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Personal & Family Preparedness

Posted by imawheatwatcher on November 16, 2008

This booklet was published 30 years ago and is still just as applicapble today as it was then, perhaps even more so today. I think we have all felt a higher sense of urgency in these past few years to prepare our homes and families. These statements re-confirm the need to do as we’ve been counseled to do.

(From LDS publication “Essentials of Home Production and Storage“, 1978, p. 1)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints teaches independence, industry, thrift, and self-reliance.
“As you know, in the recent past we have placed considerable emphasis on personal and family preparedness. I hope that each member of the church is responding appropriately to this direction. I also hope that we are understanding and accentuating the positive and not the negative.
“I like the way the Relief Society teaches personal and family preparedness as ‘provident living.’ This implies the husbanding of our resources, the wise planning of financial matters, full provision for personal health, and adequate preparation for education and career development, giving appropriate attention to home production and storage as well as the development of emotional resiliency” (Spencer W. Kimball, “Welfare Services: The Gospel in Action,” Ensign, Nov. 1977, p. 78)
Latter-Day Saints have been counseled to prepare to care for themselves and their families in time of need. Personal and Family preparedness should be a way of life, a way of provident living. Being provident involves being “wise, frugal, prudent, making provision for the future while attending to immediate needs” (Barbara B. Smith, “Teack LDS Women Self-Sufficiency,” Ensign, May 1976, p. 188.) One are of personal and family prepareness is home production and storage.

Essentials of Home Production and Storage
“Home production and storage is a very necessary element of personal and family preparedness; however, it is not the only element, nor is it necessarily the most significant element. Some people have reacted to the theme of preparedness as if it were a doomsday matter. In reality, all six elements of personal and family preparedness are to be emphasized so that the Latter-day Saints may be better prepared to meet the ordinary, day-to-day requirements of sucessful living.
“Our emphasis on this subject is not grounds for crisis thinking or panic. Quite the contrary, personal and family preparedness should be a way of provident living, an orderly approach to using the resources, gifts and talents the Lord shares with us. So the first step is to teach our people to be self-reliant and independent through proper preparation for daily life: (Victor L. Brown, “Welfare Services Essentials: The Bishops Storehouse,” Ensign, Nov 1976, pp. 112-12).

Standards for Home Production and Storage
Each person or family should produce as much as possible through gardening, seewing and making household items. Each person and family should learn techniques of home canning, freezing and drying foods, and where legally permitted, should store and save a one-year supply of food, clothing and if possible, fuel.

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