52 Weeks to Family Preparedness for Two
To obey! To hearken! What a difficult requirement! Often we hear: “nobody can tell me what clothes to wear, what I shall eat or drink. No one can outline my Sabbaths, appropriate my earnings, nor in any way limit my personal freedoms! I do as I please! I give no blind obedience!” Blind obedience! How little they understand! The Lord said through Joseph Smith: “Whatever God requires is right, no matter what it is, although we may not see the reason thereof until long after the events transpire.” Spencer W. Kimball
Food Storage and Preparedness Challenge Of The Week:
Food Storage Purchase 30 lbs. wheat
Extra Item Purchase 11 lbs. Macaroni or other pasta
72 Hour Kit Non Prescription Drugs– Place in Zip Lock bags. Children’s Aspirin, Vitamins, Laxative, Anti-diarrhea, Aloe Vera, Head Ache Relief, Bug Repellant, Cold Remedies, etc.
Family Preparation Place a picture of our Prophet or the First Presidency in a prominent place in our homes.
Spiritual Preparedness Make peace with someone who has wronged you or you them. Forgiveness is the key.
Where Do I Get the Money for Food Storage?
Here are seven suggestions from Vaughn J. Featherstone on how to build up your food storage:
1. Decide as a family this year that 25 or 50 percent of your Christmas will be spent on a year’s supply. Many families in the Church spend considerable sums of money for Christmas. Half or part of these Christmas monies will go a long way toward purchasing the basics. I recall the Scotsman who went to the doctor and had an X-ray taken of his chest. Then he had the X-ray gift-wrapped and gave it to his wife for their anniversary. He couldn’t afford a gift, but he wanted her to know his heart was in the right place. Brethren, give your wife a year’s supply of wheat for Christmas, and she’ll know your heart is in the right place.
2. When you desire new clothes, don’t buy them. Repair and mend and make your present wardrobe last a few months longer. Use that money for the food basics. Make all of your nonfood necessities that you feasibly can, such as furniture and clothing.
3. Cut the amount of money you spend on recreation by 50 percent. Do fun things that do not require money outlay but make more lasting impressions on your children.
4. Decide as a family that there will be no vacation or holiday next year unless you have your year’s supply. Many Church members could buy a full year’s supply of the basics from what they would save by not taking a vacation. Take the vacation time and work on a family garden. Be together, and it can be just as much fun.
5. If you haven’t a year’s supply yet and you do have boats, snowmobiles, campers, or other luxury possessions, sell or trade one or two or more of them and get your year’s supply.
6. Watch advertised specials in the grocery stores and pick up extra supplies of those items that are of exceptional value.
7. Change the mix in your family’s diet. Get your protein from sources less expensive than meat. The grocery bill is one bill that can be cut. Every time you enter the store and feel tempted by effective and honest merchandising to buy cookies, candy, ice cream, non-food items, or magazinesdon’t! Think carefully; buy only the essentials. Then figure what you have saved and spend it on powdered milk, sugar, honey, salt, or grain. (“Food Storage,” Ensign, May 1976, 116)