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, March 18, 2014

Prepared for WHAT???

Many of us are aware of the global events that are occurring in this day and age.  Some of them seem to be increasing in size and frequency.

We speak of Preparedness - and we wonder "Prepared for What?"

Prophets of God have prophesied of calamities in the 'last day'.  Those who are aware and striving to heed their counsel will be blessed.

During the time of Noah, few believed him and only 8 were saved from the flood.

Followers of Christ, in all ages, have sought diligently to know His mind and will so that they could heed it.  We would do well to do the same.

Through His servants, Prophets of God and other chosen leaders, we receive counsel for our day.  That is the blessing of 'modern day revelation'.  We love and learn from the scriptures, and from those who have gone before us, and we also are given revelation for our day - just as those in the times of Noah were given revelation for their day and those in the time of Moses - received what was needful for them.  We have those amazing teachings to give us a good foundation and to learn of how God speaks to His people, which prepares us to receive His word for us in our day.  The Heavens are NOT closed and what a WONDERFUL gift that is for us.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

God Hath Not Given Us the Spirit of Fear

From President Gordon B. Hinckley we read:

As I have traveled throughout the world, and through the years of my life, I have met many people who have had problems and anxious concerns. In response to these challenges and concerns, I have often recalled some words that were written long ago by Paul the Apostle. At the time he was probably a prisoner in Rome, “ready to be offered,” as he said. (2 Tim. 4:6.) He had been a great missionary, unflagging in his testimony, zealous in his desire to bear testimony of the risen Lord. He knew his days were now numbered, and with great feeling he wrote to a junior companion, Timothy, whom he described as “my dearly beloved son”:

“Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee. …
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Tim. 1:6–7.)  

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Don't Panic

One of the things I've been reminded of recently is the importance of staying the course no matter the outer circumstances. Peace can be ours even in times of trial and hardship.

There are wars in various countries at this time.  Our thoughts are with many who are suffering.

We may hear of wars in our own county at some point.  It's been prophesied through the scriptures and modern-day revelation.Yet, we are to preach peace and not panic.

That's my hope and wish for us all.

And…if we've been heeding counsel for these past many years - we'll be in a much better situation to be able to endure and hold up a lamp for others.