How can food storage help every family?

Mormons store food. It is a well known fact, and it is something that we’ve been doing for decades. Food storage isn’t new, and Mormons certainly didn’t invent it. Possibly the most famous ancient case of “food storage” is the story of Joseph in Egypt, who helped the Pharoh see the value and importance of storing and preparing in order to save his people from famine.

In Joseph’s day, Pharoh (who was not of Joseph’s religious background) was warned by God to prepare for the times ahead. They faced years of plenty, followed by years of terrible distressed lacking. Had they not been warned, the people may have done what comes naturally in times of plenty: sat back, enjoyed it and imagined it would never change.

When things are going good, it is normal for people to feel that they will never go badly again. But this is not wisdom. No matter what religion you ascribe to, it just makes sense to look at mormon food storage as “wisdom for our times.” If you follow the news, you realize just how deep this wisdom really is. Mormons have been urged to store food continually, even in times of “plenty.” In recent years, with food shortages, crop failures, and grain disease around the globe, storing food has become even more important.

Even so, food storage is NOT only for those who want to be prepared for a shortage. Food storage can be useful in a variety of situations, and can even make your daily life, budgeting and living easier and more healthful. Here are just a few ways that food storage might make life easier, even without disaster:

  1. Unemployment: A popular argument for food storage is that having stored food can lessen the stress of unemployment. When you have supplies stored that you can use, it frees up a restricted budget caused by unemployment or underemployment. It is one less thing you have to worry about buying. The psychological value of having enough to eat can really make a tight budget less troublesome. Having less to worry about can make you more confident as you search for new work.
  2. Bulk=Savings: Everyone knows that when you buy in bulk, you save significant amounts of money. It is not small change: buying in bulk can mean paying half as much, or less, for a product. When you purchase food storage items in larger quantities, your budget for food can go even farther. This is wonderful, even in times of prosperity. The extra money can be used to pay down debt, build a savings, or help others. It is a wonderful feeling to have food storage that also increases your financial freedom.
  3. Minor Emergencies: Food storage isn’t just good for catastrophes, it is also useful in very minor emergencies. In one location that I lived, ice storms could trap you in your home for several days at a time. Everyone was in the same boat. When an ice storm was predicted, the store shelves would be emptied of essentials immediately. With food storage at home, and other preparedness items, we didn’t even need to worry about rushing to the store. We had everything we needed, and our stress level didn’t have to raise for a minor “emergency.”

There are many more reasons that Mormons store food. Whether you know or are interested in Mormon doctrines and religious beliefs doesn’t matter: one thing you can take away from Mormonism is an emphasis on self-reliance, an emphasis on providing for your family and for others, and the idea that a loving Heavenly Father wants to protect us from the storms of life, literal or otherwise.

Have additional questions about food storage or Mormonism? feel free to post them here for real, quick answers.

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Women in the Mormon church

Women in the Mormon church

How does the Mormon church view women? What roles to women have in the LDS church? These are just a few of the questions that I’ve heard relating to the role of women in the LDS faith. Let me start with a few quotes from leaders of the Mormon church, regarding our views of women:

There are some men who, in a spirit of arrogance, think they are superior to women. They do not seem to realize that they would not exist but for the mother who gave them birth. When they assert their superiority they demean her. It has been said, “Man can not degrade woman without himself falling into degradation; he can not elevate her without at the same time elevating himself” (Alexander Walker, in Elbert Hubbard’s Scrap Book [1923], 204).

Every woman is a daughter of God. You cannot offend her without offending Him.

How thankful I am, how thankful we all must be, for the women in our lives. God bless them. May His great love distill upon them and crown them with luster and beauty, grace and faith. And may His Spirit distill upon us as men and lead us ever to hold them in respect, in gratitude, giving encouragement, strength, nurture, and love, which is the very essence of the gospel of our Redeemer and Lord.

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The true spirit of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gives to woman the highest place of honor in human life.

One of your unique, precious, and sublime gifts is your femininity, with its natural grace, goodness, and divinity. Femininity is not just lipstick, stylish hairdos, and trendy clothes. It is the divine adornment of humanity. It finds expression in your qualities of your capacity to love, your spirituality, delicacy, radiance, sensitivity, creativity, charm, graciousness, gentleness, dignity, and quiet strength. It is manifest differently in each girl or woman, but each of you possesses it. Femininity is part of your inner beauty.

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“Woman is God’s supreme creation. Only after the earth had been formed, after the day had been separated from the night, after the waters had been divided from the land, after vegetation and animal life had been created, and after man had been placed on the earth, was woman created; and only then was the work pronounced complete and good.

“Of all the creations of the Almighty, there is none more beautiful, none more inspiring than a lovely daughter of God who walks in virtue with an understanding of why she should do so, who honors and respects her body as a thing sacred and divine, who cultivates her mind and constantly enlarges the horizon of her understanding, who nurtures her spirit with everlasting truth.

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These few quotes, which are only a drop in the sea of Mormon teachings on the sanctity and importance of womanhood, tell me all that I need to know: the Mormon church views women as not only equals to men on earth, but as the pinnacle of God’s creation, to be revered, respected and upheld through all time.

What roles do women have in the Mormon church?

People sometimes wonder what roles women have in the Mormon church. I have heard of some other faiths where women are not allowed to speak on Sunday at church. In the LDS church, women teach, preach and serve in the church. All people, men, women and children, contribute to our Sunday worship meetings. Women also serve missions, and represent the Mormon church around the world.

The Mormon church defends womanhood

Do a search on lds.org on womanhood. You will find countless articles on the importance of women in the plan of our Heavenly Father. The LDS church defends womanhood as the most important role on this earth. Much of our media today objectifies women, while other influences attempt to deny the existence of womanhood by setting women down as only “identical” to men.

In the Mormon faith, we embrace the natural grace and beauty of womanhood, and encourage women around the world to search for the aspects of themselves that will bring them the most happiness and fulfilment. The Mormon church combats and speak out openly against things that degrade women, such as pornography and abuse. In a world that treats women as objects, the LDS church stands as a witness of the value of women.