I have updated my Emergency Preparation and Food Storage pages at Bevscountrycottage.com
with some more important links and a new section of quotes. I might move them to their own page in the near future but for now, they are on my main page there.
<-------(mural by Bev Qualheim) So many wonder why the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has counseled it's members for so many decades to have on hand a year's supply of food, clothing, fuel, and the skills to know how to grow a garden, can what we grow, be able to make our own clothing and bedding, and be self reliant? Many ask, why we need to do that when we can go to the store and buy whatever we need?
These quotes, mostly from Prophets of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, might help you understand why we believe and do as we do:
Quotes on Preparing
* Let every head of household see to it that he has on hand enough food and clothing and, where possible, fuel also for at least a year ahead.... J. Rueben Clark, 1937
* There is a wise old saying " Eat it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without". Thrift is a practice of not wasting anything. Some people are able to get by because of the absence of expense. They have their shoes resoled, they patch, they mend, they sew, and they save money. They avoid installment buying, and make purchases only after saving enough to pay cash, thus avoiding interest charges. James E. Faust
* The Lord has warned us of famines, but the righteous will have listened to the prophet and stored at least a years supply of survival food. Ezra Taft Benson
* The revelation to store food may be as essential to our temporal salvation today as boarding the ark was to the people in the days of Noah. Ezra Taft Benson
* 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." President Ezra Taft Benson
* We will see the day when we will live on what we produce. President Marion G. Romney
* Ye Latter-Day Saints, learn to sustain yourselves, produce everything you need to eat, dink, or wear.... President Brigham Young
* Our emphasis on this subject is not grounds for crisis thinking or panic. Quite the contrary, personal and family preparedness should be a way of provident living, an orderly approach to using the resources, gifts, and talents the Lord shares with us. So the first step is to teach our people to be self-reliant and independent through proper preparation for daily life. Author: Victor L. Brown,
* For the moment we live in a day of peace, but it shall not ever be thus. Great trials lie ahead... and we must prepare ourselves temporally and spiritually. Bruce R. McConkie
* There is no person who knows the real purpose for which this welfare program is being instituted but hardly before sufficient preparation has been made the real purpose will be revealed and when that time comes it will challenge every resource of the church to meet it. Harold B. Lee
* When people are able but unwilling to take care of themselves we are responsible to employ the dictum of the Lord that the idler shall not eat the bread of the laborer. Boyd K Packer
* The time will come that gold will hold no comparison in value to a bushel of wheat. President Brigham Young
* No man is truly free who is financial bondage. ‘Think what you do when you run in debt,' said Benjamin Franklin, 'you give another power over your liberty.' Ezra T. Benson
* Relief Society stands for self-reliance. The best food storage is not in welfare grain elevators but in sealed cans and bottles in the homes of our people. What a gratifying thing it is to see cans of wheat and rice and beans under the beds or in the pantries of women who have taken welfare responsibility into their own hands. Author: Gordon B. Hinckley
* It's easier to prepare and prevent, than to repair and repent. anon
If you would be interested in helping your own family be prepared for hard times, disasters, financial problems, whatever the future holds, there are many ways to do this without panicking. We have never been counseled to panic or go into debt to get storage. We have just been asked to do what we can, when we can, with effort each month. Start by buying a couple of extra cans of vegetables or peanut butter, this week as you shop.
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