Mormon Preparedness


Mormons are famous for being prepared and self-reliant.  This is because leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have taught self-reliance and preparedness from the pulpit.  That Mormons are prepared enables them to help others in cases of emergencies.  Mormon Helping Hands is a good example of Mormon preparedness.  Wearing the familiar brightly colored tee shirts or vests, Mormon Helping Hands projects are organized from local wards (congregations) or stakes (groups of congregations geographically organized) at a moment’s notice for community projects, whether they are emergencies or not.

Spiritual Self-Reliance

Mormon preparednessSpiritual self-reliance could be defined as having a firm, unshakable testimony that Jesus is the Christ and that His gospel has been fully restored in preparation for His Second Coming.  Praying always, reading the scriptures, being sensitive to and obedient to the Holy Spirit, relying on the word of God, obeying God’s commandments, repenting of trangressions, exercising forgiveness, and making and keeping covenants enable us to keep God’s greatest commandments — to love Him with all our might, mind, and strength, and to love our neighbors as ourselves.  Spiritual self-reliance is not prideful, but humble, yet sturdy.  Having spiritual self-reliance keeps us from being blown about by the winds of opinion and fads of society.  It means we know and understand doctrine, and we have experimented on the word until we know it works.

Temporal Self-Reliance

Temporal self-reliance takes wise planning over years and helps us to weather the trials of life, trials that all will encounter, such as illness, loss of work, or disasters.  Temporal means temporary, not that which is eternal, but that which relates to our physical needs.  By being temporally prepared, however, we protect our spiritual well-being, as well.

There are many aspects to temporal preparedness:

temporal self-reliance… includes getting a post-secondary education or vocational training, learning to work, and living within our means. By avoiding debt and saving money now, we are prepared for full-time Church service in the years to come. The purpose of both temporal and spiritual self-reliance is to get ourselves on higher ground so that we can lift others in need. [1]

Thus, the facets of self-reliance as instructed by Mormon leaders (called “General Authorities“) are as follows:

  1. Be spiritually self-reliance by making and keeping covenants and being pure enough to hear and follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
  2. Get an education that will enable you to earn a living.
  3. Get vocational training that will enable you to earn a living.
  4. Get out of debt and stay out; borrow only to buy a house, a car, or to carefully plan education.
  5. Budget; live within your means.
  6. Manage resources and material possessions wisely.  Learn skills that will help you do this (DIY skills, sewing, canning, etc.).
  7. Build up a savings of money.
  8. Grow some of your own food, if possible.
  9. Create a 72-hour emergency kit stored in a backpack or something else easily carried.
  10. Learn what to do in an emergency (disaster drills, CPR, how to use food storage, family emergency plan, etc.).
  11. Begin to build a storage of food, clothing, and fuel.
  12. Build a 3-months food supply of items you use often buy purchasing a little extra when things are on sale or during your trips to the grocery store.  Label and rotate the items in this storage.
  13. Build a one year supply of staples (like wheat, beans, rice, honey, dry milk, sugar, salt, seeds).  Also clothing, tools, important documents, and fuel where able.

See also:

Becoming Spiritually and Physically Self-Reliant

Following Prophetic Counsel to Become Self-Reliant

Salt Lake City — Welfare Square

Everyday Home Storage

Becoming Provident Providers

The Times in Which We Live