It’s not about Armageddon, Passport reader says

Yesterday, I quoted from a story in Good magazine in which author Daniel Brook wrote: Mormon families are instructed to stock up on canned goods and wheat to prepare for Armegeddon." Passport reader Derek White, who describes himself as a current member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, writes in with a ...

Yesterday, I quoted from a story in Good magazine in which author Daniel Brook wrote:

Yesterday, I quoted from a story in Good magazine in which author Daniel Brook wrote:

Mormon families are instructed to stock up on canned goods and wheat to prepare for Armegeddon."

Passport reader Derek White, who describes himself as a current member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, writes in with a pointed rebuttal:

The truth is that while members are encouraged to have a one-year supply of food (that may include wheat), the reason for food storage is simple "self-reliance".  The food storage is meant to help carry a family or individual through difficult financial times or some kind of natural disaster (like Hurricane Katrina) so that families and individuals will have less need for assistance from others.

Never, (may I repeat?) NEVER, has the purpose of food storage been connected in any way to Armegeddon.

In a subsequent e-mail, he added:

The best source for information regarding the Church's stand on self-reliance, humanitarian service, and the Church's own welfare organization is found on their website, "Provident Living".

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