Archive for April, 2006

Amzanig, huh?

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

     Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in what order the ltteers in a wrod are, the only iprmoetnt thing is that the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae.  The rset can be a tatol mses and you can still raed it wouthit porbelm.  This is beuseae the human mind deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the word as a wlohe.  Inst that amzanig?

     How ever you decide to put your preparedness program together, remember that it is the collection rather than the order of things that is important.  Start somewhere, work a little each day even if it is on just one thing, ask for help from friends and neighbors, and have the faith that you might be able to do more than you thought you could.  One day you just might look at your self-sufficient life and say AMZANIG, HUH?  I CAUGHT THE VISION, GOT FACTS, DEVELOPED SKILLS AND I’M PREPARED.

     For more information contact (your emergency preparedness specialist).

The Staff of Life is Good and Cheap

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

   Throw out the Fruit Loops, Coco Puffs, and even the Wheaties.  Here’s good breakfast stuff made easy.

Microwave Granola

Mix thoroughly the following ingredients in a 4 quart microwave safe bowl:

8 cups rolled oats or six-grain rolled mix  +  l l/2 cups shredded coconut  +  ½ cup packed brown sugar  +  ½ cup honey  +  ½ cup cooking oil  +  ½ tsp salt  +  1 tsp vanilla  +  ½ cup any or all of the following: wheat germ, oat bran, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, chopped walnuts, pecans, cashews.

   Cook on high power uncovered for 14-16 minutes and stir thoroughly twice during cooking.  If you’d like, add raisins or other dehydrated fruits, date pieces, etc., after baking while granola is still warm.

WARNING:  This stuff is extremely habit forming.  Initially, you can expect high rates of consumption.
   For more information contact (your emergency preparedness specialist).

CATCH THE VISION, GET FACTS, DEVELOP SKILLS AND BE PREPARED.

Sweet and Sour Interest

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

   Payor:  “Good news:  interest rates are down.  I’ll refinance and borrow more.”

   Payee:  “Bad news:  interest rates are down.  Where can I get a better return and less risk?”

   “If I was offering an investment that you could put your money in and get an immediate 50% return, you’d beat my door down to buy it,” said the financial advisor.  “Look at your mortgage amortization and see how much you will save in interest expense if you just pay extra on your house payments.”

   No matter the market condition, it will always be a win/loose situation between borrowers and investors.  But this truth is always constant – if in debt, early repayment is always your best investment.

   No matter the investment risk, return on investment is always taxable.  Eliminating debt not only nets more in saved interest expense than most investment returns, but it is risk free and tax free.

   “Be not thou one of them that strike hands, or of them that are sureties for debts.  If thou hast nothing to pay [if you owe nothing], why should he take away thy bed from under thee?”  (Proverbs 22:26-27)

   For more information contact (your emergency preparedness specialist).

CATCH THE VISION, GET FACTS, DEVELOP SKILLS AND BE PREPARED.

Vote, To Be “One Nation Under God.”

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

   We are admonished by the Lord to seek good men for public office who will uphold the constitutional laws of the land.  Likewise, the Book of Mormon prompts us to obey the God of this land, which if we do, we will be protected from all other nations under heaven.

   How we vote seems to have a lot to do with what we choose to do on Sunday.  Religious leaders of all faiths are encouraging everyone to come back to worship services.  People who spend their Sundays boating, at sporting events, concerts or other entertainment have done little to refresh spiritual powers.  Those who watch TV on Sunday fare even worse.   Commentators quibble about how unfair God-given laws are and sensationalize deviance.  The worst TV programs always seem to be on Sunday.  Few there are who stand aloft from lucrative Sunday contracts in the media or in sports and reverence the day. 

    Read DC 134, the Lord’s declaration on government, and vote accordingly.  In this nation under God, sovereignty rests with the people.  In America, everyone counts!  . . . unless you don’t vote.

   Cecil B. DeMille said it best:  “God gave us our freedom, and then gave us the commandments that we could remain free.” 

   To find your polling location contact (your emergency preparedness specialist).

“One Nation Under God.”

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

   Warned by the Lord of “conspiring men” who would deceive us into darkened paths in the last days, we face ever-increasing challenges to stay connected to the path of light and truth.  The revelation from DC 89 not only refers to the temporal laws of good physical health, but also promises spiritual “treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures” that are the true course to freedom and life everlasting.

   Those who would have you believe God has no place in our nation subtly pause even now and separate Him in our pledge of allegiance.  There is no comma in the statement “ONE NATION UNDER GOD,” only the affirmation that He sent our founding fathers and endorsed their work (DC101:76-80).

   This nation under God’s light will not perish, even if this nation is reduced to only one committed citizen . . . YOU.  Be prepared.  You are only as free as your self-sufficiency resources allow you to be.

   For more information contact (your emergency preparedness specialist).

CATCH THE VISION, GET FACTS, DEVELOP SKILLS, AND BE PREPARED.

The Almighty Dollar

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

   On 2 November 1979, two days before Islamic radicals took over the Tehran Embassy with 66 US hostages, a senior official and his family were trying to escape by car to the west.  After four hours of driving, the man stopped to buy fuel and food for his family.  Tourists traveling abroad will attest that usually the American dollar can buy anything at any time in any country in the world.  Our currency is baseline in valuing all other currencies. 

   On that day every Iranian seemed to know the uneasy situation would soon shatter.  The man was able to buy gas, but even an offer of $100 for a box of oranges was flatly turned down.  He could obtain no food. 

   There is currently about $1.6 trillion in the domestic money supply.  The Eurodollar foreign money supply is estimated to be over 5 times that amount   Dollars are everywhere.  But Brigham Young said that the time would come when “. . . a bushel of gold will not buy a bushel of wheat.”  Is the issue here clear?

   Preparedness is knowledge, resources, and tools of need – food/water, clothing and shelter.

   Get it ?  Get it!!!!.

    For more information contact (your emergency preparedness specialist).

CATCH THE VISION, GET FACTS, DEVELOP SKILLS, AND BE PREPARED.

Tools or Toys?

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

   The old axiom “them that has, gets,” implies that those who control tools and resources can increase their holdings.   However, a second axiom says “them that got, has to work harder to keep it.”

   Your financial success is dependent on learning the difference between precious ore and overburden.  The truly impoverished are those who lack resources of any kind, and are denied opportunity.   But many that “got” stuff can become overburdened when many unnecessary possessions become a financial drain due to reoccurring maintenance, insurance and tax expenses.

   Rent your toys is sage financial advice given highly compensated professionals.  It is good advice for the rest of us, too.  Keep your costs low and keep your life uncluttered.  You’ll sleep better knowing you have little lying around to get stolen.  Typically that which we need we only have to pay for once; whereas, that which we want will come with the aforementioned reoccurring costs.  Don’t get buried with overburden.

   For more information contact (your emergency preparedness specialist).

CATCH THE VISION, GET FACTS, DEVELOP SKILLS, AND BE PREPARED.

Shrinking Net Worth

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

   In l992 Hurricane Andrew was the nations most costly natural disaster of the century.  But in 2003, Hurricane Isabel, hailstorms in Dallas, and the California fires combined to almost exceed the dollar cost of Andrew’s devastation.  Add to these losses the fact that from 1999 to the end of 2002 the US Stock Market suffered its worst period since the l929 crash.  You were lucky if the net worth in your retirement plan or investment portfolio didn’t sink by 40-50%.   Mortgage rates went down, but total debt went up.

   Since the beginning of the century inflation has pushed prices and the cost of living up an average 9.5%, with necessaries like gasoline jumping a whopping 36% this year alone. 
   Is your budget feeling the pinch yet from all of these things that are entirely out of your control?  Is there something you can do to counter these negatives to your pressured budget?
   The entire Old Testament is filled with one major testimony from the Lord, that He will not only lead His  children in light and truth, but will fight their battles.  Today it is a real battle to find the truth about living better with less.  But, your emergency preparedness specialist (- – – – – – – – – -) can help you.
CATCH THE VISION, GET FACTS, DEVELOP SKILLS AND BE PREPARED.

Debt Danger Signal Quiz

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

                                                                                                                                                      YES     NO

  1. Are you using credit cards for items you used to pay for with cash?                                     /
  2. Is an increasing percentage of your income going to pay for interest expense?                   /
  3. Are you tapping more of your savings to pay current bills?                                                     /
  4. Your savings should be at least three months’ take-home pay.  Is yours inadequate?        /
  5. Are you making only minimum payments on revolving charge accounts?                            /
  6. Are you shuffling debt from one card to another on 0% introductory rates?                        /
  7. Are you taking out new, larger long-term loans before the old ones are paid off?                /
  8. Are you extending repayment schedules rather than shortening them?                                 /
  9. Are you being charged fees for financial services you don’t want or need?                         /
  10. Are you unsure about when bills are due, or lost interest in how much you owe?               /

   For help and more information contact (your emergency preparedness specialist).
CATCH THE VISION, GET FACTS, DEVELOP SKILLS AND BE PREPARED.

Living With a Mean Mother

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

     On Good Friday, 1964, at 5:36 pm, Mother Nature dealt out a Richter 9.1 earthquake centered north of Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula.  It leveled the port town of Whittier ten miles east of the epicenter, and dropped 3rd and 4th streets 30 feet in Anchorage 70 miles to the west.  With a force equal to 1,000 Hiroshima bombs the quake went on for 4 minutes and left 90% of all Alaskans without power, water, sewer, and supplies.  Fortunately, airport runways did not buckle, and the first relief began to arrive by air after 48 hours.

     Alaskans love Mother Nature and live to get lost in her beauty.  Her entire southern coast line is part of the Ring of Fire, a distance of more than 3,500 miles.  If you cut Alaska in half, Texas would still be the third largest state in the Union.  This is to say that Alaska has 90% of all seismic activity in North America and is furthest from outside help.  That is why Alaskans respect the problems that tremors, temperatures and distance can pose, and everyone prepares their homes for Mother Nature’s worst moods. 

     If Mother Nature gets mad and you are prepared, you need never have to go to bed without your supper.

     For more information contact  (your emergency preparedness specialist).

CATCH THE VISION, GET FACTS, DEVELOP SKILLS AND BE PREPARED.