Ten Myths About Food Storage (from an LDS perspective)

The best reason, though, is that you’re on your own, and nobody cares.

Ten Myths about Food Storage:

1. “If the Lord’s people are righteous, we won’t really need food storage anyway.”

Tell that to Noah. Besides, doesn’t righteousness imply obedience to the prophets?

2. “My food storage is right here!” pointing to ample spare tire around waist.

Are you going to share that with your children, Brother Donner?

3. “My food storage consists of my AK-47 and my neighbors’ food storage!”

Thou salt not steal. Besides, your neighbors might have two AK-47s, ample training, and a determination to protect his own life, liberty, and property, as well as his family’s.

4. “The government has food storage reserves for the people, so why bother.”

Although it is true that the federal government has The Emergency Food Assistance Program, it may take a while to get it to the people.  Do you remember Hurricane Katrina?  Besides, do you want to go to the Superdome (“Murderdome”)?

5. “Well, I still have the three buckets of wheat that my weird Aunt Eunice gave me as a wedding present in 1977.”

Do you know about food rotation? Have you ever actually cooked anything with wheat? How long will that feed your family of 14?

6. “If things get bad, the Church will collect all the food storage from the members, and combine it with the Church’s reserves, and re-distribute it to all in need, and it will feed everybody forever like the loaves and fishes, y’know, kind of a perpetual united order ‘miricle’ deal.”

This may very well be true, but if you haven’t done all that you can to provide your own supplies, you don’t have the right to ask for someone else’s. In addition, lack of obedience is a sign of a lack of faith, and I read somewhere that miracles require faith.

7. “I don’t need to buy food storage; I have a credit card just for emergencies.”

Imagine trying to buy your food storage at the same time that everyone else who hasn’t prepared is doing the same thing. Our stores only have a three-day supply on hand at any given time. Moreover, credit card machines require electricity to work these days.

8. “I bought a ‘Food Storage Time Share’, where you pre-pay and they store it for you. I can just go pick it up when I need it.”

A time-share is something that everybody pays for, but they can’t all use it at the same time. Does your supplier actually have enough food on hand at any given time to distribute to everybody who had paid for it, all at once? Will road and transportation conditions allow you to get to it?  FEMA may freeze all large suppliers from distributing their stock in time of emergency (again, as in Katrina), and if they do, your time-share people won’t be able to give it to you whether you’ve paid for it or not.

9. “I don’t have room for food storage.”

If you really believe that, then you haven’t tried! Be creative.  Food can be stored in attics, crawl spaces, under beds, etc. Buy or build a shed. Get rid of your 20-foot wide entertainment center, and free up all that space. We all watch too much TV anyway, and you can’t feed your children your Miami Vice DVD box set.

10. “I can’t afford to buy food storage.”

This is the worst excuse of all. Everybody can afford to do something. Do you really need cable TV? Do you need to eat out?  This is like saying that you cannot afford to pay tithing. The truth is you cannot afford not to.

6 Responses

  1. Thanks for a good laugh- and I totally agree with the points you made.

  2. Re: #10

    When we first married, we coudn’t afford food storage. We didn’t have cable, and we didn’t go out to eat. We didn’t even have a car.

    I had $5,000 in student loans for an entire year (that was supposed to cover tuition, books, housing, food). I had a part-time job working Saturdays and Tuesdays (I had no classes on Tuesdays) that paid $10/hr cleaning carpets, so that helped some, but made only a negligible difference.

    In order to buy one bag of apples, so my hungry, pregnant wife could have some fresh fruit, I had to roll pennies, and cash them in at the bank. We stood in the drugstore trying to decided between a package of diapers for our new baby and food for us for a week.

    It’s nice to think that in order to save money, we just have to cut out luxuries, but some people live without those luxuries.

  3. Did you pay tithing during that time, or was that a luxury, too? I understand being busted. I am just trying to show that one is as important as the other: one cannot afford NOT to do it.

  4. Of course I did. I paid income tax, too.

    • Food storage is like insurance or seat belts. You miss it particularly when you don’t have it.

      • And had I bought food storage back then, it would have been stored in the one place it would have done the most good: our bellies.

        I’m glad I am in a position now where I can easily store food.

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