September 27, 2016

General Conference Activity Notebook for Primary Kids

It's General Conference time again, which means it's time to put together a General Conference activity notebook for your child. A few years ago we created an activity notebook in my ward for Primary children ages 6 - 11. The cool thing about this notebook is you can use it again and again and just remove old pages and put in new ones. My notebook has a-bit-of-this and a-bit-of-that from many sources. Look through the links and print what you think your child might enjoy. It will help keep their hands busy so their minds can feast as they listen to General Conference with you.

More ideas can be found on my Pinterest LDS General Conference FHE board. Also see The Ultimate LDS General Conference Packet A-Z, and The Ultimate LDS General Conference Packet A-Z 2. Have fun creating your General Confernece notebook!

General Conference Notebook for Primary-age Children
  • Get a 1 inch clear-view cover binder for each child.
  • Buy 5-tab divider pages and label them: My Notes, Coloring Pages, Activity Pages, Family Games, For Parents
  • Print any of the copies below.
  • Hole-punch your copies.
  • Put your copies in the notebook in your notebook.
  • Add  sheet protectors to hold game pieces like Bingo cards.
  • Provide colored markers, crayons, pencils and treats for your child. Have a great time!
COVER PAGE
Step 1: Print this cover page pdf  (My 10 year-old daughter still loves this picture by Beth Whittaker!) 



Step 2: Print these section title pages or create some of your own.
Step 3: Glue or staple the section title pages to your 5 tab dividers. You may have to trim them depending on your divider pages.

MY NOTES SECTION
Step 4: Go to LDS.org and print pages 4 - 12 in the General Conference Notebook. Use these for your child to take notes or draw notes on. Elder Packer, Perry and Scott have been removed and their are spaces for three new apostles. You can use that cover instead of mine.

COLORING PAGES SECTION
Step 5: Print any of the coloring pages you want:
New! Scripture Stories Coloring Book at LDS.org
"God's Prophets and Apostles Speak to Us in General Conference" at LDS.org
"I Will Follow the Prophet" at LDS.org or anything else from this link.
"Prophets Teach Me How to Strengthen My Family"
"Jesus Created The Earth for Me" at LDS.org (It's the same as my cover)
"Prophets Speak For Heavenly Father" and "Conference listen, then color pages' at the same at LDS.org
"The Resurrection" by Harry Anderson at LDS.org
"Jesus Christ Created The Earth As a Place Where I Can Choose The Right" at LDS.org
"I Can Show Reverence For Sacred Places and Things" at LDS.org
"I Came to Earth as Part of a Family" at LDS.org

ACTIVITIES SECTION
Step 6: Print any of the activity pages you want:
"Salt Lake Temple" dot-to-dot 1-35 or another others from About.com
"Mary at the tomb" 1-79 dot-to-dot at LDS.org (scroll down)
"The Gold Plates" 1 - 35 dot-to-dot at my CTRRing.com
"Liahona Compass of Faith" dot-to-dot 1-60 at LDS.org (scroll down)
Taking The Sacrament in House of The Lord dot-to-dot 1-86 at LDS.org
"Mexico City Temple" dot-to-dot 1-65 at LDS.org
"We Do Not Doubt" Stripling Warrior dot-to-dot 1-55 at LDS.org
"Trust In The Lord" dot-to-dot 1-95 at LDS.org
"David and Goliath" dot-to-dot 1-115 at LDS.org
"Joseph Smith" dot-to-dot 1-55 at LDS.org
"Sacrament" dot-to-dot 1-86 at LDS.org
"Zion" maze at Food Storage and Beyond page 34. Another packet!
"Endure to the End" maze at Food Storage and Beyond page 8. Another packet!
"Easter" crossword puzzle at LDS.org
"Latter-Day Prophet" word search or any other searches at LDS.about.com
"Latter-Day Saint" word search at LDS.about.com
Current "Prophet and Apostle" word search at LDS.about.com (2 per page)
Article of Faith word searches #11 or #12 or #13  at LDS.about.com
"Joseph Smith" word search at LDS.about.com
"Noah's Ark" hidden pictures  at LDS.org
"I Love My Family" hidden pictures  at LDS.org
"The First Easter" story Rebus with word pictures (in color)
"Joseph F. Smith" crossword or "King Benjamin Teaches the People" or "Noah's Ark" cut outs at LDSLessonIdeas (scroll down)
"Word of Wisdom" and Joshua Served the Lord" hidden pictures at LDSLessonIdeas
"Remember Jesus During the Sacrament" picture wheel and other activities (scroll down)
Two "General Conference" hidden pictures at LDS.org
"President Monson Follow the Prophet" hidden picture. Print in grayscale to save ink.
Make your own tracing-the-words pages for younger children from KidZone.com. Create a page of words such as your child's name or the word "Jesus," "Prophet," "Love," "Family," "Temple," etc. Go to Tracer Pages. Click "Blank (No pictures)," and then "block" lettering. Put a word (10 letters and spaces or less) in the blank space and copy to all boxes.

FAMILY GAMES SECTION
Between sessions, play some games as a family.
Print a General Conference Squares cards for each family member from LDS.org conference squares game card
Go to LDS.org and let your child play "Articles of Faith Memory Quest"

Let your kids watch the "LDS Conference Center" video tour at this link. Very sweet!

FOR PARENTS SECTION
Print my "General Conference Helps for Parents" handout. Keep this in the binder so you can refer to it again. Or add any other handouts you find useful. A few weeks before conference, come back to this page and print something new for your child. You may also want to read "Preparing Our Children for General Conference" at LDS.org

I'm getting excited for General Conference! Hope you are too.

Valerie
(Links updated 9/27/16)

“It is when children are young that parents must be innovative in helping them develop good habits regarding conference participation. As our children are given opportunities to observe and learn the role of these special witnesses, they will receive a spiritual confirmation of the sacred calling of their Church leaders, and they will feel a deeper love for and interest in these leaders and their message.” Elder Neil L. Andersen

August 30, 2016

Smith's vs Macey's Food Storage Case Lot Sales Fall 2016

Smith's, Macey's, Harmon's and other grocery stores in Utah are having food storage case lot sales in Utah starting Wednesday, August 31 at Smith's, and Monday, September 5 at Macey's. I highlighted the best bargains in green below, but I've also included some of their crazy good Labor Day weekend deals. 


I grouped food into the same categories I use when I take a mini food storage inventory. If you open my kitchen cupboards, these categories are how you'll find food sorted on my shelves. Remember, I don't buy everything for my food storage at case lot sales because I shop year-round at store sales, and sometimes at Costco or Sam's Club. But these foods below are similar to the items I store in my 3-month food storage supply.




During September I gather meat and potato items. But feel free to buy whatever you need. If you can't buy a full case, go down the regular store aisles and most stores let you buy individual items at the case lot sale price. Yep! Check with your store.

This is NOT a complete list. There are usually more items on sale than what is in the grocery ad. It's always best to compare prices, because you will save so much more money. Have a plan. Check out some of my case lot shopping tips here:



CASE LOT SALE COMPARISON
SM = Smith's case lot and some Labor Day sales
HM = Harmon's case lot
Macey's = Macey's cl and some Labor Day sales :)

BEVERAGES
SM Kroger Drinking Water 1 gal. $0.75
SM Arrowhead Water 16.9 oz. 24 pk. $2.99 ea. (BUY 5, SAVE $5)
HM Nestle's Water 16.9 oz. 24 pk. $2.50 ea.
Macey's Western Family Water 16.9 oz. 24 pk$1.75 ea. Labor Day Sale (unheard of price!)
Macey's Western Family Water 16.9 oz. 24 pk$1.88 ea. 
Macey's Western Family 100% Apple Juice 96 oz. $1.68 or 6 for $10.08 (awesome, beats Sam's Club)
SM Kroger Apple Juice 64 oz. $0.99 ea. or 6 for $5.94 (Amazing price!)
HM Langer's 100% Apple Juice 64 oz. $1.39 ea. or 8 for $11.12
Macey's V8 Blend Juice 64 oz. $1.48 ea. or 8 for $11.84

SOUPS/BROTH
SM Kroger Broth 14 oz. .50 ea. or 24 for $12.00
Macey's Western Family Broth 14.5 oz. $.48 ea. or 24 for $11.52
HM Swanson Chicken Broth 14.5 oz. $.69 ea. or 24 for $16.56 (seen for .59)
HM Harmon's Organic Broth 32 oz. $1.40 ea. or 12 for $16.80
Macey's Creamed Soups 10.5 oz. $.48 or 24 for $9.12 (awesome!)
SM Campbell's Cream of Chicken or Mushroom Soup 10.5 oz. $.89 or 48 for $43.20
HM Campbell's Cream of Chicken or Mushroom Soup 10.5 oz. $.69 or 24 for $16.56
Macey's Campbell's Cream of Chicken or Mushroom Soup 10.5 oz. $.68 or 48 for $32.64
Macey's Western Family Chicken Noodle or Tomato Soup 10.75 oz. $.38 or 24 for $9.12
Macey's Campbell's Chicken Noodle or Tomato Soup 10.75 oz. $.58 or 24 for $13.92
SM Campbell's Chicken Noodle or Tomato Soup 10.75 oz. $.79 or 48 for $37.92
HM Campbell's Chicken Noodle or Tomato Soup 10.75 oz. $.59 or 24 for $14.16
SM Campbell's Chunky Soup various 18.6 - 19 oz. $1.00 or 12 for $12.00
HM Progresso Soup various 18.5 - 19 oz. $1.00 or 12 for $12.00

MEAT/BEANS/POTATOES
SM Kroger Beans various 15 oz. $.55 ea. or 12 for $6.60
HM Harmons Beans various 15 oz. $.50 ea. or 12 for $6.00
Macey's Western Family Beans various 15 oz. $.50 ea. or 24 for $12.00
SM Simple Truth Organic Beans various 12-15 oz. $.89 ea. or 12 for $10.68
Macey's Western Family Chil w/beans 15 oz. $.89 ea. or 12 for $10.68
HM Pace Chili assorted 14.5 oz. $1.00 or 12 for $12.00
SM Nalley Original Chili w/beans 14 oz. $1.00 ea. or 24 for $24.00 (have seen $.88)
SM VanCamp's Pork and Beans 15 oz. $.50 ea. or 24 for $12.00
Macey's Western Pork and Beans 15.5 oz. $.50 ea. or 24 for $12.00
SM Bush's Baked Beans 21-28 oz. $1.67 (Labor Day Sale)
HM Rosarita Refried Beans 16 oz. $.89 ea. or 24 for $21.36
SM Bumble Bee Tuna in water 5 oz. $.59 ea. or 48 for $28.32
HM Western Family tuna in water 5 oz. $.50 ea. or 24 for $12.00
Macey's Harmon's Skipjack tuna in water 5 oz. $.50 ea. or 48 for $24.00
HM Dinty Moore Beef Stew 20 oz. $2.00 ea. or 12 for $24.00
Macey's Western Family Beef Stew 20 oz. $2.00 ea. or 12 for $24.00
SM Spam 12 oz. $2.50 ea. or 12 for $29.88
HM Hormel Turkey, Ham or Chicken 5 oz. $.89 ea.12 for $10.68
HM Valley Fresh Chicken Breast 10 oz. $2.00 ea. or 12 for $24.00
Macey's Western Family Premium Chunk Chicken Breast 5 oz. $.99 ea. or 12 for $11.88 (Costco beats)
SM Kroger Breakfast Sausage Links (fresh) 12 oz. $1.99 ea. or 12 for $23.88
SM Jennie-O Ground Turkey 90% lean (fresh) 16 oz. $1.99 ea. or 12 for $23.88
Macey's Chicken Breasts Boneless (fresh) 20 lbs. $33.80 case ($1.69 lb.)
Macey's Ground Beef 19% lean (fresh) 5 lbs. $10.95 case ($2.19 lb.)

OILS and FATS
SM Kroger Peanut Butter 16 oz. $1.00 ea. or 12 for $12.00 (Awesome price!)
Macey's Western Family Peanut Butter 64 oz. $6.49 ea.
HM Adam's Peanut Butter 16 oz. $1.99 ea. or 12 for $23.88 (Awesome price! Costco less, but jar is larger)
HM Skippy Peanut Butter 15-16 oz. $1.49 ea. or 12 for $17.88
Macey's Western Family Vegetable or Canola Oil 1 gallon $6.99 or 4 for $27.96
HM Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil 68 oz. $9.99 (Awesome price!)
Macey's Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil 68 oz. $9.99 (Awesome price!)

TOMATOES
Macey's Western Family Tomato Sauce 8 oz. $.25 ea. or 48 for $12.00 
SM Kroger Tomato Sauce 8 oz. $.39 ea. or 24 for $8.88
Macey's Western Family Tomato Paste 6 oz. $.50 ea. or 48 for $12.00
HM Harmon's Organic Tomato Sauce 8 oz. $0.50 ea. or 24 for $12.00
HM Harmon's Organic Tomato Paste 6 oz. $0.50 ea. or 24 for $12.00
SM Simple Truth Organic Tomato Paste 6 oz. $0.69 ea. or 24 for $16.56
SM Simple Truth Organic Tomato Sauce 15 oz. $1.29 ea. or 12 for $15.48
SM Kroger Tomatoes 14.5 oz. $.49 ea. or 24 for $11.76 (Awesome price!)
SM Western Family Tomatoes 14.5 oz. $.58 ea. or 24 for $13.92
HM Ro*tel Tomatoes 10 oz. $.89 ea. or 12 for $10.68
HM Harmon's Organic Tomatoes 14.5-15 oz. $1.00 ea. or 12 for $12.00
SM Hunt's Pasta Sauce 24 oz. $.89 ea. or 12 for $10.68
Macey's Hunt's Pasta Sauce 24 oz. $.89 or 12 for $10.68
SM Ragu Pasta Sauce 14.5-24 oz. $1.00 ea. or 12 for $12.00 (Awesome price!)
Macey's Prego Pasta Sauce 14.5-24 oz. $1.48 ea. or 12 for $17.76
Macey's Pace Picante Sauce 16 oz. $1.48 ea. or 12 for $17.76
HM Hunt's Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce 15 oz. $.89 ea. or 24 for $21.36

FRUIT
SM Kroger Fruit pears, peaches, various 15-15.25 oz. $.99 or 24 for $23.76
SM Western Family Fruit, various 15-15.25 oz. $.99 or 24 for $23.76
Macey's Shur Saving Mandarin Oranges 11 oz. $.39 or 24 for $9.36
SM Kroger Mandarin Oranges 11 oz. $.50 or 24 for $12.00
HM Harmon's Mandarin Oranges 11 oz. $.75 or 12 for $9.00
HM Dole Pineapple assorted 20 oz. $1.25 or 12 for $15.00
Macey's Dole Pineapple assorted 20 oz. $1.25 or 12 for $15.00

VEGETABLES
SM Libby's Vegetables various 14.5-15 oz., $.50 or 12 for $6.00
HM Libby's Corn or Green Beans 15 oz., $.50 or 24 for $11.98
Macey's Western Family Vegetables  11 - 15.25 oz., $.50 or 24 for $12.00
HM Geisha Mushrooms 4 oz. $.58 or 24 for $13.92
Macey's Western Family Mushrooms 4 oz. $.59 or 24 for $14.16
Macey's Western Family Diced Chiles 4 oz. $.69 or 24 for $16.56

DAIRY
Macey's Western Family Evaporated Milk 12 oz. $.79 or 24 for $18.96 (Have seen for $.69)
SM Kroger Evaporated Milk 12 oz. $1.00 or 24 for $24.00 (Have seen for $.69)
SM Tillamook Shredded Cheese 5 lb. $12.99 or $2.60 per lb. (about same as Costco or Sam's)
SM Oakdell Medium Eggs 5 dozen $3.99 (Awesome price!)
Macey's Oakdell Medium Eggs 5 dozen $2.99! Crazy awesome!

PASTA
SM Maruchan Ramen Noodles 3 oz. $.15 ea. or 24 for $3.49
Macey's Nissin Top Ramen Noodles 3 oz. $.16 ea. or 24 for $4.00
SM Hamburger Helper various $.88 ea. or 12 for $10.56
Macey's Campbell's SpaghettiO's 14.2 oz. $.58 or 24 for $13.92 (Awesome!)
SM Chef Boyarde Pasta 14.5-12 oz. $.85 or 24 for $20.40 (have seen for $.79)
HM Chef Boyarde Pasta 14.5-12 oz. $.88 or 24 for $21.12 (have seen for $.79)
Macey's Chef Boyarde Pasta 14.5-12 oz. $.89 or 24 for $21.36 (have seen for $.79)
HM Harmon's Pasta Sauce 25 oz. or 12 for $24.00
Macey's Western Family Macaroni & Cheese 5.5-7.25 oz. $.29 or 24 for $6.96
SM Annie's Macaroni & Cheese 5.25-6 oz. $.89 or 12 for $10.68
HM Annie's Macaroni & Cheese   5.25-6 oz. $1.00 or 12 for $12.00
Macey's American Beauty 10 oz. Pasta $.49 (Awesome! Labor Day Sale. Smith's sometimes has the same price.)
Macey's Western Family Pasta 48 oz. $2.50 or 8 for $20.00

GRAINS
SM Botan Calrose Rice 20 lb. $11.99 (LDS, Costco, Sam's are cheaper)
HM Pacific Blossom Calrose Rice 15 lbs. $9.99
SM Rice a Roni $.89 ea. or 12 for $8.28
COSTCO Quaker Instant Oatmeal 52 packets $9.79 -$3.00 off = $6.79
Macey's Western Family Oatmeal 42 oz. $1.89 or 12 for $22.68

BAKING SUPPLIES
Macey's Western Brown or Powdered Sugar 2 lb. $.98 or 12 for $11.76 (stock up!)
HM Western Brown or Powdered Sugar 2 lb. $1.19 or 12 for $14.28 (ok, or wait until October)
SM Kroger Brown Sugar 2 lb. $1.25 or 12 for $15.00 (wait until October)
Macey's Western Family Sugar 10 lb$4.49 ea. (Labor Day Sale)
Macey's Western Family Sugar 25 lb$8.98 ea. (Awesome price! Unheard of!)
HM Western Family Sugar 25 lb$10.99 ea. (Have seen for $9.99)
Macey's Western Family Honey 3 lb. $8.99 (similar to Costco or Sam's)
Macey's Western Family Flour 25 lb$7.99 ea. 
SM Krusteaz Pancake Mix 5 lb. $3.49 ea. or 6 for $20.94 (cheaper at Costco or Sam's)
Macey's Krusteaz Pancake Mix 10 lb. $5.99 ea. or 4 for $23.96 (similar to Costco or Sam's)
SM Kroger Pancake Syrup 24 oz. $1.49 ea. or 12 for $17.88 (ok price, cheaper in 64 oz.)
SM Betty Crocker Brownies or Pillsbury Cake Mix $1.00 ea. or 12 for $12.00
Macey's Betty Crocker Brownie Mix $.79 or 12 for $9.48 (Awesome price!)
Macey's Duncan Heins Brownie & Cake Mix $.88 ea. (Labor Day Sale)
HM Kodiak Flapjack & Waffle Mix 20 oz. $2.99 or 6 for $17.94
Macey's Western Family Seasoning Packets $.33 ea. or 3 for $1.00

CONDIMENTS
SM Sweet Baby Ray BBQ sauce $1.00 ea. (Labor Day Sale)
Macey's Western Family Olives $.89 or 24 for $21.36
Macey's Western Family Ketchup $.99 or 12 for $11.88

Please email me at preparedldsfamily (at) gmail (dot) come if you see any errors. Thanks!

Happy shopping and stocking!

August 28, 2016

September Emergency Preparedness Goals - Meat & Potatoes, Earthquake Prep

September is National Preparedness month in the United States so I focus on earthquake preparedness. My food storage focus in September is what I like to call meat and potatoes. I buy tuna in April, chicken in September, and beef in October for our food storage.


I keep canned meat in the house even though we typically eat fresh or frozen meat because it will be so useful during a disaster. And as long as we have rice and beans, we have a complete protein on hand. I keep about a 3-month supply of canned meats and I only buy meat my family will eat with our regular recipes. It's easy to through in a stew or casserole.

Shopping for meat throughout the year spreads the expense. In September, I buy canned chicken at Costco or Sam's Club for about $2.00 per can. You can also buy it at the Utah case lot sales.


My September Emergency Prep list suggests gathering chicken and a pork-type product for each person, but you can adjust the items and amounts on the list however you wish. I leave pork on the list because those of you with little kids might want Vienna sausages. I don't have any Spam eaters in my house, so I mostly buy chicken.

Canned chicken can be used in a variety of recipes such as chicken pizza, chicken stew, chicken salad sandwiches and chicken tortilla soup. It is something I use a few times a month, and I love the convenience. You know this semi-homemade food storage queen does not can her own chicken, but some of my amazing friends do with their canners. You can find some basic recipes on my Canned Chicken Recipes Pinterest Board.

Let's talk about potatoes. Those that have a short-term shelf-life typically come in boxes or cans, and the long-term flakes come in #10 sized cans. For short-term storage, I buy Honest Earth Creamy Mashed Potatoes (made by Idahoan Foods) from Costco for about $10.00. There are 14 pouches in the box with 8 servings each or .71 cents per meal or .09 cents a serving. It's great to use as a side dish for dinner when you don't have time to prepare fresh potatoes.

However there is nothing like homemade mashed potatoes. Instant potatoes DO NOT have a long shelf-life because they are made with a little butter or oil. Maybe a 3 - 6 month shelf life. Or you could store a bag of fresh potatoes, which are very inexpensive.

For long-term storage, I buy the instant potato flakes from the LDS Home Storage Center or online at store.lds.org. These LDS potatoes have a shelf-life of 30 years if stored in 75 degrees or less. Because butter is not an ingredient, they have a long shelf life. Each can is about $36.00. Here is a Pinterest Board with Potato Flakes Recipes.

For emergency preparedness, practice Drop! Cover! Hold on! with your family. Children learn quickly and repetition helps them know what to do wherever they are if the ground shakes. Learn how to practice Drop! Cover! Hold On! here.

My spiritual theme for this month is Be Hopeful. We are so blessed in this nation. As we continue to have hope and faith in God, we can accomplish miracles. Never give up hope when the world is falling apart.

"As we think about the future, we should be filled with faith and hope. Always remember that Jesus Christ—the Creator of the universe, the architect of our salvation, and the head of this Church—is in control. He will not permit His work to fail. He will be victorious over all darkness and evil. And He invites us all, members of His Church and others who are the honest in heart, to join in the battle for the souls of God’s children. Along with all else we will do in life, we must also dedicate and consecrate our heart, might, mind, and strength to His cause, walking in faith and working with conviction." ~ Elder M. Russell Ballard

Have hope and walk in faith.

Best wishes,
Valerie
BE HOPEFUL
“Wherefore, if a man have faith he must needs have hope;
for without faith there cannot be any hope.”

August 25, 2016

Fall 2016 Utah Case Lot Sales are Coming!

Fall case lot sales are coming to Utah! These grocery store sales give you a chance to stock up on food storage and emergency items for your family. Some stores let you shop as soon as they put items on the floor. Others make you wait until the sale date. And some let you buy individual items at the sales price. Amazing!



SALE DATES
  • SMITH'S: Wednesday, August 31
  • HARMONS: Thursday, September 1st
  • MACEYS: Monday, September 5th
  • WINEGAR'S: Monday, September 5th
  • REAMS: Tuesday, September 6th
  • LEE'S: Tuesday, September 20th
  • DICK'S: Monday, October 3rd
  • FRESH MARKET: Monday, October 3rd
  • BOWMANS: Wednesday, October 5th
Since I'm in the middle of a move and my daughter's wedding plans, I don't have time to compare prices. But print my 2014 case lot price comparison list. It may help you as you compare prices.

Here are some tips on how to shop at grocery case lot sales:
How to Shop at Utah Case Lot Sales

Preparedness is a blessing in my life, and it can be in yours!

Best wishes,
Valerie

August 9, 2016

August 2016 Emergency Prep Calendar

Sorry I'm getting my August Emergency Prep Calendar out late, but we just listed our home for sale and my daughter got engaged all in the same week! We are staying in my beloved Farmington, but moving to a rambler nearby.

My August 2016 Emergency Prep Calendar has many of the food storage items I have on my August Emergency Prep List, but it also includes 72-hour kit and non-food items you may need in an emergency.

NOTE: I noticed an error on my August calendar and fixed it. August 15 should show BUY fruits, and August 22nd BUY Vegetables.

My focus in August is Fruits, Vegetables, Shelter and Bedding, but you can read more about that on my last post here.

Printable link below


You don't have to do everything on my emergency calendars or lists. These are only suggestions to get you thinking so you will come up with a plan for your own family. Circle what you think you can accomplish this month, add those items to your grocery list each week, and then go get the job done! There is always next year for modification. Remember, you will be doing more than most people in the U.S. can ever do.

I had a great time teaching members in the LDS Lehi 9th Ward last week. They patiently waited for me to arrive when I got caught in traffic on I-15. This ward is a great example of members who are actively working on emergency prep. They have several people already CERT trained, and they had a honey order list that night. Well done Lehi 9th Ward!

Good luck working on your emergency prep. You'll feel great when you do something for your family.

Best wishes,
Valerie

Here are some useful links:

August 2016 Emergency Prep Calendar.pdf printable
August Emergency Prep Goals
3-Month Suggested Food Storage Supply

August 3, 2016

August Emergency Preparedness Goals - Fruits, Vegetables, Shelter and Bedding

My spiritual focus in August is to Be Nurturers and serve others during disasters. After my CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training, I began to see how each person can assist others after a disaster. In 3rd Nephi 8 - 17 in the Book of Mormon, some of the most tremendous disasters ever recorded occured in a three-hour period in ancient America: tempests, earthquakes, fires, whirlwinds and upheavals in the land. After these experiences, Jesus Christ visited the survivors at his temple, teaches them his Gospel, heals the injured, and prays for their children. It is tender to read his love for them. We too can be his nurturing hands by helping those around us after disasters and during various trials.

In August, I focus on gathering fruits and vegetables. Many people are fortunate to harvest their own food and can it. If you have a small garden like me, you may need to buy most of your canned fruits and vegetables from the store. Even though I suggest gathering a 3-month supply on my printable list, I personally gather closer to a 6-month supply of these items because I have room to store them in my basement. I usually pick up some at the case lot grocery store sales in Utah.


It's best to buy and store what you're accustomed to eating every day in your 3-month supply, because you know you will use them. I store items I cook with such as corn for tortilla soup, green beans for chicken stew, canned chilies for shredded pork, French green beans because my husband likes them, mushrooms for beef Stroganoff, and fruits for salads. I know, we all like our fresh foods from the store. In fact we're pretty dependent on it, but there may come a time when you can't buy them and a can of green beans will taste like heaven. So, it's smart to store something on your shelf.

My emergency focus this month is to gather shelter and bedding such as a tent, a sleeping bag for each person, a large tarp, and rope or bungee cords. I know it is late in the summer to gather these, but you can find some of the best clearance sales right now. If you already own these items, pick up an different emergency item you couldn't get last month.

You'll always find water on my monthly lists since I gather a few cases year-round. Water is so essential to our existence, and disappears quickly from store shelves before or after disasters, so it's important to have some on hand. I encourage people to not keep their eggs in one basket; meaning, don't store it in one place in your home. After an earthquake, you may never reach one location, so keep water in a few locations. I store some in barrels in the basement, cases in my coat closet and pantry, and always a few bottles in my cars.

Our emergency fund has been growing little by little each month, and I have a testimony of building it. Since we starting building our financial reserve fund at the counsel of our church leaders, I've only had to use it once. But those funds have been built up again. I keep most of it in the bank, and a little at home for emergencies. I'm grateful for President Gordon B. Hinckley's counsel when he said"Begin in a small way, my brethren, and gradually build toward a reasonable objective. Save a little money regularly, and you will be surprised how it accumulates."

Summer is slipping away, so I hope you find time to use my August emergency prep list. Grammy just learned how to scan it into a jpg for you, so please share it on Pinterest. Thanks a bunch!

Little by little, month-by-month you CAN build your food storage and emergency supplies and make self-reliance a natural part of your life.

Best wishes,
Valerie


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"and he took their little children, one by one, and blessed them, 
and prayed unto the Father for them.” 
3 Nephi 17:21


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