President Kimball said to plant a garden. Why? We can just buy food cheaper and easier from the store. Perhaps we need the skills. Perhaps we need to work.
In walking to Zion our family has realized that we are too lazy to walk. Mmm. That's a problem. We have realized one aspect of walking to Zion means we need to literally gain physical strength. Our world is filled with a life of physical ease and comfort. As a result we have become a fat and lazy people, and while our family is not fat we are definitely lazy!
In my long time favorite quote from Brigham Young he said,
"If we are to be saved in an ark, as Noah and his family were, it will be because we built it." (JD 8:354-355)He also said,
"Everything connected with building up Zion requires actual severe labor. It is nonsense to talk about building up any kingdom except by labor; it requires the labor of every part of our organization, whether it be mental, physical or spiritual, and this the only way to build up the Kingdom of God." (JD 3:122)So we are changing. We have physical goals.
Walk more. Be more active. Plant and take care of a garden. Eat less. Serve more. Move our body. Get fresh air.
In walking to Zion our family has also been identifying 'lost arts' that we feel we need to gain some basic knowledge in. One child said the other day, "What happens if we don't actually need them because we aren't called to Zion." Even if we don't physically remove ourselves to Zion these arts are being lost and the succeeding generations need these skills. I feel duty bound to make sure my posterity has possession of these skills.
Here is a working list we have been making of possible skills. We aren't necessarily going to learn all of them. We do know some of these skills and want to refine them. Other skills we may only obtain a general knowledge. It has been mentioned that learning these skills as a family would be pursuing "wholesome recreational activities." I couldn't agree more!! What would be more fun: campfire cooking as a family or watching Biggest Looser? I mean come on! These ideas are in a total random order.
Milking a Cow
Cheese Making (butter, cottage cheese, cream cheese, yogurt)
Herbal identification and remedies
Chicken and Other Poultry Care
Killing and butchering animals
Shooting a Gun
Knitting (socks, sweaters)
Wool processed to yarn
Growing wheat/grains and harvesting
Seed reproduction transplanting to garden
Car care/ mechanics
Cooking basics (molasses, vinegar, pickling, breads, mayonnaise, …)
Washing Clothes in bucket
Felling Trees and chopping wood
Going to Zion requires actual physical preparation. It is one more thing that I think is important in my Walk to Zion.