Too often we bask in our comfortable complacency and rationalize that the ravages of war, economic disaster, famine, and earthquake cannot happen here. Those who believe this are either not acquainted with the revelations of the Lord, or they do not believe them. Those who smugly think these calamities will not happen, that they somehow will be set aside because of the righteousness of the Saints, are deceived and will rue the day they harbored such a delusion. - Ezra Taft Benson

Monday, February 28, 2011

Thousands Coming for Help

Orson Pratt, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, who was told in a specific revelation that he was to prophesy and it would be given him by the power of the Holy Ghost what he should say (see D&C 34:10), also saw a time when there would be thousands of people coming to the Church for help: "They [the world] will read her laws, and say, 'Our laws are as nothing, our wisdom as foolishness, our words like the tow that is exposed to the devouring flame; we are broken asunder, torn into fragments, and ready to crush under our own weight; but your laws, government, and officers are all good, righteous, just, and true; surely the God of Israel is in your midst. Come, let us go up to Zion, let us hear from the wise legislators of Zion, and let us hear the laws proclaimed therein; let us learn of the wisdom that dwells in the servants of the Most High.' And they will come up with their armies, and their mighty men, and their judges, and their rulers, and kings will come to the brightness  of her rising, and the Gentiles will come like a flowing stream, and the gates of Zion will be open day and night, and never be shut."  Elder Pratt said later: "A flowing stream is one that runs continually; and the Gentiles will, in that day, come to us as a flowing stream, and we shall have to set our gates open continually, they will come as clouds and as doves in large flocks.

"The people will see that the hand of God is over this people; they will see that He is in our midst, and that He is our watchtower, that He is our shield and our defence, and therefore, they will say, 'Let us go up and put our riches in Zion, for there is no safety in our own nations.' Those nations are trembling and tottering and will eventually crumble to ruin, and those men of wealth will come here, not to be baptized, but many of them will come that have never heard the servants of God; but they will hear that peace and health dwell among us, and that our officers are all peace officers, and our tax-gatherers men of righteousness."   

If large numbers of people come in who have not made the proper temporal preparation-or who have had to abandon whatever temporal preparation they had-that will be a great drain on the resources of the Church. They will need to be fed and clothed and housed. The clear implication is that if we as individual members of the Church have prepared ourselves temporally and properly, we will be able to help those in need rather than ourselves being a drain on the resources of the Church.

See also:  "Watch and Be Ready: Preparing for the Second Coming of the Lord,"   p. 204-205