{the importance of self-reliance}


I wish to urge again the importance of self-reliance on the part of every individual Church member

and family. None of us knows when a catastrophe might strike. Sickness, injury, unemployment

may affect any of us. We have a greatwelfare program with facilities for such things as grain

storage in various areas. It is important that we do this. But thebest place to have some food set

aside is within our homes, together with a little money in savings. The best welfareprogram is our

own welfare program. Five or six cans of wheat in the home are better than a bushel in the welfare

granary. I do not predict any impending disaster. I hope that there will not be one. But prudence

should govern our lives. Everyone who owns a home recognizes the need for fire insurance. We

hope and pray that there will never be afire. Nevertheless, we pay for insurance to cover such a

catastrophe, should it occur. We ought to do the same withreference to family welfare. We can

begin ever so modestly. We can begin with a one week’s food supply and graduallybuild it to a

month, and then to three months. I am speaking now of food to cover basic needs. As all of you

recognize,this counsel is not new. But I fear that so many feel that a long-term food supply is so far

beyond their reach that theymake no effort at all. Begin in a small way, my brethren, and

gradually build toward a reasonable objective. Save alittle money regularly, and you will be

surprised how it accumulates.

Gordon B. Hinckley, “To Men of the Priesthood,” Ensign, Nov 2002, 56

* this IS a message  to all of us, all ages and circumstances. And personally I think teens, once they have any kind of income ought to be encouraged to begin their own storage items: whatever they use, be that spare batteries for a gadgets, tissues, sox, etc

This was quoted in a storage newsletter I receive by email.  The issue has been on my mind of late: I have finally purchased a grain mill (hand) through Ebay. Also a hand turned pasta machine. And I am in the process of locating wheat – not to mention figuring out where to store it.

I have found these outlet:

Australian Supplies


please leave a comment if you have located other opportunities for bulk purchase items. Not just wheat

Self-reliance is a simple concept that encourages each of us to take responsibility for our own needs—physical, emotional, spiritual, social, and economic.

‘Preparing for life’s up and downs’. learn more here


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