The LDS Church has always been ahead of the curve and I appreciate their
foresight into the principle of being self-reliant. Too many of our day have
taken this issue lightly and are not prepared for the disasters that will come,
whether by natural causes or as prophesied in scripture. Lets face it, it is
easy not to be prepared. It is easy to sit back and think that "all is
well" and it will continue this way. The reality is that hard times are
ahead no matter where you live. I wish I could sit back and tell everyone to
spend as you wish and just have faith that all will work out, but the truth is
much harder to deal with. We need to be prepared. We need to get ready. "Faith without works is dead" and people without food are too.
Being prepared is always a good idea. Here, however, I often personally sense
that people are preparing for apocalypse, not earthquake or snowstorm.
So this answers my question about why we can't can stuff anymore for our
food storage: the FDA got involved. Thanks, big government!
Wonderful facility! Try it out; you'll like it!
My daughter and I are under a self-imposed quarantine because we have active
cases of MRSA, the drug resistant staph infection. Without food storage we
would be dependent on ward members and neighbors to shop for us. Although they
are willing to do this, I hate to impose and possibly expose them to the
disease. It's hardly the apocalypse, but food storage has made the
situation--now going into its sixth week--far more bearable.
The article's mention that during the Cold War our church leaders
recommended two years instead, seems to imply reactionary extremism on their
part. Just so you know, that was not the time with the highest amount of
storage recommended: Brigham Young encouraged 7 years' worth of food!I think the difference between preparing for an apocalypse, and
preparing for the more common scenarios like job loss or extended illness, is
whether a person actually uses their food storage on a regular basis. Hint:
it's much easier to learn to use it now, while you're not in crisis
@MaxilynGood luck with your MRSA treatment. That is horrible stuff.
My brother contracted a MRSA infection while in the hospital after surgery and
it nearly killed him. I never thought about food storage in case of illness
like that. Thanks for inspiring me to do better!
@KellyWSmith,How many American LDS are you aware of that have
starved to death in the last 75 years due to a natural disaster?
The last 5 years it has been more difficult to buy all the groceries one would
like! I am so thankful I heeded the Prophets voice and had my foodstorage in, it
has helped tremendously! I do so worry about those who don't have any and
every month I shop I wonder how the truly poor are making it? I urge all my
brothers and sisters in the church and out now more than ever is the time to
prepare. Follow the Prophets voice, in the end you won't be sorry! If you
have to sell something or give up something up so be it.. as President Spencer
Kimball said.. quote,“A true Latter–day Saint family is a
haven against the storms and struggles of life.” ( “The Fruit
of Our Welfare Services Labors,” Ensign, Nov. 1978, 75.)
@Well.okLehi, UTThe fact that many American LDS are prepared and
self sufficient for times of emergency is the point that you missed.
Its a good idea to not forget water and also a means to cook the food if the
utilities fail.Don't forget to rotate your food storage and
practice eating it. I do this and at first it was hard. But with time we are
better cooks, we have learned a lot.
@cjb"Don't forget to rotate your food storage and practice eating
it. "I don't try to build more than a month's food
storage (not really a storage, more like just food-on-hand) and even cycling
that is difficult. Heh, there was one time a year ago when I was checking
inventory and found a box marked "best by: April 2009" and I was just
looking at it puzzled... mostly because I didn't even move out here until
May 2009 and didn't bring any food with me.
To "Hutterite" if you didn't hate the LDS church so much, you would
see that storing food and being prepared has more to do with job loss or cut in
pay than it does being prepared for disaster. However, just look at what
happened in New Orleans when they had a hurricaine. Riots, and people desperate
for food because they were not prepared.
@RedshirtCalTech"However, just look at what happened in New
Orleans when they had a hurricaine."Humorous that you would
bring up hurricane Katrina, because that episode illustrates the folly of
storing a bunch of food in your house. How much good does food stored 10 feet
underwater in the house that you evacuated do? Many, many disasters, like
floods, fires and earthquakes to name a few, involve evacuation. Food storage
is useless in these situations. Better you invest that same amount of money in
savings account, T-bills, or T-notes so it will have grown and be there
(wherever you are) when you need it. By the way, you can order food
online and have it delivered to your house (if you are sick) in many places.My parents wasted money buying food and keeping it in our basement when
I was growing up. Better that food was in a regional storehouse somewhere. A
72-hour pack and a wad of cash is best for most emergencies.
Here's a question for everyone.What was the Church's
original council as to the number of years of recommended food storage each
member should have on hand?A. 2B. 7C. 5D. 1If you answered "B" you got it right.
re atl134Salt Lake City, UTI see, may I suggest you get 3
months worth of storeable food and the means to cook it on hand. Also 2 or more
weeks of water. Can goods last 2 to 3 years. Dry goods that have oxygen absorber
packets inserted into the can will last longer.
Redshirt GlenbeckU is right on the money!I have been dislocated by
natural disasters twice, and both times our "faithful" two-year supply
was worthless.We now have 72 hour kits and cash. Good to go!
But then you have to eat it! We cut down because of the waste. No one wants to
eat it. It doesn't sound appealing & whole wheat is a LOT of Work to
prepare into Anything.
@cjb"may I suggest "Certainly."the
means to cook it on hand"Yeah, that would be my critical flaw in
the earthquake scenario that knocks out power and either contaminates water or
otherwise ruins infrastructure to hinder water. "3 months worth
of storeable foodAlso 2 or more weeks of water."Sadly
though, heh, there's only so much space one has when living in a dorm.
Redshirt GlenbeckU: you'll be one of the ones who stand there with your
useless money and pay 20 dollars for a drink of water unless you rethink thus.
Friends, people I know and even some family members laughed at me when I started
storing water. One broken water line though and that quit. My food storage has
provided form my husband and me over the last two years due to slow or no work.
I was taught self reliance by my parents and when I became a member of the
church it was not some major change. In our family over the years, I not only
stock up on food but personal items also. Times have been tough this year but
not as near as tough as it could have been. No matter how poor you think you are
you can always buy one or two extra items and put them back every month and
before long you have home storage.
"If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine." I have a
year supply of food, and I know why I am going to need it, and I know why you
are. I can also give you a very good estimate of when you'll need it.
It's coming quickly. And it's scary. And you wouldn't believe
me if I told you. So I won't. I will tell you this, get it, or die.
It's that simple. I'm not advocating that you rush out or panic, but
I would be working on it the way the church has said to very diligently (unless
you do have the financial means to go get it-then rush and get it). Don't
be a fool. Work on it. It's not a 3 month supply, it's still a year.
Read the advice again. Think you're going to go shoot your food or catch
it? Think again. Think the church is going to take care of you, or your
neighbors that stored food? Think again.
@Clydedale "Think the church is going to take care of you, or your
neighbors that stored food? Think again."Wait... the Church owns
one of (if not the largest) agribusinesses in the world grossing billions of
dollars and owning hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland. The stated
purpose of accumulating all this wealth (rather than alleviating hunger and
poverty today) is to be used for that "rainy day". Are you now saying
that isn't true, that they are not going to share with me and my
neighbors?@Ocd4lifeIt is good to save for a rainy day. But if
you think about it, saving (and investing) that same amount of cash would have
been more efficient and given you more flexibility than buying two of everything
and storing it in case you needed it. What if you had needed to downsize to
save money? What would you have done with the "stuff" you bought?
I'm all for storing some water because it is the most essential thing and
it is FREE. And it's good to keep a full tank of gas in your car. But
cash is king when times are tough.