Lora Chilvers Gooch

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?

Costa Rica

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


Pumpkin Cookies

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.

Killing germs with peroxide and vinegar

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

Relief Society Follow up to HOME STORAGE LESSON

By Linda Edmonds

My journey on the Home Storage journey began 39 years ago when I was in college at Cornell University and becoming active again in the church. A wise Relief Society teacher taught a lesson and I decided that I could do something so I purchased and stored wheat under my bed. I wasn’t sure what I would do with it but I had started my Home Storage.

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.



presidency message

Fasting and Fast Offerings
We can fast for many purposes. Fasting is one way of worshiping God and expressing gratitude to Him. We can fast as we ask Heavenly Father to bless the sick or afflicted. Fasting may help us and those we love receive personal revelation and become converted to the truth. Through fasting we can gain strength to resist temptation. We can fast as we strive to humble ourselves before God and exercise faith in Jesus Christ. We may fast to receive guidance in sharing the gospel and magnifying Church callings.

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.

Jackie Chesley

1. Where do you work?
Currently I don’t work anywhere. I graduated from BYU in History Teaching, but I’m trying to figure out if that’s what I really want to do.

2. What is your favorite place you have traveled to?
In April I went to Hawaii for my brother’s graduation from BYU-Hawaii. I learned that no one travels to Hawaii for the food. The mountains and beaches were amazing! Growing up we drove everywhere! So sometimes my favorite thing about traveling is not the destination, but how I get there. With the right group a car can be the best place in the world.

3. If you could be given any gift what would it be?
A dog! My husband and I are actually getting one in a couple of weeks. It’s my birthday/Christmas/anniversary gift! I’ve been waiting for my own dog for years, so I’m pretty excited.

4. What are you really afraid of?
Someone being in my house. I always check behind my shower curtain to make sure no one is there. It’s pretty silly because what would I do if someone was actually there? Having a dog will help with my paranoia…hopefully.

5. What is your conversion story?
I was born and raised in the church, but we all have some kind of conversion story. For me I can’t pin point one specific time in my life when I had an amazing “aha” moment, but instead it was just a ton of different little experiences that slowly built my testimony. I’m the youngest of 6 kids, so I learned a lot from observing my siblings and the good or bad choices they made. I think the biggest thing that has helped me stay converted is how happy I am when I do what is right. There is a big difference between my life and some of my friends and I’m grateful for the guidance we get as members of the Church.