For Kevin Nield, alleviating fear was a matter of pointing to the pantry.

When a young couple recently shared with Nield their anxiety about the current economic climate and how it might adversely affect their family, Nield asked the couple to look at their shelves. The pantry was stocked with a reserve of everyday food items, while an adequate supply of water had been stored in the basement.

"It looks to me like you're in preparation mode," he told the couple. "Don't shift to fear mode. Just continue to do your best."

It's that very principle the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sought to convey in 2007, when two pamphlets, one of which outlined a new food storage initiative, were issued to the worldwide membership.

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