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LDS Emergency Resources – Awareness to Self Reliability

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This lecture is going to be a kind of an accommodation of two lecture because neither one has to fill up an entire meeting, so I’m gonna cut and divide two of them. But they are related in a couple of ways – one is portion of a talk that I gave, entitled “Transitioning for emergency preparedness to self-reliance”. How many of you have been on the church’s emergency preparedness website? In actuality, nobody has because the church doesn’t have an emergency preparedness website – it’s called “Provident living”. But when they talk about emergency preparedness, they talk about living providently.

And one of the things I read as I gone through the emergency preparedness 1 on 1 lectures on water storage and everything else that I’ve done, I don’t see running out of topics but I’m running out on topics for emergency preparedness. And it dawned on me the other day that we really should focus more on provident living on self-reliance, rather than just emergency preparedness, rather than just be prepared for an emergency; we should be prepared to be self-reliant.

And why should we do that? Well, there are a lot of reasons. Not the least of which is, if you start to think of the calamities of the past, name a biblical or any calamity of the past, name one. Flood, what else? Famine, pestilence, earthquakes, volcanoes, storms, smiting of the first born –that’s always my favorite one, I’m the first born. Can any of those reoccur? All of those can reoccur, maybe not the smiting of the first born, I hope, but any of those can reoccur, right? And can and do with some sort of regularity.

Now that some of the modern problems, catastrophes that can be thrown in there: what’s a modern catastrophe that may happen of some biblical proportion? Nuclear war, economic crisis – good topic, it’s one of the reasons I’ve changed what I’m talking about today – economic collapse, chemical, terrorists, right? Airplanes falling out of the sky.Power grid problems. If the power goes out for a while, we’re in deep kim-chi. People will have a lot of problems that way. Gasoline shortages, food shortages – any of those things could cause a problem.

The economic problem that we’re having right now is not a surprise to me. And I’ll tell you a couple of reasons why. One is I’ve been reading about oil shortages and all these things which have been kind of the talk of the survivor living in a hut in Idaho kind of news. There’s a website that I go to, in fact I’m gonna give you a handout from this very website – this guy was talking about this back in December and January last year, was talking about these kind of problems that were coming up the pipe. But that’s not exactly why I was not really surprised.

The reason is I have been waiting 7 years for these kind of things to happen right now. Why seven years? Because in the October conference, just after the 9\11 facts, president Hinckley said in conference: “I do not know what the future holds, I do not wish to sound negative but I wish to remind you of the warnings in the scripture and the teaching of the prophets which we have had constantly before us. I cannot forget the great lesson of pharos’s dream – of the fat and lean kind and the full and withered stocks of corn. I cannot dismiss from my mind the great warnings that the Lord has set forth in the 24th chapter of Mathew. I am familiar, as are you, with the modern declarations of revelation that a time will come when the earth with be cleansed and there will be indescribable distress with weeping and wailing and mourning and lamentations. Now, I do not wish to be an alarmist, I do not wish to be a prophet of doom. I am optimistic. I cannot give the time when the calamity will overtake us. I earnestly pray that it may not. There’s so much of the Lord’s work here to be done and we and our children after us must do it.”

He said that in October of 2001. Now that struck me, the emergency preparedness kind of guy, that when a prophet stands out and says something like that, my ears perked up. He said it again at another conference. This time, October 2005: “Our people for three quarters of a century have been counseled and encouraged to make such preparations to assure survival, should a calamity come. We can put aside some water, basic food, medicine and clothing to keep us warm. We ought to have a little money left aside in case of a rainy day. Now that what I said should not make you run to the grocery store or anything of that kind – I am saying nothing that has not been said for a long time. Let us think of the dream of the pharaoh of the fat cattle and the lean and follies of corn and the blasted years, the years that have been indicated by Joseph as the years of plenty and years of scarcity.”

He said it twice, basically the same talk about being prepared. And that was in a talk called “If you are prepared, you shall not fear”. And so, I have, my family, in fact for the last 18 months or so, we really put ourselves into high gear cause I kept telling my wife “You know, 7 years is up this October – you know that?” She said “Yes, I know?” And I know a lot of people who had a lot of these problems and motivations that way. And so when this huge veil that the government is planning and the storms that come – I’ve kind of not been waiting for this to happen, but I’ve been anticipating amidst, because the prophet said we’re gonna have seven good years and seven bad years – he said I can’t dismiss this from my mind. So, I’ve been preparing as much as I possibly can for that inevitably.

As the people from Utah migrated south, they established the city of San Bernardino. I never drive to Utah and not think about how I sit and travel at 60 miles an hour, in air condition comfort and go between here and there in about 10 hours. Well, that trip used to take them 30 days – I don’t know exactly how long it was, but I’ve never made that passage with my children. But I want to obtain of a quick snapshot of how life has changed for us who live in the US.

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