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

We Will Live on What We Produce

From:  Watch and Be Ready: Preparing for the Second Coming of the Lord,  p.201 - 202

In the welfare session of the April 1975 general conference, Marion G. Romney of the First Presidency made a ...statement: "I do not want to be a calamity howler. I don't know in detail what's going to happen in the future. I know what the prophets have predicted. But I tell you that the welfare program, organized to enable us to take care of our own needs, has not yet performed the function that it was set up to perform. We will see the day when we will live on what we produce."  Marion G. Romney, in Conference Report, Apr. 1975, 165

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Best Place is Family Storeroom

"...the end is not yet. Just as there have been calamities in the past, we expect more in the future...The Lord has said, “If ye are prepared ye shall not fear"...“Wherefore, stand ye in holy places, and be not moved, until the day of the Lord come” (D&C 87:8).

We sing the song:
When the earth begins to tremble,
Bid our fearful thoughts be still;
When thy judgments spread destruction,
Keep us safe on Zion’s hill.

"We can so live that we can call upon the Lord for His protection and guidance. This is a first priority. We cannot expect His help if we are unwilling to keep His commandments."

"We can heed warnings. We have been told that many had been given concerning the vulnerability of New Orleans. We are told by seismologists that the Salt Lake Valley is a potential earthquake zone. This is the primary reason that we are extensively renovating the Tabernacle on Temple Square. This historic and remarkable building must be made to withstand the shaking of the earth."

"We have built grain storage and storehouses and stocked them with the necessities of life in the event of a disaster. But the best storehouse is the family storeroom. In words of revelation the Lord has said, “Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing” (D&C 109:8).

"Our people for three-quarters of a century have been counseled and encouraged to make such preparation as will assure survival should a calamity come...We can set aside some water, basic food, medicine, and clothing to keep us warm. We ought to have a little money laid aside in case of a rainy day." 
- Gordon B. Hinckley "If Ye Are Prepared Ye Shall Not Fear," , (October 1, 2005)

Year's Supply of DEBT; FOOD-FREE (Counsel in reverse)

 
“Many more people could ride out the storm-tossed waves in their economic lives if they had their year's supply of food - and were debt-free. Today we find that many have followed this counsel in reverse: they have at least a year's supply of debt and are food-free.”   - Thomas S. Monson (Church News, May 12, 2001)

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Disobedient were Drowned

 
“Noah heeded Gods command to build an ark...that they might be saved from the floodwaters. Yet there was no evidence of rain and flood.  His actions were considered irrational.  The sun was shining and life moved forward as usual. But time ran out.  The floods came, the disobedient were drowned. When God speaks and we obey, we will always be right.”     - Thomas S. Monson (October 2002 Ensign)

Friday, February 25, 2011

Nearness of Kingdom of God and Heaven

"The kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of God on the earth will be combined together at Christ's coming - and that time is not far distant. How I wish we could get the vision of this work, the genius of it, and realize the nearness of that great event. I am sure it would have a sobering effect upon us if we realized what is before us.”   - Gordon B. Hinckley (General Conference, October 1992)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Armageddon, Prince of Peace, Millenium

Be it remembered that tribulations lie ahead. There will be wars in one nation and kingdom after another until war is poured out upon all nations and two hundred million men of war mass their armaments at Armageddon ... Peace has been taken from the earth, the angels of destruction have begun their work, and their swords shall not be sheathed until the Prince of Peace comes to destroy the wicked and usher in the great Millennium.

There will be earthquakes and floods and famines. The waves of the sea shall heave themselves beyond their bounds, the clouds shall withhold their rain, and the crops of the earth shall wither and die.
There will be plagues and pestilence and disease and death. An overflowing scourge shall cover the earth and a desolating sickness shall sweep the land. Flies shall take hold of the inhabitants of the earth, and maggots shall come in upon them. (See D&C 29:14–20.) “Their flesh shall fall from off their bones, and their eyes from their sockets” (D&C 29:19).

If you will that I give unto you a place in the celestial world, you must prepare yourselves by doing the things which I have commanded you and required of you” (D&C 78:7)....We must do all we can to proclaim peace, to avoid war, to heal disease, to prepare for natural disasters—but with it all, THAT WHICH IS TO BE SHALL BE."

"But if ye are prepared ye shall not fear."

Oil Prices Rising

Oil climbed to the highest in 30 months in London as Libya’s violent uprising reduced supplies from Africa’s third-biggest producer.  Oil market remains unstable:  Crude oil prices are on a wild ride - reaching as high as $119 as the uncertainty over the unrest in the Middle East causes increased panic among global investors. Get the latest details HERE.   


"But if ye are prepared ye shall not fear."

Troubles and Desolations Poured Out Without Measure

 
“I stand before the Church this day and raise the warning voice. It is a prophetic voice, for I shall say only what the apostles and the prophets have spoken concerning our day. ...It is a voice calling upon the Lord's people to prepare for the troubles and desolations which are about to be poured upon the world without measure. For the moment, we live in a day of peace and prosperity but it shall not ever be thus. Great trials lie ahead. All of the sorrows and perils of the past are but a foretaste of what is yet to be. And we must prepare ourselves temporally and spiritually.”  - Bruce R. McConkie (General Conference April 1979)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

FEARS over FOOD SHORTAGES


Please watch and Be Ready!  We've been told to prepare.  A statement comes to mind "When the time to perform has come....the time to prepare has passed".  Blessings to all who have heeded Prophetic Counsel.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Famine Could Wipe out Church Members; including officers

“Should the Lord decide at this time to cleanse the Church ... a famine in this land of one year's duration could wipe out a large percentage of sloughful members, including some ward and stake officers. Yet we cannot say we have not been warned.”      - Ezra Taft Benson (General Conference, April 1965)

Monday, February 21, 2011

Sell Things; Purchase FOOD and SUPPLIES

"Lay up your stores, and take your silks and fine things and exchange them for grain and such things as you need and the time will come when we will be obliged to depend upon our own resources.; for the time is not far distant when the curtain will be dropped between us and the United States. When that time comes, brethren and sisters, you will wish you had commenced sooner to make your own clothing. I tell you God requires us to go into home manufacture; and prolong it as much as you like, you have got to do it.”

- Heber C. Kimball (Journal of Discourses, vol. 5, p. 10)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Why call ye me, Lord, and do not as I say?

 
“We encourage families to have on hand this year's supply and we say it over and over and over, and repeat over and over the scripture of the Lord where He says, `Why call ye me, Lord, and do not as I say?'... We also hope that you are maintaining your year's supply of food, clothing, and where possible, some fuel and cash savings.”    - Spencer W. Kimball (General Conference, April 1976)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Keep From Starving in Case of Emergency

“The counsel to have a year's supply of basic food, clothing, and commodities was given fifty years ago and has been repeated many times since. Every father and mother are the family's store keepers. They should store whatever their own family would like to have in the case of an emergency...store a year's supply...that might keep us from starving in case of emergency.”  - James E. Faust (General Conference, April 1986)

Friday, February 18, 2011

Few Church Members have Obeyed

 
“Recent surveys of the Church members have shown a serious erosion in the number of families who have a year's supply of life's necessities. Most members plan to do it. Too few have begun.”    - Thomas S. Monson (September 1986 Ensign)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

These will be Days of Tribulation

From his 1980 discourse entitled "Prepare for the Days of Tribulation", President Ezra Taft Benson proclaimed the following:

"We encourage you to be more self-reliant so that, as the Lord has declared, “notwithstanding the tribulation which shall descend upon you, … the church may stand independent above all other creatures beneath the celestial world” (D&C 78:14). The Lord wants us to be independent and self-reliant because these will be days of tribulation. He has warned and forewarned us of the eventuality.

"President Brigham Young said, “If you are without bread, how much wisdom can you boast, and of what real utility are your talents, if you cannot procure for yourselves and save against a day of scarcity those substances designed to sustain your natural lives?” (In Journal of Discourses, 8:68.)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Time will come where there ISN'T a STORE

"The little gardens and a few trees are very valuable. I remember when the sisters used to say, `well, but we could buy it at the store a lot cheaper than we could put it up.' But that isn't quite the answer, is it, Sister Spafford?Because there will become a time when there isn't a store.” - Spencer W. Kimball, in Conference Report, April 1974, 184-185)   see also pg. 202 in "Watch and Be Ready"

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Only 30% of Church has Two-MONTH Supply of Food

 
“On the average, about 30 percent of the church has a two-month supply of food. The remainder have little or none...become self-sufficient as possible to prepare against the days to come.”  - Bishop H. Burke Peterson (General Conference October 1975)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Warning Before Calamity

 
“For the righteous, the gospel provides a warning before calamity, a program for the crises, refuge for each disaster... The Lord has warned us of famines, but the righteous will have listened to the prophets and stored at least one year's supply of survival food...”   - Ezra Taft Benson (General Conference, October 1973)

Friday, February 11, 2011

Year's Supply of Food, Clothing, Fuel

"Let every head of every household see to it that he has on hand enough food and clothing, and, where possible, fuel also, for at least a year ahead”.   - J. Reuben Clark (General Conference April 1937.)

Home Production and Storage; President Ezra Taft Benson



"More than ever before, we need to learn and apply the principles of economic self-reliance. We do not know when the crisis involving sickness or unemployment may affect our own circumstances. We do know that the Lord has decreed global calamities for the future and has warned and forewarned us to be prepared. For this reason the Brethren have repeatedly stressed a “back to basics” program for temporal and spiritual welfare."

"Today, I emphasize a most basic principle: home production and storage. Have you ever paused to realize what would happen to your community or nation if transportation were paralyzed or if we had a war or depression? How would you and your neighbors obtain food? How long would the corner grocery store—or supermarket—sustain the needs of the community?"

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Lay Up in Store; Unencumber your Life!



"Store sufficient so that you and your family can weather the vicissitudes of life."

“Hearken, O ye people of my church. … Hearken ye people from afar; and ye that are upon the islands of the sea, listen together. … “Prepare ye, prepare ye for that which is to come, for the Lord is nigh.”

"The doctrine of the Second Coming of the Messiah provides one of the great incentives to prepare and live right. Heavenly Father knows that promised rewards encourage His children to do works of righteousness and promised penalties create a dread of doing evil. Such are the revelations pertaining to the Second Coming of our Lord.

"These revelations speak of signs and wonders on earth and in the heavens. They point to troublesome times and pending events vast in scope and duration. And most important, we receive these supernal promises:
“The Lord  shall have power over his saints, and shall reign in their midst.”

“Through my providence, notwithstanding the tribulation which shall descend upon you, … the church may stand independent above all other creatures beneath the celestial world.”
And “if ye are prepared ye shall not fear.”

There is no need to be anxious about events leading up to the Second Coming. Let us instead be filled with gratitude for our understanding of what lies ahead. Let us appreciate that we are in charge of our own world, being the Lord’s agents over that which He has entrusted to us.  The formula is simple: Be faithful. Unencumber your life. Lay up in store."

Oh, Lord, Keep My Rudder True

Excerpts from "Oh, Lord, Keep My Rudder True" by Jeffrey R. Holland; President of Brigham Young University when this devotional address was given on 21 January 1986.
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"Loyalty is for the loyal man not only a good, but for him the chief amongst all the moral goods of his life, because it furnishes. . . him a personal solution [to] the hardest of [all] human . . .problems, the problem: "For what do I live?" [The Philosophy of Loyalty (New York: Macmillan Co., 1908), p. 57]

"It is loyalty--loyalty to true principles and true people and honorable institutions and worthy ideals--that unifies our purpose in life and defines our morality. Where we have no such loyalties or convictions, no standards against which to measure our acts and their consequences, we are unanchored and adrift, "driven with the wind and tossed," says the scripture (James 1:6) until some other storm or problem or appetite takes us another direction for an equally short and unstable period of time."

"...for "to make [young people] capable of honesty," according to John Ruskin, "is the beginning of education." Samuel Johnson said it even better, "Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful" (Emerson Roy West, Vital Quotations [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1968], p. 177).

".....At the start of a new calendar year and the beginning of another important academic semester, may I invite you to examine your very soul, to look deeply within your habits and inclinations and measure your loyalties against the divine standard of our Savior, Jesus Christ. How prepared are you for the difficult things you may yet face in acquiring an education or serving a mission or raising a family or defending your beliefs? As preparation for the assault that will yet be made upon your character and convictions, is it hoping too much to see you cherish clear language and clean entertainment and hard work and disciplined behavior? If we were, this very hour, in a fictional foxhole somewhere against an enemy who put our eternal lives at risk, would I be safe in your hands? Would you be safe in mine?"

"Montaigne's ancient cry of the storm-tossed sailor comes to mind: "Oh, Lord, thou shalt save me if thou please; if not, thou shalt lose me; yet Lord will I keep my rudder true" (see Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Essays, book II, chapter 16).

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Surviving the Storm - Give Heed to Prophets

From their talk "Surviving the Storm" these authors suggest the following:
1.  Pray for Guidance
2.  Seek Peace
3.  Learn What Matters
4.  Lend a Hand
5.  Remember
6.  Be Prepared, Not Scared

Natural disasters are a possibility no matter where we live. The best way to prepare is to have emergency plans in place, survival supplies prepared, and training completed where it is available. Here are some other lessons learned by those who survived the hurricanes:
  1. Make sure you have fresh batteries and flashlights.
  2. Refrigerators and freezers will provide food for a few days.
  3. Store water, both for drinking and for bathing.
  4. Have important papers in a place where you can easily grab them.
  5. Get to know your neighbors, and have a contact list for emergencies.
  6. Aaronic Priesthood and Young Women camping experience can prepare you for living in emergency conditions.
  7. Remember, “If ye are prepared ye shall not fear” (D&C 38:30).

[Give Heed]

President Gordon B. Hinckley
“The time has come to get our houses in order. … There is a portent of stormy weather ahead to which we had better give heed.” President Gordon B. Hinckley (“To the Boys and to the Men,” Ensign, Nov. 1998, 53).

Extra, Extra

To learn more about preparing for emergencies, go to www.lds.org and click on “Provident Living” and then on “Food Storage and Emergency Preparedness.” There you’ll find advice on topics such as how to prepare for the future, both spiritually and temporally; preparing for home emergencies and natural disasters; and a list of emergency preparation resources.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Freedom is ESSENTIAL; Sustain Constitution


Elder Ballard on Freedom being Essential and.....Importance of Sustaining the Constitution!

New World Order vs. Peace of Christ in Hearts

"May I give you one more thought from Easter. A peace will be made some day. It will be negotiated by men. All the world is hoping that it will be just and permanent. The last great war and its aftermath are so recent and so vivid in our memories that we are convinced that something which did not characterize the last arrangement must come into a newly established peace or it will be as futile as before. Some say that the thing most requisite is to render our enemies impotent. Let us not forget that that was done before, for a time at least. Various proposals are made for the establishment of a new world order. What form they will ultimately take no one knows, but this I know, and every follower of the Master knows it, that the peace of Christ will never descend upon the nations unless His Spirit is infused into the hearts and deliberations of the men who write the peace and into their constituents as well."   

Stephen L Richards, The Church in War and Peace, p.155

Monday, February 7, 2011

Guiding Principles of Personal and Family Welfare

"Self-reliance is a product of our work and under-girds all other welfare practices. It is an essential element in our spiritual as well as our temporal well-being. Regarding this principle, President Marion G. Romney has said: “Let us work for what we need. Let us be self-reliant and independent. Salvation can be obtained on no other principle. Salvation is an individual matter, and we must work out our own salvation in temporal as well as in spiritual things.” (In Welfare Services Meeting Report, 2 Oct. 1976, p. 13.)

President Spencer W. Kimball further taught concerning self-reliance: “The responsibility for each person’s social, emotional, spiritual, physical, or economic well-being rests first upon himself, second upon his family, and third upon the Church if he is a faithful member thereof.

“No true Latter-day Saint, while physically or emotionally able, will voluntarily shift the burden of his own or his family’s well-being to someone else.” (Ensign, Nov. 1977, p. 77.)

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Blessings of Economic Stress

" Economic wealth does not endow eternal blessings, and financial difficulty does not revoke eternal covenants."

Elder Neal A. Maxwell said: “An economic depression would be grim, but it would not change the reality of immortality. The inevitability of the second coming is not affected by the unpredictability of the stock market. … A case of cancer does not cancel the promises of the temple endowment. …"

“All that matters is gloriously intact. The promises are in place. It is up to us to perform.” (“Notwithstanding My Weakness,” Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1981, p. 57.)

Before teaching the parable of the rich man whose ground brought forth plentifully, Jesus said, “Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.” (Luke 12:15.)

“But learn that he who doeth the works of righteousness shall receive his reward, even peace in this world, and eternal life in the world to come.” (D&C 59:22–23.)


Friday, February 4, 2011

Pay thy Debt, and Live

From his talk "Pay Thy Debt, and Live", Ensign, June 1987, President Ezra Taft Benson strongly counseled all to get out of debt as soon as possible.

Think what you do when you run in debt; you give to another power over your liberty.” (Benjamin Franklin.) 

"True, times have changed since Franklin’s day, but the principles of truth and wisdom never change. Our inspired leaders have always urged us to get out of debt, live within our means, and pay as we go."
 
"Our own pioneer forefathers have left us a heritage of thrift, of saving, of freedom from debt. Surely they would counsel us today: “Pay thy debt, and live.”  Many people do not believe that serious recession will ever come again. Feeling secure in their expectations of continuing employment and a steady flow of wages and salaries, they obligate their future income without thought of what they would do if they should lose their jobs or if their incomes were stopped for some other reason. But the best authorities have repeatedly said that we are not yet smart enough to control our economy without downward adjustments. Sooner or later these adjustments will come."

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Eyes of all the Heavens are over Us

"I will say to the Latter-day Saints, as an elder in Israel and as an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, we are approaching some of the most tremendous judgements God ever poured out upon the world.  You watch the signs of the times, the sign of the coming of the Son of Man.  They are beginning to manifest both in heaven and on earth.  ...We are approaching these things.  All that the Latter-day Saints have to do is to be quiet, careful and wise before the Lord, watch the signs of the times, and be true and faithful; and when you get through you will understand many things that you do not today.  ....We are in the last dispensation and fulness of time.  It is a great day, and the eyes of all the heavens are over us, and the eyes of God himself and all the patriarchs and prophets.  They are watching over you with feelings of deep interest, for your welfare; and our prophets who were slain, and sealed their testimony with their blood, are mingling with the Gods, pleading for their brethren.  Therefore, let us be faithful, and leave events in the hands of God, and he will take care of us if we do our duty."    President Wilford Woodruff  
Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Wilford Woodruff, ch. 24, 2004.

Trust in God - Be Lifted Up



This scripture has been on my mind a lot as of late.  It gives me hope and has blessed me with a great deal of peace.  If we will truly put our trust in God -- He will bless and strengthen us no matter what challenges come our way.

". . . for I do know that whosoever shall put their trust in God shall be supported in their trials, and their troubles, and their afflictions, and shall be lifted up at the last day." Alma 36:3

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Dangers Facing America

"Stand up for Freedom no matter what the cost"
"Return to Constutional Principles"
"Time is always on the side of truth"
"Error is constantly being preached round about"


"The days ahead are ominously frightening"


Our days are as the days of NOAH ---

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Desolating War, War of Destruction, Nations in Waste

"When that day shall come there shall be wars, not such wars as have come in centuries and years that are past and gone, but a desolating war. When I say desolating, I mean that it will lay these European nations in waste. Cities will be left vacated, without inhabitants. The people will be destroyed by the sword of their own hands. Not only this but many other cities will be burned; for when contending armies are wrought up with terrible anger, without the Spirit of God upon them, when they have not that spirit of humanity that now characterizes many of the wars amongst the nations, when they are left to themselves, there will be no quarter given, no prisoners taken, but a war of destruction, of desolation, of the burning of the cities and villages, until the land is laid desolate."    
Orson Pratt - Journal of Discourses, 26 vols., 20:, p.151
Also quoted in Gerald N. Lund, The Coming of the Lord , p.38

Jesus is The Christ; The Promised Messiah


Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled

We are living in times of trouble and war.  Though some of the effects may have not reached all of us yet -- they soon will as has been prophesied.  But, we can find Peace amidst it all.  The Savior Jesus Christ said "Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid".  The peace we find comes from within and from knowing who we are and who is at the helm.  True peace will come in no other way.

As we watch the unfolding of worldwide events we may pray for that peace to be within us.  And, He will answer our prayers.

And, for those on the front lines; serving in the military --- he gives this guidance: Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled : A Message of Peace for Latter-Day Saints in Military Service

May we remain steadfast and true despite all that may transpire.  For "Joy Cometh in the Morning".  Of that we can be sure!