Cynthia’s thread reminded me that the dinner conversation after the leadership training session at my stake conference was one of the highlights of my weekend. It was one of those great discussions you get to have with other Mormons where well thought-out interpretation of doctrine and teachings, heartfelt emotion and a willingness to make oneself vulnerable are all present. As transplants from the U.S., Switzerland and several Canadians gathered around a table and shared a meal, we hashed out the issue of whether food storage is worth killing or dying for. One person said that if anyone tried to take their food that the lawn would be littered with bodies, while another said that they would rather die themselves than not share what little food they had. Not surprisingly topics covered included: What of the Saviour’s injunction to care for the poor and needy? How would you feel if your children went hungry because you gave your food to another who had not prepared or did not know to prepare? What level of sacrifice is necessary to enter the kingdom of Heaven? Is food storage about obedience to counsel, being comfortable with a full pantry or neither?
Notably, adherents to various positions did not break down along stereotypical nationalistic lines. I think we all went away feeling challenged and introspective about the needs of individuals and communities and strangely enough, well-fed.