Sunday, February 6, 2011

Sunday Postings

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) have been counseled for years to prepare for emergencies, gather food storage, and save some money to help weather the storms that may come.  As a member of the Mormon church, I have read and reread many of these talks and quotes over the years.  They help to motivate me to keep working at it a little at a time.  I thought that it would be appropriate to share some of this counsel on Sundays here on this blog.  It will be a little motivation for the soul.

Being self-reliant is so very important.  Here is some great advice for newlyweds or any of us who have not yet started a home storage program.

When Ron Shiflet’s wedding was about a month away, he received some unexpected advice from his bishop, who encouraged him to begin storing food. The bishop explained that there was a simple and inexpensive way for his small family to succeed in home storage—even as poor college students.
“He told me to watch what was on sale each week. When we went shopping, we were to buy a couple of extra cans of food,” Ron explains. “He said the expense was so small that we would not notice it, … but that over time our food storage would add up.”
Following their wedding, Ron shared the advice he had received with his wife, Lorene, and the couple decided to give it a try. On their first shopping trip together, they purchased their regular groceries and two cans of corn, which they stored in the closet of their one-room apartment. “Those two cans became a good source of humor for us,” Ron says. “Each week the joke continued as we added two more cans.”
They soon discovered that their home storage was not a laughing matter, when six months later, Ron found himself without a job—and without money for food. He and Lorene relied on the supply in the closet to sustain them, and they immediately recognized the blessings of the principle of preparation.
Now, more than 20 years later, Ron says it’s a principle that has blessed his family in numerous ways. “I am thankful for an inspired bishop who counseled us from the beginning to save food—and who showed us how to do it even with little money,” he recalls. “It has protected us many times.”  Ensign, Sep 2009, 66–69

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