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Throughout the ages, God has always spoken prophetic words



Throughout the ages, God has always spoken prophetic words. In Matthew 6:31-33, God says, “Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat?, or, What shall we drink? or Wherewithall shall we be clothed? For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye need all of these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

In this time of economic hardship, this quotation can be comforting to many people. When I think of this statement, I think of LDS Family Home Storage. With God’s help, every LDS church member should be able to build up a reserve of food, water, clothing and first aid supplies in case of an emergency. Let’s focus on the most important things first. Everyone knows that we all need food, water and clothing to survive. By following these five basic steps, you will have a full storage pantry in little time.

The steps are:

1. Write down all of the food and clothing items that you own. This action will help you decide what items you need for one year’s supply.

2. Make food storage a part of your daily life. Start by adding small amounts of everyday food to your pantry to build up a 3-months supply. You can rotate these food items weekly or monthly.

3. Get some expert advice. You can go to or buy the book, “40 keys to family emergency readiness.”

4. Make it your goal to store up one year’s worth of food and clothing. You can do this by purchasing a calendar and working torward this goal month to month.

5. Know your food storage basics. Start saving these long -term food items: powdered milk, water, sugar, flour, and salt. All of these items can be stored for up to 30 years. Store water in leak proof soda bottles or jugs.

So, you are probably thinking that you want to do Family Home Storage. Most people like being prepared for emergencies. But then reality sets in. You might think to yourself, “how can I build up an emergency food and clothing reserve when I can’t even make ends meet?” It may seem overwhelming to build up a reserve in the middle of an economic downturn. Here is some advice on how to cut costs on your Family Home Storage.

First of all, you can find local stores that sell bulk items. Costco is one such store.Also, you can buy more clothes at thrift stores. There are many thrift stores here in SLC. You can shop for your clothes at Savers or Deseret Industries. You can also use coupons at the grocery store.

There are also many helpful resources available. There are many web sites that will let you print off free recipes. Home cooked meals are often more affordable than restaurant meals. Lastly, you can start canning and bottling your fruits, vegetables and jellies. If you need help doing this, you can go to Here is an apricot jam recipe to get you started. This recipe is from my family cook book.

The recipe is:

24 cups apricots, chopped and crushed

3 small jars marchino cherries, with juice

12 cups of sugar

8 ounces of lemon juice

7 oranges, peeled and chopped

2 large cans of crushed pineapple in juice

1 cup of orange juice

Cook all of the ingredients over moderate heat in heavy kettle until thick.

Bottle in sterilized jars. Makes 18 pints.


Hopefully, this article has encouraged you to do Family Home Storage. In Luke xii 19 of the bible, God says, And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.” As an LDS church member, you know how important God’s words are in your life.




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