January 3, 2017

Prepared LDS Family changing to Food Storage Organizer

Dear Friends,

I am moving to a new website called FoodStorageOrganizer.com. You can find all of my Prepared LDS Family blog posts there. I've also updated my food storage and emergency prep lists and they are in The Food Storage Organizer: Monthly Prep Guide. It is available for purchase for $12.00 at my shop here.

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I tweaked my old prep lists, and fixed the errors and duplication. It is a calendar that can be used over and over again, so you don't need a new one each year. Your download purchase allows you to make as many printed copies as you wish. You can share printed copies, but NOT the copyrighted digital file through emails or ward newsletters. So if you want to give printed copies to LDS wards, Relief Society sisters, family members or congregations, you have my permission.

You can also sign up for my blog posts by email at FoodStorageOrganizer.com. And you can connect with me on my Facebook page here or on Pinterest here or Instagram here.

My new site is a work in progress. :-) Thank you to my son, Josh, for helping me build the site, and my family for their constant support.

I'll leave Prepared LDS Family up for a few months, but then it will be retired.

Best wishes on a new year and your preparedness goals.

Valerie Albrechtsen

December 1, 2016

December Emergency Preparedness Goals - Baking Basics, Power and Light

December is a busy month and a difficult time for most of us to focus on emergency preparedness, but December is a month that brings back memories of the Great Wind Storm we had here in Farmington, Utah on December 1, 2011. And I remember the Indian Ocean Tsunami on December 26, 2004 that killed 230,000 people, and the Haiti earthquake on January 12, 2010 that killed 159,000 people.

This month, gather inexpensive baking ingredients into your food storage and and buy everything in one shopping trip. I call them Baking Basics. Things like vanilla, cooking spray, brownie or cake mixes, frosting, cornstarch, salt, baking powder or baking soda. It's super easy to stock up on them! And they all store well and have at least a 1-year shelf life. You may already have enough of these on hand for a 3-month food storage supply which is part of Step 1 of the LDS Home Storage program.

My emergency focus this month is power and light so I gather such items such as batteries, lighters, flashlights and lanterns. During the winter we could experience a power outage, so having these items on hand is a blessing. Add a flashlight to your child's stocking so they can keep it in the drawer by their bed. And you will probably buy batteries already for toys or electronics, right? Just pick up extra for emergencies too.

I usually have more success convincing my husband to buy an expensive preparedness item around Christmas-time. :-) Some suggestions might be a generator, a chain saw, a snow blower, a solar phone charger, a bread machine or that wheat grinder you've had your eye on.

How about putting together an emergency gift basket for your college student, married children or other friend? And give some time to those less fortunate this year too.

So, print the December Emergency Prep list below and hang it on your refrigerator, or jot a few ideas down on your Christmas list. You will be glad you did. Anything you do is one step forward. "I think I can, I think I can, I know I CAN!"

I am thankful for my Savior, Jesus Christ, and his never-ending love and encouragement in my life. I know he watches over each of us and will help us become better prepared for emergencies. May we focus on his glorious birth at this time of year and desire to become more like him.

Coming in 2017, a brand new website and new prep lists. I'm so excited!

Best wishes and Merry Christmas!

Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” 

November 15, 2016

2017 Speaking Calendar For Prepared LDS Family

I am now filling up my 2017 motivational speaking calendar. This year, I will consider teaching out of state on Saturday, or in Utah on other days. If you have a group of 75 or more women, or men and women, please contact me below. Combining wards is great.

In this 1 hour class, I will teach the 4-Step Approach to Home Storage based on the "All Is Safely Gathered In: Home Storage" pamphlet from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormons). I'll share how I gather food storage year-round using my preparedness lists and other emergency preparedness tips. Come away from this class knowing you CAN begin gathering food storage and keep doing it! I DO NOT believe in extreme prepping, or doomsday prophesies. I DO believe in building your food storage and emergency supplies slowly so you can live within your means.

CLASS 2: “No Man (or Woman) is an Island” MINI DISASTER PREP DRILL
In this 1 hour class, I will organize you into four different groups and help you plan for a mock disaster. This is not a full-blown emergency drill. Rather you will spend time discussing with your neighbors how to handle a mock disaster. Come away from this class knowing you CAN work together as neighbors, and feel more confident you CAN deal with an emergency.
I do not represent any companies, nor do I sell gadgets and gizmos a-plenty or whozits and whatzits galore. Review my blog and you'll know what I believe.

COST: No charge
HANDOUTS: Will be emailed to the ward representative to preview and copy for class members.
TEACHER: Valerie Albrechtsen, author of Prepared LDS Family, and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Your bishop may email my bishop for a reference.
CONTACT: preparedldsfamily (at) gmail (dot) com

Looking forward to meeting you!

January 4th – Hooper, Utah
January 28th – Draper, Utah
March - not available
April 20th - Saratoga Springs, Utah
June 10th - Mt. Jordan Stake Emergency Preparedness Fair, Sandy, UT
July – not available
August - not available
December - not available

November 1, 2016

November 2016 Emergency Prep Calendar

When I couldn't scan my November Emergency Prep Calendar, this morning, I immediately said a quick prayer. It's so natural for me to pray, that I believe I live in constant prayer. Some may think it's funny to pray over your printer, but I don't. My mind was cleared, the thought came to restart my laptop and the printer, and then my little miracle happened. Everything worked!

Print November Emergency Prep Calendar here

Sorry for not getting the September, October and November Prep Calendars out sooner, but between technical difficulties, my daughter's wedding and my recent surgery, I just didn't get it done.

This month my spiritual focus is to BE GRATEFUL. Usually I say something about food storage at the beginning of a post, but I want to first share how grateful I am to be an American. How thankful I am to have the right to vote and the opportunity to submit my ballot today.

As I ponder, I think of how many people around the world don't have the privileges I do. I have the freedom to express my views publically and choose my religion without fear of oppression. My heart breaks to know that many people around the world have to leave their homes and lands they love, to escape terrorists or government discord. So, as you go throughout your month, I hope each day you'll remember what you are thankful for.

The one thing I've learned through my preparedness journey is that its 10% physical prep and 90% spiritual prep. Am I the only prep writer who can say that? Because I know it's true! You will struggle more with difficult things if you are not spiritually grounded first. When I learned about Jon Schmidt's daughter’s disappearance, I was crushed. And then to see his spiritual strength through that experience was astounding. He was spiritually prepared.

So as you look through my calendar with all that physical stuff, and start to feel anxious, toss those feelings aside and read the scripture at the bottom to help you focus again. Say a little prayer, and then circle a few to dos on the calendar.

Enjoy your first day of November!

Best wishes,

“when thou risest in the morning 
let thy heart be full of thanks unto God, 
and if ye do these things, 
ye shall be lifted up at the last day.” 

October 30, 2016

November Emergency Preparedness Goals - Holiday Baking, Heat and Clothing

November and December are my favorite months to gather holiday baking foods and baking basics into my food storage. Because of the expense of Christmas gifts and the busyness of the season, I like to gather inexpensive foods during these months. Most of them have a long shelf life, which is awesome. 

In November the foods I gather look exactly like some of the items you might want for a Thanksgiving feast. Bingo! A great time to get two things done at once. Just buy a few extra to keep on hand to use in your favorite recipes at other times of the year. 

In November I might gather:
  • Pumpkin, canned (2 - 5 year shelf life )
  • Broth, chicken or beef (2 - 5 year shelf life)
  • Brown Sugar (indefinite shelf life)
  • Powdered Sugar (indefinite shelf life)
  • Stuffing (12 - 18 month shelf life)
  • Yams (2 - 5 year shelf life)
  • Flour (1 year shelf life, but a 10 year shelf life in #10 cans) 
  • Sugar (indefinite shelf life)
The list below has all the things I like to gather and emergency supplies as well.

My emergency preparedness focus in November is heating and winter clothing. What would you do if you were without power for two weeks and had no heat? Do you have adequate blankets, coats, boots, hats, or mittens? Preparing for emergencies in mind will help our families during these difficult times. Living here in Utah makes us naturally gather these items every year. But it gets chilly in other states as well.

For some great sugar storing tips, check out this article by Leslie Probert, co-author of "Emergency Food Storage in a Nutshell. See my Resources page for her book. I have learned so much from Leslie about food storage, so I highly recommend her.

I have much to be grateful for as a mother of 7 beautiful children, 7 grandchildren with two on the way, and being the wife of a great husband. I'm thankful to have my daughter (my fifth missionary) now serving in Illinois. I love the scriptures and words of the living prophets. They strengthen me each day. I am thankful for my readers who come to my site for a little motivation. May you each know that this beautiful earth was created for you. As you look at its beauties remember; you are God's most beautiful creation.

Best wishes,

“Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, 
and he will direct thee for good; 
yea, when thou liest down at night 
lie down unto the Lord, 
that he may watch over you in your sleep; 
and when thou risest in the morning 
let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; 
and if ye do these things, 
ye shall be lifted up at the last day.”

October 29, 2016

Why I’m Voting for Evan McMullin

  1. Are you voting for Evan McMullin for president because he is a Mormon? Yes and no. Knowing he was a Mormon drew me to his campaign, but his platform on principles and lifelong experience won me over. His Jewish running mate Mindy Finn, is a powerhouse in a little body. She is intelligent and a defender of women.
  2. Do you believe that our two-party system represents America anymore? No, I feel there is corruption in both parties, but there are also good people trying to make changes in the parties. I'm a registered Republican, but like McMullin I believe problems in my party must be fixed and are part of the problem with this election. McMullin served as the chief policy director for the House Republican Conference in the House of Representatives so he has been on the inside.
  3. In the future will you still vote for other Republicans? Yes, but I will only “seek out, vote for, and uphold leaders who are honest, good, and wise.” No one is perfect, but I did not see those qualities in Trump or Clinton. The parties do not own my vote – they must earn it.
  4. Do you believe McMullin is ethical and honest? Yes. Do I know that for sure? Of course not. But after meeting Evan, I felt nothing negative, and a great deal of respect. He's taken a lot of criticism to stand up to the GOP establishment. I could not have been so brave. To me it shows a side of his character. I hope more honest and decent people will come forward to run for office after this election.
  5. Do you agree with McMullin, that Trump and Hillary are dangerous for America? Yes! But I understand why my friends might vote for them. I respect their right to vote and hope they respect mine. It's been a difficult decision for most of us, but I will vote with my conscience, and will accept the risk of having Clinton or Trump in office. I understand that people in other states may not have the opportunity to vote for McMullin and could be left with few alternatives. But here is how you can vote for him.
  6. Do you believe McMullin has a chance of winning this election? Yes, but ONLY if electoral votes are close between Clinton and Trump. And there has been another shift this week. This is an hour-by-hour grass-roots campaign. If McMullin doesn't win, then I hope he'll continue to help with a new conservative movement. We must get back to our Constitutional basics.
  7. Do you believe religious freedom is in danger for our society and that McMullin wants to protect it? Yes, and yes! He is a staunch supporter of religious freedom for all faiths, respects those without a faith, and wants to protect the rights of citizens regardless of race, creed and color. He wants to appoint originalist justices to the Supreme Court, like Judge Scalia and Clarence Thomas. He has served as a volunteer refugee resettlement officer in Jordan, and I highly respect that.
  8. Do you feel McMullin is the most suited of the candidates to deal with national security? Yes. Because of his past CIA experience “working overseas on counterterrorism and intelligence operations in the Middle East,North Africa and South Asia as an undercover operations officer.” National security will be one of the first things he will address. I feel he is confident and steady. 
  9. Do you feel McMullin will protect the rights of an unborn child? Yes. He is pro-life and would like to see Roe vs Wade overturned.
  10. Now that you've met and heard McMullin speak, what five attributes would you use to describe him? Respectful, intelligent, steady, fearless, patriot. These are attributes I do not see in the other candidates.

Thanks for allowing me to share my views with you. 

Valerie Albrechtsen
Author of Prepared LDS Family

Other helpful articles:
Confessions of a McMullin Supporter 10/24/16

*My personal beliefs in no way represent other members of my church or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I respect your right to chose who to vote for, and hope you will respect my right as well.


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