All is safely gathered in...or is it?  

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“And, behold, there came up out of the river seven kine, fatfleshed and well favoured; and they fed in a meadow:..And, behold, seven other kine came up after them, poor and very ill favoured and leanfleshed. … And the lean and the ill favoured kine did eat up the first seven fat kine: … And I saw in my dream … seven ears came up in one stalk, full and good: And, behold, seven ears, withered, thin, and blasted with the east wind, sprung up after them: And the thin ears devoured the seven good ears: … And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, … God hath shewed Pharaoh what he is about to do. The seven good kine are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years: the dream is one. … What God is about to do he sheweth unto Pharaoh. Behold, there come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt: And there shall arise after them seven years of famine; … And God will shortly bring it to pass” (Gen 41:17-20, 22-26, 28-30, 32).

A friend of mine called around a couple of days ago to some places where she has ordered wheat from in the past. They told her they didn’t have any and furthermore they said if she knew of a place to get it then she had better get all she can from there. So yesterday we went to the LDS Cannery to buy some wheat. She wanted 36 bags and I wanted 24. They would only sell us 15 bags each. Other people were there buying wheat as well. They had only one full pallet when we got there and by the time we left it was nearly gone. They didn’t know when they would be getting more in. The cannery, so long as I have known, has never run out of wheat. They run out of it now on a regular basis. They have also not raised their prices in years. A couple of months ago they did.

There is a food crisis in the world. I have been ignorant of the immensity of it until just recently. Watch this interesting video:

Then read this, this, this, & this

In October of 1998 President Hinckley gave this talk in the Priesthood session of General Conference. It was the one where he said there was a portent of stormy weather ahead. He recounts the Pharos dream which Joseph of Egypt interpreted to mean there would be seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine. He essentially tells the men that the time has come to get their houses in order.

In October of 2005 President Hinckley gave this talk. He talks of the calamities that were happening around the world. Then he says this:

“Now, I do not say, and I repeat emphatically that I do not say or infer, that what has happened is the punishment of the Lord. Many good people, including some of our faithful Latter-day Saints, are among those who have suffered. Having said this, I do not hesitate to say that this old world is no stranger to calamities and catastrophes. Those of us who read and believe the scriptures are aware of the warnings of prophets concerning catastrophes that have come to pass and are yet to come to pass.”

At the end of the talk he again refers to the dream which Joseph interpreted.

It’s interesting to note that these talks are seven years apart.

I don’t wish to be an alarmist (I know, it's too late for that!), but I’m more than a bit worried. President Hinckley ends his 2005 talk thusly:

“May the Lord bless you, my beloved brethren, to set your houses in order. If you have paid your debts, if you have a reserve, even though it be small, then should storms howl about your head, you will have shelter for your wives and children and peace in your hearts. That’s all I have to say about it, but I wish to say it with all the emphasis of which I am capable" (emphasis added).

The emphasis of a prophet of God is about as strong an emphasis as I wish to hear. I can't quite feel the peace in my heart yet. I've still got a bit to gather in. With my last batch of wheat I have only about two-thirds the amount of wheat I need for my one year supply. I’m calling the cannery every day next week to find out when they have wheat. My husband works near there and if they have it he’s on the alert to rush down there and get whatever they will give him.

Wish I had listened a few years ago, I would have paid much less for my food storage than I am going to now.

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I have not the pleasure of reading your post in entirety, even though I plan to. I must say that my heart is heavy ... simply from watching the video. I just completed a research paper on the rising price of gasoline. I discovered it is a supply and demand problem; we use too much and the government can't seem to keep up with it. I found suggestions on how to use less, with the purpose of saving money.
Realizing now that the use of Ethanol (in high demand because of our overuse of gasoline)is causing farmers to make corn instead of wheat makes me ill; especially knowing how it is effecting people globally, namely children.
What upsets me further is that this information is not nearly as well known as what celebrities will be wearing this summer.

April 25, 2008 at 9:57 PM

You're kinda panicking me. And you're the second person today.
I've got to run to the cannery on Monday. FOR SURE.

April 25, 2008 at 10:16 PM

After you called and told me about this, I go to church today to discover that our food storage coordinator has the same information, minus the conference talks you referenced. I called her and told her I would be placing an order right away. The earliest we can buy wheat is June 21, if I remeber correctly, from the Bishop's storehouse. I, like you, wish I had listened to this nagging thought that has been in the back of my mind for years, and I'd be more prepared at this moment. I'm getting everything safely gathered in's not too late, just more expensive! Thank you once again for your insightly knowledge and information.

April 27, 2008 at 1:38 PM

Excellent post, though kind of scary. Our local cannery is re-doing things, and isn't even taking orders for a couple months...bummer.

April 27, 2008 at 10:22 PM

yikes. i had no idea. i had heard that rice prices were up dramatically, but now wheat, too. i'm glad that i have some stored, but i've been using it a lot lately to make bread, so i should try to restock.
thanks for bringing this to my attention.

April 28, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Great post. I think everyone is taking notice now.

When you think of the letter from the First Presidency regarding getting out of debt and this, we all need to make sure we are ready for whatever happens.

April 29, 2008 at 3:04 PM

I randomly came across your blog and I love what you've said about food storage. It's so hard to keep up with everything! My friend and I recently started a blog dedicated to food storage and emergency preparation - I hope this can help you!

Good luck! :)

July 2, 2008 at 8:46 PM

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