Bloggernacle Back Bench: Back Bench: National Preparedness Month

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 13 2011 5:00 a.m. MDT

September is National Preparedness Month.

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September is National Preparedness Month, and bloggers are doing much of the work for you! You can find emergency preparedness lessons, seasonal and canning recipes, case lot sale prices, and much more.

One of your first stops in working on your emergency preparedness should be the ProvidentLiving.org site — an LDS.org website — with a plethora of links and resources for all types of emergencies, both big and small.

Then I loved this “Emergency Preparedness Crash Course,” where these bloggers compiled a list of blog lessons on things such as making a family plan, putting together a 72-hour kit, making an evacuation list and powerless cooking. Wow! Check it out!

Do you have zucchini practically coming out of your ears, either from your own garden or dropped off by kindly neighbors? Well, this blog is full of recipes regarding “Zucchini, Zucchini and more Zucchini.” For instance, ever thought of making zucchini sloppy joes? Or maybe a tricky zucchini crisp? Click in for more!

Another great stop is the “Frugality, Finance and Self-Reliance” list of blogs at Mormon Mommy Blogs where you’ll find even more recipes, ideas, tips and price alerts in an ever-changing roll of blogs.

And if you live in Utah, you just must download the “Fall 2011 Mega Case Lot Sale Price comparison list” this blogger has complied. It’ll help you find the best prices for the items that your food storage lacks. What a great resource!

Finally, let’s switch gears from physical preparedness to spiritual preparedness. Next year the Book of Mormon takes center stage in the Sunday School Curriculum, but you can start preparing now with the just-released Mormon Messages YouTube Book of Mormon Stories that you can share with your family and friends. It has more than 50 videos! Check it out!

Now let me alert you to other posts from this last week in the Bloggernacle:

Power pick: One of the most beautiful ways the online community comes together is to grieve and/or remember, both of which happened this weekend in observance of the 10th anniversary of 9/11. I read so many personal accounts and incredible essays capturing testimony and emotion. One of my favorites was this essay called “Keeping Vigil with the Dying,” which describes the soul-stretching activity of watching suffering from afar.

From the essay: “We want to rescue those we watch, but knowing we can’t, we hope to relieve a part of their suffering by suffering with them. We seek to bear their burdens by making those burdens our own. Is this not the gospel of Jesus Christ? Our tiny souls, stretching to accommodate even a part of another’s soul. In similitude of the Savior we seek to offer ourselves, to move ourselves to the background of our own hearts so that there might be room for another to abide there, a place to seek shelter.” Wow.

Techie tip: Did you know that “the search term ‘Mormon’ yields 341,000 results on Google’s new, social network, Google+, while ‘LDS’ returns 167,000. Those numbers don’t nearly measure up to references to Christianity, Islam and Judaism, but for a network with 25 million users, about 500,000 references is a number that cannot be easily ignored.”

So states this reporter in asking the question “Why are Mormons flocking to Google Plus and giving it the 1+?” Blogger Kathryn Skaggs provides the answer: The church understands and uses the power of social media and, “To Mormons, the greatest message to share is that of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Members of the church are unified in their desire to share this message with others. We recognize that the Internet is an excellent resource for sharing our beliefs.” Click to read the entire article!

Emily Warburton Jensen loves searching through the LDS blog world for developments and testimonies that best capture the ever-evolving LDS online experience.

Email: ejensen@desnews.com

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