In the last couple years I've learned so much from my mom and I've decided that "when I grow up" I want to be just like her. Maybe not in the way of working (unless needed) but in the way of spirituality, preparedness, love towards her family and friends and so many other ways. There is no one I look up to more than my mom. She's my best friend and like I said, she teaches me so much.
One thing that has really stuck out to me the last little while is her willingness to have food storage. When I was little we had our food storage packed with so much food and various things that we've needed but I never appreciated it as much as I do now. Even though we've always had food storage, in the last 4 years or so, mom has gotten even more and has worked harder at making sure that we have what we need. We may not have it all but we have so much! It's amazing to walk into the food storage rooms and see what we have. We have been so blessed with money to be able to put our food storage together in case of an emergency or disaster. And this is all because one day she had a strong feeling to prepare. We've always been taught by our teachers and prophets and apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to have food storage but it wasn't until recently that they've encouraged it more and more (or at least in my eyes I feel like more recently they've encouraged more) but I don't know how many people really listen to this commandment. But what I do know is that I'm so thankful that my mom has listened and is doing all that she can to get our 3-year supply for each member of our family. We have so much more to get but she's trying, and I think that there are blessings for those that try.
Yesterday at church as she was preparing to hand out clip boards, I took a cannery product and price list and we started talking about how it would be smart of me to start my own food storage, even though I still live at home. It's never too early to start, right? So we made a plan that I would spend about $15 a month and we'd go get me dry packed foods to start. We decided on 12 "foods" that I would like and by this time next year, I'll have about 40 cans of beans, dry milk, rice, wheat, apple slices, carrots, macaroni noodles, oats, dry onions, and spaghetti noodles. It's a lot of money for a 20-year old to spend money on when I could spend that money on clothes or concert tickets but with the example of my mom, I know that if I get started now, it will be easier for me to keep it up so that I will have stuff for my future family in case an emergency or disaster happens. And this isn't just because of my moms example but because I know that this is what my Father in Heaven would like me to do and who am I to not listen when He speaks?
Below are pictures of my moms food storage rooms (and she'll probably be mad that I took pictures when it wasn't organized to her liking but she's been so busy lately that we haven't had time to go in and organize it.) A food storage room (or two) is something that I'm going to have in my home when I get married and it's going to look something like these pictures:
These shelves are full of condiments and salad dressings and such.
These shelves have canned chicken and hamburger, soups, jams and jellies, frosting and the likings.
Here's a different view of the frosting shelves along with cake mixes, peanut butter, tuna fish, etc.
These selves have freeze dried fruits and veggies, and canned fruits and veggies.
In our "2nd" food stoarge room we have our drinks (Gatorade, Sobe, water, Apple Juice, Grape Juice, etc.) along with our treats.