Friday, April 10, 2015

Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage and Monthy Assignments (Week of April 12th)

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

Coming this Saturday

Los Angeles Home Storage Center
Open House
Saturday, April 18, 2015
11:00 a.m. -  2:00 p.m.
2730 E. 11th St.,
Los Angeles, CA 90023

(They have prepackaged long term foods (#10 cans and bulk) to purchase with prices lower than most emergency preparedness stores and websites. Hot cocoa, apple slices, wheat, sugar, flour, powered milk, oats, dry beans, carrots, macaroni, rice and other products. Please visit their website  LDS Home Storage )

Spiritual Preparation  

Once again we have been spiritually feed by watching and listening to the 185th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Here are some quotes from the Saturday, April 4th, morning and afternoon sessions. 

Henry B. Eyring, 1st Councilor in the General Presidency, stated "Heavenly Father wishes to please us temporally and spiritually". Boyd K. Packer, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, stated "It is our responsibility to make sure our spouse and children are happy at home". Dallin H. Oaks, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, stated "Spiritual food is necessary for spiritual survival. We need to expose ourselves to spiritual truths. We need to keep our priorities and hearts fixed on the commandments. We need to be firmly rooted in the gospel of Jesus Christ." L. Whitney Clayton, Presidency of the Seventy, stated we all need "spiritual light. We need to desire to believe until we believe the Savior's words. Even when you cannot see the light push forward until you can see it. Never give up. Choose to believe in Him." L. Tom Perry, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, stated we need to "create strong marriages and families. Marriage and family are eternal." David A. Bednar, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, stated "Many have felt the distress of fear due to health, family, financial, world events, etc. How can we hush the fears in our day? Look to Christ, build upon the foundation of Christ and press forward with faith in Christ." D. Todd Christofferson, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, stated "Marriage is more than your love between each other, it is our responsibility towards mankind. Satan fights to discourage marriage and families". Wilford W. Anderson, of the Seventy, stated "(Many dance but do not hear the music. He compared families to music. We need to tune into the spirit and our families.Compared the music to the gospel.) "If not hearing the music of the gospel in your home, keep practicing." Dale G. Renlund, of the Seventy, stated Nelson Mandela said, 'A saint is a sinner who keeps on trying'. The Savior's Atonement can heal. We need to recognize others are trying too. All of us are in need of the infinite Atonement. Be patient with imperfect people. We need to evaluate our lives, repent and keep on trying. God cares about who we are and who we are becoming, not who we were". Michael T. Ringwood, of the Seventy, stated we need to be without guile. We need to be those who do good. We need to serve others without being asked. We are disciples of Christ". Quentin L. Cook, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, stated "We all have trials. The Son of God is our light and life. (He shared the parable of the Wheat and the Tares.) God's plan brings happiness".

Next week I will share quotes from the Sunday, April 5th, morning and afternoon sessions. If you would like to read or listen to the entire conference talks go to

April Monthly Assignments
Food Storage:  Rice . . .

Go back to last week's blog posting dated March 29, 2015 to see the information about adding rice to your food storage. 

Emergency Preparedness: 
       Vegetable and Herb Gardening . . .  
Go back to last week's blog posting dated March 29, 2015 to learn about our April Assignment, "Vegetable and Herb Gardening".

Blog viewer questions . . .

Food Storage 

Citrus Fruits . . .

One of our blog viewers asked me how to store oranges, which also applies to all citrus fruits. It appears the oranges are being hit with a bug that came over from China and are killing the crops. I always assumed because citrus fruits are too watery that you could not dehydrate, can or freeze them. I knew you can freeze the juice. I have been doing this for years. I found out you can dehydrate them (does not work to well), can them the water bath canning method (due to being acidic) and freeze them. You can also make jam marmalade from them. Check out the website below from the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Scroll through the article and see different ways to store citrus fruits. I am excited to learn you can freeze and water bath can citrus fruits. There is some great information there. 

How to store citrus fruits

Cocoa shortage . . .

Is there a shortage?  Some say there will be in the near future, 2020, due to high demands throughout the
world. Cocoa, or chocolate, may become a delicacy with very high prices. It might be a could idea to add some extra cocoa to your food storage. Even if to just avoiding paying higher prices later on. See the website article below . . .

"Is a chocolate shortage on the way?"

Olive oil storage . . .

Yes, olive oil may be hard to find and the cost may skyrocket due to weather, pest and disease. You might want to start adding some extra to your food storage each time you go grocery shopping or to the big box
stores. See the website article below . . .

"Olive Oil Producers In 'Crisis' from Weather, Pest and Disease"

California USA produce in danger  . . .

On Sunday night, April 5th, while listening to the news on channel 9 KCAL they were interviewing California USA farmers regarding how the California USA extreme drought is affecting them. They all agreed if the drought continues for another year or so their crops will be wiped out, especially the tomato crops (tomatoes take a lot of water). Many California citrus fruit farmers are taking out orange and lemon trees so they can save the rest. They say it will take them years to recover. What does this mean for us, much higher cost of produce and fruits. I would suggest we all need to store more dehydrated and canned vegetables and fruits due to the possibility of unavailability and much higher cost.

Thank you for your blog viewer concerns and questions. Keep them coming. I will research your concerns and questions and find the best answers I can and post them. We all learn from each other and I also learn from you. 

Emergency Preparedness 

Some questions to think about and discuss with your family . . .
  • Do you have an emergency preparedness plan in place for your family? 
  • Do you have a family evacuation plan in place?
  • Do you have an emergency out of state contact person each family knows and keeps with them if they are away from the family to call and say where they are and how they are doing? 
  • When was the last time you checked your family's 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpacks, rotated the food and water, checked to make sure clothes and shoes still fit?
  • When was the last time your family had a fire drill, tornado drill, hurricane drill, earthquake drill? 
  • When was the last time you checked your emergency supplies to make sure everything is working properly, needs repaired, etc.?
  • When was the last time you inventoried your food storage?
  • When was the last time you looked at your Family Emergency Medical Kit and replaced any items that need replaced?
  • Do you have an Earthquake Kit for each person tied to their bed post? 
  • When was the last time you rotated your 15-55 gallon water barrels?
Comments: Please share your comments below. We all learn from each others experiences and knowledge. Thank you for your comments. 

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