“Let us be in a position so we are able to not only feed ourselves through the home production and storage, but others as well.”
-Ezra Taft Benson, ‘Prepare for the Days of Tribulation,’ Ensign, Nov 1980, 32
Sharing is such a tricky and often sensitive topic when it comes to our food storage. Many people may feel they have spent too much time, hard work and money putting together their food storage to share it with those who have idled away their time and resources. After all, they’ve been warned, right? And that neighbor who maybe is not a member of your faith and hasn’t been given the same warnings, well… they should have listened when missionaries came knocking at their door. Too bad for them, huh?
What silly, un-Christian talk! Brothers and sisters, ladies and gentlemen… be prepared to share! Be prepared in your heart, be prepared in your mind, and be prepared with your resources if possible.
There is a great talk by Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone entitled Food Storage (click HERE for the full talk), in which he says the following:
“I should like to address a few remarks to those who ask, “Do I share with my neighbors who have not followed the counsel? And what about the nonmembers who do not have a year’s supply? Do we have to share with them?” No, we don’t have to share—we get to share! Let us not be concerned about silly thoughts of whether we would share or not. Of course we would share! What would Jesus do? I could not possibly eat food and see my neighbors starving. And if you starve to death after sharing, “greater love hath no man than this …” (John 15:13.)
Now what about those who would plunder and break in and take that which we have stored for our families’ needs? Don’t give this one more idle thought. There is a God in heaven whom we have obeyed. Do you suppose he would abandon those who have kept his commandments? He said, “If ye are prepared, ye need not fear.” (D&C 38:30.)”
I’m so grateful for these messages from President Benson and Elder Featherstone. They are some of the reasons that in my Ultimate Food Storage Goal I have listed extra quantities of wheat, rice, oats, and other survival foods that can last a long time. It is not realistic for me to think that I can store enough of my ‘everyday food’ to take care of everyone and anyone I would like. But I can be prepared with extra survival foods that are inexpensive and have a long shelf life to help others. And my recipes that create more than my family can eat? I do not reduce them for my food storage menus. Instead, I plan to share my meals with my neighbors. (Won’t you be my neighbor? :))
Well, this post has gotten long enough, but I want to say that how you choose to handle this subject is a completely personal matter. It’s between you (your family) and the Lord. Everyone is in a different situation and has different limitations, so you do what is right for you. But as for me and my house, we plan to share. 🙂
And may we all be blessed in our efforts!