What excuses have you heard for not getting prepared?
Here is a cute parable of Gomer. Gomer used many of the same excuses we hear today.
Here are five common excuses and quotes from prophets to help us overcome those excuses.
Excuse 1) It’s not really that important.
“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.” (President Ezra Taft Benson, “Prepare for the Days of Tribulation,” Ensign, Nov. 1980)
Excuse 2 ) I live in the United States! In Utah even, a nice, safe, peaceful place. Wars, economic challenges, and natural disasters happen in other places. I don’t really need to get prepared.
“We urge you to [get prepared] 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.” (President Ezra Taft Benson, “Prepare for the Days of Tribulation,” Ensign, Nov. 1980).
Excuse 3 ) I’d rather spend or save all my money than buy food storage.
“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). And “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 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 Clarke, Jr., Church News, Nov. 21, 1953, 4).
“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. R.Clark, Jr., Conf. Report, 4/1937).
“...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).
Excuse 4) It’s just too hard and overwhelming and I just can’t do it.
“I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.” (Book of Mormon,1 Nephi 3:7)
Excuse 5) My spouse doesn’t believe in preparedness.
I don’t have the answer for you but God does. I can offer three suggestions.
Pray for that person’s heart to soften and to receive their own spiritual witness, because a witness of the Holy Ghost can be a stronger influence, even than angels.
Cheerfully do the best preparing you can with the resources you have, and keep being happy and nice.
Pray for guidance about what and when to share little bits of God’s word with them. President Boyd K. Packer said, “True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior” (Ensign, Nov. 1986).
Click here to see more quotes from LDS Church leaders about food storage and preparedness.
Here are quick links for the topics from my presentation "Eight Tips for Organizing Your Food Storage":
- Overcoming excuses with the word of God.
- Create a simple meal plan to build and rotate your year supply.
- Finding more storage space in your home.
- Finding more money for food storage and preparedness gear.
- A master inventory of what you have, what you need/want, and where it is stored.
- Prioritizing where to start, and what to do next.
- Seven Ideas to organize your food storage.
- Why I believe spiritual preparedness matters most.