Welcome!

Welcome!

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.)

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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Thursday, December 1, 2016

December 2016

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It seems very fitting that we top off the end of each year – by celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. It truly is “the most wonderful time of the year.” It is a time that we see people “bringing good cheer” to others worldwide. And it all starts in our own home and neighborhoods. This month the LDS Church has asked us to “share the light” – as we offer service to those who are around us. We can serve folks we do not know, friends, neighbors, co-workers, or fellow students, as we give of our time and love. We can also serve our families! One of the greatest services we can give our family is to be sure we have taken care of their spiritual and temporal preparedness. Preparedness comes through slow and steady efforts. Keeping the Sabbath, reading the scriptures, and saying prayers fill our spiritual lamps. Storing for emergencies, extra items bought when shopping, and becoming self-reliant fills our temporal lamps. It will be a difficult day if we are not prepared, and must watch our family suffer. Let us then be sure that a part of the service we give – is to be sure we are prepared. “If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear.”

Included in this newsletter:
Provident Living: Making Preparedness a Way of Life - a list of ideas to help you be more self sufficient and make preparedness a way of life.
Everbridge - Reverse 911 - info and instructions on signing up for emergency notifications. You must sign up to receive the notices.
Spiritual Preparedness - a quote by L Tom Perry about being self-reliant.
A Preparedness Christmas - ideas for gifts to help others "Be Prepared."
Preparedness Items Review - 14 areas to review your preparedness status.
Cooking with Food Storage - recipes for Old Bottled Fruit Cake, Pinto Cream Pie, and Russian Wassail.
Christmas Hot Tip: #LIGHTtheWORLD - info on the LDS Church Christmas initiative - get the advent calendar and help spread the light!

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Monday, October 31, 2016

November 2016


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The Harvest Season provides a great opportunity to take stock of all we have to be grateful for. We can also focus on how we are showing the Lord our gratitude.  We are blessed with an abundance of food and commodities in this day and age.  Do we follow the prophet and store some up against the storms that lie ahead?  As stewards over all the lord has blessed us with, the way we keep our stewardship shows the Lord our gratitude. 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 way we use what we have also shows our gratitude. The First Presidency in 1942 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 follow the adage “Waste Not, Want Not” and “Store what you eat, and eat what you store”. At this “thankful season” – let us show an “Attitude of Gratitude” with our preparedness.

In this months newsletter:
Disaster Prep - EARTHQUAKE! - What to do before, during and after an earthquake.
In the Southern Utah Garden - the garden has slowed down but there is a list of things to still take care of.
Fall Fruit: The Perfect Pomegranate - how to remove the fruit, store them and use them (2 recipes included).
Thanksgiving Recipes - No fail Pie Crust; leftover Turkey Roll-ups, and Dixie Salad.
Provident Living - A Penny saved is a penny earned - tips to save your pennies!
Thanksgiving Dinner Preparedness Style - a list of things to take from/ stock up with on your storage shelves and garden.
Spiritual Preparedness: President Thomas S Monson gives great words of wisdom about our our preparedness to help us withstand the winds of adversity.


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Saturday, October 1, 2016

October 2016


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“It’s autumn time! It’s autumn time! The leaves are falling down.” That well-loved children’s song keeps echoing as the beautiful season of fall has finally arrived! It is a season loved by so many as the harvest is over, the days are cooler, and the colors begin to glow. Even the air seems to have a golden glow – so different from the other seasons. It is sweatshirt weather, and time for Friday night lights (the football game!) and weekend wood gathering trips. It is also the time to check our storage and be sure we are ready for the winter! Grandmother used to set aside the summer harvest for the upcoming winter. Jars were filled, squashes lined the shelves, and the freezer was full. Today we must be ready for those “winter” storms no matter when they arrive. The winter was always a time when food was not so readily available and if you had not stored for those storms, you went hungry. So it is with the storms that may rage today. We do not want to be caught without the preparation necessary to weather whatever storms may come our way! Let us be sure to set aside for that rainy winter day that will certainly appear. Let us Be Prepared!


In this month's newsletter: 

Get to the Meat! Ideas for storing protein - canned meats, peanut butter, beans, home bottled, jerky, live storage, and having a plan if the freezer goes out.
Fall Preparedness: be prepared for the changing seasons - yard care, gutter care, outdoor plumbing, roof repair, furnace, energy leaks, ceiling fans, house exterior, drainage, fireplace/woodstove.
Spiritual Preparedness: Quotes from Dallin H Oaks and Bruce R McKonkie about being prepared for what lies ahead.
In the Southern Utah Garden: Finish harvest, mulching with leaves on garden, warning about pecan leaves, getting rid of weeds.
Cooking with Food Storage:  Recipes for beef or venison jerky, ground beef jerky, and two hot chocolate from scratch recipes.
Protecting Food Storage Investment: Take steps to protect food and emergency storage - if in doubt throw it out, rotate, mice and moths, temperature, natural disasters, floods, moisture content.
Nine Preparedness Myths: Do you use these excuses for not having a food storage? Nine myths laid to rest!


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