Liberty to yield…

In May 1788, Thomas Jefferson wrote one of the most prescient statements of his career: “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground.” From Thomas Jefferson to Edward Carrington, 27 May 1788 To Edward Carrington Paris May 27. 1788. Dear Sir I have received with great pleasure your … Continue reading Liberty to yield…

Thomas Jefferson — Tree of Liberty

Letter to William Stephens Smith, Paris, Nove 13, 1787 Paris, November 13, 1787 DEAR SIR, -- I am now to acknoledge the receipt of your favors of October the 4th, 8th, & 26th. In the last you apologise for your letters of introduction to Americans coming here. It is so far from needing apology on … Continue reading Thomas Jefferson — Tree of Liberty

Excerpts from Thomas Jefferson’s 1st State of the Union Address

“Other circumstances, combined with the increase of numbers, have produced an augmentation of revenue arising from consumption in a ratio far beyond that of population alone; and though the changes in foreign relations now taking place so desirably for the whole world may for a season affect this branch of revenue, yet weighing all probabilities … Continue reading Excerpts from Thomas Jefferson’s 1st State of the Union Address

America’s Founding Fathers Warned Against Departure from Basic Principles

One of the most remarkable observations in the study of history is the caution and warnings that are always given by founders of great civilizations. It seems that those who lay foundations for great civilizations are quite aware of the seeds of pride, selfishness, and contention in human nature which over time usually begin to … Continue reading America’s Founding Fathers Warned Against Departure from Basic Principles

Iodine for water purification

Iodine should not be used by any of the following: those on thyroid medication, lithium medication, pregnant women, those with allergies to iodine or shellfish, or people with active thyroid disease.   It appears safe for short term use (3 month) for others. Add the recommended amount, mix it well in the water and let … Continue reading Iodine for water purification

2400 calories/day or 1500 calories/day?

For any who might question why the Church has drastically reduced the recommended food storage from over 2400 calories/day to just over 1500 calories/day, consider these statistics from a talk given by Bishop H. Burke Peterson, Presiding Bishop, October 1975 General Conf. “The Welfare Production-Distribution Department,” Ensign, Nov 1975, 116 Let us look at the … Continue reading 2400 calories/day or 1500 calories/day?

Using Dry Chlorine Powder/Granules for disinfecting water

Because of the danger associated with both storing and using it, the Church does not recommend it. Recognizing that some people are looking for a compact, non-deteriorating substitute for chlorine bleach (which frequently contains other harmful chemicals as well), I asked a chemist for measurements for appropriate use of dry chlorine for water disinfection. This … Continue reading Using Dry Chlorine Powder/Granules for disinfecting water

30 Lost Ways of Survival from 1880 We Should All Learn

By C. Davis February 1, 2015 People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how the guys who wandered the west 150 or so years ago did it. Community – We were not meant to survive in isolation forever. There are many skills we … Continue reading 30 Lost Ways of Survival from 1880 We Should All Learn

Preparing for Emergencies – from the Ensign

Just in Case In every family there are unforeseen circumstances that call for immediate action. A child swallowing cleaning agents or medicines, someone sustaining a serious wound, natural disasters, an unexpected loss of a job or reduction in income—any of these can catch families unprepared. When the Teton Dam burst in Idaho in 1976, President … Continue reading Preparing for Emergencies – from the Ensign

36 Quotes from LDS Leaders re: Preparedness

Family preparedness has been a long-established welfare principle. It is even more urgent today.  I ask you earnestly, have you provided for your family a year’s supply of food, clothing, and where possible, fuel?  The revelation to produce and store food may be as essential to our temporal welfare today as boarding the ark was … Continue reading 36 Quotes from LDS Leaders re: Preparedness