Mormon-centric Utah epicenter for food storage

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  • Redshirt GlenbeckU SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Dec. 25, 2013 10:31 a.m.

    "Think the church is going to take care of you, or your neighbors that stored food? Think again."

    Wait... the Church owns one of (if not the largest) agribusinesses in the world grossing billions of dollars and owning hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland. The stated purpose of accumulating all this wealth (rather than alleviating hunger and poverty today) is to be used for that "rainy day". Are you now saying that isn't true, that they are not going to share with me and my neighbors?

    It is good to save for a rainy day. But if you think about it, saving (and investing) that same amount of cash would have been more efficient and given you more flexibility than buying two of everything and storing it in case you needed it. What if you had needed to downsize to save money? What would you have done with the "stuff" you bought? I'm all for storing some water because it is the most essential thing and it is FREE. And it's good to keep a full tank of gas in your car. But cash is king when times are tough.

  • Clydesdale Tooele, UT
    Dec. 24, 2013 10:38 p.m.

    "If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine." I have a year supply of food, and I know why I am going to need it, and I know why you are. I can also give you a very good estimate of when you'll need it. It's coming quickly. And it's scary. And you wouldn't believe me if I told you. So I won't. I will tell you this, get it, or die. It's that simple. I'm not advocating that you rush out or panic, but I would be working on it the way the church has said to very diligently (unless you do have the financial means to go get it-then rush and get it). Don't be a fool. Work on it. It's not a 3 month supply, it's still a year. Read the advice again. Think you're going to go shoot your food or catch it? Think again. Think the church is going to take care of you, or your neighbors that stored food? Think again.

  • ocd4life Tucson, AZ
    Dec. 24, 2013 7:12 p.m.

    Friends, people I know and even some family members laughed at me when I started storing water. One broken water line though and that quit. My food storage has provided form my husband and me over the last two years due to slow or no work. I was taught self reliance by my parents and when I became a member of the church it was not some major change. In our family over the years, I not only stock up on food but personal items also. Times have been tough this year but not as near as tough as it could have been. No matter how poor you think you are you can always buy one or two extra items and put them back every month and before long you have home storage.

  • curbee North Las Vegas, NV
    Dec. 24, 2013 3:37 p.m.

    Redshirt GlenbeckU: you'll be one of the ones who stand there with your useless money and pay 20 dollars for a drink of water unless you rethink thus.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 24, 2013 3:13 p.m.

    "may I suggest "


    "the means to cook it on hand"

    Yeah, that would be my critical flaw in the earthquake scenario that knocks out power and either contaminates water or otherwise ruins infrastructure to hinder water.

    "3 months worth of storeable food
    Also 2 or more weeks of water."

    Sadly though, heh, there's only so much space one has when living in a dorm.

  • LJohnson Los Angeles, CA
    Dec. 24, 2013 3:11 p.m.

    But then you have to eat it! We cut down because of the waste. No one wants to eat it. It doesn't sound appealing & whole wheat is a LOT of Work to prepare into Anything.

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    Dec. 24, 2013 3:07 p.m.

    Redshirt GlenbeckU is right on the money!

    I have been dislocated by natural disasters twice, and both times our "faithful" two-year supply was worthless.

    We now have 72 hour kits and cash. Good to go!

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 24, 2013 1:37 p.m.

    re atl134
    Salt Lake City, UT

    I see, may I suggest you get 3 months worth of storeable food and the means to cook it on hand. Also 2 or more weeks of water. Can goods last 2 to 3 years. Dry goods that have oxygen absorber packets inserted into the can will last longer.

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    Dec. 24, 2013 1:28 p.m.

    Here's a question for everyone.

    What was the Church's original council as to the number of years of recommended food storage each member should have on hand?

    A. 2
    B. 7
    C. 5
    D. 1

    If you answered "B" you got it right.

  • Redshirt GlenbeckU SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Dec. 24, 2013 1:26 p.m.


    "However, just look at what happened in New Orleans when they had a hurricaine."

    Humorous that you would bring up hurricane Katrina, because that episode illustrates the folly of storing a bunch of food in your house. How much good does food stored 10 feet underwater in the house that you evacuated do? Many, many disasters, like floods, fires and earthquakes to name a few, involve evacuation. Food storage is useless in these situations. Better you invest that same amount of money in savings account, T-bills, or T-notes so it will have grown and be there (wherever you are) when you need it.

    By the way, you can order food online and have it delivered to your house (if you are sick) in many places.

    My parents wasted money buying food and keeping it in our basement when I was growing up. Better that food was in a regional storehouse somewhere. A 72-hour pack and a wad of cash is best for most emergencies.

  • RedShirtCalTech Pasedena, CA
    Dec. 24, 2013 11:38 a.m.

    To "Hutterite" if you didn't hate the LDS church so much, you would see that storing food and being prepared has more to do with job loss or cut in pay than it does being prepared for disaster. However, just look at what happened in New Orleans when they had a hurricaine. Riots, and people desperate for food because they were not prepared.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 24, 2013 11:26 a.m.

    "Don't forget to rotate your food storage and practice eating it. "

    I don't try to build more than a month's food storage (not really a storage, more like just food-on-hand) and even cycling that is difficult. Heh, there was one time a year ago when I was checking inventory and found a box marked "best by: April 2009" and I was just looking at it puzzled... mostly because I didn't even move out here until May 2009 and didn't bring any food with me.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 24, 2013 10:28 a.m.

    Its a good idea to not forget water and also a means to cook the food if the utilities fail.

    Don't forget to rotate your food storage and practice eating it. I do this and at first it was hard. But with time we are better cooks, we have learned a lot.

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 24, 2013 10:19 a.m.

    Lehi, UT
    The fact that many American LDS are prepared and self sufficient for times of emergency is the point that you missed.

  • Abbygirl East Carbon, UT
    Dec. 24, 2013 10:12 a.m.

    The last 5 years it has been more difficult to buy all the groceries one would like! I am so thankful I heeded the Prophets voice and had my foodstorage in, it has helped tremendously! I do so worry about those who don't have any and every month I shop I wonder how the truly poor are making it? I urge all my brothers and sisters in the church and out now more than ever is the time to prepare. Follow the Prophets voice, in the end you won't be sorry! If you have to sell something or give up something up so be it.. as President Spencer Kimball said.. quote,
    “A true Latter–day Saint family is a haven against the storms and struggles of life.”
    ( “The Fruit of Our Welfare Services Labors,” Ensign, Nov. 1978, 75.)

  • Well.ok Lehi, UT
    Dec. 24, 2013 10:04 a.m.


    How many American LDS are you aware of that have starved to death in the last 75 years due to a natural disaster?

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Dec. 24, 2013 6:58 a.m.


    Good luck with your MRSA treatment. That is horrible stuff. My brother contracted a MRSA infection while in the hospital after surgery and it nearly killed him. I never thought about food storage in case of illness like that. Thanks for inspiring me to do better!

  • Rhonda H. South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 23, 2013 11:24 p.m.

    The article's mention that during the Cold War our church leaders recommended two years instead, seems to imply reactionary extremism on their part. Just so you know, that was not the time with the highest amount of storage recommended: Brigham Young encouraged 7 years' worth of food!

    I think the difference between preparing for an apocalypse, and preparing for the more common scenarios like job loss or extended illness, is whether a person actually uses their food storage on a regular basis. Hint: it's much easier to learn to use it now, while you're not in crisis mode.

  • Maxilyn Fort Worth, TX
    Dec. 23, 2013 10:49 p.m.

    My daughter and I are under a self-imposed quarantine because we have active cases of MRSA, the drug resistant staph infection. Without food storage we would be dependent on ward members and neighbors to shop for us. Although they are willing to do this, I hate to impose and possibly expose them to the disease. It's hardly the apocalypse, but food storage has made the situation--now going into its sixth week--far more bearable.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 23, 2013 7:45 p.m.

    Wonderful facility! Try it out; you'll like it!

  • RG Buena Vista, VA
    Dec. 23, 2013 7:02 p.m.

    So this answers my question about why we can't can stuff anymore for our food storage: the FDA got involved. Thanks, big government!

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Dec. 23, 2013 5:25 p.m.

    Being prepared is always a good idea. Here, however, I often personally sense that people are preparing for apocalypse, not earthquake or snowstorm.

  • KellyWSmith Sparks, NV
    Dec. 23, 2013 4:38 p.m.

    The LDS Church has always been ahead of the curve and I appreciate their foresight into the principle of being self-reliant. Too many of our day have taken this issue lightly and are not prepared for the disasters that will come, whether by natural causes or as prophesied in scripture. Lets face it, it is easy not to be prepared. It is easy to sit back and think that "all is well" and it will continue this way. The reality is that hard times are ahead no matter where you live. I wish I could sit back and tell everyone to spend as you wish and just have faith that all will work out, but the truth is much harder to deal with. We need to be prepared. We need to get ready.

    "Faith without works is dead" and people without food are too.