These monthly newsletters are for anyone who would like to learn more about how to be better prepared. Written for the Hurricane Utah Stake as a stake assignment, there are also many other wards and groups who use these. Everyone is welcome to make copies!

Included are newsletters from January 2011 to present. In the January 2015 post there is an index for the first 4 years of newsletters. There are also preparedness booklets that have been posted throughout the years.

May we help each other to be more prepared, and remember what President Thomas S Monson Said: “When the time for performance arrives, the time for preparation is past.”

(Note: Garden tips are for Southern Utah – you may need to adjust according to your area’s climate.)

Saturday, July 1, 2017

July 2017 Back To Basics Provident Living Newsletter

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The hot and sultry month of July is a special month for patriotism and pioneers. This is the month we honor our founding fathers within the country and the church. Those who went before us were thrifty and self-reliant in all things. They had to be – there was not a corner market to run to if the crops failed. They set a great example of provident living. This month as we celebrate the past – let us also emulate the example set before us by being a little more prepared, self-reliant, and anxiously engaged in provident living. If our forefathers could be self-reliant with all the limits that their day held – how much more self-reliant can we be with the world of “new and improved” we live in today! Remember – If ye are prepared ye shall not fear! May we never fear and may we always be prepared.

Included in this newsletter:
Disaster Prep: What level are you? Five levels from "Every emergency is a disaster," to "Can survive indefinitely from home!"
Summertime Provident Living Hints - hints to save and enjoy summer foods.
Variety in the Basics: we often think of the "basics" as wheat, powdered milk, etc... but there is a large variety we can store under those headings!
In the Southern Utah Garden: what to plant, hints for picking produce and keeping things watered, how to find tomato worms and help the curly top on tomatoes, and incentive to garden (be smarter and have good mental health!)
Cooking with Food Storage: Using Garden Produce-  recipe for Fruit Leather, Zucchini Bread, Baked and Fried Zucchini Rounds.
Spiritual Preparedness: thought on preparing today for what comes tomorrow.
The What if Game: Winners are Self-Reliant: a list of questions to ask yourself for your family's preparedness status.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

June 2017 Back to Basics

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It was once said that “Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.”  June is the month summer gets into full swing, all the scout and girls camps roll around, the fishing is good, and the summer evenings invite us to lounge on the lawn at day’s end. June gives us long days that let us get the work all done, and still have some time to play. June is the month the garden and yard look the best and the heat has not hit in full force, but the days are warm enough for a refreshing dip in the river, lake, or pool.  It is also a month that can inspire us to make our preparedness as wonderful as the month is. Growing gardens and orchards offer produce to preserve. Longer days provide time to work on that 72 hour kit or shelves for the store room. Going camping lets us test our disaster evacuation skills. The lounging gives time to ponder, plan, and then act on the family preparedness needs we may have. Let’s make June as wonderful in preparedness as God made it for us to enjoy. 

Included in this newsletter:

Disaster Preparation: "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Ideas to prepare for disasters in and out of our homes.
Live Storage: Summer is a great time to establish live storage! Tips for raising chickens for eggs and meat.
In the Southern Utah Garden: June tips, specifically planting watermelon and corn.
Bottling Summer! June is a great month for putting up Grandma Ballard's Pickled Beets and Zucchini Pickle Relish.
Cooking with Food Storage: Recipes for Old Fashioned Rice Pudding, and Leftover Rice Breakfast.
Summertime Preparedness Practice: a list of things to do this summer with the family to practice preparedness.
Spiritual Preparedness: We have been warned! Quote from James E Talmage on warnings from the Lord.

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

May 2017

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The Merry Month of May is upon us! This is a wonderful time of year. The gardens are growing, the flowers have bloomed, and the weather is pleasant! It is a time to look forward to the harvest as we work in the garden – and - we are still beating the war of the weeds! It is a time of hopefulness and dreams of a summer season full of fun and relaxation! And – just like all good hopes and dreams – there must be a plan. We could not plant a garden or go on a vacation without a plan. And we cannot be prepared without a plan either. Now is a great time to take stock of where we are in our preparedness – and make a plan for our summer months to add to that preparedness status. Just like the tortoise won the race with a “slow and steady” pace – we can keep adding faithfully and consistently to our storage and preparedness until we realize we are only maintaining -  and what once seemed difficult was really an easy task after all!

Included in this months newsletter:
Five Principles of Preparedness: basic principles to keep us and our family safe in times of troubles. They are a "living Insurance". 1. Practice thrift and frugality. 2. Seek to be independent. 3. Become industrious. 4. Strive towards self reliance. 5. Aspire to have a yer's supply of every needful thing.  (Includes a link for a free Preparedness Manual.)
In the Southern Utah Garden: Planting almost everything, weeds, fruit spray, flowering shrubs, feritlizer, roundup and 2-4-D, water wise.
Cooking with Food Storage: recipes for Strawberry Jam and Frozen Strawberries.
Summertime and the canning is easy:  a list of equipment to have for home canning.
Dutch Oven Cooking: Tips for cooking in a Dutch Oven for fun - or if the power is out!
Spiritual Preparedness: A quote from Henry B Eyring with 4 ways to be obedient.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

April 2017 Back to Basics Preparedness Newsletter

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The old saying – “April Showers Bring May Flowers” applies to most aspects of life. As we prepare in advance (that April Rain) we are blessed with future “flowers.” Sometimes the “showers” may be the storms of life, but they also can result in blessings! The effort we make- whether it is to water the flowers, or endure the storm - can bring rich rewards. We often look with fondness and a little nostalgia at the lives our grandparents lived. They were simpler times; life seemed easier. Why was that? Perhaps our grandparents understood the importance of “April Showers” a bit more because of their lifestyle. We can enjoy a similar kind of living.  Much of it has to do with the ability to live within your means, to be frugal, to put away for a rainy day, and to be happy with less. We are among the richest people on the face of the earth. Let us make good with what the lord has blessed us. We can use those “April Showers” to prepare and set aside for a later day when we will be able to enjoy the “May Flowers!” As we establish a working food storage, plan for emergencies, save some money, and increase our spiritual preparedness, we can have the peace that will come when those “May Flowers” bloom! Remember – “If ye are prepared ye shall not fear!”

Included in this month's newsletter:
Expanded Storage - enhance the basic storage - A list of staples, mixes, canned goods and condiment with amounts needed per family for a year.
Disaster Prep- You know the drill! - why we need drills, and a list of suggested drills and things to include in them.
In the Southern Utah Garden - seeds to plant, warning for tomatoes, poisons to spray, fertilizer.
Cooking with Food Storage - comfort foods for emergency situations. Recipes for brownies, four in one cookies, caramel corn, and tootsie rolls.
Provident Living - A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned. Recipes for various cleaners and laundry products.
Provident Living - Easter Eggs Color - avoid the store bought prices by making your own Easter Egg color.
Five Principles of Economic Constancy - do these 5 things from N Eldon Tanner and your budget will do better!
Spiritual Preparedness - quote from Elder Henry B Eyring on this very important preparedness item.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March 2017

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The glorious green month of March is here! March is when things begin to green up. March weather is un-predictable – a “lion” or a “lamb”. March is like Charles Dickens described: “Summer in the light and winter in the shade.”  March brings the first day of spring! March gardens begin to grow and lawns begin to flourish.  And in March we can “march” forward with our preparedness! It is a great time to tap into the “luck of the Irish”. Thomas Jefferson once said, “I’m a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”  Roman Philosopher Seneca said, “Luck is what happens when preparations meets opportunity.” So as we are more prepared – the more luck we will have when facing trials that storms of the latter days will bring. Remember the 6 P’s: Proper Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance! Let the Luck you find in March be because you have worked hard and prepared. Then whether the wind blows or the sun shines, we need not fear! We are lucky we know we should prepare, and we can be prepared to be lucky!

Included in this newsletter:
The List: a list of basic food storage broken down into amounts for male, female, children of various ages and teens.
Disaster Prep- What if.... A preparedness question list to assess your preparedness for various situations.
In the Southern Utah Garden: things to plant this month, and chores for March.
Cooking with Food Storage: recipes for Sour Dough Starter, Dads Sour Dough Biscuits, and Flour Tortillas
Gardening - a Family Affair! Getting started - why - where to start- what next - and next time.
Spiritual Preparedness: A "Year Round" harvest to sow - character traits for your garden.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

February 2017

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“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” Such expressions of love abound this time of year as Valentine’s Day rolls around.  It is the month of love! We spend a great deal of time each day performing acts of love and kindness for our family as we serve and care for them. Because we love them we do not want them to go without. Perhaps one of the greatest acts of love is to be sure your family is prepared. How devastating it would be to have no food or water for our loved ones in dire times of need. The saying “If it’s to be, it’s up to me” applies to being able to care for our family in all circumstances. We have been admonished for many years to be prepared. Pres. Kimball said: “We encourage families to have on hand this year’s supply; and we say it over and over and over and repeat over and over the scripture of the Lord where He says, ‘Why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?’ How empty it is as they put their spirituality, so called, into action and call him by his important names, but fail to do the things which he says.” Let us show our love for our families by being prepared – and let us show our love for the lord by following this commandment. “If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear.”

Included in this newsletter:
Food Storage Tips:  ideas to make the best of your investment.
Spiritual Preparedness: Thomas S Monson quote about being prudent in planning... with questions that end with "Are you square with the Lord?"
Why Be Prepared? A list of events that you could find yourself in!
In the Southern Utah Garden:  A list of "to do's" for February.
Pruning Tips: Instructions to prune your fruit trees.
Cooking with Food Storage: Recipes for Basic Bread and variations for wheat bread, dinner rolls, and raisin bread, and Everlasting Yeast.
Provident Living: Reader Tips:  ideas for Provident Living from readers of the Back to Basics Newsletter.

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

January 2017

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Old man “2016” has gone and the new “2017” baby  is here!  New Year’s bring a time for new starts in all aspects of our lives. New Year’s resolutions are abundant. Organizing and decluttering is popular. Stores play upon the desire to start fresh and provide ‘sales” to accommodate that desire. So – let’s hop on that bandwagon with our preparedness! Some of those New Year Goals can be for preparedness! Make a plan to add to your food storage, emergency preparations, medical, and family communications. Start by taking inventory of what you  “need” and what you “have” in all aspects of preparedness. Review with your family and make a plan to  get started, add to, or update your preparedness. This is one of the most important goals to accomplish.  Ezra Taft Benson once said “The revelation to store food may be as essential to our temporal salvation today as boarding the ark was to the people in the days of Noah.” May we each secure for ourselves a “ticket” to the “preparedness ark” – and along the way acquire great peace of mind in knowing we are prepared, and we are able to care for ourselves and our family members as well!

In this issue:
The Buck Stops Here: Tips to save money on food.
In the Southern Utah Garden - there are garden chores to do in winter! Remember the five "P's" - Prune, Prevent, Plan, Plant, Prepare.
Cooking with Food Storage: Using Oatmeal: Recipes for basic hot cereal, sliced fried oatmeal, Maralee's Granola, Overnight Oats with variations, Oatmeal 4 in 1 cookies with variations.
Provident Living - tips to Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.
Spiritual Preparedness - quote by George Q Cannon.
Parting Thought: Quote by Bruce R McKonkie

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