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Friday, November 19, 2010

Change in plans

I know that I said I was going to do "how to use your food supply for your Holiday meals"...or something of that nature, as the theme for this month. But as I was sitting in Stake conference that happened to be a State wide broadcast, something the first speaker and member of the 70 said hit me hard and I knew then that I was to change my plan and prepare our ward in a financial direction instead. He said, "there are too many, even within the church, that are living on the edge of their income or even on barrowed money".


Like a ton of bricks. I knew then, my course needed to change. All the while I was trying to figure out why ideas for my origional plan weren't coming, I suddenly knew that it was because I needed to redirect my focus. Once I did, the creative juices just started flowing! So last week amidst my preparing a talk for sacrament meeting as well as a segment I was asked to speak in for Young Mens (both of which went very well despite myself), I created these fun handouts.

After standing up and giving my piece on this, and sharing the above quote from a man of God, I told them the purpose of this month was to encourage us all, as the Christmas gift giving and black Friday approach, to make a budget and stick to it. To concentrate on living within our means. I then bore my testimony of the blessings that are ours as we listen to these men of God and follow their counsil. Whether or not it was well recieved (which it seemed to be) I did what I was inspired to do and I believe many will be blessed for the reminder. I for one will be one of them!

Until Later, have a Provident week!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Wrapping up the month of October

We went to the Cannery on Thursday and the turnout was great! New people came and others tried new things, so I think it was a HUGE success. I notice about ever order included dried apples since they were able to try them and see whether they liked them. I think any time you have that kind of reinforcement you know what you have been doing is successful.

Since there were 5 weeks in October, I went ahead and took advantage of it by passing around the cannery sign up again and handing out notes that read:
One thing our family has done to
increase our year supply this





I thought that by doing this it would help to get some feedback as to how effective all my work has been, as well as help people to really think about what they really are doing to prepare their families each month.

Each time we give a provident living minute, we don't need to make it elaborate, we just need to offer encouragement, support and spiritual understanding of the temporal commandment to be prepared.

This Sunday is our Stake Conference, it is giving me time to get things in order for the following and decide how I'm going to kick off November. I'm going to be offering suggestions on how to use your food storage for your Thanksgiving feast. I would love to have any ideas you might have to offer.

Until next time....
Happy Provident Living!