Saturday, January 3, 2015

Preparedness lessons we can learn from the pioneers and other early Saints

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Sturdy Shoes and a Waterproof Tent

Church history teaches many lessons about personal preparedness. Learn big and little lessons from these groups of people. 

  • Crossing the Plains
  • Mormon Battalion March 
  • Pioneer famine of 1856
  • 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire

History is supposed to be learned from. Let's learn it and be better for it. 

Here is a checklist of items and attitudes mentioned in the article submitted someone else. 
  • Tent, water proof
  • Hats
  • Sunscreen (or zinc oxide if you don't want the chemicals in sunscreen) 
  • Lip balm
  • Medicine for diarrhea
  • Food storage
  • Cold weather clothing: coats, gloves
  • Protection from mosquitos and bugs
  • Binoculars, knives, axes, guns, watches, pans, shovels (and don't lose them, including children)
  • Be very careful of injury
  • Put things away
  • First aid supplies
  • Protection against theft or assault 
  • Don't complain
  • Maintain health: don't get over exhausted
  • Sing, dance, recite poetry, keep morale up
  • Be resourceful and creative (ie washing clothes or churning butter)
  • We may need to leave, we may be separated for a time (like the Mormon battalion)
  • Women can be tough and strong
  • Water
  • Water purification!
  • Journals, writing materials
  • Grains, varied (not just wheat)
  • When the spirit cautions, obey!
  • Lists, identification
  • Wills
  • In times of dire need, share with others
  • Fast often
  • Fill time with constructive activity, don't be idle, contribute
  • Sturdy shoes 
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Water in non glass containers
  • Waterless washing
  • Items for cleanliness: toothpaste, deodorant (in a pinch baking soda works), small bags of detergent
  • Ingredients for bread
  • Establish a meeting place
  • Be prepared to leave cherished items 
  • Ignore wild rumors, always seek the Spirit, be ever prayerful
  • Have good attitudes, be cheerful

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