In the prepper/survivalist world, there isn’t really a right or wrong way to go about how you plan to survive for potential threats or harmful events that we may one day see. Each person has their own system and way of doing things, but if you’re a member of the Latter Days Saints faith, you’ve likely been given some instruction on the Latter Day Saints emergency preparedness plan.
The Latter Day Saints faith (whose people are often referred to as Mormons) is a very popular one in our world, and one of the things that the faith stresses the most is teaching its followers how to be self-reliant and prepared should any sort of disaster or big event create for havoc or fear on our planet — a lot like what you’ll find with people who live the prepper or survivalist lifestyle.
LDS preparedness is one of the most talked about aspects of the Mormon faith, and seeing as how it shares so many similar ideals and values with the prepper lifestyle, we figured it’d be worth taking a closer look into the religion to see just what it’s about and what exactly the Latter Day Saints’ church has to say on the subject of self-resilience and surviving.
The LDS Preparedness Manual
Mormons have a number of duties and responsibilities to stay on top of within the church, and something that every member is heavily encouraged to read is the official LDS Preparedness Manual. The most recent version of this manual is the 2012 version 8 one, and it’s filled with step-by-step info that guides followers of the faith on just how to be prepared for the worst.
The Manual is chock-full of extremely valuable data and info, and one review of it from George Q. Cannon reads as follows:
“The greatest events that have been spoken of by all the Holy Prophets will come along so naturally as the consequences of certain causes, that unless our eyes are enlightened by the Spirit of God, and the spirit of revelation rests upon us, we will fail to see that these are the events predicted by the Holy Prophets.”
The LDS Manual was specifically created for use by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but even if you aren’t a part of the religion, you can still use the book if you’re interested in, “meaningful preparation.”
Food, water, basic monetary savings
As a prepper, you’re well aware of the fact that there are a number of things you need to save and store in order to be as well-equipped as possible for a survival situation.
We’ve talked about many items and tools that you should be outfitted with in order to have the best chance of survival, but what does the Latter Day Saints faith say that its members should acquire for a SHTF event?
According to a pamphlet that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints sent out to its members in 2007, followers of the Church should, “prepare for adversity in life by having a basic supply of food and water and some money in savings.”
Something else worth noting is the fact that followers were told to not, “go to extremes” when it came to preparing for tough times in the future.
Once again, this is something not unlike what you’d find within the basic prepper lifestyle.
Something that we often stress here on ABL is that you need to have an ample and healthy supply of water, food, and funds to keep yourself going — all three things that the Church recommends its members have as well.
While there are absolutely other things that you should have as a prepper to be as well-equipped as you possibly can, the three basics of food, water, and money are shared with Latter Day Saints followers, and whether you’re a member of that religion or not, there’s no doubt that the connection here is rather fascinating.
Supplies should be gathered over a long period of time
As for how Mormons are supposed to gather the supplies that they’ll need to survive, it’s recommended that they do so over at a gradual pace so that they aren’t spending heaps of money on items and goods at once.
Being frugal with money is something that Mormons strive to do, and as such, going out and spending thousands of dollars on food, water, and other items is not recommended.
In addition to this, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints also talks about how things such as water, rice, wheat, and beans can be kept for very long periods of time with proper storage and rotation techniques.
This is another thing that we’ve often mentioned on the site, and it’s yet another area where the Latter Day Saints faith lines up with the basic prepper lifestyle.
Properly storing and rotating your supplies will allow you to keep them in a proper condition for a rather large number of years, and in some cases, you can have the same supplies for 10, 20, or even 30 years.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints really seems to understand the importance of this matter, and it’s something that every prepper should be doing if they aren’t already.
Reinforcing this message in 2014
Self-reliance and preparedness is something that the Church has stressed for quite some time, but President Thomas S. Monson released a statement in 2014 to reiterate some of the main points of what the Church wants to see its members do.
Part of that message reads as follows:
“We urge all Latter-day Saints to be prudent in their planning, to be conservative in their living, and to avoid excessive or unnecessary debt. Many more people could ride out the storm-tossed waves in their economic lives if they had a supply of food and clothing and were debt-free.”
A lot of what we’ve already mentioned is simply reworded in this 2014 message, but something else that’s brought up is the fact that followers of the Church should strive to be as debt-free as possible and not take on expenses that will leave them hurting for money.
Again, this is something else that can be connected to the basic prepper life.
Although you need to spend some money in order to acquire the supplies required to survive and stay at the ready, you should do so in a manner that’s smart and doesn’t see you blowing off all of your cash in one single instant.
The Latter Day Saints emergency preparedness plan/tips are quite interesting to look at, because as you can now see, they share very similar characteristics to what we often talk about here on ABL. These tips that the Church provides are made with the thought that Mormons will be reading and consuming them, but they’re a great resource for anyone to look into if you simply need some extra info on how to start being a more self-sufficient individual.