Hello and welcome to Latter-day Preparedness.
Ever since I can remember, my parents had food and other items stored for a time of need. Most of these items were kept in what my mom called “The Fruit Room”. There were jars of pears, peaches (the best peaches I ever tasted, especially when picked fresh from off our tree) and grape juice, tomatoes, beans, and many other food items, such as corn, wheat and rice. Much of the food was from our garden. My dad built some shelves in the fruit room which my mom loaded with everything we would need to sustain life. In addition to food, she stored paper plates, cups, utensils, plastic wrap, aluminum foil, and more.
We had a “potato pit” filled with potatoes, apples, and other food items. We always had a garden filled with zucchini and other squashes, peas, beans, tomatoes, and rhubarb (for my mom’s famous rhubarb pie). I remember routinely stopping at fruit and vegetable stands where local gardeners and farmers were selling their produce. We always had an abundance of peaches, corn, cherries, and other delicious food items.
My dad would take me fishing and we would bring back trout, which we placed in our freezer, frozen submerged in water to preserve their freshness. We didn’t have a lot of money, and if my dad didn’t obtain a deer when he went hunting, we didn’t have much meat. My mom was sad about that and I can imagine how my dad felt. Sometimes friends that only went hunting for “sport” would give us their venison, which went in the freezer. When they could afford it, my parents invested in beef from cattle growers they knew, which also went in the freezer. Even though we didn’t have a lot of money when I was growing up, I never worried that we wouldn’t have anything to eat. Having food storage brought a level of peace.
I was raised in a family of devout members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am grateful to my parents for teaching me the gospel, along with principles of preparedness as laid out by the Lord through His prophets. I was taught about temporal and spiritual preparedness and I personally believe that spiritual preparedness is much more important than temporal preparedness.
I built this website because I wanted a place where people could discuss, learn and share information about preparedness in a safe, positive environment. I wanted a place with a sense of community, of belonging, without fear of being upbraided. I wanted a place where people could find sources for food, clothing and other necessities, without having to search all over the place. This is my attempt at creating such a place.
I have long believed that it is good to surround oneself with people who know more than you do. It is my hope that we can all learn from each other. My plan is to share what little I know, and I hope to learn from those of you who know much more about preparedness than I do, so please give me feedback. Any information and suggestions will be welcome.