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March/April 2009
Volume 2; Issue 2


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Relief Society Room Handling Life Through Sunshine & Rain Balancing Priorities & Time Dinner: Seeking Truth, Light & Salvation Handling Life through Sunshine & Rain Seeking Truth, Light & Salvation
Young Women's Room Managing & Using your Food Storage Home Management: Cleaning, Organizing & Laundry Tips Salad & Baked Potato Bar Managing & Using your Food Storage Budgeting Without Tears Budgeting Without Tears
Priesthood Room Hand Sewing & Stitchery Simple Crocheting Luscious Desserts Hand Sewing & Stitchery Balancing Priorities & Time Simple Crocheting
North of the Kitchen

Speaker:
Creating Easy Healthy Meals Seeking Truth, Light & Salvation
Primary Room Planning Nutritious Meals Quilting "From Our Hearts & Hands to Yours" Quilting Planning Nutritious Meals Home Management: Cleaning, Organizing & Laundry Tips
North Foyer Service Project Creating Messages of Love and Encouragement Creating Messages of Love and Encouragement
Creating Messages of Love and Encouragement Creating Messages of Love and Encouragement Creating Messages of Love and Encouragement

President's Message 
Dear Sisters,
Spring is a wonderful time of year. It is surely a time of renewal and fresh starts. We clean out flower beds, plant seeds, un-clutter closets and other parts of our homes. It is a time to begin again. Our most recent General Conference addresses gave us great counsel to head us in the right direction. Elder Hales spoke of becoming provident providers for our families. He said, "What is a provident provider? All of us are responsible to provide for ourselves and our families in both temporal and spiritual ways. To provide providently, we must practice the principles of provident living: joyfully living within our means, being content with what we have, avoiding excessive debt, and diligently saving and preparing for rainy-day emergencies. When we live providently, we can provide for ourselves and our families and also follow the Savior’s example to serve and bless others."

As each of us strives to improve in these very important areas, remember to look to the Lord. His help is there as we study and pray, asking in faith for assistance in those things most important to ourselves and our families. He loves each one of us and wants us to have joy. We can gain strength through faithful temple attendance and in all things be blessed. We love each of you and pray that as you 'look to God and live', you will find the help you need, and have desires to reach out and serve others. You are wonderful!
Love, Shannon, Lori, Sammy and Jan

Riverton Utah Stake Relief Society Enrichment Conference
Thursday, April 30th; 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm;
Park building
From My Heart & Hands to Yours 
So ‘she’ fed them according to the integrity of ‘her’ heart; and guided them by the skillfulness of ‘her’ hands.”
Psalms 78:72 

You are invited to join us for dinner, lots of exciting helpful classes, the joy of compassionate service, and oodles of fun.

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Water Storage Tips & Suggestions
  • Rotate your water once a year for freshness. Some people choose April or October as times to rotate, but remember the following statement: “If your water is free of bacteria and if you keep it in clean, tightly closed containers away from sunlight, it will remain safe indefinitely.”(Ensign October 1991, p. 71) 
  • If you are using several small water storage containers, refresh a few each month. 
  • Water containers can be stored in many different places such as closets, underneath beds, etc. Dark, cool locations are best to reduce unwanted growth in the water. 
  • Water that tastes flat can be aerated by pouring the water from one container to another to another about three or four times. 
  • Water stored on concrete surfaces will absorb a concrete flavor; water should be stored on wood, carpet, or newspaper. 
  • Hot tubs and swimming pools are possible water sources, although extreme precaution and education is recommended before using this option. 
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How You Can Create an Effective Family Budget 
Financial Service
Commit to spend less than is earned; Tithing and savings should be the highest priority commitments.

Avoid convoluted software programs that want you to devote an entire weekend to categorizing, analyzing, and so on for the sake of creating the perfect budget. Perfectionism, when it comes to budgeting, is a huge waste of time. Reality has a funny way of sometimes not accommodating what you’ve written down in your budget.

So, relax and just give it your best shot.
  1. List your income, how much and when during the month that you receive it. 
  2. Then, list your recurring expenses – how much, to whom and when during the month that you pay them. 
  3. Next, ballpark any other expenses you can come up with off the top of your head – things like groceries, gas, etc. and list those too. 
All of these steps can be done with just you and your spouse, a pad of paper and a pen or pencil. Add up your income and subtract all your expenses in one monthly total. That’s it – you’ve now created a rudimentary budget.

If you’re in the negative you know you’ve got a problem. If you’re in the positive, you’re either doing really well or you’ve forgotten something. Keep working on your master list until you’re comfortable with it.

Here are a few additional suggestions to help along the way in the months to come as you refine your budget:
  • Keep it simple. Having 150 categorization buckets won’t give you much more than a headache. This is a practical family budget – not a second job filled with painful number crunching. 
  • Make a plan to pay off your debt – permanently; start saving 10% of your gross income. Invest it wisely to ensure a safe and good return. 
  • Become aware of the concept of cash flow. You will need to forecast your daily check account balance for your budget to really sing. 
  • Always keep some fun money in your family budget. A draconian, taskmaster budget can quickly kill everyone’s enthusiasm for following it. A good family budget should enhance the quality of your family life. 



Spring Clean Your Storage Area 
  • Inspect your Food Storage Area for unwanted moisture, pests, etc. 
  • Discard food which has been damaged, has become unsafe, or is unusable. 
  • Take inventory; confirm quantities of food match family usage and expectations. 
  • Ensure rotation procedures are being followed and oldest food is being used first.
Cannery Dates
Sandy Utah Home Storage Center Dry Pack (801-561-8104)
Friday, May 1st - 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Thursday, June 4th - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Dry Pack times are listed in the Stake Calendar as ‘Home Storage.’

These times have been reserved for our Stake.