The Mormon Church has now grown to more than 14 million members worldwide, most of which are quite serious about keeping the organization’s commandments.
One of the key commandments is centered around preparing for a disaster, food shortage, loss of a job, or other unforeseen events that could throw a family or an entire community into chaos.
The commandment reads as follows:
“Our Heavenly Father created this beautiful earth, with all its abundance, for our benefit and use. His purpose is to provide for our needs as we walk in faith and obedience. He has lovingly commanded us to ‘prepare every needful thing’ (see D&C 109:8) so that, should adversity come, we may care for ourselves and our neighbors, and support bishops as they care for others.”
Put simply, each church member and family is advised to build up at least a three month supply of food, water, and financial reserve.
But it doesn’t stop there. The church suggests storing foods that can last for 30 years and more.
Take a trip to Salt Lake City, Utah, and you’ll find massive grain silos. In local grocery stores, you are sure to see disaster preparedness sections with tubs of food that have 25-year shelf lives. Plus, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Utah Bishops’ Central Storehouse is a massive warehouse dedicated to doomsday rations for the church.
Visit most Mormon homes and you’ll find special shelving created for the purpose of housing rations that include a strategic mix of canned beans, rice and wheat.
And if a home doesn’t have enough storage space to house large quantities of food, there are creative ways to make it happen. This video features a mom and wife explaining how they manage with a 900 square-foot home.
So the question remains… are Mormons really hoarders? It simply appears that they’re taking precautions that many (who don’t take similar steps) may wish they had in the future. Not only does the practice of storing up a supply of food, water, and cash for a disaster make sense. It also makes perfect sense to safeguard ourselves against the loss of work or any other financial hardship that can easily occur.
While the idea of becoming a Mormon may not sound appealing to all, there are many things we human beings can learn from them — especially where disaster preparedness is concerned.
Want to learn more about the Mormon method for long-term food storage? Here’s a full seminar for your viewing pleasure.