Sunday, May 21, 2017


"How often do Church members arise early in the morning to do the will of the Lord? How often do we say, 'Yes, I will have home evening with my family, but the children are so young now; I will start when they are older'? How often do we say, 'Yes, I will obey the commandment to store food and to help others, but just now I have neither the time nor the money to spare; I will obey later'? Oh, foolish people! While we procrastinate, the harvest will be over and we will not be saved. Now is the time to follow Abraham’s example; now is the time to repent; now is the time for prompt obedience to God’s will," (Spencer W. Kimball, The Example of Abraham, June 1975).

Thursday, May 18, 2017


The Mormon Channel blog and blogger Valerie Albrechtsen have some great advice on how to use your food storage on a regular basis:

1. Don’t try to do food storage like your grandmother or neighbor. You may never master the art of canning a peach like them. It’s OK to buy peaches at the grocery store.

2. Don’t store what someone else thinks you should store. Hang a sheet of paper on your refrigerator and every time you use a can, box, or package of shelf-stable food, write it down. See, your family does use food storage! If you have a serious wheat allergy, store what you can eat.

3. Create a rough draft food storage plan from that refrigerator list. Divide it into categories like vegetables, fruits, meat, and so on. Then start gathering. Modify, tweak, and change amounts on your draft over time.

4. Keep a well-stocked pantry of baking supplies you typically use. These foods are cost effective and have a longer shelf life. If you like to bake bread, grind wheat and store it in your freezer to retain nutrients and for easy access.

5. Don’t be a Mother Hubbard and leave your cupboard bare. Leave a few boxes or cans on the shelf, and buy three instead of one next time you shop. If you don’t have enough to help yourself, how can you help others?

6. Study your favorite grocery store ad each week. Create a price book, a list of items with sale prices. Only stock up when items go on sale.

7. Take a shopping list when you shop, and spend 30 minutes or less in the store. Each additional minute will cost you 50 cents to $1 more. Use the money you save for food storage.

8. Create a weekly menu plan by shopping from your home store. When you don’t plan, money is wasted, which defeats the goal of self-reliance. Make a monthly menu plan, incorporating food storage items in your menus. You will see yams aren’t a favorite, but your family does eat lots of peanut butter. For an example, see what my one of my food storage menus looks like here.

9. If you are still confused, start with breakfast. Come up with three meals to rotate during a week, like oatmeal, pancakes, and breakfast cereal. During a disaster, you’ll be happy with a fistful of cold cereal.

10. Start small and don’t rush. Every step forward is a step forward. New habits take time to gel, and one day you will open your cupboard and say, “Wow! We’ve got food storage!”

Saturday, May 13, 2017


In this month’s stake order, we are purchasing 76 degree coconut oil from Bulk Apothecary. This is the same coconut oil we ordered last year. It comes in solid form, but melts at 76 degrees. The oil has a yellowish, off-white color. It has been refined, bleached and deodorized, which means that it is odorless and doesn’t have a coconut flavor, making it great for any recipe. Coconut oil is a great oil to store because it lasts much longer than other oils. There are many uses for coconut oil including cooking, home care, health care & beauty. 

We're also offering the “Prepared Not Scared” 3-Month Supply Food Storage Cookbook. This cookbook will be printed on high-quality paper and spiral-bound. It is a great resource to help jump-start your way to using your food storage. This book includes 28 breakfast recipes, 28 lunch recipes, 29 dinner recipes, 28 bread recipes, 29 dessert recipes, a food storage shopping guide and more! All of the recipes can be made by using only food storage. The contents of this book may be downloaded for free on our blog in the “Preparedness Basics” section in the right column, under “Recipes,” or by clicking HERE.

To order, sign up through your Ward Provident Living SpecialistGive your payment to a member of your bishopric, along with a tithing/donations slip with "provident living" written in the "other" section of the donations slip. All money & orders are due by the end of your ward's block of meetings on Sunday, May 28. Products should be available for pick up within 2-6 weeks

Monday, May 8, 2017

FHE: Forgiveness

During the adult session of stake conference this weekend, Elder Spannaus extended an invitation for us to "really study the scriptures" and to teach our families about forgiveness. During his talk, he taught that the adversary is taking away light and truth through disobedience and tradition. He said, "Our personal relationship with God is the most important relationship we can have," and admonished us not to live in the mud of the past. He taught that part of the sanctification process is changing our natures through forgiveness and repentance. Through this process, our light will grow: "That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day," D&C 50:24.

Tonight for family home evening, teach your family about forgiveness and repentance. Open the scriptures and read about what the Savior taught about forgiveness. Study the stories in the scriptures and learn about those who learned to forgive themselves or others.

Watch the short video message, "Forgive and Forget."

Then read the poem from The Friend called, "Pocket Full of Rocks." Discuss the rocks in our lives that we hold onto and what it will take to repent and change. For the activity, find some rocks and let each family member write down some things that they need to let go of in their life. Head to the lake and throw in the rocks to symbolize letting those things go.

Sunday, May 7, 2017


Tonight at 6:00 p.m., is the Worldwide Devotional for young adults. Elder Kim B. Clark will speak about Joseph Smith and the uncertainties and difficulties he faced as a young adult and how the Lord blessed him. Elder Clark invites young adults to prepare for the devotional by reading and pondering D&C Section 3. The broadcast can be viewed HERE.

Saturday, May 6, 2017


Join us tonight at 7:00 p.m., for the adult session of stake conference at the Eagle Shores Building (549 S 1525 W). The general session will be held Sunday at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will be broadcast to the Ranches, Quail Crossing and Hunter's Creek buildings.

Thursday, May 4, 2017


One thing we talked about at our stake class a few weeks ago was cooking with shelf-stable milk and cream. There's nothing better than creamy comfort food after a long, hard day at work or when you're under stress. But how do you expect to be able to make that kind of comfort food if the power goes out and the contents of your refrigerator spoil? The solution is easy--buy shelf-stable milk & cream!

Gossner Foods is a local company in Cache Valley, which offers shelf-stable dairy products. Gossner U.H.T. (Ultra High Temperature) Milk is real Grade A milk that has all the vitamins and nutrition of conventional pasteurized milk and is ready to use. No preservatives are added. 

Gossner's U.H.T. Shelf Stable Milk is heated to 282 degrees and held for several seconds, then cooled to 70 degrees in a continuous pressurized system. The milk is then packaged aseptically in a special Tetra Pak container. The elevated temperatures are sufficient to destroy all pathogenic and spoilage bacteria, hermetically sealed to retain freshness. The milk comes in 1% milk fat, 2% milk fat, and multiple flavors including chocolate, banana, root beer, strawberry, cookies & cream, orange cream and vanilla.

Gossner Whipping Cream comes in 8 oz. or 32 oz. cartons. The whipping cream is processed the same way as the milk, allowing it to be stored on the shelf at room temperature for months before being opened. Once the package is opened it must be refrigerated. The printed expiration date on Gossner shelf-stable products is usually about 3-4 months, however, we've used this cream in recipes for upward of 6 months after the expiration date. After about 6 months, there will be minimal separation of liquids and solids, which can be eliminated when shaken.

Some of the yummy things you can make with shelf-stable whipping cream include alfredo sauce, ice cream, whipped topping, butter, sauces, as a thickening agent for soups or as is.

Gossner products can be purchased online HERE or at the Gossner Foods store at 1051 North 1000 West Logan, Utah 84321. Store hours are Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Some of their products can also be purchased at Lee's Market in North Salt Lake or Ogden. 

When purchased online, 8 oz. products are sold in cases of 27, while 32 oz. products are sold in cases of 12. 

Another brand of shelf-stable cream we've found is Nestle's Media Crema. 

Nestle's Media Crema isn't quite as creamy as Gossner's whipping cream, but its shelf life is a little longer, with expiration dates of usually 6 months to one year. Media Crema is more like a half & half than a cream, but it works great in sauces and as a thickening agent. It comes in 7 oz. cans, is similar in price to Gossner's products, and can be purchased at almost any grocery store in the hispanic/international foods section or in the baking aisle by the evaporated or sweetened condensed milk, which are also great shelf-stable dairy products for your food storage!

Although dairy products aren't a "necessity" when it comes to food storage and in times of distress, it's nice to have something on hand that can be used to make the foods we're used to, that bring comfort and fill hungry bellies. Shelf-stable dairy products are a great addition to any food storage supply.