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As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, if we have been counseled ONCE, we have been counseled a THOUSAND times – to get prepared for an emergency

As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, if we have been counseled ONCE, we have been counseled a THOUSAND times – to get prepared for an emergency

As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, if we have been counseled ONCE, we have been counseled a THOUSAND times -  to get prepared for an emergency!   LDS Emergency Preparedness is more than a good program for taking care of our families, just in case there are  times of hardship or disaster.    Nor, should it be considered as optional.  With the current worldwide economic crisis, it should now be more apparent than ever, exactly why our leaders have continued to counsel us with such strong words, about being prepared for an emergency.

Gordon B. Hinckley proclaimed such words, and in particular to the “men” of the Church – during the 1998 priesthood session of October General Conference.  He referred to his topic, as temporal.  The talk is entitled, “To The Boys And To The Men”.  Most who either heard or read those words that were spoken by a living prophet, at the time, have not forgotten them.  In fact, I would even go so far as to suggest that many have even memorized one specific statement, and can themselves, quote it.   Nevertheless, the question for each one of us to ask ourselves personally is, have we acted upon his words?

He said: “Now, brethren, I want to make it very clear that I am not prophesying, that I am not predicting years of famine in the future. But I am suggesting that the time has come to get our houses in order.

So many of our people are living on the very edge of their incomes. In fact, some are living on borrowings.

We have witnessed in recent weeks wide and fearsome swings in the markets of the world. The economy is a fragile thing. A stumble in the economy in Jakarta or Moscow can immediately affect the entire world. It can eventually reach down to each of us as individuals. There is a portent of stormy weather ahead to which we had better give heed.

I hope with all my heart that we shall never slip into a depression. I am a child of the Great Depression of the thirties. I finished the university in 1932, when unemployment in this area exceeded 33 percent.”

These are the words that continue to ring in every faithful LDS member’s heart…  “There is a portent of stormy weather ahead to which we had better give heed.”  The words which were spoken then, are perhaps even more appropriate – now.

Again, we must ask ourselves the questions…  have we taken “heed” and are we prepared for the storms, of which living prophets have warned and continue to warn us about?

There are three specific areas of Emergency Preparedness and Planning, that LDS families have been strongly counseled to focus their attention upon:

   1. Family Home Storage
   2. Family Finances
   3. Family Emergency Planning

Each day, we make important decisions that will affect our futures.  At times, those decisions may seem small and insignificant.  We can be confident that by hearkening to the counsel of inspired leaders, we will feel the safety and peace – that are promised to those who actually, DO so!

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