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.)

Thursday, February 1, 2018

February 2018 Back to Basics Newsletter

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February is known as the “month of love.” It is a time to make a valentine, give a flower or some chocolates, or have a special dinner. This month of love is also a wonderful time to show love to our family by making sure we are prepared for whatever storms may lie ahead! That expression of love will give us the peace that self-reliance and provident living bring. No matter what storms may blow, be they literal or figurative, knowing we have food and emergency supplies, extra water, and a plan for such events, will give us a great sense of satisfaction. We will find a feeling of strength, happiness, unity, and courage. And in the end, isn’t’ that just what love is?

Let us love our family – and Be Prepared.

Included in this newsletter:
A Matter of Life and Death: The 72 hour+ kit. Tips and a list to include in your kit.
Provident Living:  Ideas to be frugal - using container, old nylons, baking soda and vinegar, egg cartons and wood ashes.
In the Southern Utah Garden: Fertilize, Prune, Spray, Plant, and Planting Pointers.
Cooking with food storage - Using Powdered Milk - basic recipes for your powdered milk.
Self Reliance - Council from our Prophets - Quotes from a talk by L Tom Perry.
Extra Gardening - a Year Round harvest. Cute thoughts of "veggies" to plant.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

January 2018 Back to Basics Newsletter

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“Happy New Year” greetings ring out as another change in years begins.  It is a time full of starting over with many “new” things: a new calendar, a new semester at school, or new bulbs peeking through the garden soil. Even the starkness of the winter landscape seems to be a palate ready for new color and new growth. This winter month is a clean slate from nature ready for the renewal of spring. This New Year, a new beginning in so many ways, also offers a clean slate for preparedness.  As you make those “new year resolutions” for the upcoming year, make new your resolve to polish up the level of preparedness you achieve for your family.  Only you can provide for your family “every needful thing”.  The best way to weather hard times, a disaster, an economy slump, or whatever life sends our way, is to Be Prepared. The color we add to that preparedness palette is entirely up to us! What will you do with the clean slate that has been given to you? Let’s use this new beginning of the year to make a new beginning for our family’s preparedness.  “If ye are prepared ye shall not fear.”

Included in this month's newsletter:
Let's start at the very beginning - The Basics: a list of the basic storage items to include in your food storage. Begin with a 3 month supply and then add long term storage items.
Food Storage Fluff: The Expanded Storage - Expanded storage adds variety, flavor and nutrition to a basic storage. This list gives ideas of what you can store.
Tips to Build a year supply - Ideas to help you build your storage.
In the Southern Utah Garden - winter chores: Prune, Prevent, Plant, and Prepare!
Pruning tips - helpful hints to help you prune your trees while they are dormant. Includes a sketch to help decipher what to cut!
Cooking with Food storage - Basic Wheat Recipes - Wheat Thins, Wheat Cereal, Wheat Treats, and Honey Wheat.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

December 2017 Back to Basics Newsletter

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It is a time of gift giving, service rendering, Santa secrets and more. The hustle and bustle of the season is contagious and wonderful. But it can become less than what we hoped for. “Who among us has not felt concern over the commercialization and even greed of the Christmas season? Who hasn’t felt overwhelmed by the packed calendars, the stress of finding gifts, the pressure of planning meals and events?” (Dieter F Uchtdorf) If we will  focus on the Savior – and follow the prophet with Provident Living – we will minimize stress, “see the purity of the story of the Saviors birth and feel sincere gratitude for His life, teachings, and saving sacrifice for us” (Uchtdorf). As we focus on being prepared, we focus on Christ-like living and keeping Christmas in the best way possible. Merry Christmas!

Included in this month's newsletter:
A Preparedness Christmas - a list of categories and items under them to give as Christmas Gifts - and help someone be more prepared.
Disaster Prep - Make a Plan - a list of things to help your family make a plan for any disaster.
In the Southern Utah Garden - not a lot of gardening going on this month, but there are still things to do!
Christmas Cooking with Food Storage - recipes for Christmas goodies from items stored in your food storage! Easy Caramel Corn, Hot Cocoa Mix, Russian Wassail, Pecan Brittle, Christmas Bran Muffins, Tootsie Rolls, Grandma's Molasses Candy.
Christmas Provident Living - things you can include in your Christmas celebration to help save money.
Spiritual Preparedness - #LightTheWorld. Info to join in the 25 days, 25 ways to light the world.
The Grinch - a thought to keep us on track!

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November 2017 Back to Basics Newsletter

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November is the month of gratitude – a time we focus on all we have to be grateful for. It is also a time to note how well we are showing the Lord our gratitude.  The way we keep our stewardship and use what we are given shows the Lord our gratitude. We have been blessed with an abundance of food available to us.  Do we follow the prophet and store some up for the storms that lie ahead?  President Spencer W. 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”. The old adage “Waste Not Want Not” holds true today.  In April 1942 the first presidency counseled: “The utmost care should be taken to see that foodstuffs so produced and preserved by the householder, do not spoil, for that would be waste, and the Lord looks with disfavor upon waste.  He has blessed His people with abundant crops...The Lord is doing His part; He expects us to do ours.”  Let us be sure to get a year’s supply, rotate our food storage, and follow the saying  “Store what you eat, and eat what you store”. At this Thanksgiving time of year let us live with an attitude of gratitude in all we say and do!

Included in this month's newsletter:
A Preparedness Thanksgiving - items from your shelves for the big turkey day!
Spiritual Preparedness - Follow the Prophet: a quote from Pres Hinckley.
Earthquake! Little tips for Big Prep - tips for before the "big one" hits!
In the Southern Utah Garden - tips for how to feed your soil in the fall.
Cooking with Food Storage - Thanksgiving Recipes from your storage shelves - recipes for No Fail Pie Crust, Mom's Cheese Cake, Graham Cracker Pie Crust, Pie Strudel Topping, Dixie Salad, Waldorf Salad, Grandma Ballard's Thanksgiving Relish.
Cold Hard Cash - How to Get and Keep it! Ideas to help you manage your money.
Custom Fit your Food Storage - a tip on planning for foods YOUR family will eat!
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Monday, October 2, 2017

October 2017 Back to Basics Newsletter

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We have long been counseled to “Be Prepared”, and given lists for 72 hour kits, food storage items, and emergency preparedness events. Many have gone forth with faith and obedience to strive to be ready for whatever may come. But now – more than ever, as Mother Nature has shown forth her fury, and disasters have rolled out across the entire world, the great need for all of the preparedness we can muster has been seen first-hand! If someone did not see the importance of preparedness before, hopefully they will now! These disasters have sent many to re-assess the state of their family’s preparedness. As we each take stock of where we stand, remember that it is better to have something rather than nothing, and that preparedness is always ongoing, not a one-time event. With the recent disasters of the world in mind, may we consider what we have to aid our family at home, and what we can learn from the experience of others. This is a harvest season – so let us be sure the fruits of our labors in being prepared will keep our family safe and sound – come what may! As this season comes – may we each say “all is safely gathered in!”

Included in this month's newsletter:
Real Life Disaster Learning: Read comments and lists of things people made that recently experienced a disaster. Learn from their experience!
Spiritual Preparedness: Henry B Eyring tells us the most important thing to do to prepare.
In the Southern Utah Garden: tips for the month of October from killing the weeds to storing green tomatoes.
Cooking with Food Storage and Provident Living: What to do with the pumpkins when Halloween is over, and recipes for Halloween Makeup.
Prepared for Life: Things we do to teach our families to live life - will help us also Be Prepared for whatever comes our way!
Home Remedies: some tried and true home remedies to help avoid a trip to the doctor, or be more comfortable until you can get to one.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

September 2017 Back to Basics Newsletter

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September is the month where we begin to say “fall is in the air”. The changing seasons are very sensory! Fall brings the smell of apples ripening, fresh cut hay, and soon to be wood smoke in the early mornings. The taste of apples, pears and melons delight those of all ages.  Even the fall light changes as it casts a golden glow on the world around us. September is when Friday night lights find us at the hometown football game, ranches begin their roundups, and sweaters come out in the evenings. September is also a great time to add to our food storage! The harvest provides fruits and vegetables to can. Case lot sales abound – and many cater to preparedness items as a part of their fare. Now is a great time to take inventory of food, water, personal & emergency supplies and see what you need to add to or just start completely new. As you add to your preparedness, you will add a “sense” of satisfaction and peace to your fall!

Included in this month's newsletter:
Mandatory Evacuation: First Hand Report: read about someone who just evacuated from Hurricane Harvey - what they took, what they forgot, and what they needed. It will help all of us to Be Prepared for our own possible evacuation!
In the Southern Utah Garden: What to plant this month for a fall/winter garden, leaving carrots and onions, and garden clean up.
Using the Garden Harvest: Tips of what to do with the fall garden produce.
Expanded Secondary Storage: a list of supplemental foods to consider adding in your food storage to enhance the quality and variety of meals.
Modern Root Cellar: a repeat section on a popular method to turn a window well into a root cellar.
The Golden Rule of Food Storage: Store what you eat and eat what you store....

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Monday, July 31, 2017

August 2017 Back to Basics newsletter

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The dog days of summer are upon us. This is that sultry part of summer when we hope for an ice cold lemonade or a sweet and juicy slice of watermelon under a large shade tree! The heat chases us back inside quickly after a morning of working in the garden, or a brisk morning walk. It is a great time of year to read a good book, “catch up” at family reunions, and get kids ready to go back to school. August is also a time of harvest, and a wonderful time to put up some luscious peaches, zucchini relish, or tomatoes. August is a great time to “Be Prepared”. Before the snow flies – we get the load of wood ready for the warm winter fires. For all to “be safely gathered in”, first comes planning, work and commitment.  In between the pages of that classic novel – let us fit in some planning and checkup for our family’s preparedness status. And then – “today while the sun shines” let us set aside that which we will need for the storm that may lie ahead, and the winter that most certainly will come.

Included in this month's newsletter: 
Where were you when the lights went out? a list of tips for heating and cooling, cooking, and providing light for times the power is out.
Disaster Prep - focus on survival, independence and comfort as you prepare for disasters. Includes twelve areas to cover.
In the Southern Utah Garden - Planting tips, weeding, watering, cover spray, bugs, and sotring seeds.
Home Canning:  recipes for tomato soup and spaghetti sauce.
Provident Living - tips to help save money.
Spiritual Preparedness - Quote from Thmas S Monson.
Parting thought:  Quote from Spencer W Kimball.

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