Friday, March 6, 2015

Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage and Monthly Assignments (Week of March 8th)

Hi Carson Ward Family, Torrance Stake Family, Family and Friends,

"I'll pass."

Sunday while passing out flyers after our Sacrament Meeting for our new March Monthly Food Storage and Emergency Preparedness Assignments one our member said to me, "I'll pass". I have been thinking about that statement since then.

"I'll pass". Pass on what? Did they know what they were passing on? Did they not care enough to find out what it was they had chosen to pass on? Pass on being prepared both temporally and spiritually? Pass on following the council of our First Presidency, Apostles, General Authorities, Stake and Ward Leaders? Pass on following the scriptures and the word of the Lord and our Heavenly Father? Pass? Who can pass on those things? I guess some do!

Which of the 5 Virgins are you? Are you the 5 that passed on filling your oil lamps with oil? Or, are you the 5 Virgins that filled their oil lamps ahead of time and were prepared? (Matthew 25:1-13)

There are many scriptures that show the importance of being alert and prepared both temporally and spiritually:

"But keep on the alert at all times,...." (Luke 21:36)  

"Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps lit." (Luke 12:35)

"Take heed, keep on the alert, for you do not know when the appointed time will come." (Mark 13:33)

"..., to prepare their hearts and be prepared in all things ...." (Doctrine and Covenants 29:8)

"..., you must prepare yourselves by doing the things which I have commanded you and required of you."  "Wherefore, a commandment I give unto you, to prepare and organize yourselves ..." (Doctrine and Covenants 78: 7, 11) 

We have been warned and warned by our church leaders and in the scriptures to be prepared, both temporally and spiritually. The day will come when there is no more time to prepare.The storm will be upon us!

Please do not "pass" up the opportunity to be prepared for what ever might come your way! Always strive to be prepared both temporally and spiritually. "If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear." (Doctrine and Covenants 38:30)

March Monthly Assignment

Food Storage . . . Beans and Lentils
This month we are adding beans and lentils to our food storage. It is the most economical food storage item to add. Click here to go back to March 1st to see what to do.

Emergency Preparedness . . .  
    Making a Family Evacuation Plan, 
        Family Drills and Knowing 
            Your Resources

Click here to go back to March 1st to see the importance of and how to plan family evacuation plans and family drills. Protect you family and loved ones!

Emergency Preparedness Ideas

Vegetable and Fruit Gardening . . . 

It is that time of year again to be thinking about what we will plant this year in our vegetable gardens. If you have never planted a vegetable garden now is the time to start. It is not hard, you can do it. May be you are saying we do not have room for a vegetable garden. Everyone can find some space for even a small vegetable garden, be it in a large pot or flower box (short rooted vegetables) on  your deck, balcony or patio. Even if you just grew some tomatoes, carrots or green onion in a large pot. You can then freeze and can what you cannot use as they mature.

A few days ago we planted two blueberry pushes in large containers. It is also a good idea when you want
to plant a tree in your yard for shade to plant a tree you can get food from, like a citrus tree and other fruit trees. You can grow the dwarf ones in large containers.

Click here to go the blog posting regarding planting a vegetable and herb garden and fruit trees. There are a lot of fun and creative ways to plant a vegetable and herb garden. It does not take a lot of space or know how, just a desire. There are also lots of great ideas on websites and on YouTube showing you how to plant a vegetable garden.

For us in Southern California USA we can have vegetable gardens all year long. I just harvested some carrots a week ago from our vegetable garden. I also grew peas and broccoli this winter. Check your local area to see what vegetables you can grow and during which seasons. You local gardening centers will be happy to help you. It is such a rewarding experience to plant something, watch it grow, harvest it for your food and either freeze or canned the extra for your food storage.

Comments: Your comments are always appreciated. We all learn from each others experiences and knowledge. Please share your comments below.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the great tips. I started with getting more beans and planting herbs this week. It takes time and dedication I did not plan to do but need to do. Thank you for this great blog of information. It's so very useful and I get their emails for deals daily. I like being able to go back and refer to info I could not remember and I'm using the Emergency Essentials webpage you gave us. Thanks what a great resource! So much to do. Thank you again!