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Certainty in Uncertain Times

Certainty in Uncertain Times

While we may not have total control of the changing world around us, we can find peace in the scripture: “If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear.” For latter-day saints, the call for emergency preparedness is a familiar one. But now, even the world around us recognizes the importance of the age-old scout motto, “Be Prepared.” We are warned on all fronts to equip ourselves with ample necessities should we ever face natural disasters, economic crises, or other times of emergency. But one may ask, what key things should I do to be prepared?


With the feeble condition of the economy, analysts predict credit card debt to shoot through the roof. As it is, the average U.S. household has around $8,000 of credit card debt. Elder J. Ruben Clark’s words speak to us from the dust, “Interest never sleeps nor sickens nor dies. …Once in debt, interest is your companion every minute of the day and night; you cannot shun it or slip away from it; you cannot dismiss it; it yields neither to entreaties, demands, or orders; and whenever you get in its way or cross its course or fail to meet its demands, it crushes you” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1938, p. 103). It’s no wonder why staying out of debt is so critical to preparing for emergency times.

Food Storage

Perhaps the biggest emphasis of emergency preparedness falls on having adequate food storage. The church has put forth great effort to provide guidance and support to assist families in building up food storage. One such guide is a pamphlet published by the First Presidency. They counsel, “We ask that you be wise as you store food and water and build your savings. Do not go to extremes; it is not prudent, for example, to go into debt to establish your food storage all at once. With careful planning, you can, over time, establish a home storage supply and a financial reserve.” The pamphlet encourages beginning with a short-term supply. A 3-month supply can be built up gradually by simply purchasing a few extra items each week at the store. The next step is to store up a supply of water by even just filling up old juice or soda bottles. A financial reserve should also be established by saving a little money each week. The end-goal is to build up a long-term supply. Dry foods such as wheat and flour can store for many years. The church’s canning facilities are available to can fruits, vegetables, and other can-friendly foods. By following these simple steps, the intimidation many feel by building up food storage can be dispelled.

Emergency Plans

One of the best sources for information on emergency preparedness is This is a website created by the church to educate on the different aspects of emergency planning. It encourages Family, Ward, and Stake Emergency Planning, Emergency Communications, Disaster Cleanup and Volunteer work. It outlines Meetinghouses as Emergency Shelters and many other Emergency Preparedness Resources.

The Lord’s charge in D& C 109:8 to “prepare every needful thing” may seem daunting to many people. But, with the resources available for direction and by following simple steps, we can find certainty in these uncertain times.

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