Sunday, May 30, 2010


If you rely on Uncrustables at your house, just stop reading now. Uncrustables represent the epitome of not being self reliant (not to mention the long list of preservatives). Seriously, how long does it take to take out a loaf of bread and spread some creamy stuff on it.

What example are we setting for our families when we surround ourselves in conveniences which then perpetuate a feeling that we deserve to live with ease and convenience. Then our children have those expectations also and the skills to be self reliant are lost (of course, some ease is ok--I'm not drawing any line here).

L. Tom Perry recently talked about families eating out 4-5 times a week. He said, "There are young married women who don't even know how to make homemade gravy and apple pie, two staple foods in the home."

Perhaps these foods are not staples in your home, but the principle remains the same. Know how to nourish your family without having to rely on someone else is an important principle.

I have heard stories my whole life from my Mom and Grandma about how difficult things were during the Depression and the Wars. That is a post in itself. But this has always been a reminder to me that we cannot always count on living in times of ease and comfort.

Although I heard these stories, growing up they meant nothing to me. My poor husband had to eat bean and cheese burritos every night for about the first eighteen months of our marriage.

I have slowly, over time, acquired a few cooking skills. I am glad that my Mom and Grandma were good examples to me and stayed in the kitchen when so many other women in those years were leaving the kitchen.

Elder Mark E. Petersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said, "There are many very good people who keep most of the Lord’s commandments with respect to the virtuous side of life, but who overlook His commandments in temporal things. They do not heed His warning to prepare for a possible future emergency, apparently feeling that in the midst of all this trouble “it won’t happen to us.” It is not always the other fellow’s problem. It is our problem also whenever there is economic trouble afloat. "

He continues, "The Lord has given us a welfare program. It is inspired. It applies to all Church members. A most important part of that plan is that we ourselves—each one of us—shall learn to become self-sustaining, that we accept the principle that we must look ahead, save a little, build up some reserves, live within our income, and make every effort to sustain ourselves in good times and bad. "
“Blessings in Self-Reliance,” Ensign, May 1981, 61

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