Second Coming: Food Storage

A few years ago, I was with my family at an outdoor event in Salt Lake City. I think we had just passed some sort of preparedness booth when one of us overheard someone say, “I’m not worried about an earthquake. If anything happens, the Mormons will take care of us.”

I’m sure Latter-day Saints will do their best to help their neighbors, but I also think it best to do all we can to prepare ourselves.

Latter-day Saints have been counseled for years to store food. I believe this prophetic counsel is inspired and we have, since we were first married, stored food for our proverbial rainy day.

I am not going to explore the how of food storage in this post, or even the why, but rather what are some possible reasons you might really be happy you had stored food for your family.

I am not trying to scare anyone. I am just offering a reality check. Here goes. I promise it’s not uplifting.

  • Income disruption
  • Job loss
  • Disability
  • Death of breadwinner
  • Transportation and travel issues or restrictions
  • Food contamination 
  • Famine, drought, blight, or infestation
  • Economic panic, loss, or collapse 
  • Quarantine due to epidemic disease and pestilence
  • Political unrest
  • Religious persecution 
  • Rampant crime
  • Anarchy
  • Electromagnetic pulse attack
  • War
  • Martial law
  • Natural disaster—earthquakes, floods, storms, solar flares, and so forth

You could probably add an item or two to the list (please do, in the comments). We could see one or more of these events happen before our eyes, in rapid succession.

What would you do? What will you do to prepare today? The next thing we plan to do is to take an inventory of what food we have and make a list of things we want to add. Soon.

Bonus: Watch how Maureen stores food in her small home.

9 thoughts on “Second Coming: Food Storage

  1. Kelly Smith January 19, 2015 / 5:30 am

    I had a dream about 9 months ago that let me know that terrible things are coming. I am trying to do all I can in order to get prepared for the coming destruction. Even if you combined all the “end of times” movies out in recent years, they would not show the reality of what is about to take place. Get ready for every eventuality. Its coming and it isn't pretty nor uplifting.


  2. Anonymous January 20, 2015 / 2:44 pm

    Just a few random thoughts.

    Virtually no amount of food storage we could realistically save would be enough to save us in the event of a societal collapse. Ultimately we just have to rely on the Lord to protect us if something like this were to happen. By the way you didn't add an EMP attack or a large solar flare to your list.

    I am a big believer in having food storage for all the reasons stated in the post. However, I have seen a number of people make some very foolish choices because of their fear the the apocalypse is just around the corner. I knew of a family that was very into the “last days” idea. One of their daughters graduated from high school and didn't plan to go to college but to rather get a job so she could buy some food storage. I have seen the spirit of fear lead people to follow false spiritual leaders and political leaders that don't have their best interest at heart. This is really something to be cautious of. This pattern has been going on among Christians for thousands of years. Remember the story of Chicken Little.

    Personally I feel the solution to not being deceived by others out of fear is to sincerely pray to the Lord to help us understand what we personally should do to prepare for challenges that we and our family will personally face in life. Individual council might be somewhat different from person to person and that is OK. As for myself, I just try to do what the prophets have long told us. Get a supply of food and know how to use it. I used food from the storage every day. It is normal. I think it can save money in the long run. I feel the Lord has led to to be able to find food storage items within my budget, because I asked for help with that. It think we can most clearly discern what we need to do on this issue when we chase away feelings of fear in our lives. Bad things may happen in future with us, just as they have in the past. With the Lords help, we can be better prepared to face them.



  3. Michael James Fitzgerald January 20, 2015 / 4:15 pm

    I appreciate what you have said here. I hope I never give the impression that I am focused on fear or suggesting radical measures. My hope is to increase awareness among readers and to encourage preparedness, but to also “fear not.”


  4. Michael James Fitzgerald January 20, 2015 / 4:28 pm

    Thank you, Kelly. I have noticed among friends and acquaintances an increased awareness and desire to prepare—not a panicked feeling but a calm assurance that now would be a great time to prepare. The whole idea of these posts is just that: awareness and motivation, faith and peace.


  5. Anonymous January 20, 2015 / 4:52 pm

    I don't get a feeling of doom or panic from your posts otherwise I would not bother to read further or comment. The truth is there has never been a time when there have been no problems in the world. We have things so much better now than in times past. I get rather annoyed at the people who lament that it has never been worse. To that I would say yes and no. They just need to read up on Christian persecution in the centuries after Christ or read about the Catholic/Protestant religious wars/genocides in Europe to put things into perspective. People then committed the most horrible atrocities imaginable. Look up persecution on the French and Italian Protestants. They make those that persecuted the Saints in the early days of the church look like pikers. Also try googling “Deadliest natural disasters in history,” few of those have occurred in modern times.


  6. Anonymous January 29, 2015 / 4:31 am

    I just want to share an experience I had this evening. It really began on Sunday, when I attended sacrament meeting in a different ward. The bishop spoke, and he said, “We are nearing the end. These are the last days. We are part of the hastening. We need to be prepared.” I have heard that many times in many ways, but when this particular bishop said those words, they hit me hard. I felt the Spirit confirm that he was speaking truth, and urge me to do something to prepare. So I began studying/researching preparedness and making a plan for how we would build our supply. We have been struggling financially for several years, and things are still quite difficult. As I have planned, I have wondered how we will afford these things. Tonight, I sat down and I was typing up a plan for our three month supply. I thought, “How are we going to pay for this?” As I thought that, the doorbell rang. I found a manila envelope on the door step. It had $2000 in it, with a typed note from an anonymous giver. There was my answer. When we have righteous desires, and we are doing our best to make things work, the Lord provides a way for us to obey Him.


  7. Michael James Fitzgerald January 29, 2015 / 5:18 am

    Truly amazing. And so wonderful! Thank you very much for sharing. I feel that many among us are feeling a quiet, angelic urging to prepare, and the means to do so will be within reach if we seek the Lord humbly. It will come in different ways, but come it will. God bless you and thanks again for sharing this sweet and astounding story.


  8. anonymous October 20, 2020 / 6:28 pm

    Hello. I’m here in 2020. Your list shows a lot of foresight, as many of those things have happened this year.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Michael James Fitzgerald October 20, 2020 / 7:26 pm

      Thank you. Hasn’t it been a crazy year? Yes, things have hurtled along since this was first written in early 2015. I have certainly been stocking up this year, not only on food and water but on other preparedness items. I think we are in for more surprises before 2020 ends and I want to be ready. Thank you again.


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