared could have helped them through this difficult time. They are doing better with the help of prayers, Priesthood blessings and a knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

May these quotes from the Saturday afternoon talks of General Conference help you be better prepared spiritually...

"Make Jesus Christ the center piece in our homes....We need to lead (in our homes) in righteousness....Jesus Christ is the source of peace in this life. Make sure all our choices are made on the gospel fundamental of a Jesus Christ center home, personal and family daily prayer, scripture reading and weekly Family Home Evening....We may not receive all the answers to our prayers, but the Lord will draw close to you....The Holy Ghost will help us center our homes on Jesus Christ...follow the promptings immediately....Living an obedient life firmly abiding in a gospel centered life will bring great joy and peace....The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the source of that abundant peace."  (Richard G. Scott, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles)

"Events often occur that take away our peace....Never give up on achieving the goal of peace....Hope and pray for universal peace....It is the promised gift of the Savior's mission and atoning sacrifice....His peace will ease our suffering....His peace can bolt out our hate....Peace comes from knowing who we are....The Savior's Atonement compensates all we endure and will bring us peace....The source of peace is our Savior."
(Quentin L. Cook, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles)

"When we do things the Lord's way he is bound....The Lord looketh on the heart....What happens inside the home is more important than what happens outside the home....The Lord knows us and wants to help us."
(Stanley G. Ellis, Of the Seventy)

"We are defined by our moral agency....As sons and daughter of God we have a divine nature...The Plan of Happiness needs both man and woman, they strengthen and bless each other....The first commandment is to multiply and replenish the earth....How we feel about and use the power of pro-creation will effect the eternities....God desires us to be together in the light and filled with hope....The pure in heart shall see God." (David A. Bednar, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles)

Weekly Assignment: 72 Hour Individual Emergency Personal Hygiene Kit...

This week add the following...

Add a bottle of "no rinse shampoo" to each Personal Hygiene Kit. You will need this type of shampoo because you do not want to use your valuable water for washing your hair. You may only need to
by one for every two people in your family. I found it at local pharmacies between $5-$7. Sometimes you can find it at discount stores like The 99 Cent Store, The Dollar Tree, The Dollar General or others in your area. When in an emergency situation having clean hair can make you feel a little better.

Story...Several years ago a major dam in Idaho broke flooding many cities below the dam. One of the women reported she would have given anything to be able to wash her hair and have lotion for her hands.
Note: Add the shampoo to each family members individual personal hygiene kit, or at least one bottle of no rinse shampoo per every two people in your household. Place the shampoo in the large plastic zip lock bag along with the tooth brush and tooth paste we added last week. Write on the bag "Personal Hygiene Kit" and the family members name. Place the kit in their Emergency Backpack along with the Food and Snack Kits.

Vegetable Gardens:

We just planted our vegetable garden a week ago. I am so excited to watch as the seeds sprout and vegetables start appearing. We planted tomatoes (some in containers and some in the ground), radishes, green onions, carrots, bell peppers, garlic, corn, cucumbers, zucchini and yellow squash. It is amazing how much you can plant in a space. We are now just starting to use up the vegetables we planted last year, I froze or canned them.

How are your vegetable gardens coming along? Have you planted it yet? If no room, how about planting tomatoes or other vegetables in some type of container. Anyone can do it. The blessings you will benefit are amazing! Not only will you have the vegetables you will harvest at that time, but you can freeze and can the rest for future use!

Come on, anyone can do it! Just plant one tomato plant in a large container, set it out in the sun in your yard or a deck or a patio.

Emergency Preparedness: Great Tip...

ASAP Silver Sol Solution: What an amazing product that all households should have as a part of their food storage and emergency preparedness supplies. What is Silver Sol Solution and why should you store it? Even though it has a shorter expiration date marked on the bottle it will keep for 10 years if stored in a dark cool dry place. We have been using it in our home for several years. There are no side effects. You can take it internally or use is topically. This product is great! We keep Silver Sol in our family emergency medical kit, in our family emergency bag in our car and some in our food starge.

ASAP Silver Sol Solution--click here to read what it is and why you should store it.

Best Price: To order ASAP Silver Sol for the best price I have found  it on, click here to order. The everyday prise is $14.95 for each 8oz bottle. If you order 5 or more the price is $13.50 each. There is a great book that explains the benefits of ASAP Silver Sol and how it can help you. It is called "A Fighting Chance" by Dr. Gordon Pederson. Click on Food For Health to order the book, cost $14.95.

Comments: All your comments, ideas, suggestions and experiences are welcome! We all learn from each other. Thank you for your comments.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Weekly Assignment, Food Storage & Emergency Preparedness (Week of April 14th)

Hi Carson Ward Family, Family and Friends,

Spiritual Preparedness...

Being temporally prepared is important, but being spiritually prepared is just as important and will give you the strength and faith you may need to get through whatever disaster or emergency may come your way.

Wasn't The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-days Saints 183rd Annual General Conference wonderful and so uplifting? For any of you who missed it you will be able to read all the talks for both the Saturday and Sunday sessions in the May 2013 Ensign, or view the talks on  For the next four weeks, each week, I will highlight some of the things mentioned in each talk for that session to help you become more spiritually prepared. Let's start with the Saturday morning session....

"Home should provide safety and security....All are born with the light of Christ....What we do the that light is our responsibility.... We need to make righteous choices." (Boyd K. Packer, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles)

"In order to resist the tempest and earthquakes of our lives we must build a sure foundation on Jesus Christ.... We need balance in our lives to be strong.... We need to build our lives on a sure foundation, daily prayer, daily scripture reading and weekly partaking of the Sacrament." (Dean M. Davies, 2nd Counselor of the Presiding Bishopric)

"Heavenly Father knows us and has a plan for us.... Our part matters.... 'Stand as witness of God in all times and in all places.'" (Mosiah 18:9) (Elaine S. Dalton, General Young Women's President)

"We can overcome the world by His enabling power of the Atonement." (Craig A. Cardon, of the Seventy)

"Heavenly Father has provided a way for all his children to receive the blessings of the Priesthood....We have unlimited divine nature, be careful, we can drift away without light and the Priesthood....We need the light and power of God in our lives." (M. Russell Ballard, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles)

"Simple acts of obedience, attending Sacrament Meeting and partaking of the Sacrament and searching the scriptures....We may not receive all the answers to our prayers, but the Lord will draw close to you....The Lord's power will sustain you....By his words and example he has showed us how to draw close to Him." (President Henry B. Eyring, 1st Counselor, 1st Presidency)

Note: If you are a non-member and are interested in knowing more about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints go to

Weekly Assignment: 72 Hour Individual Emergency Personal Hygiene Kit...

This week we will start the 72 Hour Individual Emergency Personal Hygiene Kit. We will add one item each week. Most of the items can be found at discount centers like The 99 Cent Store, the Dollar Tree or Dollar
General. As you add each item each week place all the items in a large plastic zip lock bag. Write the family member's name on each bag. Keep the Personal Hygiene Kit with the Food Kit and Snack Kit in a backpack.

This week add the following...

1) Tooth brush and tooth paste (small tube) per family member's Personal Hygiene Kit--You can find these together in a package at discount centers like The 99 Cent Store and the Dollar Tree or Dollar General. Some times, at these discount centers, you can find several tooth brushes for $1 and then purchase enough small tubes of tooth paste for each tooth brush. Place them together in a small plastic zip lock bag before putting them in the large plastic zip lock bag. Target and other pharmacies like CVS and Rite-aid have $1 bins where you may find them.

Great Vegetable Gardening Tips:

Eggshells are great for your vegetable gardens, but remember to rinse the eggshells out well before using in any of the following.

1) Add crushed eggshells to the bottom of planting holes, particularly when planting tomatoes, peppers and eggplant. They add calcium and may help with blossom end rot.
2) Dry eggshells out and blend them into a fine powder and spread them around the base of plants.
3) Placing crushed eggshells (with sharp edges intact) in a ring around the base of a plant can deter slugs, snails and cutworms.
4) Use eggshells as "pots" for starting plants from seed. Place garden soil in the eggshells, plant your seed and place in the egg carton. Water daily. Once the seed is sprouted and big enough, plant the seedling with their "pot" in the garden.
5) Add eggshells to your compost pile, adding calcium to your finished compost.

(These ideas come from the "Books & Things" Spring 2013 catalog, page 41)

Emergency Preparedness:

Personal Experience...This past week we have had unbelievably strong winds here in Southern California, some times gusts of hurricane force. They have been so strong in our area along the coast that they up rooted a big tree at the end of our block and it landed on a car. One day we had a small tornado like winds go down our street, throwing palm fronds around, small branches, leaves and even picked up a neighbors large metal and plastic tent, tossing it somewhere. While I was in our back yard getting our vegetable garden ready for planting my husband looked up and saw the telephone and power pole cross bean had cracked in half and the main wires to our hours and surrounding houses were dangling over our garage. He called the power company to repair it. In many areas people and businesses have lost their power due to down trees and power lines. Due to all the down power lines they cannot repair the power pole for another 4-6 weeks. The power company tied up the wires until they could make the repair. I am so grateful we are prepared by having a gas generator and a fuel less solar generator. If our electricity goes out we can run our refrigerator, a light or two and watch the TV news or listen to our radio to see what is going on in our in our area.

So many of us do not know how to turn off our electricity, water or gas in an emergency situation or disaster. It is important for each of us and our family members to know how and where to turn off the main water valve, the main electrical panel, gas lines in the house (hot water heater, dryer and stove) and the main gas line. Remember, only turn off your main gas line if you have been advised by local government leaders or you smell gas after a disaster. If you do turn off the main gas line, only the gas company can turn it back on, which can take days in a disaster. Keep a main gas line turn off value/wrench near your main gas line (taped with duct tape). They cost about $5 from your local hardware store or online. Mark your main water valve with a red ribbon or red tag so others will know were it is if you are not home. If you do not know how to turn these important values off, then ask a friend, neighbor, plumber or electrician, or your local water, gas and electric company. Never touch or walk near downed power lines, especially if the power lines are in water, they may be live. Teach your family this important information. Knowing this information may save lives in an emergency situation or disaster.

Comments: All your comments, ideas, suggestions and experiences are welcome! We all learn from each other. Thank you for your comments.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Weekly Assignment, Food Storage and Emergency Preparedness (Week of April 7th)

Hi Carson Ward Family, Family and Friends,

Being Spiritually Prepared...


“If we do not have a deep foundation of faith and a solid testimony of truth, we may have difficulty withstanding the harsh storms and icy winds of adversity which inevitably come to each of us."
(President Thomas S. Monson, 'Ensign', February 2010)

I usually blog about stocking up on food storage and emergency supplies, but it is also important to stock up on spiritual preparedness. This coming weekend, Saturday, April 6th and Sunday, April 7th, sessions on both days at 9AM and 1PM Pacific time, will be The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints General Conference broadcast from Salt Lake City, Utah. I encourage all to listen to all the sessions to stock up spiritually so you can become spiritually prepared for what ever may come your way. Click on the link below to view General Conference. You may also be able to watch it or listen to conference on the BYU TV/cable channel in your area or a radio station in your area.

April 2013 LDS General Conference or go to

Also, here is a great article written in October 2005 by Henry B. Eyring regarding "Spiritual Preparedness: Start Early, Be Steady"

Weekly Assignment: 72 Hour Individual Emergency Food Kit and Snack Kit...

This week continue to catch up on your 72 Hour Individual Emergency Food Kit and Snack Kit as directed in last week's blog Weekly Assignment. Next week we will start the 72 Hour Individual Emergency Hygiene Kit. See last week blog posting for the links.

Vegetable Gardening:

Now is the time to plant your vegetable gardens. See last week's blog posting for the links on how to plant a vegetable garden.

Comments: Please leave your comments, suggestions or ideas. All are appreciated and may help someone else.