Sunday, February 15, 2009

Personal and Family Preparedness

There is a booklet entitled "Essentials of Home Production & Storage," that has some very helpful information on Personal and Family Preparedness, Home Production, Home Storage, Recipes, Publications, and Inventory Methods. It's been something that I have referred to many times through the years. (It's very affordable -- only $1.20.)

I was looking through it this morning and found part of the following quote from a talk given in 1977. I decided to look up and read the complete talk and have included a few more paragraphs that are good counsel. If you would like to read the talk in it's entirety, click here.

"...As you know, in the recent past we have placed considerable emphasis on personal and family preparedness. I hope that each member of the Church is responding appropriately to this direction. I also hope that we are understanding and accentuating the positive and not the negative.

I like the way the Relief Society teaches personal and family preparedness as “provident living.” This implies the husbanding of our resources, the wise planning of financial matters, full provision for personal health, and adequate preparation for education and career development, giving appropriate attention to home production and storage as well as the development of emotional resiliency.

I hope that we understand that, while having a garden, for instance, is often useful in reducing food costs and making available delicious fresh fruits and vegetables, it does much more than this. Who can gauge the value of that special chat between daughter and Dad as they weed or water the garden? How do we evaluate the good that comes from the obvious lessons of planting, cultivating, and the eternal law of the harvest? And how do we measure the family togetherness and cooperating that must accompany successful canning? Yes, we are laying up resources in store, but perhaps the greater good is contained in the lessons of life we learn as we live providently and extend to our children their pioneer heritage.

Think of the learning that accompanies a family council on the family budget. How do Mom and Dad feel when a teenage son who, because he is included and understands the budgeting process, volunteers part of his summer’s income to help replace that tired refrigerator?

We speak of literacy and education in terms of being prepared for a better occupation, but we cannot underestimate the present pleasure of our reading in the scriptures, Church magazines, and good books of every kind. We teach of emotional strength in terms of family prayer, kind words, and full communication, but we quickly learn how pleasant life can be when it is lived in a courteous and reinforcing atmosphere.

In like manner we could refer to all the components of personal and family preparedness, not in relation to holocaust or disaster, but in cultivating a life-style that is on a day-to-day basis its own reward.

Let’s do these things because they are right, because they are satisfying, and because we are obedient to the counsels of the Lord. In this spirit we will be prepared for most eventualities, and the Lord will prosper and comfort us. It is true that difficult times will come—for the Lord has foretold them—and, yes, stakes of Zion are “for a defense, and for a refuge from the storm.” (D&C 115:6.) But if we live wisely and providently, we will be as safe as in the palm of His hand."...


jonandsteph said...

Thanks for sharing this article.

I especially like the part about cultivating our life-style to enrich our family, not just because we are afraid of a disaster.


Anonymous said...

I believe it is so important to teach our children a lifestyle that supports self reliance. With our children, it has become second nature for them to think about storing food and being prepared for circumstances out of the ordinary.
Our daughter calls our food storage "Siege Food".:)

Thanks for sharing,