1 Nephi 18:6
Theme- Be Prepared
6 And it came to pass that on the morrow, after we had prepared all things, much fruits and meat from the wilderness, and honey in abundance, and provisions according to that which the Lord had commanded us, we did go down into the ship, with all our loading and our seeds, and whatsoever thing we had brought with us, every one according to his age; wherefore, we did all go down into the ship, with our wives and our children.
They prepared as well as possible for this journey across the ocean. They had a supply of food to last them for the journey and seeds to plant when they got there. Apparently, they engaged everyone, young and old in this preparation.
They prepared because they were commanded to prepare and because they knew that it would be a long journey across the ocean. There would be not much chance to obtain other food on the way.
9 There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.
Jesus came to the earth prepared to do the work He was sent to do.
The poor use of time is a close cousin of idleness. As we follow the command to “cease to be idle” (D&C 88:124), we must be sure that being busy also equates to being productive. For example, it is wonderful to have the means of instant communication quite literally at our fingertips, but let us be sure that we do not become compulsive fingertip communicators. I sense that some are trapped in a new time-consuming addiction—one that enslaves us to be constantly checking and sending social messages and thus giving the false impression of being busy and productive.
11/80 Ezra Taft Benson
Prepare for the Days of Tribulation
For over forty years, in a spirit of love, members of the Church have been counseled to be thrifty and self-reliant; to avoid debt; pay tithes and a generous fast offering; be industrious; and have sufficient food, clothing, and fuel on hand to last at least one year.
Today there are compelling reasons to reemphasize this counsel. We heard it done effectively in that great welfare meeting this morning. May I add just a word.
...More than ever before, we need to learn and apply the principles of economic self-reliance. We do not know when the crisis involving sickness or unemployment may affect our own circumstances. We do know that the Lord has decreed global calamities for the future and has warned and forewarned us to be prepared. For this reason the Brethren have repeatedly stressed a “back to basics” program for temporal and spiritual welfare.
Today, I emphasize a most basic principle: home production and storage. Have you ever paused to realize what would happen to your community or nation if transportation were paralyzed or if we had a war or depression? How would you and your neighbors obtain food? How long would the corner grocery store—or supermarket—sustain the needs of the community?
I bear you my testimony that President Heber J. Grant was inspired of the Lord in establishing the Church Welfare program. The First Presidency was inspired when they made the first public announcement in 1936 and declared the prime purpose of Church welfare was “to help the people help themselves” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1936, p. 3). I bear witness to that inspired counsel from 1936 to the present day that the Saints lay up a year’s supply of food. When President Spencer W. Kimball persistently admonishes the members to plant gardens and fruit trees and produce our own food, he is likewise inspired of the Lord.
Be faithful, my brothers and sisters, to this counsel and you will be blessed—yes, the most blessed people in all the earth. You are good people. I know that. But all of us need to be better than we are. Let us be in a position so we are able to not only feed ourselves through the home production and storage, but others as well.
May God bless us to be prepared for the days which lie ahead, which may be the most severe yet. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Life is a journey. We plan and work for a better future but we do not know what our circumstances will be . We are guided by prophets to receive revelation for the membership of the church. We have scriptures and local leaders who guide and help us and we have our Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ who love us and watch over us. They know us far better than we know ourselves.
They have given us guidelines sot that we can be prepared for the troubles that will most certainly beset us during this life. The wise thing to do is to prepare ourselves in every way that we can. Spiritually, mentally and physically.
What are we preparing for? The future of course!. Ultimately, we are preparing for our home beyond this life. Life goes on after we leave this one. He has prepared a mansion for us if we have prepared ourselves to be in it.