10 Preparedness Quotes from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

I am motivated when I read wise words written by others, those who have been where I am and have moved forward, and those with more wisdom than I now have.

Especially on improvements in my spiritual self-reliance. Good quotes are like shortened motivational batteries to keep you going, especially when you read the one that relates to your situation the most.

In this article I will share some of my favorite quotes, and offer a free download so you can take these quotes on the road and share them with others.

Mormon Preparedness Quotes
Mormon Preparedness Quotes

I’m a Mormon, aka a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  I believe those that lead the LDS (short for “Latter-Day Saint”) church are wiser and more experienced than I am, but more importantly, I believe they have been called by God, and given the authority to lead His church.

So, when they speak, I listen. 

I take what they teach, and I pray about it. I ask for my own personal confirmation that it is what God would have me do. Then I also ask for the strength to follow what they have taught (which is sometimes very difficult).

10 Best LDS Preparedness Quotes

Even if you don’t believe as I do and are a member of a different religion (or not religious at all), the LDS church is a great authority on preparedness. 

They have been studying it and teaching about it for nearly 200 years.  They have thousands of volunteers that work on farms and food storage centers helping others to get better prepared.

Just another reason to restore our faith in humanity.

On to the quotes I find the most inspirational!

Favorite Preparedness Quote #1

Many more people could ride out the storm-tossed waves in their economic lives if they had their year’s supply of food and were debt free.  Today we find that many have followed this counsel in reverse: They have at least a year’s supply of debt and are food-free.

President Thomas S. Monson

I love this one because it’s a bit funny, but not crazy scary.  I want to ride out those storm-tossed waves. Most of us will face some sort of financial difficulty (health bills, recession, job loss, etc.), and I want to be prepared.

Favorite Preparedness Quote #2

As we do our very best, we can be confident that “the barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail.”  We shall enjoy greater wisdom, security, peace of mind, and personal well-being.

Bishop Keith B. McMullin

I am all about just doing our best, not doing it ALL, just what we can when we can. Small consistent steps. And what a beautiful, comforting promise!

Favorite Preparedness Quote #3

I bear my humble witness to you that the great God of heaven will open doors and means in a way we never would have supposed to help all those who truly want to get their year’s supply.

Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone

Another fantastic promise. But I also love the “in a way we never would have supposed” part.  God’s ways are not our ways.

Favorite Preparedness Quote #4

We have been taught that we should build our reserves over a period of time, that we should not go into debt to do so, that we should buy those things we use and use them on a rotation basis, that we should use common sense in preparing ourselves to be independent and self-reliant.  There has never been extremism or fanaticism associated with these teachings.

Elder Victor L. Brown

We aren’t to be “extreme Preppers.”  There is no need to go crazy or get everything done immediately.  Working on our “reserves”, and all of the emergency preparedness really should happen “over a period of time.”

Favorite Preparedness Quote #5

Surely we all hope that the hour of need will never come. Some have said, ‘We have followed this counsel in the past and have never had need to use our year’s supply, so we have difficulty keeping this in mind as a major priority. Perhaps following this counsel could be the reason why they have not needed to use their reserve.

President James E. Faust

For me, this goes right along with quote #3 above. God’s ways are not our ways.  He WILL bless us, but it may not be in the ways we expect. It may simply be a test of our obedience as with Abraham and Issac so that God knows what He can trust us with.

Favorite Preparedness Quote #6

Be faithful, my brothers and sisters, to this counsel and you will be blessed. Let us be in a position so we are able to not only feed ourselves through the home production and storage, but others as well.

President Ezra Taft Benson

No selfishness! Yes, we need to care for our own, but we also need to be willing to share with others. You can read more about my thoughts on this here:  Why Generosity and Spiritual Self-Reliance Matter in Emergencies.

Favorite Preparedness Quote #7

Noah heeded God’s command to build and ark…that they might be saved from the flood waters.  Yet, there was no evidence of rain and flood. His actions were considered irrational. The sun was shining and life moved forward as usual.  But time ran out.  The floods came, the disobedient were drowned. When God speaks and we obey, we will always be right.

President Thomas S. Monson

Sometimes it can be hard to put priority on emergency preparedness and self-reliance because life is so good right now.  It can be difficult to set aside money we’d really rather use for fun, enjoyable things to follow this counsel. Yet, if we do, we will be blessed!

Favorite Preparedness Quote #8

A cardinal principle of the gospel is to prepare for the day of scarcity. Work, industry, frugality are part of the royal order of life. 

Bishop Keith B. McMullin

This supports quote #5.  We aren’t doing this just so that we are prepared for the next natural disaster.  We work, are frugal, prepare and become self-reliant because it is the right, way to live.

Favorite Preparedness Quote #9

We need to make both temporal and spiritual preparation for the events prophesied at the time of the Second Coming.  And the preparation most likely to be neglected is the one less visible and more difficult–the spiritual. A 72-hour kit of temporal supplies may prove valuable for earthly challenges, but, as the foolish virgins learned to their sorrow, a 24-hour kit of spiritual preparation is of greater value and worth.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks

We can’t know what temporal challenges await us–but God does.  And the goal isn’t just to get through the temporal challenges; it is to grow and become better through them. That only happens if we are spiritually prepared and able to rely on the Savior. 

Favorite Preparedness Quote #10

We can begin ever so modestly. We can begin with a one week’s food supply and gradually build it to a month, and then to three months. I fear that so many feel that a long-term food supply is so far beyond their reach that they make no effort at all.  Begin in a small way, and gradually build toward a reasonable objective.

President Gordon B. Hinckley

This is the theme I sing here at Simple Family Preparedness, small consistent steps will bring big results over time. And they are doable! God doesn’t expect–or want–us to do it ALL RIGHT NOW.  He just wants us to start, and then keep going.

Final Thoughts

I’d love to know, do you have a favorite preparedness quote? 

If so, share it in the comments below! My favorite is quote number 5. It really strengthens my mental fortitude.

If you liked this post, I’d love to have you share it!

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Becky is a wildlife enthusiast and pet and livestock care expert with a diploma in canine nutrition. With over a decade of experience in animal welfare, Becky lends her expertise to Simple Family Preparedness through insightful info about pets, livestock, bee keeping, and the practicalities of homesteading.

11 thoughts on “10 Preparedness Quotes from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints”

  1. I’m the Self-Reliance Coordinator in our ward and will be creating a monthly newsletter for members of our ward. These quotes are perfect! I’ll probably add a quote each month in the newsletter. Your wonderful compilation saves me tons of time hunting down the quotes…you did it for me! Thank you, thank you!

  2. Thank you so much for these quotes! I am the Emergency Preparedness Specialist in my ward and have been asked to give a talk in Sacrament Meeting. This is what I have been looking for. You have made it so convenient for me. Thank you for all you do!

  3. Thank you so much for sharing. What should be common sense has been passed as words of wisdom. The LDS church has set the example. We are not only to be prepared to feed ourselves but a lost and dying world, who needs to experience love. Thank you again and to the LDS church for leading the way.

  4. Thank you Misty. I’m not LDS, but do love the quotes and have found wisdom is wisdom and God speaks to all of us in many ways.

  5. Hi Misty,
    I’m not LDS but very familiar with the church. I’ve always thought Elder Oaks and President Monson are very intelligent, sincere people and value their thoughts.
    The LDS church is very helpful with excellent literature and assistance in helping non- members with food storage.. I would encourage beginning Prepper’s to check out their sites on Preparedness. Non members may be able to use a cannery with LDS friends.
    —– My Mom was a child of the Depression and she always had 3-6 months of canned and frozen food and hygiene products put up. Life Experiences Teaches much.

    In today’s very scary world, we would do well to think about what dangers we may face. Every generation has faced things like famines, illnesses, unemployment, contagious diseases, wars, natural disasters.
    Make no mistake— We won’t be immune.

    I fear for an upcoming generation that has not had many life challenges to learn how to be strong or resilient.

    We would all do well to Be Prepared.

    Thanking you sharing the inspirational quotes from many good people.
    Thank you.

    • Mary, thank you for this beautiful and kind comment! I’m so glad you’ve had positive experiences with the LDS church and appreciate your tips and experiences!

    • You can download (and then print out) all 58 quotes by clicking on the image of them in the post above Lois. At the end of the post, there is a section titled “printables.” Click on the word HERE in that sentence or on the image. I’m so glad you like them!


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