Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Be Prepared

Sunday our Stake President came and talked to our ward.  He said that he had given the same talk in all the wards in our Stake and that our ward was the last one to hear it.  It was about being prepared.  He told of an experience he had when he was in New York visiting friends not too long ago.  He had gone to church with his friends and an Area Seventy was there talking that day.  The Area Seventy felt inspired to tell them to be prepared for a hurricane to come through their area, which as we now know, was Hurricane Sandy.

Our Stake President pointed out that he wasn't saying there was anything specific, he just felt very impressed to remind us all to be prepared for whatever may come whether it be financial, physical or spiritual challenges, to do all that we can to be prepared.

Several weeks ago I had come across this quote from Elder L. Tom Perry that I had highlighted and it goes right along with this:

Just as it is important to prepare ourselves spiritually, we must also prepare ourselves for our temporal needs. . . .  We have been instructed for years to follow at least four requirements in preparing for that which is to come.  First, gain an adequate education.  Learn a trade or a profession to enable you to obtain steady employment that will provide remunerations sufficient to care for yourself and your family. . . .  Second, live strictly within your income and save something for a rainy day.  Incorporate in your lives the discipline of budgeting that which the Lord has blessed you with.  As regularly as you pay your tithing, set aside an amount needed for future family requirements. . . .  Third, avoid excessive debt.  Necessary debt should be incurred only after careful, thoughtful prayer and after obtaining the best possible advice.  We need the discipline to stay well within our ability to pay. . . .  Fourth, acquire and store a reserve of food and supplies that will sustain life.  Obtain clothing and build a savings account on a sensible, well-planned basis that can serve well in times of emergency.

I also really loved this quote from President Ezra Taft Benson:

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.

I had really been thinking a lot about being prepared and felt that both the quotes and the Stake President's talk were very timely for me.  So many things have changed around here with all the weddings and missions and I think it is definitely time to re-evaluate our plans and preparedness in both temporal and physical ways.

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