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“Come What May and Love it”

“Come What May and Love it”

Joseph B. Wirthlin, the beloved apostle, taught us the phrase, “Come what may and love it.”  His mother had spoken these words to him after a difficult football defeat, and they became his personal motto of optimism, which he shared in October of 2008 in his final General Conference address.  While none of us could love emergencies or disasters, we can love life, even though we know difficulties may come, if we prepare as urged by LDS prophets and leaders.

It is easy to become overwhelmed with the concept of emergency preparedness, or to feel frightened and upset at the thoughts of what we may someday have to face.  The trick is to start small, but start.  Do a little each week and utilize the expertise of your ward emergency preparedness specialist.  He/she will have information on what to gather,

where to obtain supplies, and how they can best be stored.  Talk to friends and family who are farther along in their preparations than you are.  We are all in this together!

Obtaining a three-month supply of regularly used foods that will keep is a simple place to begin.  Purchase one or two extra items while doing your grocery shopping until you have an amount which would last your family three months.  Use these in preparing daily meals and then replace on an ongoing basis.

It is also important to store water.  Humans can only survive a few days without water. Plastic bottles such as those used for juice or soda work well.  Store away from heat and sunlight.  If a good pretreated source is used, there is no need for other sterilization, and the water will keep indefinitely.

A 72-hour emergency kit is easy to assemble and can sustain life and improve conditions until emergency agencies are on the scene.  72-hour kits should be portable, in case evacuation is necessary, and should be placed near an exit to the home, so they can be quickly packed.  Pre-assembled kits can be purchased, or your ward emergency

preparedness specialist can provide a list of recommended items, which you can customize to your family’s needs.

Once these initial steps have been taken, consider building a longer-term supply of food.  These are foods, which can be used to stay alive, such as wheat, rice, beans, and powdered milk.   If properly packaged, these foods will keep for 20 to 30 years or more, so they need not be rotated. The First Presidency has counseled that we not go to extremes or go into debt to purchase food storage.

Our efforts at emergency preparedness will allow us to look to the future with confidence and optimism, enjoying the freedom, which results from self-reliance.   Earth life is a beautiful gift from a loving God, so “come what may and love it.”

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