Thursday, March 26, 2009

New Mormon Church Home Storage Guidelines

Four-Step Home Storage Approach
Learn the New LDS (Mormon) Church Home Storage Guidelines. As I've been reading preparedness books I have discovered that many of them have wonderful ideas, but they follow the old food storage counsel - getting your year supply of long-term foods. Nothing is said about a 3-Month Food Storage Supply. It's important to stay current with the LDS Church guidelines. I am grateful for a church that is helping each of us catch the vision of food and home storage, and prepare for trials in our lives.

So your assignment is to digest the following:
After studying these resources, you will understand the Four-Step Home Storage Approach to building your home storage. STEP 1: 3-Month Supply Gradually build a small supply of food that is part of your normal, daily diet until it is sufficient for three months STEP 2: Drinking Water Store drinking water for circumstances in which the water supply may be polluted or disrupted. STEP 3: Finacial Reserve Establish a financial reserve by setting aside a little money each week, and gradually increase it to a reasonable amount STEP 4: Longer-Term Supply Once families have achieved the first three objectives, they are counseled to expand their efforts, as circumstances allow, into a supply of long-term basic foods such as grains, legumes, and other staples."

 You can do STEPS 1, 2, and 3 simultaneously! 

“The first step is to begin. The second is to continue. It doesn’t matter how fast we get there so much as that we begin and continue according to our abilities.” Bishop H. David Burton Just begin!

Now begin with STEP 1: Three-Month Supply


  1. It is due to the LDS Church's program that our family has an emergency food storage set up. I am glad that they have made it a little easier for people getting started. Putting aside a whole year's worth of food can seem a pretty daunting task.

    We began by adding 1 or 2 extra of each canned or dried good on our list every time we shopped (depending on the money available).

    Items such as grains and lentils should actually be a part of our regular foods and so could be added along with the canned goods, etc. right from the start.

    The most important point to remember is that you need to start NOW!!

  2. Lorrie: I agree that you may store a portion of long-term foods in your 3-month supply (I do), but they are technically not part of it. If you cook with them your family can get accustomed to eating them.

    However one of the Frequently Asked Questions from the LDS Church website states this:

    "What’s the difference between the three-month and longer-term supply items?

    Three-month supply items are foods that you normally eat, including canned and commercially packaged foods. Longer-term supply items are basic food items like grains and beans that have very low moisture content (about 10% or less), can be stored for long periods of time (20–30 years), and would sustain life if nothing else were available to eat. A portion of longer-term supply items may be rotated into the three-month supply."

    I just wanted to clarify. I think the goal is to get your 3-month supply first, then work on long-term foods as the Ensign article states.

  3. Your blog is wonderful. I'm not LDS, but have the greatest respect for your faith. You've helped me tremendously with genealogy (I'm adopted, and found my dad after ten years of searching thanks to help from a Latter-Day Saint) and with preparing for disasters.

    H. Hinson
    North Carolina

  4. Thanks for your fine blog.
    It is very helpfull for me.
    Is a Home Storage for a whole year ore less than a year?
    Ore maby even more than a year?
    It used to be for a year with us in the Netherlands, but now I don't know anymore for how long it should be.

    lds member in the Netherlands

  5. You start with the four steps, and after you do those work on a year's supply of long-term foods if you have space and finances.

  6. Thank you for taking the time to develop this blog and share your research. I'm going to use it to help my RS sisters.


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