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

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A Famine in America

"The world today will laugh at you if you talk about a famine in this land.  Why, they say, such a thing is absolutely impossible.  We are so connected and bound together with the iron rails, and by navigation, that it is utterly impossible for any section of the country to be left destitute, because there will be an abundance of food somewhere, and the railroads can speedily take from the lands that teem with plenty to the lands that are impoverished.  But notwithstanding this, we hear very frequently of famine in the land.

"A few days ago we read of the farmers in the western portion of Kansas famishing for the necessities of life, and this in our own land!  But I am not here to try to scare anybody with famine, although the Lord has revealed through His servants that famine is one of the scourges that He will send upon the inhabitants of the earth in the last days, and as the Lord lives, Hw will send it in His time.  As the Lord blessed the earth in the beginning, and caused it to be fruitful and bring forth food for man, so sure can He put His curse upon it, as He did upon the land of Canaan and cause it to be barren and unfruitful: and so sure can He send the devouring insect, to sweep the earth of the crops that are upon it, and He can scourge the nations that boast of their wealth, and of their power to resist the providences of God.  He can teach them a lesson when He wills; and when the time comes, as God lives, He will teach them a lesson, however little they may believe it possible for Him to do it.  It is as easy for Him to send famine in this bountiful land of ours as it is for Him to send the cyclone."

President Joseph F. Smith, July 16, 1893, Collected Discourses, vol. 3, p. 313