a "been-there" mom of six offers encouragement
to wives, young mothers, and those not so young,
and simple common-sense approaches to
the "ings" of life:
child-rearing (hints and helps), homemaking (all areas),
cooking (simple, cheap, and do-it-yourself)
making (toys and gifts), preparing (for the unexpected),
maintaining (sanity and peace in this increasingly crazy world) and more---
all aspects of making the most of making do on little---
and having fun in the process.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

YES! Mormons ARE Christians!!! . . .

In spite of what many others would have you  believe.

Mormon is a nickname for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Jesus states in the Bible  (New Testament) "Other sheep I have which, are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd."
John, Chapter 10, verse 16.

In the Book of Mormon, Jesus states "And verily I say unto you, that ye are they of whom I said: 'Other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.'"
3rd Nephi, Chapter 15, Verse 21.

Mormon was a prophet on the American continents,  as was Nephi, some of the sheep Jesus talked about.

Mormon was the prophet that abridged the scriptures of those sheep -- "The Book of Mormon"

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The Book of Mormon is
Another Testament of Jesus Christ

LDS members do not worship the prophet Mormon rather we respect the prophet Mormon, just as we respect all of Heavenly Father's prophets---from ancient times through the present.

Following are the 13 basic points of belief  of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, set forth by Joseph Smith, the first prophet of the restoration of Christ's Church on earth. Again, we do not worship Joseph Smith, we respect him and honor him.  We WORSHIP God and His Son Jesus Christ.

We call these points The Articles of Faith

 We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.
 We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.
 We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.
 We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third,Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.
 We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.
 We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.
 We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth. 
 We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.
 We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.
 10 We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.
 11 We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.
 12 We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.
 13 We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.
I hope this post has helped you understand that "Mormons" are diverse, unique individuals who share a common belief in Jesus Christ as the Savior and Redeemer of the world.

If you would like to know more. you can go to https://www.mormon.org/  the Church's  internet site  which  offers videos on a variety of topics to watch, information to read, offers you a free Bible and/or Book of Mormon and even gives you the opportunity to chat one on one with a Church representative who can answer any questions you may have.

I am Simply, Gail and

Mormon.org is a simple, non-threatening way to discover who we really are from the proper source. Isn't this the correct way to gain correct knowledge about any subject?

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Needing to Suddenly Grab 'n Go or (Hopefully) Just Getting to Go: Easy Ways to MAKE IT FIT BETTER

If our family or area ever faces a disaster . . .

Our first hope is that we will be able to stay in place---shelter in place---even if there is a lot of damage and all the utilities are unusable. Hopefully we could uncover, salvage or scrounge up some things from the wreckage.  

The disaster would be that much more difficult if we had to travel in a vehicle,  pull a wagon, ride a bike or walk to get somewhere safer.

We are getting old, our car is a compact and we have a very large dog.

Even getting three days worth of bare essentials in our car would be a challenge. And how much greater the challenge if we had to grab and go without having prepared for what we would take!

72-hour kits, grab 'n go or bug-out-bags need to be assembled before there is a need !

If you check out our four posts on  grab and go bags you will see the various combinations                    
we have put together over the years---some from when we had either a larger car or a much smaller dog!

I have read internet sites that not only cover B-O-B's but an EDC or every day carry.

We are somewhere in between the two. We have chosen to have our most immediate needs as portable and light as possible, with others portables packed in hope we can somehow manage to find room for them to go along for the ride.

We keep lists of what is in what pack. Our memories are bad enough as is, without bringing stress into the mix. 

We substitute or replace things periodically, and hopefully remember to change out summer/winter clothing.

We have a relative who has chosen not to prepare for the first 72-hours on the illogical thinking (in our way of thinking) of not  knowing what the emergency might be. 

I hope his way of doing nothing spurs you to do SOMETHING!

In the fall, we and our big dog (in our small car) are traveling across a few states to stay for a period of time near a lake. This has provided the impetus to find ways to compact our vacation stuff, while still having room for our emergency essentials in containers other than our bulky, and pretty heavy, backpacks.

My first efforts were packing the smaller of our emergency clothing in  food saver vacuum machine and bags and vacuuming them flat. We packed the more bulky emergency clothes and most of our vacation clothes in Ziplock-brand vacuum seal bags.

We don't plan on opening the food-saver vacuumed clothes (but they will be there is a need) and the Ziplock bags open easy and are reusable.


Milo eats a lot.  In preparing for this trip we marked the date we opened the bag of his dry food  to see how long it lasted. The 15.5 pound (7.03 kg) bag measures approximately 17" across and 27" long when laid flat.
When it is full, the bottom 12" of the bag has a bulky girth of 36!!

I measured the food in two cup portions--sealing each in its own zip lock bag. I laid the now-empty dog food bag out flat and layered the small  bags in it. One 17x27" bag holds 14 of these serving-size packets and will neatly lay flat in the trunk, being only  2-1/2 inches deep or high or thick or whatever it is called.

And, there is still room for some of his snacks bagged the same way and a beach towel! Remember? We are going to a lake and he loves water!

Collapsible Water or Food Bowls

You can find them but they are not cheap most are still a little bulky, and some admit they are only water resistant.  I found this genius idea on the internet---a two-minute youtube video. My thanks to Claude Pageau for sharing it. You may want to check it out.


Stay in touch for more of our space-saving ideas --- even more uses for the empty dog bags.

In the meantime, put on your thinking caps for ways to reuse these very sturdy, probably waterproof (I'll test that next), handy, dandy bags.

I am Simply, Gail