Loaves & Fishes is the Milwaukee South Stake Provident Living Newsletter compiled by the Stake Provident Living and Family Finances Specialist
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Thinking of giving service this month was a reminder to me to be aware of those around me and how I could help. It is a busy time, with so much to do. Work, harvesting, processing food, family and church responsibilities, ...so many things to balance! I have learned that during these times, if there is a need to be filled and the desire to help is there then the way seems to open up to help fill that need. Keep praying for the extra energy needed to do good. I will too. Thank you for all that you do. Thank you for the great examples you are of service.
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The Six Areas Of Self-Reliance and Charity
We are all part of one big family. Knowing this and knowing who we are increases the desire to develop the characteristics needed to become charitable.
God, Our Heavenly Father
I Am A Child of God
Why We Help
Why Do You Do This?
Serving others can begin by learning the skill of civility.
The Civility Experiment-Learn how civility and kindness go much deeper than appearances and quick judgments.
There are opportunities to exercise charity in many circumstances.
Our Hands, His Hands-Our Hearts, His Heart
EmploymentWe can serve those in need by helping those who are seeking employment.
This Is Your Phone Call-Bishop Richard G. Edgley
Working together as a family to be frugal and save money can provide the means to help in many ways.
What Can You Do?
Having food on hand makes it easier to help when the need arises. It was so in the early days of the church and can be so now.
"Amidst the terrible hostilities in Missouri that would put the Prophet in Liberty Jail and see thousands of Latter-day Saints driven from their homes, Sister Drusilla Hendricks and her invalid husband, James, who had been shot by enemies of the Church in the Battle of Crooked River, arrived with their children at a hastily shaped dugout in Quincy, Illinois, to live out the spring of that harrowing year.
"Within two weeks the Hendrickses were on the verge of starvation, having only one spoonful of sugar and a saucerful of cornmeal remaining in their possession. In the great tradition of LDS women, Drusilla made mush out of it for James and the children, thus stretching its contents as far as she could make it go. When that small offering was consumed by her famished family, she washed everything, cleaned their little dugout as thoroughly as she could, and quietly waited to die.
"Not long thereafter the sound of a wagon brought Drusilla to her feet. It was their neighbor Reuben Allred. He said he had a feeling they were out of food, so on his way into town he'd had a sack of grain ground into meal for them.
"Shortly thereafter Alexander Williams arrived with two bushels of meal on his shoulder. He told Drusilla that he'd been extremely busy but the Spirit had whispered to him that 'Brother Hendricks' family is suffering, so I dropped everything and came [running].'
"May God, who has blessed all of us so mercifully and many of us so abundantly, bless us with one thing more. May he bless us to hear the often silent cries of the sorrowing and the afflicted, the downtrodden, the disadvantaged, the poor."
Jeffrey R. Holland, "A Handful of Meal and a Little Oil," Ensign, May 1996, 31
Thanks for Sharing:
"I have found useful practical information in (the newsletters) that I am using to improve. I appreciated last months link to the man who talked about becoming self-disciplined. His common sense statement about not continuing to walk past a problem (pile of laundry) is making a difference for good in my life." Carolyn P.
National Water Quality Month
Self-reliance makes it possible to serve others in ways you may not have imagined. A donation of time or finances can help people all across the globe become more self-reliant too.
Clean Water Is Happiness
Living Water In Africa
A special thank you to those who have prepared temporally and spiritually to give of their time by serving missions.
Self-Reliance and Charity
"Charity is the pure love of Christ. It is the love that Christ has for the children of men and that the children of men should have for one another. It is the highest, noblest, and strongest kind of love and the most joyous to the soul (see 1 Nephi 11:23)." (Bible Dictionary)
"Self-reliance is the ability, commitment, and effort to provide the spiritual and temporal necessities of life for self and family. As members become self-reliant, they are also better able to serve and care for others." (Handbook 2: Administering The Church, Self-reliance 6.1.1)
Our lives are filled with many things. Our lives are busy lives. Our resources of time and money often times seem to be stretched to the limit and yet we are expected to serve others in need. Our lives are filled with many relationships. In these we have many opportunities to serve. As followers of Christ we must look to Him as our example of how to treat others and strive to love as He loves. Charity is defined as being the pure love of Christ. We should learn to develop compassion, patience, kindness and mercy to those people (family and otherwise) who enter our lives. Sometimes it means giving to those in need that are strangers or are in another part of the world as well. It is important to learn to be of service to others us just as Christ was of service to all.
When we become self-reliant we become in a position to be of greater service. It is not to say that one can't serve without being self-reliant but it is easier without things of a temporal nature weighing on the mind, heart, or spirit. It is a process that takes some time. In the journey toward self-reliance let us strive to help those around us that are in need. Let us do what we can from where we are.
We Are Surrounded by Those in Need
“My brothers and sisters, we are surrounded by those in need of our attention, our encouragement, our support, our comfort, our kindness—be they family members, friends, acquaintances, or strangers. We are the Lord’s hands here upon the earth, with the mandate to serve and to lift His children. He is dependent upon each of us.”
Thomas S. Monson, “What Have I Done for Someone Today?” Ensign, Nov. 2009, 86
Have I Done Any Good In The World Today?
Expanding Our Circle of Love
"We must strive to manifest the love of Christ, who always sought to please His Father by doing His will. . . . We must make every effort to follow His supreme example--to demonstrate such love through our thoughts, our speech, our actions--in all the things we do and are. We must not allow pride or vanity, selfishness or personal agendas to displace our reaching out to others in love. Quite simply and profoundly, we must first allow ourselves to be encircled by God's love. We do this best by embracing the Savior's eternal Atonement. Then we can expand that circle to include our family and all others. Such a circle is indeed heaven."
Bonnie D. Parkin, "Eternally Encircled in His Love," Ensign, Nov. 2006, 110
"Love is what inspired our Heavenly Father to create our spirits; it is what led our Savior to the Garden of Gethsemane to make Himself a ransom for our sins. Love is the grand motive of the plan of salvation; it is the source of happiness, the ever-renewing spring of healing, the precious fountain of hope. As we extend our hands and hearts toward others in Christlike love, something wonderful happens to us. Our own spirits become healed, more refined, and stronger. We become happier, more peaceful, and more receptive to the whisperings of the Holy Spirit."
Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "You Are My Hands," Ensign, May 2010, 70, 75.
Lose Yourself in Service
“The Savior taught His disciples, ‘For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.’
“I believe the Savior is telling us that unless we lose ourselves in service to others, there is little purpose to our own lives. Those who live only for themselves eventually shrivel up and figuratively lose their lives, while those who lose themselves in service to others grow and flourish—and in effect save their lives.”
Thomas S. Monson, “What Have I Done for Someone Today?” Ensign, Nov. 2009, 86
Love One Another
Serving in the Vineyard-Opportunities for service in the church.
Volunteer and Contribute:
"We are the Lord’s hands here upon the earth, with the mandate to serve and to lift His children. He is dependent upon each of us." —President Thomas S. MonsonFamily Finances
Family Finances: Build a Reserve
"Gradually build a financial reserve, and use it for emergencies only. If you save a little money regularly, you will be surprised how much accumulates over time.
President Gordon B. Hinckley has taught: “Set your houses in order. If you have paid your debts, if you have a reserve, even though it be small, then should storms howl about your head, you will have shelter for your wives and children and peace in your hearts” ("To the Boys and to the Men," Ensign, Nov. 1998, 54)."
Save For a Rainy Day: Are You Prepared?
How To Save For A Rainy Day
Save For A Rainy Day-Video Tutorial
Are You Financially Prepared For Disaster?
Family Home Storage
|Longer-Term Storage: Grains|
OK, this is where some people say, "This is too complicated. I could never do this." The key is to take it a step at a time. Trying to do everything all at once can be overwhelming. Learn about one or two new skills and then practice until you feel like you have it down then move on to the next thing you want to learn. Every year I try to learn a new skill in becoming self-reliant. It usually has something to do with gardening or storing foods, but it has also been sewing, how to use a root cellar or how to be more energy efficient. This year is learning about sourdough and how to cook with it. It has been great! (The pizzas are yummy.) Over the years there have been a lot of topics. Doing it at a pace that I can handle is the key. When I had small children or a heavier service load I would adjust what my goals were but I always had a focus for the year. Having a focus caused me to keep my eyes open for ideas or information on my topic. I would find myself saying, "I have a question..." when I found myself with someone who was more accomplished on my topic than I was. Little by little it all adds up. Don't let yourself become discouraged (I have learned a lot from failed gardens, failed recipes, failed sewing projects, etc.) Just keep on going and the rewards will come. In gathering your longer-term storage, do what you can but DO what you can. Figure out what it is that you can do then hold yourself accountable to do it.
Below I have listed a lot of links pertaining to longer-term storage. Review them for information then pick what you want to focus on. Involve the family, make it fun.
Food Storage Calculator
Dry Products for Longer term Storage
Whole Grains Council- Cooking with grains- This is a great site with basics for beginners and more for those that have worked with grains and need new ideas. Be sure to check out the video tutorials.
Food Storage Made Easy: Grains- Look at the bottom of the page for a link to information on storing for gluten-free or allergy diets.
Storing gluten-free grains
Gluten Free Food Storage
Self-Reliance: Family Home Evening Ideas
On the Lord's Errand: The Life of Thomas S. Monson.
Below are some ideas for family home evening lessons that include examples of charity.
After watching the video and seeing the example of President Monson, discuss what talents your family has that could be used for the Lord's storehouse. The church handbook defines what the Lord's storehouse is:
"In some locations the Church has established buildings called bishops’ storehouses. When members receive permission from their bishop, they may go to the bishops’ storehouse to obtain food and clothing. But the Lord’s storehouse is not limited to a building used to distribute food and clothing to the poor. It also includes Church members’ offerings of time, talents, compassion, materials, and financial means that are made available to the bishop to help care for the poor and needy. The Lord’s storehouse, then, exists in each ward. These offerings are “to be cast into the Lord’s storehouse, … every man seeking the interest of his neighbor, and doing all things with an eye single to the glory of God” (D&C 82:18–19). The bishop is the agent of the Lord’s storehouse."
Opportunities To Do Good-The Lord’s way to help those in temporal need requires people who out of love have consecrated themselves and what they have to God and to His work. (20:14)
A Father In Deed- Before watching this video ask the family to watch for ways this father showed Christ-like love. Share what you saw and discuss how to serve each other by showiing Christ-like love in your family.
The Miracle of the Roof - Watch this video and then discuss the following quote with your family.
"I promise you that if you'll use your gifts to serve someone else, you'll feel the Lord's love for that person. You'll also feel his love for you." Henry B.Eyring, To Draw Closer To God (Salt Lake City: Desseret Book, 1997), 88.
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How to Make Baby Food-Make your own baby food using foods in season and save.
I helped my daughter make her own stage two baby food to freeze. We figured to buy the same amount of baby food we made it would have cost $22.08.
Our cost was $5.55. That is a great savings!
Food Safety and Health-Preserving Food Safely: Tested Recipes for Canning Approved by University of Wisconsin
Before eating boil low acid foods that have been home canned for 10 minutes at altitudes below 1,000 feet. Add an additional minute of boiling time for each additional 1,000 feet elevation.
How to Freeze fruits and vegetables.
What's in season for your region? - After you click on this link, scroll to the bottom of the page and you will find a link to a produce calendar for Wisconsin. This calendar can help you plan when produce will be available so you can head to the farm to get your produce. (Remember to always call first to make sure the produce is really on. Times may vary due to weather or other conditions.)
Recipes for August produce:
August is when the garden really gets going. It is a busy time for preserving all of these wonderful foods, but don't forget to cook some up for dinner. Below are links to many, many recipes and some fresh ideas on how to use the August bounty.