I'm so excited to hear that many of you are moving forward! Here are some answers to questions readers have asked about The Preparedness Challenge - Week 1.
• I HAVE NOT RECEIVED AN EMAIL FROM YOUR WEBSITE. WAS I ADDED? I apologize. Feedburner is usually a day late, so I'll post earlier next week. Message me, if you want me to add you to the email list. Please don't put your email in a comment on Facebook for the world to see.
• SHOULD I BUY A GRAB-AND-GO BAG NOW? I recommend you wait since you don't know what size you'll need. Mine is a carry-on bag with wheels since I have a bad back.
• HOW MUCH WILL THIS COST ME? I really don't know. I started with a $50 monthly budget. I encourage you to gather emergency water (more than the cases of water) and a three-month supply of food first, but I'll suggest more items as well. The choice is yours how you gather.
Don't go in debt over this. I know you can gather emergency items on a shoestring. Heavenly father knows our limitations, and will help you find used or inexpensive items along the way. One of my friends bought a backpack at a thrift store for $3.
• CAN I PUT DIAPERS IN MY INFANT'S KIT INSTEAD OF TP? Of course! I suggest you use your diaper bag as a G&G kit for an infant. Try to keep a 3-day supply of food and water in it.
• CAN I PUT MY GRAB-AND-GO KIT TOGETHER FASTER? If you feel inspired to move faster than me, listen to your inspiration. Eventually I'll post a list with everything, but my goal is not to blow your budget. If an thought comes to mind of something you should do, act on it.
• WILL YOU POST YOUR WARD HANDOUTS LIKE YOU DID BEFORE? Yes, but they won't look the same. Please don't depend on me to make something for your ward. I'm pondering how to encourage my ward to take the weekly challenge. I haven't posted weekly on my website for a long time, so please be patient with me.
It took me several years to get where I am today and I'm still learning and replenishing. This isn't a get it done quick activity. It's a new way of living based on principles taught by the LDS Church for years.
Former LDS prophet Gordon B. Hinckley said: "Our people for three-quarters of a century have been counseled and encouraged to make such preparation as will assure survival should a calamity come.
"We can set aside some water, basic food, medicine, and clothing to keep us warm. We ought to have a little money laid aside in case of a rainy day....
"I have faith, my dear brethren [and sisters], that the Lord will bless us, and watch over us, and assist us if we walk in obedience to His light, His gospel, and His commandments." ~ Ensign 2005, "If Ye Are Prepared Ye Shall Not Fear."
Please don't work on preparedness out of fear. Do it because prophets of God have encouraged and counseled us to do it. If you aren't LDS, do it because it's smart and you love your family. 💖 And it is!
I'll give you a huge hint about next week's challenge. Part of it has to do with throwing out old food and food storage in your home. 😁 You can start if you want to.
Got to run! Cleaning out my bedroom closet using the KonMarie method by Marie Kondo, and my Christmas decorations are still on the guest bed. 🏃