Sunday, September 29, 2013

Favorite Quotes From The LDS General Relief Society Meeting

We are so blessed as women! What a great way to start off the week of General Conference by being fed spiritually with the words of our church leaders at the General Relief Society Meeting on September 29, 2013. I'm looking forward to more uplifting words this coming weekend! In case you missed it, here are my favorite quotes:

"Let us remember the concept of good, better and best as we teach. It is good to teach our children about the temple. It is better to prepare and expect them to make and keep covenants. It is best to show them by example that we cheerfully cleave to our own baptismal and temple covenants."
- Linda K. Burton, President of the General Relief Society

"The Savior said, 'I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.' He can say that because he kept his covenants with love. The question then is, will we?"
- Linda K. Burton, President of the General Relief Society

"The Lord allows us to be tried and tested, sometimes to our maximum capacity. We have seen the lives of loved ones, and maybe our own, figuratively burned to the ground and have wondered why a loving and caring Heavenly Father would allow such things to happen? But he doesn't leave us in the ashes. He stands with open arms eagerly inviting us to come to him. He is building our lives into magnificent temples where His spirit can dwell eternally.”
- Linda S. Reeves, 2nd Counselor of the General Relief Society

"Many of the challenges we face exist because we live in this mortal world. Populated by all manner of individuals. At times we ask in desperation. How can I keep my sights firmly fixed on the celestial, as I navigate through this telestial world."
- Thomas S. Monson, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

“My dear sisters, your Heavenly Father loves you. Each of you! That love never changes. It is not influenced by your appearance, by your possessions, or by the amount of money you have in your bank account. It is not changed by your talents and abilities. It is simply there. It is there for you when you are sad, or happy. Discouraged or hopeful. God’s love is there for you whether or not you deserve love. It is simply, always there.”
- Thomas S. Monson, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

“I promise you that you will one day stand aside and look at your difficult times, you will realize that He was always there beside you. I know this to be true in the passing of my eternal companion, Frances Beverly Johnson Monson.”
- Thomas S. Monson, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

As President Monson continues to serve us, let us each resolve to serve him by being the hands that lift others. Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Utah Case Lot Sales Coming Next Week: Fall 2013

For those of you who missed the Utah case lot sales early this month, no worries. Here are the dates of more case lot sales starting next week. Some sales start on September 30th. These sales usually run for at least two weeks. Compare prices with my price list and stock up on those items you need for your food storage. Gather what you can afford and have space for. Good luck!

Upcoming Sales
Monday, September 30th
Maceys (11 stores in Utah)
Winegars (Roy, Clearfield and Bountiful)
Wangsgards Market (Odgen)
Allen’s Super Save (Springville)

Tuesday, October 1st 
Ridley’s (7 stores)

Wednesday, October 2nd 
Bowmans Market (Kaysville) (801) 544-4215

These sales are over
Monday, September 2nd
Harmons (for price list click here)
Dick's Fresh Market (Bountiful and Centerville)
Lees Marketplace (Logan, North Ogden, Smithfield)

Wednesday, September 4th
Smith's (50 stores in Utah)
Fresh Market (23 stores in Utah)
Dan's Market (4 stores in Salt Lake City)

Let me know if you hear of any other sale dates. Thanks!

Useful Articles
Tips for Shopping at Case Lot Sales
Fall 2013 Case Lot Sale Price Comparison (I will update Macey's prices when I get the ad.)

Monday, September 16, 2013

Make a 72-Hour Kit in 12 Steps: Step 10 - Money

You may wonder why I put "money" as a step in the 12 steps to creating a 72-hour kit. This is because of the expense. It may take some time to gather enough cash for your kits. Or you can collect it in 24 hours. Either way, it is an important part of your 72-hour kit.

Step 10: Money
  • Cash is Small Bills - So how much should you put in your kit? Everyone will have a different idea. Without electricity, no one will be able to give you change. So, keep cash in small bills. Perhaps nothing larger than a 10 dollar bill. Coins are too heavy, so I don't use them. How much in each pack could be different depending on the person who carries it. You may only trust your 8 year-old with $10, whereas an adult may want to carry enough for a tank of gas, a hotel and a few groceries. Is that $100 or $200? The choice is yours. Something is better than nothing. Should Mom and Dad each have the same amount? Remember, you may NOT evacuate together during a disaster. Your teenager could be the responsible party home with the little ones. I keep our money in a waterproof container.
Just like the rest of you, I've got some work to do. But working on these posts has gotten me motivated. Good luck with your own kit!

72-Hour Kit in 12 Steps

Friday, September 13, 2013

Make a 72-Hour Kit in 12 Steps: Step 8 - Emergency Items

There are several emergency items I keep in our 72-hour kits and supplies. In an effort to lighten the weight of our kits, I keep these items small. The only item I keep near the packs and not in the packs in our emergency closet is the radio, but if you have a small family you could keep the radio in Dad or Mom's pack. A radio can be useful for a stay-at-home power outage especially when we want to hear radio news reports.

You can certainly buy expensive items, but if finances are tight start with something you already own or an item that is less expensive. You can always upgrade later. Keep it simple so you will get the job done.

Step 8: Emergency Items
  • Radio - As much as I love my iPhone, keeping it charged is not always possible during a power outage. And during an emergency, everyone wants to know what is going on in the outside world. So I like to have a portable radio on hand. I've always had an inexpensive one, but it's time to upgrade, so I will be looking for a battery operated radio with a hand crank that can also charge my cell phone. This item is near the kits and not in the kits.
  • Flashlight & Batteries - As much as I like flashlights, I really like our running headlamps and keep them in our emergency closet. There is a small battery operated flashlight in each pack as well. My family uses the running headlamps for running at night. I like them because they are bright, have various levels of lights and you have the option to wear them if needed. If I knew these headlamps would stay in our 72-hour backpacks, I would keep them there all the time. But knowing my family they tend to "run away," so I keep them in a baggie on the shelf near our batteries. A good place to find these is at Home Depot. We also have emergency reflective vests in the closet, but they are not in our packs.
  • Emergency Whistle - I keep one in every pack.
  • Work gloves - These are handy to protect your hands from broken glass, dirt or other dangers I keep one pair in our emergency bucket, but you could easily put a pair in your pack. A good place to buy these is at a hardware store like Home Depot or Ace Hardware. They come on sale regularly.
  • Hand/Foot Warmers - We use these every year for skiing, but they are useful to keep your hands and feet warm during any cold weather. So they are good to have in your kit. You can find them at Wal-Mart or on
  • Mini First Aid Kit - Every pack should have a mini first aid kit. I also keep a larger kit in our emergency bucket. Adapt for the needs of your family members.
  • Needles and Thread - These can be useful to repair clothing. The scissors are included in the multi-use tool which is listed on Step 7: Food Prep
  • Trash Bags - Keep a few extra for sanitation or weather protection.
Fall is a good time to update your kits in preparation for the colder months. I hope you make an effort to work on your 72-hour kit.

72-Hour Kit in 12 Steps

Monday, September 9, 2013

Shopping For Food Storage Down The Canned Food Aisle At Utah Case Lot Sales

After a busy weekend of BYU football and family fun, I have a minute to write about my first shopping trip for food storage at the case lot sale at Dick's Market in Centerville, Utah. Love that store! A thunderstorm came into town on Saturday and I entered the store dripping wet to see this view:

Those of us living in Utah see these sales every 6 months and are grateful for them because they help us purchase some of our food storage. Earlier Saturday while still home, I went through my Fall Utah Case Lot Sale Price Comparison List and carefully created a shopping list after checking my inventory in my food storage room so I wouldn't buy on impulse when I walked into the store and saw the masses of cans.

To help me not blow our monthly budget, I don't buy everything at case lot sales because I can buy similar items at Costco, Wal-Mart or the LDS Home Storage year-round for similar prices. Some people like to stock up on much more than I do at the case lot sales and load up their baskets, and Saturday afternoon was no exception. I understand the convenience of case lot sales, but tend to follow this counsel:

“We ask that you be wise as you store food and water and build your savings. Do not go to extremes; it is not prudent, for example, to go into debt to establish your food storage all at once. With careful planning, you can, over time, establish a home storage supply and a financial reserve.” The First Presidency, All Is Safely Gathered In

It takes great patience to shop year-round and gather over time, but it has been working for me. Other people don't have the time to shop the way I do, and I understand that.

Some stores (like Smith's ) do not allow you buy individual items at the sales price. Contact the store near you to know if they will break a case. Macey's has a sale coming later this month, and they do allow you break the case.

Here is my shopping list for the month of September:

As I walked around, I changed my mind on a few things on this list, but you get the idea about the purpose of planning ahead.

My shopping strategy does not include grabbing cases at the front of the store. I don't need that many cans most of the time, so I head to the regular aisle and look there. As I shop, I look at the bottom of the can or item for expiration dates making sure I get some that will last for a few years. I carefully check each can on the shelf for dents and gently put them in my cart. I usually take a cardboard tray from the shelf to hold the cans.

Another reason I head to the canned food aisle is because I can get more variety for the same sales price than what is in the cases in the front of the store. Here is an example. I wanted my mandarin oranges to be packed in their own juice. I didn't need very many so I grabbed these:

Notice how the "Naturally Sweet" mandarin oranges are in the top of this picture and the the ones packed in light corn syrup are on just beneath them? They are sold for the same price so I grabbed the top ones. Here is another example. The Western Family Turkey Chili is much lower in fat, so I looked on the bottom shelf and found it.

I only needed a few cans of chili, so I grabbed them from the aisle shelf. 

To help you see the difference in prices, check out these Del Monte cut green beans for the regular price of $1.49 per can -

And here are the green beans on sale for 50 cents a can. Quite a savings. I did not see a no-salt variety on sale, but you can always rinse your beans. The fancy label does not necessarily mean a better product is inside the can.

Let's take a look at some canned corn. I wanted it without sugar in the ingredients so after comparing the labels of this can of Fancy Golden Corn . . .

. . . to this label of Supersweet corn, which one do you think I purchased? :-) The Supersweet comes without sugar! It pays to check your labels. Both were the same price, but not the same ingredients.

In the end, I spent $38 on my first trip to the case lot sales and brought home this car load of food.

See? It isn't filled to the brim with cases. I just bought food storage I know I needed at the price I wanted to pay along with my regular grocery shopping. Not someone else's idea of food storage, but this is working for me.

Good luck with your food storage shopping!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

My Visit To The Church History Museum and Memories of Gordon B. Hinckley

On a recent date, my husband and I visited the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City. I wanted to see the Boy Scout exhibit honoring One Hundred Years of Scouting in the Church and the artwork on display from Norman Rockwell. I love his work!

First, we visited the first with exhibits about the early history of the Church. You can feel the spirit of the early saints there. There is a headset tour as well, but we didn't use it. Next time. We moved upstairs and viewed the scouting exhibit, and then moved into an exhibit about the latter-day prophets.

When I saw the portrait of Gordon B. Hinckley it was as if I was seeing my own grandfather again. I have such tender feelings for President Hinckley. I believe he was the one who motivated me to work on creating this blog. Perhaps I relate most to him because of my background in journalism. Perhaps it is because we both like the same poet Robert Frost who wrote “The Road Not Taken,” which concludes with these lines:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

To see President Hinckley's chair, his white temple suit, his Presidential Medal of Freedom given to him by President George Bush, and other personal belongings was a bit emotional for me. Gordon B. Hinckley was an amazing man and prophet of God who accomplished so much in his lifetime to bring the church out of obscurity. I will forever be grateful to him for his teachings, counsel and love. He passed away January 27, 2008, at the age of 97 and I still remember visiting the Church Conference Center for his viewing.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from him:

“This cause will roll on in majesty and power to fill the earth. Doors now closed to the preaching of the gospel will be opened. The Almighty, if necessary, may have to shake the nations to humble them and cause them to listen to the servants of the living God. Whatever is needed will come to pass.”
- Gordon B. Hinckley, "Look to the Future," Ensign, Nov 1997, 67

“The time has come for us to stand a little taller, to lift our eyes and stretch our minds to a greater comprehension and understanding of the grand millennial mission of this, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”
- Gordon B. Hinckley, "This Is the Work of the Master," Ensign, May 1995, 69

“This is my prayer for all of us—'Lord, increase our faith.' Increase our faith to bridge the chasms of uncertainty and doubt. . . . Grant us faith to look beyond the problems of the moment to the miracles of the future. . . . Give us faith to do what is right and let the consequence follow.”
- Gordon B. Hinckley, “Lord, Increase Our Faith,” Ensign, Nov. 1987, 52–53

"Now, brethren, I want to make it very clear that I am not prophesying, that I am not predicting years of famine in the future. But I am suggesting that the time has come to get our houses in order. So many of our people are living on the very edge of their incomes. In fact, some are living on borrowings. There is a portent of stormy weather ahead to which we had better give heed."
- Gordon B. Hinckley, “To the Boys and to the Men,” Ensign, Nov. 1998

“The best place to have some food set aside is within our homes. … We can begin ever so modestly. We can begin with a one week’s food supply and gradually build it to a month, and then 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 gradually build toward a reasonable objective.”
- Gordon B. Hinckley, "To Men of the Priesthood," Ensign, November 2002

“Under the plan of heaven, the husband and the wife walk side by side as companions, neither one ahead of the other, but a daughter of God and a son of God walking side by side. Let your families be families of love and peace and happiness. Gather your children around you and have your family home evenings, teach your children the ways of the Lord, read to them from the scriptures, and let them come to know the great truths of the eternal gospel as set forth in these words of the Almighty.”
- Gordon B. Hinckley, “Selections from Addresses of President Gordon B. Hinckley,” Ensign, Mar. 2001, 64

Today I share one of his talks "Seek Ye the Kingdom of God." I hope he will put a smile on your face.

The Church History Museum is open to the public free of charge:
Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

It is located at:
45 North West Temple Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84150

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