As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), we are always encouraged to be prepared for the future. Throughout the last 100 years, priesthood leaders have been telling us that hard times are ahead of us and preparing ourselves for whatever tribulation comes our way will be much less stressful if we take the time to be prepared.
With all the turmoil we are watching on our nightly news broadcast, it will definitely be a good idea to heed their words of warning. These inspired men are preparing us for times of unrest even in our own backyards. Here are a few words of wisdom which might help us remember:
“There is a wise old saying ‘Eat it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.’ Thrift is a practice of not wasting anything. Some people are able to get by because of the absence of expense. They have their shoes resoled, they patch, they mend, they sew and they save month. They avoid installment buying and make purchases only after saving enough to pay cash, thus avoiding interest charges.” -James E. Faust
“The Lord has warned us of famines, but the righteous will have listened to the prophet and stored at least a year’s supply of survival food.” -Ezra Taft Benson
“The revelations to store food may be as essential to our temporal salvation today as boarding the ark was to the people in the days of Noah.” -Ezra Taft Benson
“For the moment we live in a day of peace, but it will not ever be thus. Great trials lie ahead.. and we must prepare ourselves temporally and spiritually.” -Bruce R. McConkie.
“There is no person who knows the real purpose for which this welfare program is being instituted but hardly before sufficient preparation has been made the real purpose will be revealed and when that time comes it will challenge every resource of the church to meet it.” -Harold B. Lee
“When people are able but unwilling to take care of themselves we are responsible to employ the dictum of the Lord that the idler shall not eat the bread of the laborer.” -Boyd K. Packer
“The time will come that gold will hold no comparison in value to a bushel of wheat.” -Brigham Young, 1870
The most recent words of wisdom come from Kim Clark past President for Brigham Young University, Idaho Campus and now the LDS Church’s Commissioner of Church Education who spoke at the Seminary and Institute Broadcast in August of 2015.
“Whatever level of spirituality we now enjoy in our lives, whatever degree of faith in Jesus Christ we now have, whatever strength of commitment and consecration, whatever degree of obedience of hope or charity is ours, whatever level of professional skill and ability we may have obtained. it will not be sufficient for the work that lies ahead.
Brothers and sisters, you and I need to be much better than we are now. The scriptures teach us that the world is now and will be in commotion. Wickedness and darkness will increase. Yet in that darkening world there will be increased divine light.
The Lord Jesus Christ has a great work for us to do with the rising generation. It’s a greater work than we have ever done before. The Lord is working in power to strengthen teaching and learning in his true and living church. He is hastening His work and He is preparing the earth, His kingdom and us for His return.”
Exciting words but also scary as our families should be prepared for what lies ahead. We can do this. We can be prepared with food, clothing, fuel and whatever else it will take to withstand the opposition of goodness. I am hopeful for a brighter future.
Valerie Steimle has been writing as a family advocate for over 25 years. As a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she promotes Christian living in her writings and is the mother of nine children and grandmother to twelve. Mrs. Steimle authored six books and is a contributing writer to several online websites. To her, time is the most precious commodity we have and knows we should spend it wisely. To read more of Valerie's work, visit her at her website, The Blessings of Family Life.