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Mormons Prepare for Y2K Worst
Associated Press 18Dec99 N6
By C.G. Wallace: Associated Press Writer

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- With the year 2000 approaching, the Associated Press' Wallace looks at the LDS Church's teachings on preparedness, which may protect many Church members, should food or energy supplies be interrupted due to the Y2K computer bug. Wallace reviews both LDS Church teachings that members should stockpile a 'year's supply' of food, and the Church's own welfare program, which has accumulated significant additional supplies.

The Church's operations in Salt Lake City include a dairy, a cannery, a thrift shop and bakery, all near a 100-foot tall grain silo filled with 300,000 bushels of wheat, one of 60 silos the Church owns across the U.S. In addition, the Church owns farms, ranches and factories producing basic necessities. These are distributed throughout the Church's network of Bishop's Storehouses and stored in Church facilities.

"Utah is probably one of the best prepared states in the nation when it comes to personal preparedness," said Chris Kramer, spokesman for the Utah Department of Public Safety. "You don't see that in other parts of the country. There's an emphasis on self-reliance in the culture here."


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