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.

Click here for a complete copy of April 2017 Back to Basics Newsletter.

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