Monday, August 29, 2016

FHE: Stop It!

The beginning of the school year is a great time to address the topic of bullying. In President Uchtdorf's April 2012 Conference talk he said, "When our hearts are filled with the love of God, we become 'kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving.'" 

For family home evening tonight, show the video, "Bullying--Stop It," and discuss the ways each member of your family can show love and compassion to others at home, at school, and in the workplace. Ask each family member to think of someone who might need extra love and attention, and discuss ways they can make them feel welcome and included.

Sunday, August 28, 2016


"The Saints are now living in the ‘last days’. This is a period of wickedness and tribulations, of calamity and great distress, but it is also a period of restoration, in which the Lord is bringing to pass a restitution of the powers and blessings of all former times. In this day and age, the Lord’s work will triumph, and it will eventually fill the whole earth. This generation stands at the end of the sixth ‘day’ of the earth’s history. Now is the ‘Saturday evening’ of time preceding the great millennial Sabbath of the earth. It is for this generation to prepare the way for the Second Coming of the Lord. Modern Saints must obey the principles of the gospel and know the signs of the times, so that they may endure the trials and difficulties of this dispensation, recognize the signs of His coming, and be prepared to receive Him as His own people when He comes. The Doctrine and Covenants clarifies prophecies of the past concerning the last days, and it gives many additional prophecies by which the Saints can recognize the time of the Lord’s coming, that it might not ‘overtake [them] as a thief’. It not only teaches how to recognize the imminence of the Lord’s coming, but it also makes very clear what one must do to be prepared to receive the Lord when He comes...

"Those who know the signs and who follow the counsel given through the Lord’s prophets will be prepared to deal with the challenges of this momentous time and will be ‘looking forth for the great day of the Lord to come’. They will not be taken by surprise but will be anxiously awaiting the Lord’s coming,” (Enrichment H The Last Days, Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual, (2002), 397–405).

Saturday, August 27, 2016

TODAY is the Utah Prepare Conference & Expo!

TODAY is the Utah Prepare Conference & Expo at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The cost is FREE for kids ages 12 and under, and $5 for 12 and older. Here are some of the topics they'll be covering:

  • Recognizing the 8 Signs of Terrorism
  • Communication Options After a Disaster
  • Got Water - Storing and Producing Safe Drinking Water
  • The Deadly Twin Sisters
  • Retained Heat Cooking
  • Food Safety in Disasters
  • Food Preservation
  • Cook a Year's Supply of Food with Little or No Fuel
  • Fuels to Cook With
  • Solar Power - How it Works
  • Emergency Backup Power Solutions
  • Mittleider Gardening
  • Four Seasons of Harvest
  • Earthquakes - What we Learned from New Zealand
  • What May I Expect from the Government in Disaster?
  • Sheltering-in-Place, How is That Different than Sheltering?
  • Financial Preparedness
  • Living in Tents
  • Sanitation

For more information on the expo or to purchase tickets in advance, click here.

Friday, August 26, 2016


Case lot sales are coming up! Here are the dates:

  • HARMONS: Thursday, September 1st
  • REAMS: Tuesday, September 6th
  • LEE'S: Tuesday, September 20th
  • DICK'S: Monday, October 3rd

For some great tips from Prepared LDS Family on how to shop case lot sales, click here

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

It Doesn't Have to Be Expensive!

As I perused the aisles of Walmart yesterday, looking for items to add to my kids' back-to-school emergency kits, I came across this great little headlamp for only $1! I found it on the camping aisle on a shelf next to the flashlights. This is a great headlamp for kids and adults because it's cheap, light-weight, and if it gets lost or broken, you're only out $1. 

The great thing about being prepared is that you don't have to have the best of the best to get by. Obviously, it's better spend a little extra on the more important items that you'll want to have last a long time, but there are tons of ways to do it cheaper. Look for sales, buy used items and accept hand-me-downs whenever possible. When there's a will, there's a way, and as long as the desire to prepare is there, the Lord will bless you to make it happen.

Monday, August 22, 2016

FHE: Father's Blessings

The start of a new school year is a great time to teach your children about the priesthood, and to give them a Father's blessing. If there isn't a worthy priesthood holder in your home, ask another family member, such as a grandfather or uncle; or invite a friend, home teacher, ward member or a member of the bishopric to give the blessing.

In the April 2016 General Conference, Elder Russell M. Nelson said, "In these latter days, we know there will be earthquakes in diverse places. Perhaps one of those diverse places will be in our own homes, where emotional, financial, or spiritual 'earthquakes' may occur. Priesthood power can calm the seas and heal fractures in the earth. Priesthood power can also calm the minds and heal fractures in the hearts of those we love."

Priesthood power can truly heal the fractures in our lives and calm our stormy seas. A priesthood blessing may just make all the difference for you or your family members this year. 

To teach your family more about the priesthood, read and study President Nelson's talk, "The Price of Priesthood Power," and discuss ways you can strengthen your home through the priesthood.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Independence, Self-Reliance & Freedom

“Independence and self-reliance are critical to our spiritual and temporal growth. Whenever we get into situations which threaten our self-reliance, we will find our freedoms threatened as well. If we increase our dependence on anything or anyone except the Lord, we will find an immediate decrease in our freedom to act. As President Heber J. Grant declared, ‘Nothing destroys the individuality of a man, a woman, or a child as much as the failure to be self-reliant'," (L. Tom Perry, Conference Report, Oct. 1991).