A Year’s Supply

POWER IN PREPAREDNESS! Week 10: A Year’s Supply

Family Home Evening—Choose what works for your family.


I Will Follow God’s Plan and Keep the Commandments (Children’s Songbook, p. 164 and p. 146); Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah (Hymns, p. 83)

Book of Mormon Story

The Jaredites leave the Tower of Babel and prepare for their journey to the promised land.
Read Ether 1:33-43, Ether 2:1-12

Discussion Questions

  1. What was the name of the tower where the language of the people was confounded?
    The Tower of Babel
  2. What kind of food storage did the Jaredites bring with them?
    Their flocks (male and female), fowls (caught with snares), fish (in a vessel), deseret (swarms of bees), and seeds (of every kind)
  3. How did the Lord go before the Jaredites, talk to them, and give them directions?
    He stood in a cloud.
  4. Bonus question: What is the name of the brother of Jared?
    Mahonri Moriancumer, revealed to Joseph Smith during a baby blessing
    (“The Jaredites,” Juvenile Instructor, 1 May 1892, p. 282 n.)


  1. The land of America (North and South) is choice above all other lands, and the people who live there will be free from bondage if they will serve Jesus Christ.
  2. Heavenly Father provides guidance to prepare his people for the challenges ahead.
  3. We should strive to build up a one-year supply of food that will last a long time and that we can use to stay alive. We can work at rotating a portion of these items.

Activity Ideas

  1. Build a Tower of Babel with blocks (or cans of food?).
  2. Set goals for acquiring a year’s supply in stages. Post your goals over each section in your storage space.
  3. Take inventory of your food storage. Give each family member a section to count and be a steward over. Give young children the job of writing the date on new purchases.

Treat Ideas

  1. Storage Fruit Salad
    1. Combine:
      • 1 can pineapple tidbits, chunks, or crushed – drained
      • 1 can mandarin oranges, drained
      • 1 can fruit cocktail, drained
      • 1 c. small marshmallows
      • 1 c. wheat berries, cooked
      • ½ c. chopped nuts
    2. Add:
      • 1 c. flavored yogurt. (Lemon is good.)
  2. Wow! Bars
    1. Cream together:
      • 1 c. butter (or shortening)
      • 2 c. brown sugar
      • 2 eggs
      • 1 tsp. vanilla
    2. Add dry ingredients:
      • 1 tsp. salt
      • ¾ tsp. baking powder
      • ¾ tsp. baking soda
      • 2¼ c. wheat flour
      • 2½ c. rolled oats
    3. Mix in:
      • one 12 oz. bag chocolate chips
      • (Optional: 1 c. chopped nuts)
    4. Put dough in a greased 11” x 13” pan. Use a spoon or your fingers to distribute the dough evenly through the pan and to push dough into the corners.
    5. Bake at 350 for 20 min.

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