What Do Mormons Believe: Family home production and storage

June 16, 2011

Members are encouraged to store a basic supply of food, water and finances. This council is outlined in a pamphlet produced by the church titled “All is Safely Gathered In.” From the pamphlet:

“Our Heavenly Father created this beautiful earth, with all its abundance, for our benefit and use. His purpose is to provide for our needs as we walk in faith and obedience. He has lovingly commanded us to ‘prepare every needful thing’ (D&C 109:8) so that, should adversity come, we may care for ourselves and our neighbors and support bishops as they care for others.

“We encourage Church members worldwide to prepare for adversity in life by having a basic supply of food and water and some money in savings.

“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.

“We realize that some of you may not have financial resources or space for such storage. Some of you may be prohibited by law from storing large amounts of food. We encourage you to store as much as circumstances allow.

“Build a small supply of food that is part of your normal, daily diet… Store drinking water for circumstances in which the water supply may be polluted or disrupted… Establish a financial reserve by saving a little money each week and gradually increasing it to a reasonable amount… For longer-term needs, and where permitted, gradually build a supply of food that will last a long time and that you can use to stay alive.” (All is Safely Gathered In, pamphlet, 2007)

“This new [home storage] program is within everyone’s grasp. The first step is to begin. The second is to continue. It doesn’t matter how fast we get there so much as that we begin and continue according to our abilities.” H. David Burton, “Family Home Storage: A New Message,” Ensign, Mar. 2009, 60.
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2 Responses to “What Do Mormons Believe: Family home production and storage”

  1. Steve

    SteveStacey —

    I think the best part of the recent emphasis is to build a three month supply of food you already eat, basically a large pantry.
    Many folks have stored food that they don’t eat, don’t like and don’t know to use — dehydrated food, wheat, etc.  None of which make sense if it isn’t part of your normal diet.  Those items create piles of expensive food that eventually gets thrown away.  The new approach creates a store that is rotated naturally because it is already what one eats.  Far smarter.
    Also, of note, is a downplaying of the apocalyptic stuff that some folks embrace.  In reality, most folks probably won’t have to survive an earthquake or other massive disaster.  Most will deal with the disasters of life — job loss, illness, divorce, death, etc.  And, for that, the new emphasis means that families will have food on the table when times are tough.

  2. Jan

    Looks like these people are just storing carbs.  They’d be the party house in the apocalypse.