Wow, survivalnut. I know some basics about LDS, but there are not many in my area. In fact growing up, I only knew of ONE family in my town. I had no idea about the home teachers keeping a check on you, how awesome. I wish we had a cannery in my area, I would love to be able to participate in that. Here in more recent years, I have worked with Clyde, who is a member of your church. When I first got into prepping, I broached the subject with him. While he did not have all of his preps in place, he did have a store of wheat that was still in MO, where he moved from. His youngest son went on his mission year while they were here with us, and I remember thinking it might be a good idea if all religions sent their young people for a year of work for their respective Churches. Probably builds character and self reliance.I appreciate the question and can give you an impromptu answer based on my gut, all doctrine and theology aside.
I checked and was surprised that there is not a cannery in your area. When I lived in an area without a cannery, our ward had a spiffy tabletop dry pack canner. You would take a #10 can. fill it with an appropriate low moisture food, add in an oxygen absorber (not in sugar!) or insert a rod and gas it with a small blast of nitrogen, then place the can on the unit and seal a lid on it.I wish we had a cannery in my area, I would love to be able to participate in that.
Thanks for the tip. I will do that.Maybe one is available in your area. Call a local ward in the phone book or ask a couple of those young men in white shirts and ties riding their bikes around town.
I had never thought about a cannery before, I always wanted a parrot.:ignore: I really enjoy working with the LDS kids in scouting, they always pitch in and are cheerfull and enthusiastic when it comes to the activities. The are brought up well. I especially enjoyed working with them at Philmont Scout Ranch years ago.I appreciate the question and can give you an impromptu answer based on my gut, all doctrine and theology aside.
Latter Day Saints have an interesting and colorful history. An Extermination Order sign by the Governor of Missouri, expulsion from Missouri, expulsion from Illinois, a pioneer migration to Utah, armed occupation by Federal Troops.
As Latter Day Saints we are very proud of our pioneer roots and have always been self-sufficient. We have local Bishop's Storehouses that can provide for members needs in time of need or disaster (food, clothing, sundries, and finances).
We have always been counseled to be debt free, have savings, learn home production skills, have food storage and seek higher education.
We have wet pack and dry pack canneries and other production facilities and farms (though I THINK the farms are less common now) where we can food for our own needs as well as stocking up the warehouses.
We send relief shipments all over the world and even use the distribution services of other churches and organizations when that method is quicker or more efficient to get the supplies out.
I myself have drawn from the storehouse when unemployment and financial hardship has overcome me.
We also have a system of Home Teachers and Visiting Teachers that visit each family each month and see to the needs of every family member. Whenever I was deployed in the Army, I always knew my family was looked after and was safe.
We also support Amateur Radio and each local Brand, Ward and Stake practice emergency communications regularly. (I am KF7CSI)
Church support and participation in the Boy Scouts of America is substantial.
In short, our prepping is not based on an end of the world wish or scenario, but instead to be self-sufficient, able to provide for our family, focus on what is important in life, care for our neighbors and not be burdened by debt, unplanned emergencies or unnecessary strife.
I am sure there are other answers but that is how I live it.
[/Our canneries are open to the public and I often invite non-members to come canning with me.] Come on out!
Drumrunner, thanks for the link:2thumb:, great PDF manual, just finished downloading and printing, would recommend that all who prepare get a copy of this. The first pages are mainly for church members, but the rest is a great reference book. I also just bought a book Amazon.com: The Ultimate Food Storage Cookbook (9780967509402): Arlene Mickelsen: Books recommended for those who have long term food storage, it has recipes that uses your freeze-dried or dehydrated, whole grain and items commonly stored, I found that these are usually hard to find recipes.This is an excellent preparedness manual put together by the LDS Church
The Amish in our area pitch in and help in their community the same way.:2thumb:The LDS goal with prepping is not just to take care of self. It increases our capacity for charity as well. For instance, the neighbors house burned down. We were able to aid the family with some food to get them started. That was a family that didn't need government dollars to get back on their feet.
Because we had our food supply we were able to give more than if we were just giving cash at the time.