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, August 19, 2013

The Zion of God will be Unmoved!

"We see evil forces everywhere uniting to destroy the family, to ridicule morality and decency, to glorify all that is lewd and base. We see wars and plagues and pestilence. Nations rise and fall. Blood and carnage and death are everywhere. Gadianton robbers fill the judgment seats in many nations. An evil power seeks to overthrow the freedom of all nations and countries. Satan reigns in the hearts of men; it is the great day of his power.

"But amid it all, the work of the Lord rolls on. The gospel is preached and the witness is born. The elect of God forsake the traditions of their fathers and the ways of the world. The kingdom grows and prospers, for the Lord is with his people....

Friday, August 16, 2013

Peace Is Taken from the Earth

"The hour is not yet, but is nigh at hand, when peace is taken from the earth, and the devil shall have power over his own dominion."  D&C 1:35

"Peace IS taken from the earth, and wrath and indignation among the people is the result; they care not for anything but to quarrel and destroy each other.  That same spirit that dwelt in the breasts of the Nephites during the last battles that were fought by them on this continent, when they continued to fight until they were exterminated, is again on the earth and is increasing."

George A. Smith, Sept. 23, 1855, Journal History

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

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.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Sharing with others' in times of need...

"The true nature of people becomes obvious in times of real need.  Good people become better; they get closer to one another; they learn to share and become united.  The strength that develops out of
unity of the many good people becomes a real survivor factor.  On the other hand, people who lack emotional stability become cruel and ruthless under trying circumstances; however, they do not seem to become an overbearing threat because of the closeness and unity of the majority of the people.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Lesson of the Ant and the Grasshopper

President George Albert Smith taught the following:
"It was the advice of [the] early pioneers under President [Brigham] Young to keep a year’s foodstuffs on hand, so that if anybody did lose his crops, he could carry over until the next season. …
"We may have hard times, brothers and sisters, but we can be prepared for them, if we think of the seven years of plenty and the seven years of famine in the days of Pharaoh and plan as they did [see Genesis 41]. Such conditions may come again. We do not know, but we do know that in the early days of the Church the Presidency and leadership of the Church advised the people to store sufficient food to meet an emergency. The result has been that since the people got thoroughly settled here and farms began producing, and herds and flocks increasing, there has been no real necessity for anybody to suffer for food.