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My first contemplation about food storage and preparedness had me wondering if I should, but moreover, if it was wise for me as part of my spiritual walk.  I landed on the decision to follow-through with the unction to begin building my pantry in a big way (I’ve always had some sort of a modest pantry-system) and God began to open doors.

So in the past few months, I’ve been adding large quantities of things, making lists, and planning on how to do this and do it right.  One of my friends chuckles at me focusing on bulk quantities of things because our family is small, but my goal is to plan a 1 year-supply of food for my family, cooking what we store and storing what we cook.  Bulk buying is definitely the best way to accomplish the goal at hand.

I have had the good privilege to be able to purchase from the LDS Cannery in our area, despite not being a member.  dsc_0018nefI had heard that in other areas, a non-member could do so, but had to go with a member.  Unfortunately for me, all of my LDS friends from high school have largely moved out of the area and since re-settling in Michigan, I’ve not come across any LDS in my normal course of life.  I figured the worst that I would be told was that this was true and I had to come with a member, which would effectively close that door for me.  So I called and asked – and was told that I did not have to come with a member, but that I could visit anytime and purchase what I needed.  And so I began planning out what I would buy.

I took a friend from church with me that Saturday morning and we made our purchases – everyone was wonderfully kind and I was invited back as many times as I want to buy whatever I desired.  We bought 100# of hard white wheat berries, 25# of quick oats, 25# of pinto & white beans (each), 50# of black beans, 25# of sugar, and 20# of macaroni.  While we were there, we also picked up a few #10 cans of refried beans (dehydrated) to try – the gentleman who helped us load our products said they were really good, so we thought we’d try the smaller size vs. the 25# size first.  I also picked up mylar bags and oxygen absorbers for long-term storage purposes, and we hauled the 300+ pounds of dried products home to divide out between four families.

dsc_0020nefThe work took me the better part of 2 days, working at different times, but was totally worth it.  I ended up with the bags shown on the left, plus 50# of wheat berries (not pictured) and 12.5# of sugar (also not included in the picture).  The food storage is off to a good start.

I’m adding things regularly – sometimes from the grocery store, sometimes from providers like Honeyville and the like.  I’m currently keeping a running list of things I both want to have in the pantry and things that are already there and buying with long-term use and storage in mind.  And I’m willing to experiment with things that seem a bit counter-intuitive – like powdered dairy products (sour cream, etc.) – things that have no preservatives but simply need to be reconstituted when needed.  I’m okay with trying new things – and if we had to live out of our food storage, we could do so with variety and not too many problems.  That provides a bit of comfort for me in the whole scope of things.

As I’ve reflected on the building of the food storage and being prepared, I realized this past weekend that my fears of having this venture turn in to “trusting myself” instead of “trusting God” never materialized.  At all.  Instead, I find myself in a place where I’m grateful for the opportunity and trusting that God’s got me doing this for a reason.  And even though I can’t see the reason right now, I know that my obedience is a good thing – and that He’s a good God Who is doing this for my benefit.


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