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 15, 2013

WHEN will Zion be redeemed?

"I prophesy to you, in the name of the Lord, that when the Latter-day Saints have prepared themselves through righteousness to redeem Zion, they will accomplish that work, and God will go with them.  No power will then be able to prevent them from accomplishing that work; for the Lord has said it shall be done, and it will be done in the due time of the Lord, when the people are prepared for it.  But when shall I be prepared to go there?  Not while I have in my heart the love of this world more than the love of God.  Not while I am possessed of that selfishness and greed that would induce me to cling to the world or my possessions in it, at the sacrifice of principle and truth.  But, when I am ready to say, 'Father, all that I have, myself included, is Thine; my time, my substance, everything that I possess is on the altar, to be used freely, agreeable to Thy holy will, and not my will, but Thine, be done,' then perhaps I will be prepared to go and help redeem Zion."  Joseph F. Smith, in Millenial Star, 18 June, 1894, pp. 385-86.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Lay up your Stores...

"Lay up your stores, and take your silks and fine things, and exhange them for grain and such things as you need, and the time will come when we will be obliged to depend on 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

Saturday, May 4, 2013

People Will Flee from City to City

"The time will come when there will be no safety in carrying n the peaceable pursuits of farming or agriculture.  But these will be neglected, and the people will think themselves well off if they can flee from city to city, from town to town and escape with their lives.  Thus will the Lord visit the people, if they will not repent."  -Orson Pratt

Friday, May 3, 2013

People will come to the Saints for Assistance

"There will be millions on millions that will come much in the same way, only they will not have handcarts, for they will take their bundles under their arms, and their children on their backs, and under their arms, and flee; and Zion's people will have to send out relief to them, for they will come when the judgements come on the nations."   Heber C. Kimball