What is your conversion story?
When I was 3 yrs old in 1971, the missionaries were trackting around our neighborhood. One of the missionaries told the other it was time to go home. Elder Walser said “I have the feeling we should go to this one last house.” The house was mine. We were baptists at the time. My father was looking for a religion which taught he had a Heavenly Father as well as a Savior. He accepted right away.
What is your favorite place you have traveled to?
If you could have one day to yourself, what would you do?
I would go shopping, then find a good book and take it sailing with me.
Have you ever broken a bone, how?
When I was a junior in college at BYU, I broke both my legs and tore the ligaments in my knee, skiing. I had to have surgery and was in two casts for 14 weeks.
What are you really afraid of?
Public speaking and snakes
1 spice cake mix
1 (29 ounce)can of Pumpkin
1 (11 ounce) bag chocolate chips
In a bowl, mix together cake mix and pumpkin.
Add chocolate chips if desired.
Drop by tablespoons onto greased baking sheet, about 1 inch apart.
Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes. Makes about 4 dozen.
Keep a can of Crisco and a wick in your emergency supplies. One can of Crisco will burn for about 45 days. Alternatively you can keep a box of crayons in your stash too, all by themselves the paper and wax will burn like a birthday candle and last about 30 minutes for each crayon.
Purchase a bottle of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and a bottle of plain white vinegar. Pour each liquid into its own spray bottle. Spritz the item to be disinfected with both the vinegar and the hydrogen peroxide, then rinse with water. Using one mist right after the other is ten times more effective than either spray by itself and more effective than mixing the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide in one spray bottle. Tests found the two sprays used together killed virtually all Salmonella, Shigella, or E. coli bacteria on heavily contaminated food and surfaces; this spray combination is more effective than chlorine bleach. -Natural Home magazine, Jan 2002
The next big step was 30 years ago when Mark and I got married and we spent our wedding money on a Coleman stove, a tent and a cooler that we could use for camping but more importantly as part of our emergency preparedness plan. We still use the Coleman stove when we have power outages and the tent is probably in need of replacing but it is still shelter. We just replaced the metal, plastic-lined red cooler a year ago.
We were off and running then we had a plan to purchase one, two, five, or ten extra cans of whatever was on sale at the grocery store. We gradually built up our storage on a very meager income. We were obedient and we did what we could and have been blessed for our efforts. We have had food to eat when we had major car repairs or other unexpected expenses.
Where would I recommend starting – WATER! Without lifegiving water we would be doomed in emergencies or in extreme weather conditions (heat, lack of power, storms, or destruction. Years ago we relied on storing bleach for purification of contaminated water, a water purification device, and now we have added some sealed bottles of water for convenience.
My favorite resource for water storage is
https://www.lds.org/topics/food-storage/drinking-water-guidelines?lang=eng . I trust that the Lord has provided direction to living prophets and those serving under their direction to give us the tools we need to know what to do.
HOW MUCH water to store? 1 gallon per person per day for 2 weeks! This is water for drinking and cooking. For hygiene and other things we have a hand pumping device to access our well and we have large storage containers that will take care of our other needs.
What next? I will elaborate on what I have learned and what we did as a family.
1) 72 hour kits for each member of our family with food and water for evacuation and for keeping with us as we travel to work, school, and on the road.
2) Build 1 week, 2 weeks or 1 month storage of what we eat normally. We made some adjustments in our eating to store that is easy to store.
3) Build a 3 month storage
4) Build a solid year’s supply home storage that will be long-lasting, life-sustaining, and economical and that follows the direction from prophets and apostles. On the way to this year’s supply we found that we continued to build our storage of what we eat.
Joy in Family History
Family history work prepares us for the blessings of eternal life and helps us increase our faith and personal righteousness. Family history is a vital part of the mission of the Church and enables the work of salvation and exaltation for all.
The sun is shining and we have to protect ourselves from it’s harmful rays. If you’re headed outdoors keep some sunscreen with you, and if you pull a half-empty, sand-caked tube of last summer’s sunscreen out of your beach bag, check the expiration date before using it. Most sunscreens are designed with specially formulated stabilizers that protect its potency for up to three years, but that’s assuming you didn’t let it bake for days in your backyard. “Leaving sunblock in intense heat for a prolonged amount of time may make it less effective,” says Mitchell Chasin, M.D., medical director of Reflections Center for Skin and Body in New Jersey and fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. So store sunblock in a cool place, and while you’re at the beach, keep it in the shade.