Does your religion/Church encourage food storage/emergency preparedness?January 11, 2011 No Comments
I've noticed as of late that more religions than just LDS seem to be encouraging their members to have food storage and/or emergency preparedness items.
I actually think this is a great thing for Churches to do. does your Church do this?
By the way, this is NOT a flame another religion, my-religion-is-better-than-yours question. If you can't state things in a polite way, please just skip this question and move on to another one.
My church doesn't, but we have been steadily asking for food and money donations from people ever since Katrina for our emergency preparedness center which is intended to be given out to the town hit by disaster
Why would we need to save up food and emergency items?? In case of the rapture?? There is NO proof that the rapture will happen in our lifetime. it may happen tonight, who knows, but we have no way of knowing. As a non-denominational Christian, no, I am not concerned about stocking up on food and essentials at this time.
maybe i misunderstood the question.. collecting these items for donation is of course an acceptable, charitable thing to do. my first thought was, you were asking about storing emergency items for yourself. mah bad! ???
Our church leaders have asked the members to have a year supply of food and necessities for decades now.
We have one that we've delved into a number of times, like when I lost my job, to help out neighbors after their house burned down, water and electric off due to flooding elsewhere, and more recently with rising prices.
We have been so blessed since we started keeping food storage. we know we always have the food that we'll eat; we don't have to run to the store just before a disaster hits and try to get water, etc. before everyone clears them off the shelves, etc. It's good NOT be afraid that we might not have what we need.
I'm LDS also and I just wanted to comment that having a food storage supply built up can also help you save a lot of money in your monthly food budget. for example, if you have 50 cans of vegetables on hand, you can eat from that supply until the next time vegetables go on sale. so you are always purchasing the majority of your food at a discounted price.
Also, you should be utilizing your long-term food storage items such as wheat and beans in your every day cooking so that you rotate through your supply, learn how to use them, find out what your family likes, etc. Cooking from scratch is typically going to be a lot cheaper than buying the convenient, ready-made foods at the grocery store. In this tough economic time this has been huge for my family. If the price of bread goes up, it doesn't even affect me. I have enough wheat to last through another season when hopefully the food supplies will stabilize.
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