Your fourth preparedness challenge for September is to work on preparedness in a rational way. Some of you have felt an urgency to do something and found your way to my Facebook or Instagram page, or my website. That urgent feeling could be a spiritual prompting, or you’ve seen the many disasters going on around us in the world and you are scared to death. Whatever it is propelling you, act rationally.
I feel the best way to gather food storage and preparedness supplies is gradually and within your budget. I believe with all my heart that you CAN do that gathering each month while you grocery shop or Costco shop or WinCo shop or Walmart shop or Amazon shop. But you’ll probably have to give up some habit of yours to financially afford to do it.
I like to call this your preparedness adventure because it takes away that doomsday, end-of-the-world mentality. I don’t and won’t follow any “groups” out there. Especially those trying to guess when the Savior will come. I’m just been trying to do the basics that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints encourages. And learn some new skills along the way.
“We encourage 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, and do not go to extremes. With careful planning, you can, over time, establish a home storage supply and a financial reserve.” ()
And when new guidelines come out from my church, I’ll adapt to those changes. I’m grateful the leaders of my church have made this doable. Of course, the way we gather is our choice and mine is to focus on something different each month so I don’t get overwhelmed. And once mastered, I focus on something else the next month. To me that’s rational.
Along the way I’m keeping my shelves full of the normal canned and packaged foods our family eats. I also keep a well-stocked freezer, but I know that a long-term power outage could spoil that food, so I have pantry food on my shelves and some long-term foods like wheat and rice as well in my basement.
One of my heroes is President Gordon B. Hinckley (born 1910). He urged my generation in 2007 to change our food storage gathering approach by focusing on emergency water, a 3-month supply of food and emergency funds. And then to gather long-term foods. He knew this was a doable approach. As a prophet of God, he could see the recessions of the 80’s, 90’s and Covid-19 or whatever the Lord wanted him to see.
President Russell M. Nelson (born 1924) sees our future as well. They both lived during the Great Depression, through wars and rumors of wars. President Nelson is teaching us to “hear Him” which means to hear the Savior. As we do, the Spirit will help us know the approach we can take with our preparedness efforts. Are you taking time to pause for promptings? I hope so.
So, your challenge this week is to work on preparedness in a rational way. I know you CAN do it! Thanks for hanging out with me.
Best wishes to you and stay healthy,
The Food Storage Organizer