Self Reliant – Really?

In Sunday School, we went over the lesson “In Mine Own Way“. We talked about how to be Spiritually Self Reliant, and then we talked about Physical Self Reliance. I want to make a couple comments on the second one.

Is Physical Self Reliance only about storing Water and Food in case you need it? I think that may be the letter of the law, but not the spirit of the law. You know, if you have the money, you can pay a company like daily bread – 25 year worry-free food storage to send you as much food as you think you will need. This is one of the many companies that brag about a 25 year shelf life, no need for rotation. All you have to do is add water to these great things to eat. The the question comes to mind. What happens when you run out of the pre-packaged food? What happens when you don’t have water for every meal?

This is where I think the letter vs the spirit of the law comes in. Do we think that the Lord wants us to just have food and water on hand? Or do you think he wants us to become self-reliant by learning how to make our own food, and how to find our own water? Do you think the spirit of the law says to buy it and not worry about it? Or do you think we are suppose to learn how to garden, and then store our own food?

I know that a lot of people don’t have the resources to have a farm or garden big enough to feed their family for years at a time. I am not saying that you should not store stuff that you cannot produce yourself. But I also think it is important to know how to take what you have in storage and actually use it. Do you have what it takes to take the wheat you are storing and make bread with it? Can you actually use what is in your food storage, and have the ability to replace it during a crisis?

These are the questions I think need to be asked. If everything goes bad, and you have to use your food storage, will you actually be able to keep your family alive? And are you self-reliant enough to actually go for a long period of time? If you don’t have the skills to create your own food and store it for times you can’t create it, are you really self-reliant?

“For the earth is full, and there is enough and to spare; yea, I prepared all things, and have given unto the children of men to be agents unto themselves.” D&C 104:17

“Thou shalt not be idle; for he that is idle shall not eat the bread nor wear the garments of the laborer.” D&C 42:42


  1. Very good post, you bring up some excellent questions.

    The one thing that I definitely need to work on is my water supply. Not so much where to find it (see a lake anywhere?), but what to do with it to make it safe for consumption.

    Don't suppose you have any tips?

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