Monthly Self-Reliance Goals

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From a Ward Relief Society in Alaska

It's very important for us as human beings to be self-reliant. Included in this folder is a program to assist you to get a years supply of emergency food, 72 hour kit, spiritual goals and provident living goals.

There are goals for each month of the year. Hope you enjoy and use this information:


January

"Let every head of household see to it that he has on hand enough food and clothing and, where possible, fuel also for at least a year."

J. Rueben Clark 1937

Spiritual Goal—Hold FHE every Monday

Provident Living Goal—review your retirement goals. Are you putting enough aside to be able to support yourselves and to do the things you want to do when you retire? Also change the batteries in your smoke alarms.

Storage Goal:
24 cans of meat or fish per person
1 gallon bleach per person
Can opener
Garbage bags
Laundry detergent

72 hour kit:
Gather a change of clothing including underwear and shoes for each family member—include warm coats and boots, or have them immediately accessible.
Ax, shovel and bucket utility knife
$20.00 cash
$5.00 in change for phone


February

"There is a wise old saying 'Eat it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without'. Thrift is a practice of not wasting anything. Some people are able to get by because of the absence of expense. They have their shoes resoled, they patch, they mend, they sew, and they save money. They avoid installment buying, and make purchases only after saving enough to pay cash, thus avoiding interest charges. Frugality means to practice careful economy."

James E. Faust

Spiritual Goal—Schedule time each day to read with your family from the Book of Mormon.

Provident Living Goal—plan and carry out a FHE on home fires. Include: Planning an escape route and practicing it. Have a meeting place (ex. out by the front street)

Storage Goal:
100 pounds (total) pasta & flour per person
Hand Grain mill
Thread, needles, buttons, and zippers

72 hour kit:
1 gallon water per person
Scriptures
Personal documents—genealogical records, wills, passports, insurance, contracts, birth certificates, patriarchal blessings, etc. $25.00 cash


March

"The Lord has warned us of famines, but the righteous will have listened to the Prophet and stored at least a year's supply of survival food."

Ezra Taft Benson

Spiritual Goal—Have family prayer at least once a day. Twice is better.

Provident Living Goal—Learn a new skill or read a book pertaining to your career.

Storage Goal:
50 cans of soup, stew or chili per person
5 pounds of salt per person
20 pounds fat, oil or shortening per person aluminum foil, plastic wrap, storage bags, etc.
At least 5 gallons water per person—recommended is 14 gallons/person for 2 weeks

72 hour kit:
1 pound dried fruit or trail mix per person (can use fruit leather)
1 package soda crackers per person (4 per box)
1 package graham crackers per person (4 per box)
2 liters tomato or orange juice per person
(Note: these items will be rotated every 6 months-see Sept)
ALSO make a goal to always have the fuel tanks on ALL vehicles at least half full.


April

"If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear."

D&C 38:30

Spiritual Goal—Attend the Temple once or more a month.

Provident Living Goal—If you normally do not grow a garden, plan to grow at least one vegetable this year. if you already have a garden either: (1) grow a vegetable you haven't tried before OR (2) try a new method or technique this year.

Storage Goal:
2 pounds yeast per person
2 pounds baking powder per person
1 pound soda per person
1 gal vinegar per person
10 cans evaporated milk per person
10 pounds peanut butter per person spices, condiments and vanilla

72 hour kit:
4 granola bars per person
2 sticks beef jerky per person
1 package chewing gum per person hard candies or lollipops—at least 12 per person
(note these items will be rotated every 6 months—see Oct.)


May

"The revelation to produce and store food may be as essential to our temporal welfare today as boarding the ark was to the people in the days of Noah."

Pres. Ezra Taft Bensen

Spiritual Goal—Share a Book of Mormon with a non-member

Provident Living Goal—Make a goal and plan to exercise regularly.

Storage Goal:
100 pounds variety of cereal grains-rice, oatmeal, cornmeal, etc. per person
24 rolls paper towels per person
24 packages flavored gelatin per person
Garden seeds
1 small bottle olive oil (for consecrating)
At least one month prescription ahead for all doctor prescribed medication.

72 hour kit:
Battery powered radio
Battery powered light
Batteries


June

"We will see the day when we live on what we produce."

Pres. Marion G. Romney

Spiritual Goal—Prepare at least one family name for Temple work.

Provident Living Goal—Make a goal to have 6 months wages in savings for emergencies. Write out a realistic plan to make it happen.

Storage Goal:
First aid kit—should include scissors, knife, thermometer, measuring cup, medicine dropper, hot water bottle, triangular bandages, soap, matches, razor blades, needles, safety pins, adhesive tape, elastic bandages, paper bags, gauze bandages, bicarbonate of soda, Ipecac syrup (induces vomiting), ammonia, hydrogen peroxide, calamine lotion (insect bites and sunburn), rubbing alcohol, diarrhea remedy, antibiotic ointment, first aid instruction book, prescription medication, waterproof matches.

72 hour kit:
Container for holding kit.
Large garbage cans with wheels OR a back pack for each family member recommended.
Find a place in your home that is easily accessible for storing the kit.
You need to be able to grab it at a moment's notice to leave your home.
Note: Your first aid kit is also part of the 72 hour kit.
Note: Your 72 hour kit is also part of your general storage, but your general storage CANNOT be part of your 72 hour kit. When you need it there may not be time to gather it together for transport.


July

"Ye Latter-day Saints, learn to sustain yourselves, produce everything you need to eat, drink or wear,..."

Pres. Brigham Young

Spiritual Goal—Take the family names you prepared last month to the Temple.

Provident Living Goal—Make a goal to eat healthier. For example: fewer sweets, more fresh fruits and veggies, less meat, more fiber etc.

Storage Goal:
50 pounds sugar or honey per person
10—#10 cans (35 pounds total) powdered milk per person
2 toothbrushes per person toothpaste mouthwash infant needs-formula, baby food, diapers, Tylenol etc.

72 hour kit:
Prepare blankets (the silver foil ones)
Gather items to entertain your family and include in kit—UNO cards, coloring books and crayons, x-stitch kit etc. Be sure to include paper and pencils.
Camp stove or portable BBQ and fuel
Mosquito repellant
$25 cash


August

"For the moment we live in a day of peace and prosperity, but it shall not ever be thus. Great trials lie ahead...and we must prepare ourselves temporally and spiritually..."

Bruce R. McConkie

Spiritual Goal—Have Family Home Evenings with family every Monday. Make sure at least one Monday is set aside for doing something really fun for the whole family.

Provident Living Goal—Learn to preserve food in a way you haven't tried before.

Storage Goal:
100 quarts fruit and or vegetables per person
24 pints jam or jelly per person
Feminine needs
School supplies
Pet supplies

72 hour kit:
1 can tuna per person
1 can pork and beans per person
1/2 pound dried milk per person
2 packets hot chocolate mix per person (or 1 large can per family).
2 instant soup packets per person (these should be rotated every year)
Disposable plates, cups, bowls and flatware
Pet supplies - be sure to include dishes, leash and extra water


September

"There is no person who knows the real purpose for which this welfare program is being instituted but hardly before sufficient preparation has been made the real purpose will be revealed and when that time comes it will challenge every resource of the church to meet it."

Harold B. Lee

Spiritual Goal—Have family scripture study together every day.

Provident Living Goal—Review your will if you have one. Make any needed changes. If you do not have a will, make arrangements to get one. EVERY Adult should have a will. Plan and carry out a FHE on the importance of preparedness.

Storage Goal:
10—#10 cans (35 pounds total) powdered milk per person
25 pounds canned or dried potatoes per person
50 quarts fruit or tomato juice per person

72 hour kit:
1 pound dried fruit or trail mix per person (can use fruit leather)
1 package soda crackers per person (4 per box)
1 package graham crackers per person (4 per box)
2 liters tomato or orange juice per person
(Note: these items will be rotated every 6 months-see March)


October

"When people are able but unwilling to take care of themselves we are responsible to employ the dictum of the Lord that the idler shall not eat the bread of the laborer".

Elder Boyd K. Packer

Spiritual Goal—read and review 1 General Conference talk each day from the Ensign until the next General Conference.

Provident Living Goal—Make a goal to read 30 minutes/day to your children or grandchildren. If you do not have children to read to, make a goal to read at least 30 minutes/day just for pleasure.

Storage Goal:
50 cans soup, stew or chili per person
10 pounds cheese—dried or bottled per person
Shaving supplies
Dish soap

72 hour kit:
4 granola bars per person
2 sticks beef jerky per person
1 package chewing gum per person
Hard candies or lollipops—at least 12 per person (note these items will be rotated every 6 months—see April)
Check batteries for light and radio. Replace if needed.


November

"The time will come that gold will hold no comparison in value to a bushel of wheat."

President Brigham Young

Spiritual Goal—Have personal prayers and scripture study every day.

Provident Living Goal—Make a goal to reduce your family garbage by recycling more.

Storage Goal:
100 pounds wheat per person
1 #10 can juice mix with vitamin C per person
Hand/shower soap
Light bulbs
At least one month prescription ahead for all doctor prescribed
medication.

72 hour kit:
Soap
Toothbrushes and toothpaste
Shaving supplies
Infant needs
Feminine needs
Disinfectant
Aluminum foil


December

"No man is truly free who is in financial bondage. 'Think what you do when you run in debt', said Benjamin Franklin, 'you give another power over your liberty.'"

Ezra Taft Bensen

Spiritual Goal—Decide as a family how you can better remember and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.

Provident Living Goal—Review your insurance coverage, life, household, vehicle. Do you have enough? Could you replace your vehicle or household foods with the coverage you have?

Storage Goal:
40 pounds dried beans per person
Matches
Candles
Batteries

72 hour kit:
Garbage bags
Candles
Matches
Can opener