Saturday, October 25, 2014

What's in your 72 hour kit ?

What is a 72 hour kit? 
It is a container that holds items you can quickly grab if you have to leave home that will Sustain you for three days till you can get help. What sort of container and what goes in the kit depends on where you are going to be for 72 hours.

If you are going to be evacuated from your home and staying in a shelter or with friends where you will rely on someone else for food, water and a warm bed you may only need to pack like you were going to be an a weekend trip. Then all you need is a toothbrush, prescriptions, basic toiletries and a change or two of clothing and appropriate jacket for the weather to keep you warm and dry.

However, if you are stranded in your car, waiting for help to arrive or don’t have any place to stay you may need to consider additional items.  I won’t go into all that would be needed for bedding and shelter that will take more planning much like a camping trip.

It would be good to have a small bag, or backpack in a closet where you could pick up your coat or jacket and the pack on your way out the door.  Then if more was needed additional containers could be stored in your car with items that won’t be impacted by heat or cold, and in your home ready to be picked up ion your way out.

Now let’s talk about some of the contents needed for a 72 hour kit.

First consideration is water. A 72 hour supply of water would be too much to carry. So a container to hold a supply of drinking water and a filter to purify additional water would be good to have. Or a water bottle with a built in filter. Not just a filter for taste like on the right. 

but a filter for purity like on the left. 

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Next consideration is food. Although some snacks like jerky, fruit roll-ups and granola bars would be good for the first few hours you will need something more substantial.

How about macaroni and cheese or a pasta dish?  

Easy to store, quick to fix, tasty, but it takes water and heat to make it enjoyable. 

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You could have an emergency cookie bar.

Our 2400 calorie bars are a great emergency food resource. They have been approved by the U.S. Coast Guard and have a five year shelf life. These bars can be stored in extreme heat up to 149°F. They can also be eaten without preparation. 
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Or a granola bar. You would have to eat about 12 granola bars to get the calories in this one bar. And they usually have a shelf life of one or two years after which the flavor,  nutrition, and safety become affected. Plus many granola bars have things like sugar, canola Oil, soy, peanuts, saturated fat. 

Or you could have a fruit snack. 

Pure Fruit right? No, sometimes not even the same fruit as listed on the label. Strawberry could really be pear with coloring. They could include sugar, corn syrup, hydrogenated oil, food coloring, flavors etc. 
How much fruit can there really be in a .37 oz snack? 

 Wouldn't you rather have real fruit that has none of those additives, will last 25 years and tastes like the real thing? You can get a pouch with 7 servings, or a small can with 13 or 44. Learn more Also available in many other fruits - Apple, pineapple, Strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, even mango. 

Don't tell the kids these are not candy. 

What about jerky ? 

A good source of protein in a long-lasting tasty bit size treat. Who would guess that jerky may contain Sugar, Vinegar, Salt, Monosodium Glutamate, Sodium Erythorbate, Citric Acid, Sodium Nitrite. Allergy Warning: Contains Soy.
And don't forget to check the expiration date. 

You can purchase a 6 to 7 serving can of Freeze Dried  Beef Dices  Chopped Chicken or Ham Dices that can be eaten right out of the easy-open can or stirred into other dishes.
Also available in ground beef, sausage, and soy protein flavors.

Do you have Dairy Products in your 72 hour kit? 

Besides powdered milk, or some cheese powder how does Freeze Dried    Shredded Colby Cheese  Cheddar, Monterey Jack or Mozzarella cheese sound? . There is also Freeze Dried Yogurt in a variety of flavors, Cherry, strawberry, blueberry, Greek, passion fruit and my favorite pomegranate. 

Don't tell the kids they are eating yogurt, they'll thinks it's candy. 

If you have some heat you can make a ham or sausage and cheese pizza with freeze dried celery, mushrooms, onions, green and red peppers.  Including the tomato sauce, or spinach with white sauce. 

What will you do for vegetables?

To round out your balanced diet most freeze-dried vegetables are edible right out of the 6 serving pouch or 15 serving pull-tab can  however I recommend sweet corn and peas to snack on our add to other foods if water and heat are available. 

Freeze Dried Sweet Corn                   Freeze Dried Green Peas

Also available as Asparagus, Broccoli , Carrot dices, Green Beans, and many others. 

So your 72 hour kit doesn't have to involve having to compromise healthy food, spend extra money or go out of your way to purchase or prepare and re-package food that you wouldn't have in your everyday diet. 

You can always add more items to your 72 hours kit as space and resources allow, books to read, emergency contact numbers,  computer backups drives, first aid and cold care supplies. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

What services do LDS bookstores (Deseret Book, Seagull Book and independents) provide that Amazon, Barnes and Nobel etc do not?

I remember when the only CTR rings were the ones they gave us in primary. If you wanted to read  one of  maybe a dozen books on gospel doctrine you asked a member of the Seventies Quorum to sell you a copy from the locked cabinet at the church.  I recall traveling 45 miles to the Cheyenne Stake Center to listen to a rock group called “Alma and the Sons of Mosiah” singing songs about the gospel and testimony and you could buy one of their cassettes. As I prepared for my mission two pants suits were not available in Colorado so I had two suits and two coordinated slacks. I waited till I went to the MTC to buy my pocket missionary library and compact scriptures and other supplies.  Saturday's Warrior was all the rage among Utah missionaries but few had heard of it until our stake performed it at the Lincoln Center. I don't think it was out yet on VHS.  When our children were born I remember searching in vain for a picture book to teach my young children the gospel among the few shelves of LDS books at the LDS owned college bookstore.  Soon after my parents purchased that bookstore to employ my younger siblings, I became aware of LDS bookstores springing up in nearby communities in the backrooms of small businesses and homes.  I also became aware of the LDS Booksellers Association which was just beginning to expand to include hundreds of stores and suppliers. Soon after the amount and variety of products available grew.  Let us hope that current trends do not cause there to be fewer products available because only the well known best sellers can be found.

What services do LDS bookstores (Deseret Book, Seagull Book and independents) provide that Amazon, Barnes and Nobel etc do not?

They provide a method for you to find products that better meet your needs and are selected to be appropriate for your values. When you browse LDS stores or websites you can find categories of products that are familiar to you such as CTR, primary, baptism, priesthood, young women, church history, temple, general authority and many other LDS terms. When you go to other sites you will have to spend more time searching and sort through many inappropriate items to find what you want. Maybe even products that appear to be in line with gospel principles but are not. You should be able to purchase everything you want in one place instead of having to search multiple sites and pay multiple shipping charges. If you don't find everything in one place ask by phone or e-mail.  (If they don't publish their phone or e-mail why would you give them you credit card number?)
With many sites having tens of thousands of products they don't list everything they have in stock or can get.

When you shop at a LDS bookstore you can be assured that you more of your money goes to keep the LDS bookstore open, promote LDS authors and artists, the programs of the church, including missionaries, and maybe even your local economy. I'm pretty sure Amazon does not pay tithing, income tax or sales tax to your state and local government.
Deseret Book and many independent LDS bookstores, and LDS publishers belong to the LDS Booksellers association, an organization committed to the advancement of the LDS book industry. They are commuted to a code of ethics. Look for the LDSBA logo on each of their websites.  
All LDS bookstores including Deseret Book purchase Church Distribution products for the same price as you do forcing them to mark them up to cover expenses, a price you pay for convenience.

How are independent LDS bookstores different from Deseret Book?

Deseret Book is owned by the church, they are not franchises, nor locally owned. Their warehouses and their shipments originate in Salt Lake City. They charge sales taxes in any state that they have a store. They don't usually special order or ship from their stores.
Deseret Book is the major supplier as well as competitor to independent bookstores. Deseret Book owns Seagull Books.
Deseret Book chose to locate their stores in markets with the best chance of success, Independent  bookstores have chosen to locate in many markets Deseret Book will not because they are local people
serving their local community. Recently Deseret Book and some independent bookstores have closed stores in markets that weren't profitable even when they were close to a temple and far from competition, such a Chicago, Atlanta, Billings, Anchorage, even Los Angeles.
Independent bookstores are privately and often locally owned, occasionally by a publisher or manufacturer of LDS products. They are not affiliated with the LDS church or Deseret Book except through the LDS Booksellers Association so a coupon or gift card from one may not be accepted at the other. An LDS bookstore may be supporting a missionary in the field or saving up for later mission or temple service.
Independent bookstores often offer services that individual Deseret  Bookstores do not. Some of  these include shipping products from their stores for you, scripture imprinting, gift wrapping, video rental and used books. Independent bookstores also can help you find "out of print" or hard to find items using their resources as part of network of independent bookstores who are communicating with each other on a daily basis through e-mail and other means. Independent bookstores offer a wider assortment of products beyond what is in just on hand in their stores because they deal with a larger number of vendors than Deseret Book. Each store has a different selection because they select which items to stock and which to purchase only as requested.
The volume and variety a store carries is a function of its sales. If you would like to see them increase their selection you need to support them and ask them to order for you what they don't have in stock. Some stores may carry locally produced items, or items of local interest, books by other authors, candy, modest, white or missionary clothing, jewelry, preparedness products, artwork or other gift items not available from other stores including Deseret Book.
Deseret Book selects which vendors and products it will stock in it's warehouse and offer in it's stores and website. Deseret Book sells many of it's products to independent bookstores but chooses to
reserve some as "exclusive" only available from Deseret Book.  Many products independent bookstores purchase direct from publishers other than  Deseret Book.
Your local LDS Bookstore allows you to see and touch the products before you buy them, to have personal knowledgeable help in finding what will meet your needs and to provide feedback on what products you would like to see in their store. They also contribute to your local economy and the local church programs and can be a resource to bring LDS entertainment to your area.
LDS Bookstores ( including Deseret Books ) need your support to remain viable, not just regular purchases but also your feedback, encouragement, and referring your friends and neighbors to tell them about the products and service that they provide.  If you live over a half  hour from the nearest LDS bookstore, but close to other saints and close enough to visit the store regularly ask them if their is a way you can help bring the LDS bookstore experience to your neighbors. I am sure they would be delighted to have your help and your insight.

Friday, May 10, 2013

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Review by Cory Vernon


Tales of the Dragon's Bard, Book 1: Eventide

Hickman,Tracy/Hickman, Laura

List Price $23.99 (Check our Price)

Tracy Hickman coauthored the Dragonlance books so if one likes the Dragonlance books chances are they will enjoy Eventide.
Eventide provides a nice change of pace compared to many other fantasy novels.
Although personally typical sword and magic fantasy is normally preferable, Eventide’s collection of short stories in a comical medieval/renaissance/magical town is entertaining. There are no twists or turns in the storyline but it remains interesting by adding many side characters and distracting side plots. Fairies and dragons and magical wells are mentioned numerously. Also, the Dragon’s Bard (arguably the storyteller/main character) brings in a little more excitement to everyday occurrences so the town will not be destroyed by a vicious dragon.
It is a great read for somebody who wants to sit down and read in five to fifteen minute intervals. Or great for someone who is busy because the short stories are quick reads while still connecting to the overall plotline.

Eventide would most likely be engaging for youth and young adults from ages fifteen to about twenty-five while remaining mildly entertaining for the younger and older alike.
Review by Cory Vernon.

When a traveling bard stumbles into a dragon's den, he is forced to tell stories to the fire-breathing menace or end up being eaten. Eventually running out of tales to share, he makes a deal with the dragon: for his freedom, he will return with new sagas of adventure, romance, and bravery.

Tales of the Dragon's Bard is the story of one man's quest to collect the most exciting stories he possibly can, and Eventide is the first town he encounters. With wish-women, gnomes, a centaur farmer, a resident Gossip Fairy, and a blacksmith dwarf, those living in Eventide have enough going o... (Read More)

Friday, June 8, 2012

Dean Hughes 99th book in a new series

Come to Zion, Volume 1: The Winds and the Waves
Dean Hughes

Come to Zion, Volume 1: The Winds and the WavesList Price $ 17.99  
The Winds and the Waves by Dean Hughes, the nationally acclaimed writer, is the first in a new series and the 99th book he has published during his 33-year career.
Will Lewis is stuck. the class system in England in the 1840s seems destined to keep him in his place as a poor tenant farmer who cannot improve his lot and will never be able to marry the woman he loves. But the "new religion" that is sweeping through congregations of the United Brethren, Will's church, may hold the key to the better life he longs for. As he listens to the preaching of Wilford Woodruff, he almost dares to hope for the Zion the young Apostle describes.
Will's struggles to believe and to face the rigors of immigrating to an unknown land are paralleled by the modern-day story of Jeff and Abby, a young married couple facing challenges of their own. When Jeff begins digging into his family history, he finds himself particularly drawn to "Grandpa Lewis," an ancestor whose life was more like his than he would have imagined.
The skillful interweaving of these two stories brings Church history to life while demonstrating how much we can learn from those who went before us. Anyone who has ever faced the winds and the waves, in some form, will love this novel.

other books by Dean Hughes

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Forgotten Skills of Self-Sufficiency Used by the Mormon Pioneers
Caleb Warnock
Also available as a downloadable E-book
List Price $16.99 (Check our Price)

Many people dream of becoming self-reliant during these times of fluctuating prices and uncertain job security. Using truly simple techniques, you can cultivate the pioneer's independence to provide safety against lost wages, harsh weather, economic recession, and commercial contamination and shortages. Strengthen your family's self-reliance as you discover a new the joy of homegrown food, thrift, and self-sufficient living.... (Read More)

Monday, May 7, 2012

I learned many things about the nature of the King James Bible.

The King James Bible and the Restoration

I found this book a very interesting read. I learned many things about the nature of the King James Bible.
I learned that the translators intentionally used archaic language, even for their time, to make the bible appear more scriptural, and that new words such as Atonement had to be coined to translate the Bible into English.  I also discovered that the phrase “original Greek” on the first page of the Bible referred to multiple incomplete manuscripts that left some passages in question. I also found that some phrases or verses may have been added to clarify the meaning of some concepts. One of those is the last verses of Revelations 22:16-21 that states in part ”if any man shall add unto these things… ” that was found in the Latin Vulgate but not in the Greek manuscripts. It is Ironic that someone would add these words prohibiting adding to the text that follow along the lines of Deuteronomy 4:2.

This book also, as the title suggests talks about how the King James Bible influenced Joseph Smith’s search for the truth and the language that he spoke and wrote. And it also reviews some of the newer translations and scholarship that has brought to light more information that was not available to the translators of the King James Version. It was interesting to learn how that English and other languages at one time did not have punctuation and how the Bible came to have punctuation, chapters and verses and also how the LDS Version of the King James Bible came to be.


List Price $23.99 (Check our Price)

In 2011, the King James translation of the Bible celebrates its four-hundredth anniversary. This historic text, the product of many hands and many years, has had a greater impact on the world than any other book in the English language. It is still in print today, four centuries after it first came off the London presses. The King James Bible and the Restoration, however, is not solely about the history of the King James Bible and its contributions to the world; it also sheds light on the intersection of the King James translation and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It sho... (Read More)
Where can you get over 550 downloadable LDS e-books that are not all available from Deseret Books, Seagull, google books, or i-tunes, cheaper than Amazon, or Barnes & Nobel and work on your i-pad, Kindle, Nook, PC or Mac, and other e-readers?

And these won't disappear into the cloud if you upgrade your e-reader, or your license expires, because you will be sent a link within one business day to download them to your computer and transfer to your device.

Also many of these titles allow you to download the first chapter by clicking the "Click to look inside"

Adam-Ondi-Ahman and the Last Days
Randall Bird

Available as downloadable E-book $4.50
NOT on Deseret Book, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble
List Price $ 8.99
Adam-Ondi-Ahman and the Last Days
Do you want to know where the Savior will appear during the Second Coming? Adam-ondi-Ahman in Missouri will be the first of three major appearances. Don't be left in the dark! This book takes a close... (Read More)

Sacred Symbols: Finding Meaning in Rites, Rituals and Ordinances
Alonzo L. Gaskill
Available as downloadable E-book $10.99
NOT on Deseret Book, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble
List Price $ 24.99
Our Price $ $21.99
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Sacred Symbols: Finding Meaning in Rites, Rituals and Ordinances
In order to truly understand Deity and how we can return to Him, we must first understand the meaning behind the sacred symbols found in religious ordinances, rituals, covenants, clothing, gestures a... (Read More)