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LDS Emergency Preparedness

LDS Emergency Preparedness

The prophet Ezra Taft Benson said, “The revelation to store food may be as essential to our temporal salvation today as boarding the ark was to the people in the days of Noah,” and many members have taken this to heart, storing essential food and survival items for emergencies or potential catastrophes. Until recently, the mandate from the leaders of the church was to prepare one year’s worth of food storage, but that number has been reduced to a three-month supply. However, even at that reduced amount, many members are still unprepared for potential emergencies because of a lack of knowledge about food storage, a concern about the cost, or a simple lack of faith.

Lack of knowledge

Many members have not put aside a three-month supply of food simply because they don’t know where to start. When I was growing up, I remember it was all the rage to go buy100 lbs. of raw wheat per person. But what are you going to do with all that wheat in an emergency? Crush it between your toes to make flour? My own family was intimidated by the sheer amount of food and knowledge one needed in order to be completely self-sufficient for one year. Thankfully today we are more realistic about food storage. The general consensus is to store what you will eat and rotate it regularly. There are also some helpful resources like the hints at that give you clear instructions on what is best to buy and store.

Lack of Money

Many members are also overwhelmed by the cost of buying a three-month food supply. But don’t worry about it. Pace yourself. It is not necessary to go into debt to buy all three-month’s worth of food tomorrow. You can start small by buying one or two extra things each week at the grocery store and putting them aside as storage. Case lot sales are also a good way to buy bulk canned food items like vegetables, fruit, tuna fish, and more for cheap.

Lack of faith

Lastly, some people lack the faith to trust the church leaders. These members don’t see the point in investing time, money, and effort into building a three-month supply that they may never use. But the scriptures tell us that “if ye are prepared ye shall not fear” (D&C 38:30). I realize that preparing a three-month supply may be a daunting task, especially for those whose budgets are already stretched. But if you have faith, the Lord will help you accomplish what he has asked you to do (1 Nephi 3:7).

Hopefully, we can all better prepare ourselves for potential emergencies by building a three-month food supply sensibly and practically, always following the guidance of the spirit.

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