I've heard people say, "The Church leaders aren't talking about food storage much any more so I guess it doesn't matter." Yikes! To that comment I have four responses:
1) President Monson addressed preparedness in his October 2014 First Presidency message. Part of what he said was this: "We live in turbulent times. Often the future is unknown; therefore, it behooves us to prepare for uncertainties. When the time for decision arrives, the time for preparation is past."
2) Just because we don't hear the bold talks like President Benson used to give about preparedness doesn't mean there isn't still current counsel about it. You can easily find it on the church's website. The Church is still counseling a 3 month supply of ever day foods, some water, money, and long term foods. The guidelines don't include all the exact numbers they used to (like in the 2002 First Presidency letter), but that's okay! It gives members of the Church the opportunity to pray and get their own revelation of what and how much to buy.
3) Those bold quotes from past prophets are still true! My favorite is, "The revelation to produce and store food may be as essential to our temporal welfare today as boarding the ark was to the people in the days of Noah." (Ezra Taft Benson, Ensign, Nov. 1980)
4) And now the Church has put out this brand new video with written guidelines to help people get started. It looks like they'll give an update each Saturday this month with more suggestions. Awesome.
I promise you will never regret following the prophets to get food storage! Think of the natural disasters just in the last few years where people had to live without power, running water, and grocery stores. Would you be ready for something like that? If not, make 2015 your year to get ready! If you planned on buying a new TV or car or Disneyland vacation, may I suggest you pray about that and see if Heavenly Father wants you to prioritize getting prepared first.
Here is what you'll see on this Mormon Channel post along with the video.
MORMON CHANNEL BLOG
How to Begin a 3-12 Month Food Supply
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Is one of your New Year’s goals to get more on top of your food storage situation? Every Saturday this month we will be sharing tips and tricks with you on how to do this. This week, we’ve consulted food storage blogger, ValerieAlbrechtsen, for some of her expert tips on getting started with a 3-12 month food supply. First, watch this helpful video to get started.
Gathering food storage and emergency supplies can be simplified by using 12 monthly emergency prep lists (see below for an example). With different monthly goals, these lists can put you on autopilot and help you establish a habit of gathering year-round while you regularly shop.
Although these lists are based on seasonal sales in Utah, anyone with a desire to become self-reliant can use them. Each list suggests monthly goals for one adult, but you can multiply food and water amounts by family members, increase or decrease amounts, modify food choices, and create a list that’s perfect for you.
These lists incorporate the four steps found in “All is Safely Gathered In: Home Storage” a pamphlet prepared by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and additional home storage goals, emergency equipment goals, and preparedness goals you can work on as a family.
Instead of burying food in your basement to use only during emergencies, learn to “store what you eat, and eat what you store” so when emergencies come your children can actually eat food they are accustomed to. (There will be another post on this next Saturday on the Mormon Channel Blog).
Work on the first three steps: gather a three-month supply of food, emergency drinking water, and a financial reserve (see the post from last Saturday on short-term food storage). Then gather long-term foods, home storage supplies, and emergency equipment.
So, how do you begin?
1. Take an inventory of all the canned, bagged, boxed, and packaged foods your family regularly eats. Check out this suggested three-month food storage list for a little inspiration. You may already be further along than you think! If you are a fresh or frozen food person, remember: the shelves in your favorite store will be empty during a disaster. You must figure out something to store.
2. Take an inventory of your long-term foods with a 20–30 year shelf life, such as wheat, rice, and beans.
3. Decide on a food storage budget, such as 20–30 dollars a month per person. If you live in a small apartment or are on a limited budget, start with a one-month supply of food. You CAN do this too! If you are single or a student, here is ahelpful list to get you started.
Learn to gather patiently. Don’t panic and rush to the store. Just gather monthly as this will help with rotation of food and your budget. Keep an inventory sheet on a cupboard door to track how much you want to store and what you use. Hang your grocery list next to it and write down what to buy next time you shop.
Anything you do to help yourself become self-reliant is a step in the right direction. I know this to be true, because I live this way every day. And you can too, one can or bag of food at a time.
12 Monthly Emergency Prep Lists
January: Water, Beverages, and Water Storage
(more on this later this month on the Mormon Channel Blog)
February: Breakfast Foods and Communication
March: Tomatoes, Pasta, and First Aid
April: Soup, Fish, Beans, and Sanitation
May: Condiments, Spices, and Emergency Cooking
June: Grains, Vitamins, and Bread Making
July: Summer Foods, Emergency Drills, and Canning
August: Fruits, Vegetables, Shelter, and Bedding
September: Meat, Potatoes, and Earthquake Prep
October: Oils, Fats, and Fire Safety
November: Holiday Baking, Emergency Heat, and Clothing
December: Baking Basics, Power and Light Sources