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, May 30, 2012

Perils of Past are Foretaste of What is to Come

Elder McConkie is one of my greatest heroes in life.  I have studied and pondered on many of his writings.  I have sought the Lord for further light and knowledge concerning some of the things he has said as well as personal application of those principles.

Since my teenage years I have studied from his teachings.  Coupled with the scriptures, I have spent many, many hours deeply pondering and praying about what lies ahead.

We need not fear if we have been obedient to Prophetic instruction.  If we have not - we need to Repent and make amends.  The Lord WANTS to bless us.  He knows what is ahead.  He is providing everything He can to make us safe.  We would do well to heed that instruction.

"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.

"Our spiritual preparation consists in keeping the commandments of God, and taking the Holy Spirit for our guide, so that when this life is over we shall find rest and peace in paradise and an ultimate inheritance of glory and honor in the celestial kingdom.

"Our temporal preparation consists in using the good earth in the way the Lord designed and intended so as to supply all our just wants and needs. It is his purpose to provide for his Saints for all things are his, but, he says, it must needs be done in his own way. (See D&C 104:14–18.)

"There is a common axiom among us which states: A religion that cannot save a man temporally does not have power to save him spiritually. If we cannot care for our temporal needs in this world, how can we ever succeed in spiritual things in the world to come?"   Elder McConkie, Stand Independent