Friday, March 6, 2015

32 Preparedness Quotes from LDS Church Leaders

“Whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same” (D&C 1:38). 

Obey the Prophets to Prepare Temporally  

1. "While we are powerless to alter the fact of the Second Coming and unable to know its exact time, we can accelerate our own preparation and try to influence the preparation of those around us” (Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Ensign, May 2004).

2. "We encourage you to follow this counsel with the assurance that a people prepared through obedience to the commandments of God need not fear” (First Presidency Letter, June 1988).

3. "We do not say that all of the Saints will be spared and saved from the coming day of desolation.  But we do say there is no promise of safety and no promise of security except for those who love the Lord and who are seeking to do all that He commands” (Bruce R. McKonkie, Ensign, May 1979).

4. ”[Heavenly Father] has lovingly commanded us to ‘prepare every needful thing’ so that, should adversity come, we may care for ourselves and our neighbors and support bishops as they care for others. We encourage...a basic supply of food and water and some money... Be wise... don’t go to extremes; it is not go into debt to establish your food storage all at once.  With careful planning, you can, over time, establish a home storage supply and a financial reserve” (First Presidency, “Basics of Family Home Storage” pamphlet, 2007).

5. "Recent surveys of Church members have shown a serious erosion in the number of families who have a year’s supply of life’s necessities. Most members plan to do it. Too few have begun. . . It is our sacred duty to care for our families, including our extended families" (Thomas S. Monson, Ensign, Sept. 1986).

6. “We continue to encourage members to store sufficient food, clothing, and where possible fuel for at least one year” (First Presidency Letter, June 1988, quoted in Ensign, June 1989).

7. “The revelation to produce and store food may be as essential to our temporal welfare today as boarding the ark was to the people in the days of Noah”  (Ezra Taft Benson, Ensign, November 1980).  

8. “We encourage families to have on hand this year’s supply; and we say it over and over and over and repeat over and over the scripture of the Lord where He says, ‘Why call ye me , Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” (Spencer W. Kimball, Ensign, May 1976).  

9.  "As long as I can remember, we have been taught to prepare for the future and obtain a year’s supply of necessities.  I would guess that the years of plenty have almost universally caused us to set aside this counsel.  The time to disregard these instructions is over.  With the events in the world today, it must be considered with all seriousness. . . . Create a plan if you don't already have one, or update your present plan . . . We are not in a situation that requires panic buying, but we do need to be careful in purchasing and rotating the storage that we're putting away."  (L. Tom Perry, Ensign, November 1995).

10. “We urge you to do this prayerfully and do it now.  I speak with a feeling of great urgency... 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, Ensign, Nov. 1980). 

11. “Nor are the days of our greatest sorrows and our deepest sufferings all behind us, they too lie ahead.  We shall yet face greater perils, we shall yet be tested with more severe trials, and we shall yet weep more tears of sorrows than we have ever known before” (Bruce R. McKonkie, Ensign, May 1980).

12. “Now I think the time is coming when there will be more distresses, when there may be more tornadoes, and more floods...more earthquakes...I think they will be increasing probably as we come nearer to this end, and so we must be prepared for this” (Victor Brown quoting President Kimball in Ensign, May 1976). 

13. "For the righteous the gospel provides a warning before a calamity, a program for the crises, a refuge for each disaster. ... The Lord has warned us of famines, but the righteous will have listened to prophets and stored at least a year’s supply of survival food." (Ezra Taft Benson, "Prepare Ye, General Conference, Oct. 1973).

14. “We can rest assured that if we have done all in our power to prepare for whatever lies ahead, He will help us with whatever else we need...”  (Bruce R. McKonkie, Ensign, May 1979).

15. “...Work out a time schedule for when you will reach your goal.  I suggest that one year from today we ought to have a year’s supply of food in all active–an many inactive– members’ homes in the Church (Vaughn J. Featherstone, Ensign, May 1976).

16. “If ye are prepared ye shall not fear” (D&C 38:30).

17. “"We want you to be ready with your personal storehouses filled with at least a year’s supply. You don’t argue why it cannot be done; you just plan to organize and get it done" (Spencer W. Kimball, August 1976).

18. "The greatest events spoken of by the Holy Prophets will come along so naturally as the consequences of certain causes, that unless our eyes are enlightened by the Spirit of God, and the spirit of revelation rests upon us, we will fail to see that these are the events predicted by the Holy Prophets” (George Q. Cannon, J of D, Vol 21, 264). 

Check your Priorities

19.  “If you are saving and planning for a second car or a TV set or some item which merely adds to your comfort or pleasure, you may need to change your priorities” (Ezra Taft Benson, Ensign, Nov. 1980).

20. “When we really get into hard times, where food is scarce or there is none at all, and so with clothing and shelter, money may be no good for there may be nothing to buy, and you cannot eat money, you cannot get enough of it together to burn to keep warm, and you cannot wear it” (J. Reuben Clark, Jr., Church News, November 21, 1953).

21. “You of small means put your money in foodstuffs and wearing apparel, not in stocks and bonds; you of large means will think you know how to care for yourselves, but I may venture to suggest that you do not speculate.”   (J. Reuben Clark, Jr., Conference Report, April, 1937).

22. “...Wheat should have a high priority.  ‘There is more salvation and security in wheat,’ said Orson Hyde years ago, ‘than in all the political schemes of the world’ (Ezra Taft Benson quoted Journal of Discourses, 2:207). 

Start with 3-Month Supply, Water, Savings

23. “Build a small supply of food that is part of your normal, daily diet.  One way to do this is to purchase a few extra items each week to build a one-week supply of food.  Then you can gradually increase your supply until it is sufficient for three months. These items should be rotated regularly to avoid spoilage” (First Presidency, “Basics of Family Home Storage” pamphlet, 2007).

24.  “Store drinking water for circumstances in which the water supply may be polluted or disrupted” (First Presidency, “Basics of Family Home Storage” pamphlet, 2007).

25. “Establish a financial reserve by saving a little money each week and gradually increasing it to a reasonable amount  (First Presidency, “Basics of Family Home Storage” pamphlet, 2007).

Then Build a One-year Supply of Long-term Food 

26.  "Church members can begin their home storage by storing the basic foods that would be required to keep them alive if they did not have anything else to eat. Depending on where members live, those basics might include water, wheat or other grains, legumes, salt, honey or sugar, powdered milk, and cooking oil. When members have stored enough of these essentials to meet the needs of their family for one year, they may decide to add other items that they are accustomed to using day to day ... Families who do not have the resources to acquire a year’s supply can begin their storage by obtaining supplies to last for a few months...Through careful planning, most Church members can, over time, establish both a financial reserve and a year’s supply of essentials” (First Presidency Letter, January 20, 2002). 

Learn to Garden

27. “I tell you that...[we] will see the day when we live on what we produce” (Marion G. Romney, Conference Report, April 1975).

28.  “ Can or bottle fruit and vegetables from your gardens and orchards.  Learn how to preserve food through drying and possibly freezing.  Make your storage a part of your budget.  Store seeds and have sufficient tools on hand to do the job”  (Ezra Taft Benson, Ensign, November 1980).

Spiritual & Financial Preparedness  

29. “A 72-hour kit of temporal supplies may prove valuable for earthly challenges, but, as the foolish virgins learned to their sorrow, a 24-hour kit of spiritual preparation is of greater and more enduring value.” (Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Ensign, May 2004).

30. “The counsel from Church well summarized in these words: ‘First, and above and beyond everything else, let us live righteously...  Let us avoid debt as we would avoid a plague; where we are now in debt, let us get out of debt; if not today then tomorrow.  Let us straightly and strictly live within our incomes, and save a little. You do not need to go into debt, may I add, to obtain a year’s supply.  Plan to build up your food supply just as you would a savings account.  Save a little for storage each paycheck.” (Ezra Taft Benson, Ensign, November 1980).

31.  “Let every head of every household aim to own his own home, free from mortgage.” (President J. Reuben Clark, Jr., Conf. Report, April 1937). 

A Recent Message from our Prophet, President Thomas S. Monson

32. "We urge all Latter-day Saints to be prudent in their planning, to be conservative in their living, and to avoid excessive or unnecessary debt. Many more people could ride out the storm-tossed waves in their economic lives if they had a supply of food and clothing and were debt-free. Today we find that many have followed this counsel in reverse: they have a supply of debt and are food-free. I repeat what the First Presidency declared a few years ago:
'Latter-day Saints have been counseled for many years to prepare for adversity by having a little money set aside. Doing so adds immeasurably to security and well-being. Every family has a responsibility to provide for its own needs to the extent possible. We encourage you wherever you may live in the world to prepare for adversity by looking to the condition of your finances. We urge you to be modest in your expenditures; discipline yourselves in your purchases to avoid debt. Pay off debt as quickly as you can, and free yourselves from this bondage. Save a little money regularly to gradually build a financial reserve.' (The First Presidency, All Is Safely Gathered In: Family Finances (pamphlet, 2007).
"Are we prepared for the emergencies in our lives? Are our skills perfected? Do we live providently? Do we have our reserve supply on hand? Are we obedient to the commandments of God? Are we responsive to the teachings of prophets? Are we prepared to give of our substance to the poor, the needy? Are we square with the Lord?
We live in turbulent times. Often the future is unknown; therefore, it behooves us to prepare for uncertainties. When the time for decision arrives, the time for preparation is past" ("Are We Prepared?" Ensign, September 2014). 

Feel free to leave a comment to share which quote you liked best, or add another quote that I didn't have. 

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Click here for my favorite classic talk on preparedness from President Ezra Taft Benson. Click here for Becky's church talk on preparedness. Click here for other preparedness stuff. 

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

From Spencer W. Kimball, Five Days after the Teton Dam Broke in Idaho:

"I hope, and this is my brief message to you today, that no one ever reads one word about that terrible flood and the sadness that it has brought-the loss of life, the loss of livestock, the destruction of farms, the suffering that has come to those good people--I say again, I hope no one here will ever read another word about that disaster without saying quietly to himself, 'No moment will ever pass when I will not be prepared as the Brethren tell me to do.' One year's supply of commodities, well cared for, well selected, is a minimum. It's the minimum [President Kimball hit the podium for emphasis], and every family, if they have only been married a day or a week, should begin to have their year's supply.
Now that's basic, and we mean it! [He hit the podium again.]

"There should be no family under the sound of my voice who isn't already prepared for whatever eventuality may come. We can't anticipate it, of course. We don't know where another dam is going out, or where a river is going to flood, or whether an earthquake is going to come, or what's going to happen. We just are always prepared because the Lord said, 'If ye are prepared ye shall not fear' (D&C 38:30). And the only way to have peace and security is to be prepared.

"May the Lord bless us that not one family of us will go from this room without a determination from this moment forward that there will never be a time when we will not be prepared to meet the hazards that could come." (Pure Religion p. 266-267; June 10, 1976 5 days after Teton Dam Broke)