"...in March of 1845...Thoreau decided to move out on the banks of Walden Pond and spent two years trying to figure out what life was all about....He kept meticulous financial records, and he concluded that for a home and freedom he spent a mere $28.12. He planted a garden, where he sowed peas, potatoes, corn, beans, and turnips to help sustain his simple life.....When his two years ended, he left his cabin behind without regret. He considered the time he had spent there a proper amount of time to accomplish his purpose -- to experience the spiritual benefits of a simplified lifestyle."
"Let Him Do It with Simplicity", Elder L. Tom Perry, 2008
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