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On December 23, 1776 great American Thomas Paine wrote, “These are the times that try men’s souls” (1).  He spoke of tribulation in the face of a tyrant. His words were monumental and will sound throughout the ages to describe the many afflictions that fall upon mankind. The church has survived disasters, persecutions, and afflictions of every sort. As a people, we have a legacy of being stalwart and enduring. On this topic, president Uchtdorf said, “For years many of our members have been affected by worldwide disasters, both natural and man-made. We also understand that families have had to tighten their belts and are concerned about enduring these challenging times” (55).

Today we live in a world riddled with poverty, and collapsing under global financial crisis. Our generation is facing one of the most difficult times since the great depression of the 1930’s. Some of our members have been victims of natural disasters. Others have lost their jobs. However, in these trying times, we have a guide. Righteous, obedient members, who have listened to the voices of the prophets, are prepared.

In the November 1995 Ensign, L. Tom Perry stated, “The great blessing of being prepared gives us freedom from fear” (1). He was talking about emergency preparedness. The ideas of food storage, and a rainy day fund weren’t new then, and they are certainly not new now. Ever since the church was restored, prophets and apostles have been warning us to prepare ourselves for times of need. Such preparation necessarily involves planning and responsibility on our part. It means budgeting. It means saving. It means taking action based on faith. Like the watchmen upon the towers, our church leaders stand in presiding protective positions to warn us of the oncoming storms. Under council from God, they help us to prepare.

The Lord, speaking to the brother of Jared, said, “For behold, ye shall be as a whale in the midst of the sea; for the mountain waves shall dash upon you. Nevertheless, I will bring you up again out of the depths of the sea; for the winds have gone forth out of my mouth, and also the rains and the floods have I sent forth. And behold, I prepare you against these things; for ye cannot cross this great deep save I prepare you against the waves of the sea, and the winds which have gone forth, and the floods which shall come…” (Ether 2:24-25).

       Like the brother of Jared, we will experience “mountain waves” dashing upon us. We will have to cross through this life with trials and hard experiences. However, the Lord desires to prepare us. Through his servants, we have been advised to create a system of emergency preparedness; to have food storage, and money saved for a rainy day. We have been asked repeatedly to get out of debt, and be ready for hard times. The Lord desires that we be prepared. He knows that “if (we) are prepared, (we) shall not fear” (D&C 38:30), and during these trying times, our willingness to prepare will help us to once again overcome.


Paine, Thomas. The Crisis. 23 Dec. 1776. archive. 4 July 1995. IHA. Web. 13 Feb. 2010

Uchtdorf, Dieter. Two Principles for Any Economy: Proceedings of the 179th Semiannual General

     Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Salt Lake City, UT. Oct. 2009. Ensign

     Nov. 2009. Print.

Perry, L. Tom. If Ye Are Prepared Ye Shall Not Fear: Proceedings of the 165th Semiannual General

     Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Salt Lake City, UT. Oct. 1995. Ensign

     Nov. 1995. Web. 13 Feb. 2010.

The Book Of Mormon. Trans. Joseph Smith Jr. 7th ed. 1981. Print

Smith, Joseph. The Doctrine and Covenants of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. 7th ed.

     1981. Print

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