Milwaukee South Stake Provident Living Newsletter, Loaves & Fishes, Volume 1, Issue 08


November  2011Volume 1, issue 8

Loaves & Fishes

The Milwaukee South Stake Provident Living Newsletter   

"Thou shalt thank the Lord thy God in all things."  
D&C 59:7



On the handout we gave out at the 5th Sunday Lesson, the Home Storage Center phone number was printed wrong. It is 630-369-1508.

Loaves & Fishes is the Milwaukee South Stake Provident Living Newsletter compiled by the Stake Provident Living and Family Finances Specialist

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I am thankful that I have the opportunity to put this newsletter together. It is a wonderful experience for me every month. I have learned and practiced many things that have improved my life. I have learned that the process of learning to be more self-reliant is a personal journey of discovery on many levels. I am understanding so much more about life and why it is important to be responsible for my own welfare. I am learning to work with my sweet husband to further our self-reliance. My prayers for my family are filled with hope and gratitude for their self-reliance which they are working on for themselves. Self-reliance is such a wonderful and personal thing. I hope that you can use these resources I have gathered to assist you in your path to self-reliance.

                         ...Sis. O.

Find a library of 
self-reliance resources at: 

The Milwaukee South Stake Resource Center 

Share your ideas, experiences and insights on self-reliance at:

You will find other interesting links there as well!

The Six Areas Of Self-Reliance and Gratitude


"You could have an experience with the gift of the Holy Ghost today. You could begin a private prayer with thanks. You could start to count your blessings, and then pause for a moment. If you exercise faith, and with the gift of the Holy Ghost, you will find that memories of other blessings will flood into your mind. If you begin to express gratitude for each of them, your prayer may take a little longer than usual. Remembrance will come. And so will gratitude."

Henry B. Eyring"Remembrance and Gratitude," Ensign, Nov. 1989, 13


Gratitude-Learning to develop an attitude of gratitdude is an important life skill. This video from Adventures from the Book of Virtues is about just that.


Nutrition and Diet-Here you will find some great info on nutrition. Be sure to check out the links on the right hand side. The Nutrition Calculators are a great tool. Try it out. You will be thankful you did.

Healthy Weight Control-Learn healthy and accurate attitudes toward body weight, dieting, and fitness programs. Also, learn to identify fraudulent weight loss claims that offer a "quick fix."


Thank you to our new Stake Employment Specialist, Brother Hayes, for providing resources in helping individuals and wards to improve their employment situation. Let him know if he can serve you in any way.

Family Finances

Watch this program and see the gratitude that comes into the lives of people who have benefited from micro-loans.

Microcredit and the Future of Poverty-This program explores the issues of poverty and microcredit as it profiles numerous recipients of small loans in locales ranging from India to the Philippines to New York City.

Home Storage 

Thankful for Food Storage- When the need came this family had food stored and it made a difference.

Pure Religion:

Helping others to become more self-reliant is a part of our becoming self-reliant. Thank you to all who take the time to serve.

For the Welfare of All-Celebrate the blessings and miracles of the welfare program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since its institution in 1936.

November is:

Good Nutrition Month

Nutrition-Learn practical information about healthy eating and nutrition through incorporating healthy habits into everyday living. You will be thankful you did.

Instant Non-Fat Dry Milk Powder-This paper includes nutritional comparisions as well as recipes. 


Self-Reliance and Gratitude

I am thankful for prayer with which I can reach out at anytime, for any reason to my Father in Heaven.

I am thankful for the scriptures and those that were willing to write down their experiences with spiritual things that I can experience spiritual growth through study.

I am thankful for those that sacrificed all to translate the scriptures that they could be available to all.

I am thankful for the Gospel of Jesus Christ and what it has helped me to become.

I am thankful for my family... each in their own way has influenced my life for good... each one.

I am thankful for friends, neighbors and my brothers and sisters in the gospel.

I am thankful for faithful leaders whose selfless service shows the way.

I am thankful for the challenges, including the failures, of life. They help me grow and strive to become more like the Savior.

I am thankful for forgiveness and repentance so that I can recover from the challenges of life.

I am thankful for strangers that have had an influence on my life both seen and unseen.

But more than anything I am thankful for the Atonement of Jesus Christ that makes all things whole and for its healing and protecting power in my life.

In becoming self-reliant it is important to realize that no matter how independent we become it is through the blessings of our Father in Heaven we have come to be where we are. So, the more self-reliant we become the more gratitude we should have in our heart for the Savior and our Father in Heaven for all they have provided for us. 

We Need to Be More Grateful


"We need to be more grateful. It's one of the marks of strong character, to have a feeling of thanksgiving and gratitude for blessings that are ours. We need more of that spirit in our homes, in our daily associations, in church, everywhere. It's so easy to cultivate the spirit of appreciation."

Ezra Taft Benson"All This and the Gospel Too," New Era, Nov. 1991, 4

Demonstrate Thanks and Gratitude


"Surely every soul who understands what the Savior did for us loves him and desires to demonstrate, in a realistic manner, thanks and gratitude.

"In the 59th section of the Doctrine and Covenants there is a revelation in which the Lord tells us specifically how we can do this.

"The said revelation was received by the Prophet Joseph Smith in Independence, Missouri, on August 7, 1831. The Saints were then just beginning to gather in Zion. The land had been consecrated and the temple site had been dedicated.

"The Lord began the revelation by saying:

" '. . . blessed . . . are they who have come up unto this land with an eye single to my glory. . . .

Marion G. Romney"Thou Shalt Thank the Lord Thy God in All Things," Ensign, June 1974, 4

Gratitude Brings Heightened Awareness


"Gratitude is a Spirit‑filled principle. It opens our minds to a universe permeated with the richness of a living God. Through it, we become spiritually aware of the wonder of the smallest things, which gladden our hearts with their messages of God's love. This grateful awareness heightens our sensitivity to divine direction. When we communicate gratitude, we can be filled with the Spirit and connected to those around us and the Lord. Gratitude inspires happiness and carries divine influence."

Bonnie D. Parkin"Gratitude: A Path to Happiness," Ensign, May 2007, 35

Being Grateful Will Make Us Happy


"Mercies and blessings come in different forms--sometimes as hard things. Yet the Lord said, 'Thou shalt thank the Lord thy God in all things' (D&C 59:7). All things means just that: good things, difficult things--not just some things. He has commanded us to be grateful because He knows being grateful will make us happy. This is another evidence of His love."

Bonnie D. Parkin"Gratitude: A Path to Happiness," Ensign, May 2007, 35

We Have Forgotten God


"Consider these words written by Abraham Lincoln as part of a resolution in 1863:

"'We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in number, wealth, and power as no other Nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God who made us.

"'It behooves us, then, to humble ourselves before the offended power, to confess our . . . sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.' (John Wesley Hill, Abraham Lincoln, Man of God, 4th ed., New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, p. 391.)"

Marion G. Romney, "Gratitude and Thanksgiving," Ensign, Nov. 1982, 50

A Happy Home Is a Haven


“A happy home is but an earlier heaven. President George Albert Smith asked, ‘Do we want our homes to be happy? If we do, let them be the abiding place of prayer, thanksgiving and gratitude’ (in Conference Report, Apr. 1944, p. 32.)”

Thomas S. Monson“Precious Children—A Gift from God,” Ensign, Nov 1991, 68

Cultivate An Attitude Of Gratitude- President Monson

In The Spirit Of Thanksgiving-Random people on the streets of New York City share a variety of grateful responses to one simple question: What are you thankful for?  

Family Finances

We are coming into the holiday season. It is a time filled with tradition, blessings and celebration. It can also bring greater expenses which needs careful planning so that debt can be avoided. It is a time when emotions can cloud financial judgement, leaving our budget plan in shambles. Here are some resources on how to plan for the holidays and still maintain control of the budget.
Holiday Debt Management
How to Budget Holiday Gift Spending

Family Home Storage

Longer-Term Storage: Powdered Milk and Other Dairy Products

Introduction To Powdered Milk
Powdered Milk- Things to do with powdered milk.
Powered Milk and Evaporated Milk
Udderly Delicious "Wheys" to Use Powdered Milk
Powdered Milk Recipes You Will Love
USDA's Collection of Nonfat Dry Milk Recipes
Powdered Milk Handouts-Picture and recipes
DIY Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix
Ice Cream Using Powdered Milk

Powdered Buttermilk:
Thoughts on powdered buttermilk.
How to use powdered buttermilk.

Homemade Yogurt:
A video tutorial showing how to
make yogurt from powdered milk. This page has video tutorials on making blender cheese cake, greek style yogurt, and making yogurt cheese.
Handout for making yogurt.

How to Make Cheese From Powdered Milk
Cheese recipes
Cooking With Food Storage-Homemade Cheese Recipes Using Powdered Milk

Canned cheese that can be stored on the shelf is available. It is a processed cheese. It is expensive. If you are interested in putting some in your storage you can do a search on the internet. Be sure to shop around to get the best price.

Powdered cheese is also available for storage. As above you can do an internet search to find this product.

Canned Butter- You can find sources for buying canned butter but it is expensive and the shelf life is several years. If having butter on hand is important to you, you can do a search on the internet for canned butter. Be sure to shop around for the best price.

We keep regular butter in our 3-month supply of food. Wait for a sale then buy the amount of butter you need. We keep it in the freezer until we need it.

Powdered Butter is available for storage. Search the internet to find sources for this product.

Milk Allergy:
If you or someone in your family has a milk allergy, you may want to store some alternative products. or supplies from which you can make your own milk alternatives. These things are not suitable for longer term storage since they only have a shelf life of a few years, but would be easy to incorporate into your 3-month supply of pantry food. If you want to store more be sure you use and rotate your supply. Canned coconut milk has a shelf life of about 3 years.
Dairy-Free Recipes, Ingredients and Cooking Tips
Best Non-Dairy Milk Alternatives
Canned Coconut Milk- Substitutions for milk.
Cooking with coconut milk.

Self-Reliance: Family Home Evening Ideas


A great general resource for planning Family Home Evening

Below are resources for planning a family home evening on gratitude:

Resources for lessons on Gratitude

Thankful Turkeys-A fun and tasty activity for family home evening.

A Second Thanksgiving-An audio story about a family that had an experience that led them to be extra thankful.

The Gratitude List-An audio story about sister missionaries learning the blessings of making a gratitude list.

Super Fast Service- For Little Friends video story.

Thanksgiving Daily-Mormon Messages video

Frugal Living

39 Frugal Tips for Saving Money at Christmas
5 Surprising Things About Basic Food Storage Recipes
How to Use Powdered Milk to Save Money
Desserts Made With Food Storage

Seasonal Activities

Frugal Holiday Activities
Small, Frugal Holiday Activities
Seven Frugal Holiday Activities


Making soups is a great way warm up your family in the chilly weather and to use those canned, dried or frozen foods you put up in the summer.

A hearty soup and some sourdough biscuits makes a filling and frugal meal that is also nutritious. Grandma's Sourdough Biscuit recipe is one I highly recommend. Dumplings are another great addition to a soup meal. Here is a recipe for sourdough dumplings that turned out well.

How to Make Super Soups

The Basics, Making Homemade Soup Recipes

Basic Soup Stocks