I have wanted for some time to do an article on the doctrinal importance of the grain wheat. The prophets have long specifically named wheat as a grain of high importance. While I won't get into it too deeply now...here are a few quotes that prove that point...
In a talk called "Prepare Ye" by Ezra Taft Benson...he touched on some of the doctrinal importance of wheat. The following 3 quotes are from that talk...
"“There is more salvation and security in wheat, than in all the political schemes of the world. …” (Elder Orson Hyde, JD, vol. 2, p. 207.)
"As to the foodstuffs which should be stored, the Church has left that decision primarily to the individual members. Some excellent suggestions are available from the Church Welfare Committee. “All grain is good for the food of man …” (D&C 89:16) the Lord states, but he particularly singles out wheat. Dry, whole, hard grains, when stored properly, can last indefinitely, and their nutritional value can be enhanced through sprouting, if desired."
"From the standpoint of food production, storage, handling, and the Lord’s counsel, wheat should have high priority."
Here is a prophecy of a time when wheat will be of great value...(more than what it currently sells for at the family canning center!)
“The time will come that gold will hold no comparison in value to a bushel of wheat.” (Brigham Young, in Journal of Discourses, vol. 1, p. 250, 1943 ed., p. 29
He did not say "The time will come that gold will hold no comparison in value to a bushel of grain." No...he specifically named wheat. If you go back and read the prophets words regarding storing food...take note how often they specifically name wheat.
I have heard people say things like "I don't store wheat...it's too hard on your stomach"....or "Some people are allergic to wheat...so I just store rice". While there may be actual medical reasons why some people can't eat wheat...for most...it would be wise to incorporate more wheat into their diet...for health and to be prepared.
A good friend just put a newsletter together on the value of whole wheat flour. IT IS AWESOME! Check it out at here. I especially love his graph on page 3 that breaks down how nutritionally superior whole wheat flour is!! Well done.