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foodProvident living habits start in the home. Here, parents have the unique and challenging opportunity to prepare their children for the challenges they will face when they leave home. At least, this was the case for me.

My mom was an avid believer in food storage and emergency preparedness. In a strong LDS community, this is not rare, but we grew up on California. Food storage was quite a novelty. I can still remember watching the concerned faces of our non-LDS neighbors as truck loads of wheat, rice, oats, and cheese rolled up to our house. Along with the food came an army of ward members who showed up to unload the hundreds of boxes. They had all pooled their resources to enable the ward to buy in bulk. This was before the days of Costco.

Our poor neighbors were worried that the Mormons knew something about a pending tragedy and were stocking up. Over the years, or non-LDS neighbors joined my mom’s crusade on food storage and emergency preparedness by pooling their resources with ours.

My mom had no idea at the time that I was closely watching and learning from her about the importance of being prepared. Even though I complained each time a truck came because I would have to help unload, I was still watching, learning, and preparing.

Each of us approach food storage and emergency preparedness differently. This means we can all learn from each other. The more confident we become in preparing, the better prepared our children will be. Yes, they do complain. But the are closely watching everything we do.

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