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

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Seasons of Scarcity; Prepare for Emergencies

In June, 1867, Elder George Albert Smith taught "President Kimball (Heber C.) has been urging us strongly to store our bins with wheat and flour.  This may sound like strange counsel to those who, during most of their lives, have been in the habit of receiving their wages every Saturday, then, then, without further care, laying in their week's provisions.  But in this country, where we are liable to seasons of scarcity, it is requisite to prepare for such emergencies; hence the counsel to store up food is frequently given, and is absolutely necessary.  Yet, as a people, we are apt to neglect it, for the sun rises and sets, the seasons come and go with unfailing regularity, and we expect that every year will bring plenty; yet we have had years of scarcity, and may have again, and we are not safe unless we provide against them, and be prepared for a day of hunger.  Hence, in this respect and in many others, the Latter-day Saints have many things to learn. (Journal of Discourses, vol.12, p. 25)