Monday, July 6, 2009

Wheat: The New Gold

Store wheat.

Now.

This is what has been on my mind for the last year especially. We have such meager means at this time, and always seem to fall short in so many areas, but by doing without what some might consider to be necessities (television, for example) we have been able to begin a food storage and self-reliance program.

One of the saddest days was when I moved here to CA from UT and had to leave my year's supply of wheat and grain and water barrels behind because there was simply no more room to pack them. I sold them to a few friends for a fraction of what I paid, and tucked my desire to be self-reliant into my heart with faith that we could begin again. We did. And then we ate it. And we began again. And we ate it. Times are tough! But we have begun again in earnest and the Spirit whispers to me with great urgency to continue in the path to preparedness. I cannot help but think of how all money now transfers to food. I would really like a DVD player for the downstairs. But, I think, for even the cheapest DVD player ($40) I could buy a bucket of wheat! It's a curse. But a blessed curse.

I believe in a living prophet. With all of my heart, I do not believe that God stopped loving his children enough to speak to them through a prophet on the earth. That did not end with the Bible. And whether you subscribe to my religious tenets or not, I believe that a prophet speaks to the whole earth, not just to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I also believe that any time any of his children obey any of the counsel of his living prophet, they will be blessed accordingly. And I have too many people that I love and care about to not urge you to pay careful heed to what is going on in the world right now, and how it foreshadows calamities and disasters long prophesied of by the servants of God.

"The time will come that gold will hold no comparison in value to a bushel of wheat."
~Brigham Young

Here. Please read this.

The economy is weak, to say the least. Unemployment is rising. This is only the beginning, I fear. There will be the scourges, and pestilences, and diseases, and famines that have been foretold. And in those times, nobody will be counting carbs. People will want bread. Store wheat. Store more of it. Take care of what you are able to store so that it will last.

"The revelation to produce and store food may be as essential to our temporal welfare today as boarding the ark was to the people in the days of Noah."
~Ezra Taft Benson

I do not have a year's supply yet. But I do have some, and as I don't have a spare room or a garage, or a pantry, my buckets of wheat and other grains and foods sit right in my family room. An eyesore to an interior decorator, but a great source of peace and comfort to me.

"We will see the day when we will live on what we can produce."
~Marion G. Romney

There are ways to begin procuring a food storage for your family without going into debt, and without panic or fear. There is no need to go crazy and panic. There is a need to get busy. Pursuing preparedness brings a feeling of calmness and peace, a confidence that no amount of money can satisfy. If there is no bread, it doesn't matter how much money you have. Wheat is vital to our existence, and with prices expected to soar because of the worldwide shortage, it is the most important thing to begin storing.

"For the moment, we live in a day of peace and prosperity, but it shall not ever be thus. Great trials lie ahead. . .and we must prepare ourselves temporally and spiritually. . ."
~Bruce R. McConkie


After all, it only makes sense. Make sure your family is taken care of. Please. A prophet's warnings are literal, and only pride keeps us from obedience. Just do it. Start today if you haven't yet. Recommit if you have.

Here. This article ran in the L.A. Times just recently. This is real. I do my couponing and budgeting and buying in bulk and all of that, but in reality it is near impossible to store enough of what we normally eat to last for an extended period of time. I try to make sure that in an emergency, (and the variety of possible emergencies is getting greater and greater) we can at least eat bread and honey, oatmeal, and pancakes. We can stay alive that way. Above that is a blessing in comfort. Do what you can. Just please do something.

"If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear."
Doctrine & Covenants 38:30

*For a very inspiring blog post about food storage, I like to read this oldie from my great friend, Luisa. The pictures make me very happy. Go check it out.

8 comments:

Rachel Sue said...

I think I'm halfway there. . . now all I need is a wheat grinder.

Luisa Perkins said...

Yes, Jenna, YES!

(And thanks for the linky.)

As you say, I don't believe in going into debt to buy food storage, but I DO believe that food storage is better than money in the bank.

Of course, having both is nice.

It is by small steps that great things are accomplished!

Please listen to the ever-wise Jenna and store food now.

Stephanie Humphreys said...

Thanks for the great reminder. I keep thinking I need to get more wheat, but it is such a hassle, I put it off. Great blog. I'll pick some up this week.

isshou ni said...

Thanks for the inspiration. Need to update my food storage, now, not later!

Terresa said...

My mom has enough wheat in her food storage to feed half of our neighborhood and then some. We're good on that count.

But my husband is often raising the question, like an itch that is never quite scratched, that we need more food storage. Little by litte we do, and we keep finding ways to store away more. Thanks for the reminder.

preparednesspro said...

Great post! Thank you for linking to the Wheat Shortage post from Preparedness Pro as well. Food storage I've found has really become more accessible for people on a budget as I've begun couponing. I've been stocking up for pennies rather than dollars and it's been incredible. We've been promised "enough and to spare". Who really needs 10 bottles of ketchup? That's definitely enough and to spare. http://tinyurl.com/p4mdj5
Also, food storage for one person for a year can fit under a double bed. You might want to take an inventory of what's under the beds in your house and do some rearranging to get the food storage out of your family room!

Andrea said...

You've scared me into wanting more wheat and rice and oats in my food storage.
Thankfully my husband is hard core into food storage and makes sure we have some and keep it growing.
Thanks for the reminder!

Mom2my9 @ 11th Heaven said...

Brilliant post! I haven't read the linked article yet, but I plan on it during a nursing session. Thank you so much for your inspiration. Found your post on the Blogher Board! Have a great day!