Food Storage Planning

If you don’t have room for food storage in your house, use your garage.

Heh, heh, heh, heh. What a stupid suggestion.

Church recommendations have included advice on growing gardens, having orchards, and raising livestock. When I lived in Idaho, our extended family had all of these things. I’m not part of that any more. I’ve tried growing stuff around my house and failed miserably. Technically, I could move to Idaho. There is room for me on the family farm. I don’t have employment that holds me in Pennsylvania, but I’m not going to go. My work is here.

There are people who do not have money or space for an extensive food storage program, but that’s okay. The Lord who understands all things will bless those who do all that they can do to keep his commandments.

Remember how the Lord fed the five thousand. This has happened for real in our generation.

I was living in Idaho Falls in 1976, when the Teton dam broke and poured billions of gallons of water into the Snake River Valley. In Rexburg at Ricks College (now BYU Idaho), people stood on the hill and watched houses float by. Ricks College was not in session but the school opened the cafeteria and fed everybody that showed up. There wasn’t enough food but they did it anyway:

They had a donations of juice, bread, lunchmeat and milk stacked on the dock. Workers proceeded to dispense these items, as well as fresh fruit to thousands, yet the stacks of food did not diminish. That happened for days. One dock worker said he was going to count the milk, bread and juice and check it against what they were giving out. He was advised against it for fear that the Lord might suddenly withhold his blessing.  (Page 174-5, That Day In June, Reflections of the Teton Dam Disaster, Edited by Janet Thomas and others, Ricks College Press, 1977).

In April 1976, Vaughn Featherstone spoke in general conference about getting a food supply. He told several ways to do it. He also answered some other significant questions:

Do we share our food?

No, we don’t have to share—we get to share! Let us not be concerned about silly thoughts of whether we would share or not. Of course we would share! What would Jesus do? I could not possibly eat food and see my neighbors starving. And if you starve to death after sharing, “greater love hath no man than this …” (John 15:13.) (Featherstone, Ensign, May 1976)

Do we have to have weapons to protect our food?

Now what about those who would plunder and break in and take that which we have stored for our families’ needs? Don’t give this one more idle thought. There is a God in heaven whom we have obeyed. Do you suppose he would abandon those who have kept his commandments? He said, “If ye are prepared, ye need not fear.” (D&C 38:30.) (Featherstone, Ensign, May 1976)

What about laws against food storage.

From what I’ve read, the ban against food storage exist mostly in tropical climates where a large amount of food is a source of infestation.

So in the end, you evaluate your own situation. You start with a 3 day supply, then a month supply, then 3 months, etc.

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