Book Review: LDS Preparedness Manual


Sometimes in life you get a pleasant surprise that makes you smile.  Then there are times when you are so surprised that you gasp with joy.  This was the case when I got the LDS Preparedness Manual and read it (Did we mention it is FREE).

The Disclaimer

First of all let me start off by saying again that SurvivalCache is free of politics, religion and of course it is free from advertisements.  There are so many other sites that focus on those subjects that we decided to keep our site focused on Survival and Emergency Preparedness.  We are not for or against any political party nor are we for or against any religion and for that reason we choose not to write on those topics.  However, we are against advertisements and plan to stay that way.

When we do come across items that contain excellent information for our community, we don’t Bugging Incare who wrote it or where it came from.  The bottom line for us @ SurvivalCache is “Could this help one of our readers survive or be prepared for an emergency?”  The LDS Preparedness Manual is an overwhelming “YES”.

If you don’t feel like going any further in this book review, then just click on the following link and download the LDS Preparedness Manual for FREE (click Here), print it off and keep it somewhere in your house.  Yes, you heard it here first, the LDS Preparedness Manual is FREE.  Brought to you by the your friendly Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons).  No sign up required, no guys in suits showing up at your front door during a football game, nothing, zippy, nada….it is FREE.  While this manual is not specifically endorsed by the LDS Church, it is put together and edited by members of the church using information they have gained from their own experiences, other publications and information that is available on the internet, which is probably why they are not charging for it.


There are a lot of TV shows out there with guys who know a lot about Survival.  Mykel Hawke’s survival preparedness, survivalist, survivorshow Man, Woman, Wild, then there is Les Stroud’s Survivorman, and of course Bear Grylls’ Man vs. Wild.  All of these actors/survivalist on these shows know, that when it comes to Survival and Emergency Preparedness, the Mormons wrote the book….and they are still adding chapters to it.  Myself, I am not Mormon.  I grew up Catholic but I grew up in Southeast Iowa and I had a lot of friends who were LDS.  My family often went across the Mississippi River to Nauvoo, Illinois which is a sacred place for the Mormon religion and we saw some of their preparedness first hand when we visited the local stores that sold preparedness type products.  I have a lot of respect for their knowledge and dedication to being self reliant.  I would almost guarantee that if a natural disaster hit Salt Lake City like Katrina hit New Orleans, the US Government would not even bother to send in FEMA.  They would just say, “Dude, that city is full of Mormons, they are not going to need our help….they wrote the book on emegency preparedness.”


The LDS Preparedness Manual is a monster at 222 pages of information and they cover a lot of topics.  This is not a Wilderness Survival Guide and I would never keep this in my Bug Out Bag (way too big), this is more of a preparedness bible of sorts and it is geared more towards “Bugging In” and being ready for anything.  However, there is a small section on setting up a bug out bag which they called the “Deluxe 96 Hour Kit”.  They give you two pages of ideas for your kit and they cover about everything you would need to survive for 96 hours or longer.  The rest of this manual provides an excellent overview on food storage, emergency cooking, basic food lists, money, clothing, emergency shelter, water purification, emergency toilets, terrorism, money, quarantining for epidemics,  fuel storage, (NBC) Nuclear Biological Chemical attacks, and much much more.


The first big pro is that this manual is free and it is awesome.  At 222 pages, this manual is information overload.  That is why I printed it off, put it in a binder and just read small sections at a time.  I love the many checklists through out the manual, for example you could just take pages 124 to 127 with you to the grocery store and use it as a guide/checklist for all of the food that you would need to be prepared (except for the MREs listed on those pages as well).


There are about 10 to 12 pages of religious text in this manual.  Did it bother me?  No.  It might bother some people but the bottom line is that this is free from LDS church members and beggars can’t be choosers.

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Randy February 10, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Just downloaded and scanned through it. Looks awesome!!! This one will take me some time. Once again…the Cache Rules!!!!


Forge_Survival February 11, 2011 at 10:39 am



sedonatb February 12, 2011 at 9:05 pm

10 "You are my witnesses," declares the LORD, "and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me.__11 I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior.__12 I have revealed and saved and proclaimed– I, and not some foreign god among you. You are my witnesses," declares the LORD, "that I am God.__


Specialist February 10, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Pretty hard to beat "free"… Good reading.


Extremetolerance February 10, 2011 at 5:33 pm

For some reason I glanced at the title and read, "The LSD preparedness manual". That caused some minor confusion.


Forge_Survival February 10, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Yes, prepare for your first LSD trip!!! That is pretty funny.


Michael February 11, 2011 at 10:41 pm

I did the same thing.


Suburban Survivalist February 10, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Downloaded – thanks for the heads up.


Forge_Survival February 11, 2011 at 10:38 am

No problem


John S. February 10, 2011 at 9:45 pm

Gotta love the Mormon's. Always ready to survive just in case they get kicked out of town and have to move to — Salt Lake. Oh wait…already taken.


Jackson September 4, 2011 at 11:51 pm

Kinda like "Sister Wives" .. lame show!


Matthew February 11, 2011 at 5:41 am

I am glad I am not the only one watching southernprepper1!


Forge_Survival February 11, 2011 at 10:36 am

Big Fans!!


Kevin James February 11, 2011 at 7:46 am

Page 32 talks about vitamins and to have a Daily multi and a C. The only one on the market made from true organic fruits and vegetables is one i found on this site a few months ago.
If I need to bug out quick and take a month or two of shelf stable foods with me until I get get to a growing season and plant some fruits and vegetables I am going to have a 2 or 3 month supply of vitamins to keep me generally healthy until my crops produce. I hadn't ever really thought about it until I read it here in one of your check lists a few months back. Good insight. Write more about this if possible


Forge_Survival February 11, 2011 at 10:39 am

Thanks for sharing Kevin!


Guest August 15, 2013 at 3:59 pm

You could also try some survival tabs. Basically, you eat 12 a day that provide you with all the vitamins and minerals you need and 240 Calories. They supplement any food that you can find (ie ramen noodles), or can be eaten alone. You can read about them here: or buy them on ebay.


CaptBart February 11, 2011 at 8:27 am

The 'Mormon Pantry' has always been a good idea. When I found out they keep a year's supply of food on hand I began to wonder why. Looking at their history, there were many times when they had to "bug out" RIGHT NOW! That level of preparation served them well so we started imitating it. I have downloaded the manual. Haven't read it yet but it should be good. Thank you for posting it.


Guest February 11, 2011 at 3:08 pm

This isn't a product of the LDS Church. It's written by a person who happens to be a member of the church, but the second page clearly states that this is not a publication that's officially sanctioned by the church. Just to be clear.


Forge_Survival February 11, 2011 at 3:48 pm

We tried to make it clear in the above article by saying – "While this manual is not specifically endorsed by the LDS Church, it is put together and edited by members of the church using information they have gained from their own experiences, other publications and information that is available on the internet"


Just me December 28, 2012 at 10:40 am

It is clear. Guest just has an amazing grasp of the obvious and has to let everyone know about it.


Michael February 11, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Thanks for the tip, I've got it loaded on my Kindle.


Krisi May 12, 2011 at 9:30 am

Great idea to put it on the eReader! Thanks.


AZ BOB December 9, 2012 at 10:44 am

How did you get it on your Kindle. Did you buy and download??




kevin February 11, 2011 at 11:30 pm

Are you from Fort Madison?


Forge_Survival February 12, 2011 at 4:23 am

Now that is funny. Very close, but I am not from FM.


jack brown May 14, 2014 at 3:12 pm

I was born there and lived there for 40yrs.


@andreafatica February 12, 2011 at 3:35 am

in italy we say help yourself and god will help you! very good website and article! thanks


Minarchist_1776 February 12, 2011 at 8:02 am

Thanks for the link. I downloaded it and skimmed a few pages. It looks good, and one can't beat the price :-)

There are some minor pros and cons with going for a full year's stored supply of food. The main cons are simply the price, storage space, and awkwardness of trying to move it *all* if you feel you have to. On the pro side, if you have a year's supply of food tucked away then that will last you through an entire planting cycle, so that hopefully by the time the next harvest comes in things will be better. With less than a year's supply tucked away things could get dicey if you have to wait for an entire planting cycle for a decent resupply.


SurvivorHerbalist April 12, 2012 at 8:26 pm

The LDS Church now tells Mormons to start buying extra food and building up slowly. Yes I'm Mormon. Unfortunately I don't have a year supply yet. I need to repent. Especially with food going up more, and all world currencies on the verge of collasping. (There all backed by Federal Reserve "Notes." WealthCycles has some free videos about it.) Plus John M. Browning inventor of the Colt 1911 was Mormon. Another gift. Of course they are not free.


Ward3 February 13, 2011 at 9:26 am

The reading is GREAT. A good find. * about vitamins – pill or caplets are very easy to store and take, but your body does not absorb what is need in them. How many of us actually eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables every day. I drink a shake every day and depending on my intake a vary the mixture of the ingredients. This may be a good topic to go into more. I store about a months worth of food but the first two weeks is what we eat every day and the remaining is basic survival. So supplements are needed. Some of my ingredients are ALL-ONE (original formula) and Greens+ (Wild Berry).


Jay November 1, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Breaking up caplets & pills will help. Liquids are better, but don't seem to be as potent.


Tyler February 15, 2013 at 10:59 am

So I study nutrition for a living and you have a legitimate point when it comes to getting all your needs. There may be times where you'll only be getting your calories from one type of food and that can have serious repercussions. You can do pretty well for yourself with grain stores, dried/canned fruits and vegetables (though you may lose some of the nutritional/antioxidant content. Beans, Nuts, and to some extent even grains provide protein as long as you balance the amino acid contents, and Meat of course. Dairy is trickier but powdered milk in cans depending on the brand can provide a lot your needs. I would save the vitamin pills for a time of desperation where you only had one food source.


BigSteve February 14, 2011 at 10:38 am

Great post and link. Every waterfall begins with one raindrop….Just like when one person begins to prepare for any event, it too will grow. So make your list, check it twice and stock it wide and deep!


Cbeecher1 February 14, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Thank you for this info it looks great and will help alot since I’m a new prepper and trying to plan for 4 people.


badvoodoodaddy February 19, 2011 at 10:03 am

I live in Salt Lake City, and yes FEMA would probably step aside for the LDS church. When the earthquake hit Haiti the LDS church had emergency supplies and food in the air before any other agency in the world. They have the canneries and food production facilities all over the place. I grew up here and it has always been the case to have 1 years worth of supplies saved up, plus they have a rotation program in print that I am still trying to get a hold of.


T.Rapier February 24, 2011 at 11:48 pm

If you cant tell already I’m a history buff , anything I can get my hands on to read lol . From what I’ve read , the Mormons had a pretty organized system of re supply points for their settlers coming west in wagons . Apparently they have been doing this sort of thing for a loooooong time . Good for them !


Ian March 1, 2011 at 6:07 pm

As a Mormon, I appreciate the kind words posted here (no insults about religion), and I’m happy that people of any faith can benefit from the preparedness manual. Good work on the website and newsletters Joel. Thanks for what u do.


murjd17 March 15, 2011 at 7:48 am

Great article. I just downloaded it to my computer (to print when I want to burn through that many pages and ink) and my Kindle. Fantastic stuff!


Christopher Parrett March 28, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Greetings. My name is Christopher, and I am the author of the LDS Preparedness Manual. I just wanted to take a moment and say THANK YOU for sharing my work with all of your members. I really do hope it helps your members to become a little bit better prepared. The book is offered everyone free of charge as a PDF, I also offer it in printed form sold AT-COST from my printer, and in a week or so it should finally be on Amazon in KINDLE format as well I welcome comments about the book and it is ALWAYS under revision! Another major new release will be out this year with significant new material on communications as the next subject to be covered.!


david dwyer August 4, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Thank you, Christopher. Will there be a LDS Preparedness Manual website, or other means to keep up with revisions?

I would want to contribute by paying a decent price for the Kindle version. I might recommend a mechanism by which I and others might make additional contributions, which probably should be anonymous.

Please let me know.


Curt December 28, 2012 at 10:51 am

Thank you Christopher. It is very refreshing to see that there truly are people out there that are not out to extract every penny they can out of people, but instead care about people enough to supply them with vital information such as this.


T.Rapier April 5, 2011 at 6:25 pm

I’m not suggesting anything but ……….. As far as I know , the Mormon community stockpiles everything ……..except weapons ,….could be wrong but I dont think they do .


StorminMormon April 18, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Ha! I'm Mormon…and I stockpile firearms (and ammo). It's not a Church teaching, but most of us do.


Brett July 30, 2011 at 9:45 pm

StorminMormon is right, at least the Idaho and Utah Mormons have more weapons than you could count. These aren't stockpiled by the Church, but rather by individual members. They range from grand dads shotgun, to AK's, deer rifles etc. Remember hunting is huge in these states, particularly in Idaho. So is disdain for intrusive big government, and a self reliant attitude. There is no connection to militias or white supremicist you hear about in northern Idaho. Most Mormons I know are good neighbors who take care of themselves, obey the law, and expect the rest of the country to do the same.


fourthrowe April 2, 2012 at 6:20 pm

I could definitely hang out with some LDS folks sounds like. prepared AND they won't bogart the liquor!


Tyler February 15, 2013 at 11:05 am

Hahaha, good point


SurvivorHerbalist April 12, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Like the others said, it depends on the individual Mormon. And like I said in another comment, John M. Browning invented the Colt 1911, I think the 50BMG and other weapons. And he was a 3rd generation Mormon. 3rd generation gunsmith too. Some of us see the need for weapons.


Katie September 23, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Oh most of us stock pile weapons! Or at least have them for Hunting, and self defense.


Tyler February 15, 2013 at 11:04 am

I laughed so hard when I read this! For most of us Mormons, guns are just part of our culture and most homes have at least one and usually around 10 or so. At least around the west.


Ronin May 11, 2011 at 12:25 am

Hmmm, tried both of those links and got error messages. Googled it, got a download, and got an error message when I tried to open it. "File is damaged and cannot be repaired". Any suggestions?


Misplaced May 23, 2011 at 1:19 pm

if the links do not work just put your cursor over the link right click and save as. it will just save the pdf file.


Daniel August 23, 2011 at 8:30 pm

The LDS church does not encourage its members to stockpile weapons or ammo, just to stay out of debt and have adequate food storage: BUT many of the people I know (other Mormons) live by the creed "Buy it cheap and Stack it deep" :)


Jackson September 4, 2011 at 11:49 pm

I love the LDS List, however, isn't the rule of thumb to only store what you actually eat? I'm confused.


SingleMom September 16, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Yes, store what you eat, but follow their guidelines on the quantities needed for proper nutrition. If you don't like one form of carbohydrate, replace it with another. When choosing vegetables, make sure you know which vitamins they contain. I turned my nose up at dehydrated peppers until I realized that they're a good source of something (I forget what). I'm not a fan of bananas, but they're about the only easy source of potassium and worth adding to my stock. If you're not sure why a particular food is on the list, do a quick online search of nutrients. You want to make sure that you have what will be needed for a balanced diet along with what you actually like to eat.


SingleMom September 17, 2011 at 4:29 am

Also, make sure you have a variety of flavors. You might be a fan of Italian, but if you're spending weeks or months eating nothing but spaghetti, lasagna, and rigatoni you'll reach saturation point and never want to see another tomato product. If that's all you've stocked, you're stuck.

They also stress comfort foods and desserts. It might sound silly to stock up on chocolate pudding, lollipops, and Jell-O, but they'll be great morale-boosters when the SHTF.


SurvivorHerbalist April 12, 2012 at 8:51 pm

You might want to double the fat. Russ Silver had a 7 year supply of food (like obedient ancient Israelites) and lost his job. He had to live off of his food storage for an extended time and became sick from it. Plus it was highly industralized, along with being low-fat Fat and Cholesterol are Good for You by Uffe Ravnskov, M.D. Ph.D, Mr. Silver sells a DVD called Making Food Storage a Life Style


Mic October 5, 2011 at 3:47 am

After downloading this great document it got me doing some research on the Mormons. This may sound ridiculous but the advice that their leaders have been giving them over the past few decades (and maybe more) has been amazingly insightful and accurate to preparing for world events as far as I can tell. I'm not saying that they are fortune tellers or anything, they are probably just highly informed and organized but most everything that I have seen so far has checked out and I wished I would have been hearing this a few years ago. For example their leaders were counseling them to get out of debt at least for four years before 2008 rolled around. (and not specifically stated but i got the hint they were saying don't go in debt for real estate) They have been counseling to have a years worth of food storage for a decade… maybe more. Not just in case of a total economic/social collapse but for individuals cases as well, like if you lost your job or were injured for an extended period of time you could subsidize off your food storage until you could get back on your feet (instead of leaching off the damn government) I'm not quite signing up with them yet but my extended bug out plan may be to get to salt lake city cause these guys seem a lot better equipped and organized than the government house of cards we are supposed to rely on.


Brian March 26, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Check this out. I just read this the other day where in 1998 the LDS people were instructed to avoid debt and get their houses in order.…

"We are carrying a message of self-reliance throughout the Church. Self-reliance cannot obtain when there is serious debt hanging over a household. One has neither independence nor freedom from bondage when he is obligated to others."


SurvivorHerbalist April 12, 2012 at 8:59 pm

We have been counseled to have a year supply of food for very long. It is mainly because of prophesy in the Doctrine & Covenants that their will be total famine for one year. Nothing will grow. We are supposed to be independent of all creatures beneath heaven. Debt- maybe for a modest car, house, education. Still need to get rid of it fast.


Kenya December 16, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Thanks for the link. I've downloaded it onto my nook and will be reading!


Ray B January 12, 2012 at 10:10 am

This is awesome for someone like myself that needs to start from the ground up and doesn't really know where to start. Thanks for bringing this out to a place where someone else can find and download it


Frank January 14, 2012 at 6:27 pm

I'm very impressed. Most important aspect of this manual is how to get "there" from "here" in a year if you have nothing. Of course water is the big factor – point of observation is that about 20 #10 cans of dry goods (beans, macaroni, nonfat dry milk, rice, oats, dry potatoes, etc. require about 85 gallons of water so obviously water storage or a water source should be a consideration.


Janet January 30, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Thanks. Finally got this printed off. The information is very helpful. Intelligent, concise, and logical. Reading through it now, and making our plans to start the storage system up.


Christopher Parrett June 9, 2012 at 6:01 am

It is Now over 500 pages long !!


shelleynash June 22, 2012 at 3:48 pm

thanks for a review that isn't skewed :) Might I suggest linking you in-text link for the word Mormon to rather than the unreliable wikipedia? Thanks! As for Free…things are free because the church publishes them with the tithes of members…so thank a member ;)


shelleynash June 22, 2012 at 3:49 pm

just looked at the information…this isn't an official LDS publication…so it ISN"T paid for with tithing…just the kindness of someone else…wanted to correct my misinformation :)


Wendlynn November 4, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Its interesting you mention a disaster hitting salt lake. Several years ago a tornado went through downtown salt lake. I remember the Today show talking with the Red Cross about estimated damages just 4 days afterwards and the person said they have no idea because everyone had started cleaning up so quickly that it was impossible to know what the true damage level had been.


makettle December 7, 2012 at 4:12 pm

wanted to download and all I get was a blank page


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I would also try looking on the : site . Try there. I hope this may aid you.


christian prepper February 16, 2013 at 3:49 pm

just downloaded it looks cool cant wait to look through it .


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TZH June 12, 2014 at 6:50 pm

Thank you very much for sharing the LDS handbook. I'll be sharing this on my blog as a must-read. even my wife is quite fascinated at the level of detail. we city slickers gotta respect the skills the previous generations have when it comes to seemingly mundane tasks such as food preparation, basic botany, first aid, etc.

wish they'd teach these in schools again too. connectivity can be a crutch when you lose touch of real skills :-)


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