Got Grain? 

For years, my writings have contained pleas to prepare for hard times by storing food as well as repeated warnings of coming famine. If you have not heeded those warnings, I want to urge you once again to quickly begin preparing for the coming disaster. If you have begun storing food, I want to offer a word of encouragement to ramp up your preparations. And, if you have so far ignored this counsel, I want to impress upon you how much you will one day regret it.

Let’s be realistic: You can’t eat money. You can’t cook up a Rolex watch. You can’t consume your big house, speedboat, or fancy car. Your smartphone won’t fill your belly. You can’t melt down and drink your gold and silver coins. As wealthy and materially-blessed as you may be, the man with food is far richer than you unless you also have food. 

The great religious Pioneer leader Brigham Young once chided the self-righteous slackers in his community: 

“How many of you have had wisdom enough to procure and lay up for yourselves produce enough to last until harvest? You may call this a small matter. How many of you have wheat or flour to last you a year? If you are without bread, how much wisdom can you boast, and of what real utility are your talents, if you cannot procure for yourselves and save against a day of scarcity those substances designed to sustain your natural lives? You wish to come here and preach to the people, when you have not knowledge to sustain yourselves temporally, to say nothing of a spiritual salvation. You cannot save yourselves, a wife, and a child from starvation, unless someone takes you by the hand and leads you; and yet you want to make us believe that you are almighty big men. I exhort the brethren to seek unto the Lord for wisdom. If you cannot provide for your natural lives, how can you expect to have wisdom to obtain eternal lives? God has given you your existence—your body and spirit, and has blest you with ability, and thereby laid the foundation of all knowledge, wisdom, and understanding, and all glory and eternal lives. If you have not attained ability to provide for your natural wants, and for a wife and a few children, what have you to do with heavenly things? 

“. . . Instead of trying to find out how God is made, or how angels are made, I wish you would try to learn how to sustain yourselves in your present existence, and at the same time learn the things of God” (President Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 8, 68, June 3, 1860). 

People today are in the same boat – the same dilapidated, leaky, sinking boat. We are apt to believe “it can’t happen here” when we see earthquakes in Japan, wars in Europe, or famines in Africa. Yet, crises can and do happen here. I need only say the word “Coronavirus,” to say nothing of Hurricane Katrina, scorching fires in California, killer tornadoes in the Midwest, and power outages in Texas, to remind you of how ever-present peril is. 

Estimates are that 1 in 10 American homes were hit by natural disasters in 2021. That means tens of millions of your countrymen suffered crises. Add in man-made disasters, like the COVID-19 bioweapon release and vaccine genocide, to say nothing of Marxist Black Lives Matter riots and Antifa terrorism or increasing criminality, and the number of crisis events skyrockets. The fact is that every family will one day face a crisis of one degree or another. The smart strategy, then, is to prepare. 

Besides drawing close to the Savior Jesus Christ and conforming to His exalted teachings, perhaps the greatest thing you can do for your family is to store food for the coming days of famine and cataclysms. Ezra Taft Benson raised his prophetic voice to all Americans when he counseled

“It would be well if every family have on hand grain for at least a year. And may I remind you that it generally takes several times as much land to produce a given amount of food when grains are fed to livestock and we consume the meat. Let us be careful not to overdo beef cattle and other livestock projects on our welfare farms. 

“From the standpoint of food production, storage, handling, and the Lord’s counsel, wheat should have high priority. Water, of course, is essential. Other basics could include honey or sugar, legumes, milk products or substitutes, and salt or its equivalent. The revelation to store food may be as essential to our temporal salvation today as boarding the ark was to the people in the days of Noah. 

“President Harold B. Lee has wisely counseled that “perhaps if we think not in terms of a year’s supply of what we ordinarily would use, and think more in terms of what it would take to keep us alive in case we didn’t have anything else to eat, that last would be very easy to put in storage for a year … just enough to keep us alive if we didn’t have anything else to eat. We wouldn’t get fat on it, but we would live; and if you think in terms of that kind of annual storage rather than a whole year’s supply of everything that you are accustomed to eat which, in most cases, is utterly impossible for the average family, I think we will come nearer to what President Clark advised us way back in 1937.” (Welfare conference address, October 1, 1966.) 

“There are blessings in being close to the soil, in raising your own food, even if it is only a garden in your yard and/or a fruit tree or two. Man’s material wealth basically springs from the land and other natural resources. Combined with his human energy and multiplied by his tools, this wealth is assured and expanded through freedom and righteousness. Those families will be fortunate who, in the last days, have an adequate supply of each of these particulars.” 

I want to underscore one line in particular: The revelation to store food may be as essential to our temporal salvation today as boarding the ark was to the people in the days of Noah.” This was said in 1974, but it seems more relevant today in 2022 as we see: 

• Plagues shutting down the supply chain 
• Red China hoarding over 60% of the world’s grain 
• War hampering food exports 
• Nations suspending trade, grain exports, and fertilizer sales 
• Major countries being unable to plant their winter wheat due to unnaturally wet conditions 
• Unnaturally dry conditions plaguing farms in other parts of the world 
• The biggest drought in over a millennium hitting North America 
• The United States digging into its oil and food reserves to stave off rapidly rising inflation and public discontent 
• Massive fires stopping the regular farming cycles in some parts 

These and a hundred other hindrances make us easily see how having a year supply of food could be as crucial to us as being on Noah’s ark was when the Lord sent down His rains to cleanse the earth. 

Bearing all of this in mind, you may be wondering how to begin gathering a food storage to feed your family when it all hits the fan. I want to present a succinct methodology for getting the food you need, including what you should put in your storage. 

A general rule of thumb is that you should store the things your family normally eats. Why would you store giant buckets of oats if your family doesn’t eat oats? Store what you eat. That’s sound counsel. However, considering the lateness of the hour, I don’t think it is the wisest approach. 

If you haven’t started preparing, or if your supplies are lacking, then my recommendation for you is to immediately buy those things that will sustain life during a crisis. If you don’t normally eat oats, so what? You’d be grateful for them in a catastrophe. If you don’t eat a lot of rice, suck it up. You’d be grateful to have a supply of it to fill your belly. If you don’t usually eat lentils, I don’t think your children would complain too much if you were able to prevent them from starving by dishing them up some. It’s better than eating bugs or killing your neighbor for food! 

Some may reject this advice, but I stand by it. If you don’t know where to start, simply start by getting anything that you can eat – anything that will sustain you. Canned foods are a great option. The food is already prepared and it often has a shelf life of several years. Just open and serve. Canned meats like tuna, sardines, corned beef, and SPAM variations are great to have. Tuna is particularly versatile and can be blended with many other foods and spices and is good cold and hot. 

You can even can, pressure cook, or preserve your own meat if you prefer. Nearly anything can be preserved – chicken, pork, fish, ground beef, and so on. If you’re legitimately interested in preserving your own food, I recommend watching two informed presentations by Wendy DeWitt which can be found here and here

Canned vegetables – corn, peas, beets, asparagus, beans, mixed, mushrooms, etc. – should also find their way into your storage. What veggies do you like? Grab a few cans of your preferences each time you go to the store. Incrementally, you can build up a large store of food in no time. Can you afford five cans of food this week? Could you afford it every week? What about every other week? Throw in a 5 lb. bag of rice and a couple bags of lentils each time you pick up your five cans and you can see how quickly you can build up a food storage for a fairly low cost. 

Grains are crucial for your storage. That’s why I asked, Got Gain? The most readily available grain is probably rice. It’s inexpensive and plentiful. The price varies by location, but it’s still a cheap commodity at the moment. On the Walmart website, a 5 lb. bag of “Great Value” long grain white rice costs $2.58. My wife and I shopped yesterday at a local store, buying an extra 30 lb. of rice for our storage. We didn’t spend more than $2 per bag. We even picked up a bag for $1.76 of a brand we’ve never tried. Is there any excuse not to throw an extra bag of rice in your cart each time you shop? 

Let me quickly interject that rationalizing your procrastination only prolongs your worry and ensures your eventual suffering. Just throw the $2 bag of rice in your cart! What? You don’t have $2? Do you really need the Pringles and Pop-Tarts? I enjoy dill pickle-flavored Pringles as much as the next guy, but are they really a necessity? 

Learn to forego things you want for things you need. You might want that sugary cereal, but you don’t need it. On, a 12 oz. box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch costs $3.28 – nearly a dollar more than that 5 lb. bag of rice! Who will argue that Cinnamon Toast Crunch is more nutritious or beneficial than a bag of rice? 

A word more about grain. Rice is the easiest, but it’s not the only grain. Wheat is another. Most flour is made from wheat. Flour is used to make bread, pasta, and a host of other common items. If you’d like to eat bread during the apocalypse, make sure you have some flour or some wheat. You can buy a 10 lb. bag of all-purpose flour for $3 at Walmart. True, bleached flour may not be the healthiest, but it’s better than nothing in a pinch. If you prefer unbleached, it’s just a few cents more. If you want whole wheat flour, which is obviously healthier, you can buy a 5 lb. bag of Gold Medal brand for just $4.38. 

If you prefer to make your own flour, or to have wheat on hand for a variety of purposes, you can purchase a 45 lb. bucket of hard red wheat from Augason Farms is about $45. Maybe that seems like a hefty price tag, especially if you don’t have a lot in the bank right now. But what’s the price of your life? What is peace of mind worth? What is the value of your children’s survival? Alternatively, how much does one trip to McDonald’s cost your family? In 2020, the average McDonald’s meal for a family of four cost $28, more than half the price of forty-five pounds of wheat, yet the dividends are nil in comparison. 

Oats are another excellent item to store. Oats aren’t prohibitively expensive, though, like everything else, they were cheaper in the past. Right now, through The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you can buy a case of six #10 cans for $35.20. Oats can be stored for decades. They’re a great thing to have in your storage. 

Think of all this food you’re going to store. How will you cook it? Probably some type of oil. But how much oil do you have on hand? Is it a sufficient amount for a prolonged period of time? If you’re like most people, you probably guzzle cooking oil like water. Despite the health dangers, you will need something to cook the food you meticulously store. Make sure you have it. Also, be sure you have a way to make fire. 

Dear reader, take an inventory and see how much food you have sitting in your house right this very moment. If the stores all closed tomorrow due to war, pandemic, or a natural disaster, how long could you survive on what you have on hand? A week? A month? Longer? Don’t sugarcoat the reality. Take an honest inventory and see where you lack. If you don’t have, or aren’t trying to get, a year’s supply of food and water, then I think your supplies are lacking. 

For a variety of reasons, religious and practical, I recommend at least a one-year supply. Don’t say you can’t do it; you can. Don’t say you have nowhere to put it; you’ll find space if your priorities are right. Don’t make excuses; your families deserve better than that. Your children look to you for guidance and protection. Safeguard them. Give them a future. Give them a chance to survive the coming famines and crises. 

Make 2022 the year when you finally prepare and secure your home against what’s coming. Bad omens portend famine and scarcity. Inflation will continue to skyrocket. Commotion will become more widespread. But having a food storage to feed your family will give you confidence and a palpable peace of mind. 

When someone asks you, “Got Grain?”, an affirmative answer is the only tolerable reply. The only thing more important to your future survival is affirmatively answering, “Got God?” Get grain and God and you can weather the coming storms. And they are coming quickly. May God bless you. 

Zack Strong, 
March 21, 2022

The Coming Global Holodomor

The “Holodomor” was the holocaust you’ve likely never heard of. Between 1932-33, upwards of 10 million Ukrainians were deliberately starved to death by the Soviet regime. Hollywood doesn’t produce yearly movies about the Holodomor. It’s not taught extensively in schools or textbooks. The tragedy isn’t a cash cow for special interest groups like its more well-known yet less historically-substantiated Kosher counterpart. However, this “Terror Famine,” as it is also known, provides many lessons and warnings for us today. Though we may not yet comprehend it, the world is preparing to suffer a Holodomor far more widespread and just as deliberate as the one in Ukraine. 

Why did the Holodomor happen? Why did Stalin commit genocide in Ukraine? What was his goal? I quote from a brochure titled “Holodomor 1932-1933: Communist Genocide in Ukraine”: 

“After the October Revolution of 1917, the Communists managed to seize power in most areas of the former Russian Empire. In particular, they occupied the newly independent Ukrainian People’s Republic after a brutal struggle that lasted for several years. The Communists secured control over Ukraine by making some concessions to the Ukrainian national movement in the area of culture, as well as set up a Communist puppet regime, the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. The Ukrainians took advantage of this cultural autonomy. In the 1920s, Ukraine experienced a rapid development of European-focused modern culture; Ukrainians created a national education system based on the idea of Ukraine as an independent economic actor. 

“From the late 1920s, the Communist authorities consolidated their power and launched an offensive against the Ukrainian cultural uprising. Stalin embarked on a program of rapid industrialization. The paramount goal was to create a powerful military-industrial complex and technically equipped army so that the Communist state could dominate the international scene. Stalin eliminated any kind of opposition to his authority through a powerful repressive apparatus. 

“Although Ukraine enjoyed only a brief period of independence from 1917-1921, there was fierce resistance against Communism. There was a Ukraine-oriented educated elite as well as economically independent peasantry with strong national consciousness. The Stalinist regime perceived the Ukrainian question as an existential threat to the Soviet Union, opting for a horrifying tactic – death by starvation.” 

The brochure offers several eyewitness statements of the depravity and horror of the communist-created Terror Famine. I quote just two of the ghastly memories: 

“The ‘activists’ looked for bread. It was a communist-organized team and all of them had sticks. They walked about the household, poked with a stick and stroke with a hammer, looking for hidden bread. Once they have found it, they immediately exile you for having bread.” 

“Two women went into the fields in the spring to pick spikelets left under the snow. These spikelets were blackened; they picked them up and then were stopped on their way and exiled to Siberia for 10 years.” 

The bloodthirsty Bolsheviks raided homes, confiscated any scrap of food they could find, shot women for attempting to take food from nature, exiled starving people for daring to satiate their hunger, and celebrated as millions languished and died. The brochure summarizes the death rate thus: 

“Every day – 34,560 people. Every hour – 1,440 people. Every minute – 24 people.” 

These poor Ukrainians weren’t rounded up and shot. That would’ve been merciful compared to what they really suffered. No, instead they starved, endured fatigue, watched their children die, saw their nation collapse, and often resorted to cannibalism – even killing their own children for food. Few episodes in human history have been so diabolically tragic. 

In A Century of Red, I explained certain dimensions of the horrific Holodomor thus: 

“In 1932-1933, following Lenin’s pattern, Stalin ordered a famine to be engineered in the Ukraine. Stalin was angered that the Ukrainians were resisting his dictates, in particular his forced collectivization schemes. As a result, 8-12 million people were agonizingly starved to death or murdered by his command. 

“In his book The Harvest of Sorrow, Robert Conquest cited various communist sources, one of which gave “at least” 8 million as the death toll for Ukraine and the Caucuses, while another estimated 10 million had perished in the USSR during the period. Whatever the real number, this horrifying event has come to be known as the Holodomor, or “Terror Famine.” 

“Stalin charged the Jewish communist, Genrikh Yagoda, then head of the OGPU secret police, with the task of bringing these insubordinates to heel. In an article titled “Stalin’s Jews” written for the popular Israeli news site YNet News, Sever Plocker called Yagoda “the greatest Jewish murderer of the 20th Century” and marveled that so few people know his name. It truly is amazing that a man who killed ten million people – give or take a few million – is never mentioned by the Western media, school teachers, or even most university professors. Yet, Yagoda was real, and the famine he and his cohorts devised was also dreadfully real. 

“Despite the relatively high yields of grain collected just preceding, and even during, the Terror Famine in the “bread basket” of Europe, millions of Ukrainians withered away and died of gnawing starvation. In the same way Lenin enforced his famine to quell the peasants, Stalin brought about these tragic conditions at bayonet point. Strict production quotas were imposed and grain was ruthlessly requisitioned and continuously exported abroad while peasants starved. Between the years 1931-1932, the Soviet regime doubled the amount of grain it confiscated from the peasantry. In 1931, 46% of all grain was stolen from the forcibly collectivized peasants in Northern Ukraine. It is estimated by one Ukrainian man, based on hidden records he discovered, that the communists possessed enough stockpiled food to feed all of Ukraine for more than two years. 

A cannibal couple caught in the act and photographed with their prey.

“What’s more, roadblocks were established to essentially quarantine peasants in the countryside where there was no food. Indeed, food was often piled up, surrounded by barbed wire and armed guards, and left to rot before the eyes of famished peasants. Those who tried to steal the food from the granaries out of sheer desperation were shot or tried as saboteurs. 

“When the peasants weren’t rioting or trying to steal food for their families, the state brought the famine to their door. Squads of specialized secret police, as well as local communist brigades, went house-to-house, confiscating food from emaciated Ukrainians. In the words of a British reporter viewing the horror unfolding, the communists resembled “a swarm of locusts” that devoured “everything edible” and left the peasants for dead in a “melancholy desert.” Pregnant women and single mothers were summarily shot while secretly digging up potatoes or picking wheat to feed their young. No one was spared. The Bolsheviks did everything they could to create a hell on earth for the peasantry – the very working class they pretended to champion. 

“The famine was so awful that many Ukrainians turned to cannibalism out of desperation. There are documented cases of parents eating their own children – and any other children that could be acquired. Desperate people even robbed graves for jewelry which could be exchanged for food. In the midst of this holocaust, the communist regime paid money to body collectors. Before long, the skeleton-like bodies of those not yet dead were being hurled onto the trucks alongside rotting corpses. 

“The misery of this man-made famine is impossible to adequately describe, but it should be remembered that this unconscionable crime was committed to help a group of gangsters consolidate their power and build an empire intended to encompass the world.” 

I noted that the Holodomor in Ukraine followed the pattern set by Lenin. I explained in my book that between 1921-22, Lenin had engineered a famine to quell the rebellious peasants who for some reason resented being enslaved by the Bolsheviks. Five million Russians died during that gruesome situation. Communists always use famines to whip their subjects into compliance. Mao Tse-tung later followed Lenin’s and Stalin’s examples and used famine to eliminate a staggering 45 million Chinese. It’s safe to say, then, judging from history, that man-made famine is a tool of tyrants to consolidate power. 

I won’t say anything more about the Terror Famine, but I want to impress upon you that this is, in microcosm, what humanity faces today. In 1932, Ukraine was an agricultural society. People knew how to farm and grow food. They were self-sufficient. They were closer to the soil and nature. 

Today, we’re detached from reality, separated from the land, don’t know how to grow our own food, and are almost entirely dependent upon a small group of farmers and truckers to provide food to our communities. What happens when the supply chain breaks down, or war or disease prevent trucks from running, or civil war forces farmers out of their fields to defend their families, or drought causes catastrophic crop yields? I’ll tell you what will happen – a global Holodomor. 

I repeat: A global Holodomor is coming. It’s coming quicker than most suppose. It will utterly wipe out the portion of the population who say “it can’t happen here.” It will deplete society, upend order, and lead to civil war and mobocracy. This approaching Terror Famine will even decimate many people who are otherwise awake, but who have not been responsible enough to prepare to save their families. 

I repeat it again: A global Holodomor is coming. And it will be just as deliberately-engineered and deviously-enforced as the first. It may not be this year or next, but soon. The religiously-minded among us will recognize warnings such as the following from the pages of prophecy: 

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 

“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 

“All these are the beginning of sorrows” (Matthew 24:6-8). 

“And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth” (Revelation 6:8). 

“And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great” (Revelation 16:21). 

“And there shall be a great hailstorm sent forth to destroy the crops of the earth. 

“And it shall come to pass, because of the wickedness of the world, that I will take vengeance upon the wicked, for they will not repent; for the cup of mine indignation is full; for behold, my blood shall not cleanse them if they hear me not” (Doctrine and Covenants 29:16-17). 

“And thus, with the sword and by bloodshed the inhabitants of the earth shall mourn; and with famine, and plague, and earthquake, and the thunder of heaven, and the fierce and vivid lightning also, shall the inhabitants of the earth be made to feel the wrath, and indignation, and hand of an Almighty God, until the consumption decreed hath made a full fend of all nations” (Doctrine and Covenants 87:6). 

Terrible things await the nations because they refuse to accept Jesus Christ as their Judge, King, and Lord. They have rejected His Gospel and Church. They have violated His eternal laws and trample His teachings. Humanity is in such a sad state that only Jesus can save us now. Repentance is our only remedy. 

The Lord anciently promised to nations and individuals alike: 

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. 

“If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: 

“But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it” (Isaiah 1:18-20). 

Repent or perish is our ultimatum and choice. It won’t be the Lord who personally chastises us, though. He will simply remove, as He has to a large degree already, the hedges blocking Satan’s murderous forces from unleashing their full carnage on the world. They are seeking to erect a one-world state with a one-world Luciferian religion. Every fearful weapon – engineered diseases, vaccine genocide, forced starvation, nuclear war, economic collapse, etc. – is at their disposal and will not be overlooked in this galactic war for the souls of men. One of the most devastating “plagues” of the last days – our days – will be a global famine the likes of which no one has ever seen. It will make the Holodomor seem like a picnic. 

Global genocide is in fact part of the Elite’s plan. They are a murder cult – a ruthless criminal clique that has no conscience. In my article “Zero Population,” I explained: 

“Zero population is the goal. The current COVID-1984 operation was designed to scare everyone into taking poison via vaccine – poison that will result in a mass die off and really kickstart the killing. Hundreds of thousands have already dropped dead directly due to the vaccine and millions now have the seeds of death in their bodies which, with time, will mature into genocide. So many have already been killed and just don’t know it yet.  

“The transhumanist, Satanic murder cult of Illuminism-communism won’t be satisfied until all humanity is destroyed. This is because Lucifer, the fallen one, the arch nemesis of God, commands them. Reject this as a myth if you will, but it’s true. Satan exists. He commands his minions. And they preside as high priests over the sacrifice of mankind on the altar of evil. . . . 

“Avoid the vaccine at all costs. Protect your family. Side with Faith, not fear, and Freedom, not force. Stand with the Lord of life and reject the demon of death. Oppose the Elite’s depopulation scheme. Don’t be a willing victim. Don’t cooperate with communists. Don’t allow your family to suffer what you may rebuff with manly action and firm faith in Jesus. God bless you as this dark winter dawns.” 

We are seeing the alarming warning signs of approaching famine, mass death, and societal collapse everywhere. The dark winter is beginning. Red China has hoarded over half the world’s grain. Russia has suspended fertilizer and grain exports. Ukraine, because of the Russian invasion, is not exporting grain as it once was. Hungary has stopped exporting grain. The farmers of the world are expressing fear for the future if they can’t get fertilizer. Natural disasters – fires, droughts, and floods – are wreaking havoc in Australia, California, and beyond. The besieged peoples of the world are beginning to riot and push back against their despotic governments, further exasperating the breaking supply chain. Inflation is jumping up at a mind-boggling rate. Gas and oil supplies are being restricted and rationed. And on and on. 

It’s not hard to see how we go from our current situation in March of 2022 to the apocalypse foreseen by the prophets. Global famine is one long winter, one world war, or one more severe pandemic away from reality. It’s not a matter of if, but when and to what extent. When this Holodomor comes, what will you do? How will you survive? Have you planned and prepared for this calamitous event? If not, do so now

If you are new to preparedness, I’ve produced several resources to help you begin. Follow the links below this article to read or listen to them. Whether you heed any of my suggestions or not, the time to prepare in earnest is now. We have a little time left, but only a little. Don’t delay. 

God bless you to look to the Lord, prepare to safeguard your family, and escape the coming global Holodomor. 

Zack Strong, 
March 9, 2022 

The Urgent Need to Prepare” 

Food Storage and Personal Preparedness” 

Could You Survive?”