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, August 14, 2013

Do More to Help the Poor - than just Pray

"If a man were poor or hungry, [some] would say, let us pray for him.  I would suggest a little different regiment for a person in this condition: rather take him a bag of flour and a little beef or pork, and a little sugar and butter.  A few such comforts will do him more good than your prayers.  And I would be ashamed to ask the Lord to do something that I would not do myself.  Then go to work and help the poor among yourselves first, and do all you can for them, and then call upon God to do the balance."  - President John Taylor, Journal of Discourses, vol 19. p. 340