Sunday, May 15, 2011
I like a quote by Neil H. Leash, " No one knows what the Lord has in mind for those who are thus prepared, nor do we know the specific price that will be paid by those who fail to prepare - all we know for certain is that we have been "repetitively" told to prepare". As for me and my house we choose to obey the Lord. We have many prophets in the scriptures who have dreamed dreams, gave us statements that are indisputable, unless.... unless you simply don't want to believe. We know a great deal of what will happen. When have scriptures that tell us in no uncertain terms that life will be unpleasant for even those who prepare. I can't imagine not heeding the words of the prophets and choosing to skip down what ever path we choose for the day, and believe God will save us, simply because we look so cute in this top, or because we have children, he wouldn't let them suffer. Oh really? Then you don't know the scriptures very well.
Your preparedness is the same as the lambs blood on the door. Did you think the lambs blood was on the outside of the door so all could see? No ... it was inside the home so it was not visible to anyone just passing by. Your level of preparedness is not visible to those passing by your door either, but it is well known to the angels who do take note.
I would again like to quote Neil H. Leash. "The obvious and positive temporal aspects of the Food Storage Program are seldom misunderstood. But to the Lord, all things are spiritual, and it is in this area that the obvious becomes less clear. It is possible that when we reach the point in our preparation that we have a year's supply of food, that it is a key - a "moment in time" which the Lord clearly sees as reflective of each individuals commitment to obedience - another one of life's small but not-so-insignificant tests.
Often, when looking at ourselves and others, we assume that righteousness, and faithfulness are measured by attendance at ward meetings, the strength of expressed testimonies regarding the prophet, significant positions held in the Church, etc., seeing these as major indicators that define obedience. To some extent this may be true, but who can really say how the Lord will sum up our obedience in the end? He may very well use rather simple, straight-forward ways of communicating to us what our standing before Him really is, such as a major calamity which would require that we subsist on just our prepared resources. This would uniformly demonstrate our degree of obedience, no matter what our position in the Church or the world may be - regardless of whether we be one of his Saints, a Ward or Stake officer or leader, or a General Authority. When the need for use of our food storage comes, it will show us in no uncertain terms that before the Lord all His children are equal."
Remember that President Ezra Taft Benson said, "Should the Lord decide at this time to cleanse the Church - and the need for that cleansing seems to be increasing - a famine in this land of one year's duration could wipe out a large percentage of slothful members, including some ward and stake officers. Yet ye cannot say we have not been warned."
If you believe he is giving messages from God, then what he said is the truth, and you can know that is will happen. If the need was increasing when President Benson was living, then what must it be today?