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Lessons from History

Lessons from History

History has taught us many things, the need to be prepared for any occasion is most likely the most important lesson we can learn.

‘To maintain some semblance of stability in our lives, it is essential that we plan for our future. I believe it is time, and perhaps with some urgency, to review the counsel we have received in dealing with our personal and family preparedness. We want to be found with oil in our lamps sufficient to endure to the end.’1 This quote, made by LDS General Authority L. Tom Perry, exemplifies the ‘Mormon’ church viewpoint on being prepared for all case(s) of emergency.

In my opinion, the preparedness ‘training’ that LDS church members receive throughout child and adulthood is the most comprehensive training available in any religious or secular organization, short of possibly, but not likely, the armed forces of our United States of America.

What is the reasoning behind this great emphasis on preparing for natural and controllable disasters? I’ll tell you, the answer is imminence! Preparedness is not only necessary when dealing with our needs as mortal beings, but is essential to our eternal spiritual progression and protection..

Knowing that we can rely on our Heavenly Father in these current times, allows us to prepare the need for additional consolation in times of heavy burden and stress.  In today’s economy, I can personally bear witness to the rewards that come from being spiritually prepared, as I have recently been laid off from my full time employment; I am not worried of being left out in the cold, as I know without a shadow of a doubt,, that my Heavenly Father has provided a way for me to escape any unnerving or downright unhealthy situations.

It is a priesthood responsibility for men to be prepared and get their families prepared for the worst of disasters. Fathers and mothers have a sacred obligation to ensure that they themselves, as well as their children, are aware of what to do in case of any emergency.

The following is an excerpt from December 17, 2006 in USA today. ‘The non-profit Council for Excellence in Government developed a Public Readiness Index as part of its report, rating people’s preparedness on a one-to-10 scale based on answers to 10 questions. The questions ranged from whether people knew about their community’s disaster plan and how to find the emergency broadcasting channel on the radio to whether they’ve prepared a home disaster kit and established a meeting place for family members. [Astonishingly] The average score on the index was 3.31.2

Ezra Taft Benson has said, “The Lord declared that these and other calamities shall occur. These particular prophecies seem not to be conditional. The Lord, with his foreknowledge, knows that they will happen. Some will come about through man’s manipulations; others through the forces of nature and nature’s God, but that they will come seems certain. Prophecy is but history in reverse—a divine disclosure of future events.”3

Not only can we learn from history, but from prophecy as well.

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