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Monday, March 30, 2009

Motivational Monday - If Ye Are Prepared, Ye Shall Not Fear

This coming weekend, April 4th and 5th we have the opportunity to recieve council from living Prophet and Apostles on the earth today. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (The Mormon's) will be holding a General Conference for people of the world to listen to this guidance from our Heavenly Father. You can listen to this council on TV, the Internet and in Church buildings around the world.

I love to listen to this direction from our leaders and you can too. You can watch it at http://www.lds.org/ or watch your local listings for a TV channel near you that will carry this wonderful conference.

Today I decided to share "parts" of a talk President Gordon B Hinckley gave: "If Ye Are Prepared Ye Shall Not Fear,” Ensign, Nov 2005."
We can so live that we can call upon the Lord for His protection and guidance. … We cannot expect His help if we are unwilling to keep His commandments.

Now, as all of us are aware, the Gulf States area of the United States has recently suffered terribly from raging winds and waters. Many have lost all they had. The damage has been astronomical. Literally millions have suffered. Fear and worry have gripped the hearts of many. Lives have been lost.

With all of this, there has been a great outpouring of help. Hearts have been softened. Homes have been opened. Critics love to talk about the failures of Christianity. Any such should take a look at what the churches have done in these circumstances.

What we have experienced in the past was all foretold, and the end is not yet. Just as there have been calamities in the past, we expect more in the future. What do we do? Someone has said it was not raining when Noah built the ark. But he built it, and the rains came.
The Lord has said, “If ye are prepared ye shall not fear” (D&C 38:30).

The primary preparation is also set forth in the Doctrine and Covenants, wherein it says, “Wherefore, stand ye in holy places, and be not moved, until the day of the Lord come” (D&C 87:8).

We know, of course, that the rain falls on the just as well as the unjust (Matt. 5:45). But even though the just die they are not lost, but are saved through the Atonement of the Redeemer.

We can heed warnings. We are told by seismologists that the Salt Lake Valley is a potential earthquake zone. This is the primary reason that we are extensively renovating the Tabernacle on Temple Square. This historic and remarkable building must be made to withstand the shaking of the earth.

(by Sondra: California has experience swarms of small earthquakes this past week and have been warned of a larger earthquake possibility. Plus California is experiencing a drought and many farmers will not be planting this year which equals higher food prices. Alaska's volcano has erupted this past week. Flooding in Fargo, ND, severe weather throughout the US, tornados to name just of few disasters going on this week. We also have an economy that is in peril - I hope we are all taking this council to heart and watching the signs)

We have built grain storage and storehouses and stocked them with the necessities of life in the event of a disaster. But the best storehouse is the family storeroom. In words of revelation the Lord has said, “Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing” D&C 109:8.

Our people for three-quarters of a century have been counseled and encouraged to make such preparation as will assure survival should a calamity come.

We can set aside some water, basic food, medicine, and clothing to keep us warm. We ought to have a little money laid aside in case of a rainy day.

Now what I have said should not occasion a run on the grocery store or anything of that kind. I am saying nothing that has not been said for a very long time.

Let us never lose sight of the dream of Pharaoh concerning the fat cattle and the lean, the full ears of corn, and the blasted ears; the meaning of which was interpreted by Joseph to indicate years of plenty and years of scarcity (see Gen 41: 1-36).

I have faith, my dear brethren, that the Lord will bless us, and watch over us, and assist us if we walk in obedience to His light, His gospel, and His commandments. He is our Father and our God, and we are His children, and we must be in every way deserving of His love and concern. That we may do so is my humble prayer, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

4 comments:

Zoey said...

Hey! This is our stake theme this year so it was fun to read this! Severe weather that is not letting up as far as I am concerned! Thanks for the inspiration message today - I needed it!

Ann Marie said...

I can't WAIT for this weekend also!!

It's always great to be reminded..
I don't think there is such a thing as "too prepared.."

Thanks for your thoughts, and your comments on my blog..
I always love to hear from you!

Small House said...

Enjoyed your comments today. Conference weekend is wonderful, and I always looks forward to it!!

We are planting a garden again this year, if the snow ever leaves Utah. And I'm hoping to utilize it better this year, and not waste as much as I have in the past.

Have a great day!
Sandra

Cherie said...

Conference is going to be great.

I think with the world in such chaos it is such a relief knowing we are lead by men of God and that we can trust in their counsel as we navigate our lives.

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