The best investment I ever made was buying two little Jonathan apple trees 10 years ago to plant in our yard. This year we have an estimated 1000 pounds of juicy, delicious apples. We began harvesting them today, just making a small dent in the crop after canning 60 quarts of the best apple sauce ever (my wife’s recipe – a combination of fine sauce and chunky bits prepared two different ways and blended), and also giving away lots of apples to friends. We’ll give away lots more tomorrow. The apple trees cost $30 each when we bought them – and this year’s harvest is worth nearly $1000. And no store-bought apples I’ve tried taste any better. Best investment ever (though I’m also hopeful that my high-dividend avocado stock will stay in the green — please don’t ask me any questions about the difference between the stock market and gambling unless you have a good explanation yourself to share).
I really appreciate the Church’s recommendation that people do things to become more self-sufficient, things like planting gardens, saving for a rainy day, having a food storage program, working hard, getting all the education we can, staying out of debt and following the requirements for one’s parole. To the extent that we listen to this advice, our lives will be blessed immensely.