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Fear Not

Fear Not

Fear Not, Be Prepared

We see new calamities facing people all over the world every day.  There has been a 233% increase in disasters in the last decade, as reported by CRED, an international nonprofit group that has been reporting since 1950.  In the past these disasters might’ve seen distant and sad, but not a reality for our everyday life.  Gordon B. Hinckley at the October 2002 General Conference said, “None of us knows when a catastrophe might strike. Sickness, injury, unemployment may affect any of us.”  With the resent financial events in the United States and in other major countries many people have found themselves in an emergency that they were not prepared for.  “As we have been continuously counseled for more than 60 years, let us have some food set aside that would sustain us for a time in case of need,” Gordon B. Hinckley said this almost 10 years ago.  It is clear that now is the time to prepare.

As an individual, family, and a community we need to be prepared.  Ezra Taft Benson declared in the October 1980 General Conference, “Let us be in a position so we are able to not only feed ourselves through the home production and storage, but others as well.”  We should not only be prepared to take care of our own but be prepared to help others.  Often times it seems overwhelming to start food storage, but we have been counseled to do it, “We want you to be ready with your personal storehouses filled with at least a year’s supply. You don’t argue why it cannot be done; you just plan to organize and get it done,” (Spencer W. Kimball, Aug. 1976).  If we are unable to do it all at once we should focus on the necessities.  A letter that the First Presidency wrote in June of 1988 states, “We suggest that members concentrate on essential foods that sustain life.”  Start simple, have a goal, and then put a plan in place to meet that goal. 

The goal should be a year supply of food and water for our family.  The plan should be setting a portion of our monthly budget aside to buy these supplies.  First start with a 72-hour kit for each member of your family, this is something that can be put together in a day, or purchased already assembled and is inexpensive.  After completing a 72-hour kit you will feel a sense of accomplishment and it will be motivation to start a long-term food supply.  Begin by buying a week’s supply of food, then build up to a month’s supply, and then three months, until your goal has been reached.  Focus the short term food supply on items that are on a normal shopping list that can be rotated, and then purchase food that will last for several years for the long-term supply.  It will take time but blessings and peace will come from following the Prophets’ counsel.  In June of 1988 the First Presidency affirmed, “We encourage you to follow this counsel with the assurance that a people prepared through obedience to the commandments of God need not fear.”

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