Dear Sisters

Dear Sisters
Highland 12th Ward Sisters

Monday, June 8, 2015

June Goals...Eating an Elephant!

A Big Bite of June!
Summer Time! 
Time for Ice Cream and Provident Living

It's summer vacation and the kids are home.  Most of us are frantically juggling our jobs, household responsibilities and children's activities like circus performers.  Who has time to worry about preparedness at a time like this?  If we thought we lived in our cars during the school year, we might as well add pillows, blankets and a mini-fridge to the sports equipment and over-due library books in the back of the van...we're not going home any time soon!  The last thing we want or need is the Provident Living Lady nagging us about our food storage goals.  We know we're busy...too busy to have to worry about the "END OF THE WORLD"...that's for when we get older and have more time.  Only grandma's (who also do all of our family history research) have time to worry about all that preparedness stuff.  By the way, I just realized that I might not live long enough to reach the 25 year use-by-date on my food storage.

Last evening at the Stake Preparedness Committee meeting, the talk was about water storage and other related topics.  One of the women in my group was almost in tears as she testified about how deeply she feels the need to help the women and men in her ward realize the importance of being prepared.  She talked about how disappointing it is to try and arrange classes or demonstrations for ward members and having them show little or no interest.  She feels strongly that we should harken to the words of our church's all a matter of obedience and accountability.  They have counseled us for years and lately the warnings have been stronger.  Are we going to be the family that has to ask their neighbors for help with food in a time of crisis...or will we be the ones in a position to be a blessing to their neighbors?  As hard as it is to find the time...or is important.  It's just a matter of obedience to counsel and getting started...eating the elephant one bite at a time.

June Goals...

"We will see the day when we live on what we produce."--President Marion G. Romney

Spiritual Goal:
Prepare at least one family name for temple work.

Provident Living Goal:
Make a goal to have 6 months wages in savings for emergencies.  Write out a realistic goal to make it happen.  (Note: A few of the other wards have as a goal for this month to have at least $100 in small bills as part of your 72 hour kit...lots of "ones."  Nothing is more worthless than large bills in a time of emergency!)

Storage Goal:
First aid kit - should include scissors, knife, thermometer, measuring cup, medicine dropper, hot water bottle, triangular bandages, soap, matches, razor blades, needles, safety pins, adhesive tape, elastic bandages, paper bags, gauze bandages, bicarbonate of soda, Ipecac syrup (induces vomiting), ammonia, hydrogen peroxide, calamine lotion (insect bites and sunburn), rubbing alcohol, diarrhea remedy, antibiotic ointment, first aid instruction book, prescription medications, waterproof matches.

Note:  Emergency Essentials is having a sale right now on 72 hour Emergency Kits, Car Kits, and 100 piece First Aid Kits...up to 52% off.  Here is the link:  Emergency Essentials

72 Hour Kit:
Container for holding kit.  Large garbage can with wheels OR backpack for each family member recommended.  Find a place in your home that is easily accessible for storing the kit.  You need to be able to grab it at a moment's notice to leave you home.  Note:  Your first aid kit is also part of your 72 hour kit.  Your 72 hour kit is also part of your general storage.  But your general storage CANNOT be part of your 72 hour kit.

A 72 hour kit as seen on Pinterest.
I have copied this for my family and store it in the little utility closet at the back of my pantry.
It's all portable and ready-to-go!

You Might Be Interested in....
Do you know how to use these tools?

A class or demonstration/workshop on canning methods and equipment is being held this Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the Hollowcrest building.   If you're new to canning and would like to learn some interesting tips, they would be glad to have you attend.  The tools for canning may look a little intimidating at time...I used to have a fear of exploding pressure cookers! 

Thank you, Sisters!