Latter Day Saints, Mormon Preparedness Survival Manual

Holy preparedness, Mormon dudes and dudettes!

I’m delivering a very useful link if you haven’t seen it already – the Latter Day Saints Preparedness Manual. I HIGHLY suggest you take a gander at this bad boy, download it, print it, or buy a hard copy for 7 bucks (they sell hard copies right here). You can also view the free pdf version.

I’m not big on the Mormon action, but hey – whatever, to each his/her own. I’m on board with their TEOTWAWKI preps, though. The information contained in that manual is good for the beginner or the advanced prepper.

One thing I found of particular interest was the manual’s calculations of what constitutes one year’s worth of stocked food for an adult male. It’s startling actually, and I’m sure realistic. Check it:

Just how big is a Year’s Supply of food? As explained on the previous page, our Church is suggesting the following minimums for each adult:

  • 400 lbs. Grains (17.5oz / day)
  • 60 lbs. Beans (2.6oz / day)
  • 10 quarts Cooking oil (0.87oz / day)
  • 60 lbs. Honey (2.63oz / day)
  • 8 lbs. Salt (0.35oz / day)
  • 16 lbs Powdered milk (0.70oz / day)
  • 14 gallons of drinking water (for 2 weeks)

>So, just how much is this? Two 5 gallon buckets will hold about 75lbs of wheat, rice or other grains.
This means you need 11 buckets of grain for each person in your family.

If you store all your grains in #10 cans…

  • Wheat, Rice, Corn, etc. – you would need 64 cans or 10.5 cases per person.
  • Pasta – you would need 32 cans or 5.25 cases per person.
  • Rolled oats – these are lighter but bulkier, so they require more storage containers and space. You would need 124 cans or 21 cases person.
  • Beans – a 25 lb bag of beans will about fit in a single 5 gallon bucket, with a little space over, so 2 buckets would hold a one person supply, or 12 -13 # 10 cans or about 2 cases.

Daily Food – dividing 400lbs by 365days, equals out to 1.09589lbs, or just over 1 lb of grain, per person, per day. That is approximately 2 cups of unground grain to cover your breakfast lunch and dinner. Dividing 60lbs by 365, this works out to 0.16 lbs of beans per day, or 2.6 oz—approximately 3/4 cup. The other foods listed would also need to be used in limited amounts.

This is not much food, folks. Get the basics, then immediately begin to add more kinds of grain, soup mix, canned and/or dehydrated vegetables and fruit, etc to add variety and provide more than the minimal survival diet. As an example, the minimum recommended amount of grain, when ground and prepared will yield about 6 small biscuits or a plateful of pancakes. It’s enough to keep you alive, but a far cry from being satisfied and not hungry.

It’s broken down in an easy to follow format, and underscores important points for the beginner – like STOCKING VARIETY! Particularly with children. Kids will starve to death before eating the same thing day in and day out. They just can’t do it.

– Ranger Man

14 comments… add one
  • theotherryan October 20, 2008, 7:47 pm

    I can’t say I am sold on their take on religion but if more churches had the same awesome emphasis on religion the nation would be a better place.

  • Kipper October 20, 2008, 8:14 pm

    HOLY COW!! i read it, and there are soo much in there i agree with!! And 1 thing, i did not expect to find in a church produced manual the following quote:

    “Remember that a smaller caliber weapon does not have the stopping power of a larger one, so if you have to shoot someone to defend yourself,
    keep shooting until you empty the gun”

    Wow, dont mess with that church!! they wont just shoot you once!! they will empty the gun!!

    Its a very well rounded manual, i need to get some of my friends (the ones that call me “paranoid”) to have a read of it (i dont think i needed much from there, but it was still an interesting read).

    And like all the best things, it was free! :) i wonder if work will get annoyed if i go printing out 222 pages though…

  • October 21, 2008, 5:49 am

    I’ve always wondered why the mormons do not include rice as a major staple in these guides. After all, it complements beans very well as a protein combo, is relatively inexpensive, and very easy to store.

  • Gott_cha October 21, 2008, 10:29 am

    Its the way most churches thought, back a couple of generation ago. Still good and sound advice.

  • inforodeo October 22, 2008, 5:55 am

    it’s certainly a cute PDF, but it’s actually put together by someone with a grudge against the ‘mormons’. Most of the books quoted there (“parables of james talmadge”, for example) are fabricated, using real author’s names … and some of the ‘parables’ and other ‘scripture’ is completely made up … most of it with a slant toward making them seem like the ‘crazy’ kinds of survivalists. the “Preparing for a repeat of Haun’s Mill” is another unfortunate example, using a very real event (in which members of the church – including women and children – were brutally murdered/raped/burned by criminals) to set up this idea that mormons are or should be ‘preparing for war’.

    the LDS church DOES publish some food storage/emergency prep pamphlets, available through their website: … but these *real* publications by the church aren’t as exciting a read (though do provide calculations for how much food is needed, and the website has an online calculator).

    While the church doesn’t have anything against guns, it does not actively promote ‘stocking up’ on firearms or ammunition, and is in fact “pro-government”, urging its members to be law-abiding citizens, rather than paranoid, anti-government recluses.

    I enjoy your site, and while i myself love firearms (especially my AR!), most of my LDS friends, family and neighbors do not have anything near the “enthusiasm” portrayed in this interesting collection.

  • Christopher Parrett - AUTHOR October 23, 2008, 8:56 pm

    I am the author of the LDS Preparedness Manual that is being discussed here.

    Make no mistake about it, I have a POWERFULL PRO CHURCH stance, have been an active member for 20 years, and currently hold callings in preparedness.

    This manual represents 10 years of work, and is a LIVE document that changes from year to year. The version that you downloaded for free or bought from my store at cost, is the general public edition.

    If you are LDS or have a deep interest in Preparedness I invite you to visit my site.

    While this site is 100% LDS “Mormon” it is also a major hub for all aspects of preparedness and is open to anyone willing to follow the rules we post.

  • Bob.A.Frito October 25, 2008, 11:55 am

    Holy shit. We’re all gonna die!

  • inforodeo November 7, 2008, 12:35 am

    Chris –

    MY APOLOGIES. I’d skimmed over it, and had found it after reading the post here … and initially took it as one of those “hey everyone, look how crazy those mormons are!” things.

    It took me awhile to apologize ‘cos i hadn’t had time to read through it … and again, i’m sorry. i’m a big fat jerk.

    you should sell it through if you aren’t already. i just bought some manuals from here (shtfblog) through them, and they’re printed nicely.

    though it will likely make no difference to you (and again, sorry!), i’ve passed the link to your site along to some of my member friends who are sure to enjoy the content.

  • inforodeo November 7, 2008, 1:24 pm

    … i should add, the section with emails from the person in LA during Katrina was fascinating, and brought up several good points to consider.

  • mike from the u.k. September 26, 2010, 3:01 pm

    Fantastic read, especialy the part from page 184 onwards, as its current mini teotwawki.
    Essential reading even just for the look into other peoples behaviour, in a “situation.” kinda knew what other none preppers would be like, but it was nice to have it reinforced by another, as sometimes you can think your over reacting in your prep’s towards other people should shtf.

  • Food Insurance October 22, 2010, 5:02 pm

    I love your blog. I’m definitely adding it to my bookmarks. That’s also a very handy manual for LDS and non-LDS.

  • Anonymous November 30, 2010, 1:44 am

    This is like the stuff Glenn Beck promotes on Fox News. I too fear the impending zombie apocalypse. I better start getting this stuff. It seems like a really good idea to prepare for this certain doom.

  • Azri February 1, 2011, 12:08 pm

    don’t bring up Katrina. please keep in mind i felt REALLY bad for the old and the young. in any bad sitch the innocents always take it in the neck. i about had an aneurysm at the level of stupid going on…though i did cheer the guy who looted the bunch of fishing poles. and no i am not kidding on both the above counts. what really burned my biscuits was people awarding SOME of the terminally stupid, brand spanking new houses. the one chick with the near comatose baby in her arms whining about “when will the government get here!! we need water”!!! uh huh. meanwhile behind her are office buildings with hot water heaters chock full of good water and likely water coolers with the big honking jugs of good water in storage for said coolers, all within a convenient walk.. GRR!! *banging head against the wall* ok..i’m better. now.
    to me NOT prepping is just..gah!! ignorance in action. better to have it an not need it, than to need it an not have it! i have an excruciatingly tight budget. and yet? i am still slowly stockpiling food , tools & whatnot. & training my kids the art of MacGyverism!! y’all take care!! :D

    PS: remember duct tape is your friend! so says ” Lady MacGyver: Queen of Duct tape & Goddess of packing!!”
    “I create spacial anomalies” ;D

  • kredit February 9, 2011, 3:26 am

    this page seems to have errors with IE8 you might want to fix this


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