Sunday, May 28, 2017


"President David O. McKay once said, 'Man is a spiritual being, a soul, and at some period of his life everyone is possessed with an irresistible desire to know his relationship to the Infinite. . . . There is something within him which urges him to rise above himself, to control his environment, to master the body and all things physical and live in a higher and more beautiful world.'

"That urge to rise above yourself is a recognition of your need for the Atonement to work in your life, and your need to be sure that it is working. After all you can do, after all your effort, you need confidence that the Atonement is working for you and on you," (Henry B. Eyring, Come Unto Christ: The Atonement, October 1989).

Saturday, May 27, 2017


Tomorrow is the last day 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. Products should be available for pick up within 2-6 weeksFor more information on products, click HERE or view the image below.

Thursday, May 25, 2017


This month in our stake order we're offering coconut oil. Coconut oil is so versatile! From cooking, to cleaning and conditioning, coconut oil is a great oil to store especially because of its longer shelf life.

For tips on how to cook with and store coconut oil, click HERE. For more ideas on how to use coconut oil, click HERE.

This month's stake order for coconut oil ends this Sunday at the end of your ward's block of meetings.  To order, contact your ward provident living specialist.

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.