Some of you may have received the LDS Ensign Magazine in your mail boxes today. I just wanted to make you aware, LDS or not, of a great article in the March issue titled “Family Home Storage: A New Message”. This article talks about how home storage/food storage is now taking on a new and simplified approach. Getting a year supply to any family, especially in today’s economy, can seem daunting. Many of us get overwhelmed and think it is out of our reach and so we don’t start. I am here to help you know this is not true! If you work on your food storage a little each week, or month, depending on your finances, you will find it becomes FUN & easy overtime. Our motto is ‘Your year supply, ONE week at a time!”. This article teaches you just that.

They give you four easy steps to help simplify your goals of food storage and self reliance, and I thought they were worth sharing with you. As soon as the new link is updated online, I will post a link to the article so you can read it in it’s entirety if you would like (it is March’s issue and is not on their website yet

1- Gradually build a small supply of food that is part of your NORMAL, daily diet until it is sufficient for three months.
2- Store drinking water (14 gallons per person).
3-Establish a financial reserve by setting aside a little money each week, and gradually increase it to a reasonable amount.
4- 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.

The article talks more in depth on each of these four guidelines. To me, being self reliant just makes sense! It is such a smart way to live and shop. Blessings have come to our family many times because of the storage we have in our home. In today’s economy, it is crucial that we take these four steps and continue to prepare our families for whatever is to come. I promise you will feel peace and comfort knowing you are becoming prepared…even if you are only adding a little each month, you will see the fruits of your efforts shortly!

The article ends with a quote from Dennis LIfferth, the managing director of the Church Welfare Services that I liked. It says, “Perhaps in the past accumulating a year’s supply of food may have been a little intimidating. But this new approach asks us to do the best we can, even if all we can do is to set aside a can or two a week. If the prophet asks us to do something, we can find a way to fulfill the commandment and receive the blessings. The new program is within EVERY ONE’S grasp. The first step is to BEGIN. The second step is to continue. It doesn’t matter how fast we get there so much as that we begin and continue according to our abilities.”

Great advice! We can all do one or two cans 🙂 Good luck in all of your efforts! I would LOVE to hear your success stories. If anyone has pictures of your storage, or stories of how your food storage/preparedness efforts have blessed you and your family, I would love to hear them! If it is okay with you, I would love to share your stories with our readers as well. We can all help inspire each other!