Beyond Food Storage: Self Reliance

There is more to it than food storage

In the Mormon church, we are encouraged to “be prepared.” This means more than just having food storage; it means being prepared mentally, physically, and temporally, for whatever situations might arise in life. It means having a financial reserve, as well as a plan. We should have a plan for a house fire, a death in the family, or the loss of a job. Being prepared means sleeping easier at night. It can also mean the difference between being able to cope with life’s challenges, or being crushed under the waves.

Being prepared means being able to help others

There are many reasons why we should prepare ourselves in life, but one of the most important reasons is this: when you are prepared, you are better able to help others. It is impossible to lift someone else up, unless you are on “higher ground.” When a person is prepared and a situation arises, they are not only better able to care for themselves and their family, but they are also better able to reach out and help others.

Jesus Christ taught that we should love our neighbor, and do everything for them that we would do for ourselves. He also gave the great example of caring for those in need. In the Mormon church, we believe that we will be best prepared to serve other people when we can take a little extra care and precaution, and prepare for life’s eventualities.

Mormon church website on Self-Reliance

Below is a screen capture of a new website by the Mormon church on being prepared. The website has some great information on how to get started with “self-reliance,” which is the overarching concept for things like food storage and preparedness.

Mormon church self reliance website

Mormon church self reliance website

When you visit the website, you’ll find information on:

  • Food storage
  • Saving money, financial reserves
  • Spiritual blessings from being prepared
  • Serving others

There are links to articles and additional information. If you are looking for more specific food storage information, please feel free to use the link at the top of this website, or feel free to ask me any questions you may have!


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