From the beginning of time, the Lord has provided direction to help His people prepare spiritually and temporally against the calamities and trials that He knows will come as part of this mortal experience. These calamities may be personal or general in nature, but the Lord?s guidance will provide protection and support to the extent that we heed and act upon His counsel.
Church leaders have often encouraged Latter-day Saints ?to prepare for adversity in life by having a basic supply of food and water and some money in savings.?8 At the same time, we are encouraged to ?be wise? and ?not go to extremes?9 in our efforts to establish a home storage supply and a financial reserve.