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Finding Joy and Happiness in Self-Reliance


by Sister Denise Cottrell – Stake Relief Society President

As I thought and thought and read and prayed about what to write regarding Self Reliance, I came to the conclusion that this is a topic that is very broad and encompasses much. Many articles can be written and still not cover it all adequately.

The basic understanding might be different than what you thought it was. Do you think Self Reliance is simply putting extra food in a cabinet each time you shop? Perhaps you thought it means to have a job that sustains you and your family or a combination of the two; food storage and making a living? President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, said “The Lord’s way of self-reliance involves, in a balanced way, many facets of life, including education, health, employment, family finances, and spiritual strength. One of the blessings of work is developing self-reliance. When you are self-reliant, you use the blessings and abilities God has given you to care for yourself and your family and to find solutions for your own problems. Self-reliance does not mean that you must be able to do all things on your own. To be truly self-reliant, you must learn how to work with others and turn to the Lord for His help and strength” (For the Strength of Youth, Work and Self Reliance). The gospel of work is part of ‘the fulness of the gospel’. Though joyful, missionary work is work. Though joyful, temple work is work. Ministering our ward, community or family members, involves work.

Sometimes the reward is realized with thankfulness but often it is just done by the Spirit and with love, never knowing if what you have done has made a difference. But the Lord knows. You know. That should be enough. It is part of teaching our children and others to walk in the ways of truth and soberness and to love and serve one another.

Let us all go forward developing and sharing our talents, becoming truly self-reliant in a way that draws us closer to God. As we strive to do this we will find joy and happiness and understand what it truly means to become ‘self-reliant’.


Long Term Food Storage: First Step Is to Begin

Gayle D., POES RS President

We have been working hard this year to prepare our families and follow the counsel of our prophet.  With so many of our short term goals taken care of, we are now ready to concentrate on our long term food supplies.  Each pantry should be supplied with items that sustain life and that can last for a long time.  These foods, such as wheat, white rice, and beans, can last for 30 years or more when properly packaged and stored in a cool dry place.

It is important to remember that this supply can be accumulated gradually.  Do not go into debt to acquire your food storage.  Supplies can be accumulated little by little.

Research has shown that these common, longer term food items can last longer than previously thought.  If they are properly packaged and stored below 75 degrees, we should be able to rely on these food stuffs for years to come.   What a sense of peace will be ours once we know that we have the supplies to sustain life in an emergency.

Remember, the first step is to begin!

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Long Term Food Storage – Suggested Quantities

The new guidelines for Long Term Food Storage as found in the pamphlet “All is Safely Gathered In:  Family Home Storage” include the following foods and quantities (these quantities are listed for adults – children and youth requirements will vary): Have any combination of the following with a combined total weight of 25 pounds per person per month:

  • Wheat
  • White Rice
  • Corn
  • And other grains

Have any combination of the following with a combined total weight of 5 pounds per person per month:

  • Dried Beans (Pinto, Navy, Black, Kidney, etc)

All of the foods mentioned above have a 30+ year shelf life. For a quick and easy calculation each adult needs 300 pounds of the grains per year and 60 pounds of the dried beans per year. It should be noted and considered in your long term food storage plan that some of the “long-term” foods mentioned above can serve duel purposes.  For instance did you know that white beans can replace fat in most baking?  Or did you know that you can make sugar (diastatic malt) from whole-wheat, which can be used to supplement part of the sugar needed for bread making?  Wheat can also be made into basic gluten, which can be used as a meat substitute. The pamphlet also makes the following suggestion:

“You may also want to add other items such as sugar, nonfat dry milk, salt, baking soda, and cooking oil. To meet nutritional needs, also store foods containing Vitamin C and other essential nutrients.”

Other food items with a long shelf life which can be purchase from an LDS Home Storage Center include:

  • Non-fat dry milk (20 years)
  • Sugar (30 years)
  • Apple slices (30 years)
  • Carrots (25 years)
  • Macaroni (30 years)
  • Spaghetti (30 years)
  • Onions (30 years)
  • Potato Flakes (not pearls) (30 years)

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Are We Listening?

By Gayle D., POES RS President

I attended a regional welfare services meeting recently and was reminded of the urgency that our leaders continue to express regarding our emphasis on Provident Living.  The counsel we receive has changed in the past 60 years.  We were originally asked to gather a two-year supply, then just seven years ago we were asked to concentrate on a supply for just one year.  In 2006 we were asked to gather a 3 month supply with an added caution to get out of debt.  Today we are counseled to have our one week supply and a 72 hour kit.

Why all the apparent changes in counsel?  On the whole, we as a people have not listened.  Whether out of a lack of testimony (not understanding the need for obedience to the counsel of our prophets in the matter) OR out of the Laman and Lemuel Syndrome.  A church survey indicated to the Brethren that only 7% of the Saints in the US had listened to the 60+ years of counsel.

The counsel to gather a 2-year supply is still in place but the prophet counsels us:  “We can begin ever so modestly.  We can begin with a one week’s supply of food and gradually build to three months.  I fear that so many feel that a long-term  food supply is so far beyond their reach that they make no effort at all…Begin in a small way and build gradually:…But you should begin.”

May we all work together to prepare ourselves and our families.  We have been promised that when we are prepared we need not fear.

Gayle D.

2008 Noah’s Ark Newsletter/LDS Intelligent Living

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