Last Sunday we were in for an interesting suprise. At the end of our sacrament meeting, our bishop got up in church and announced that our Emergency Management Chairperson for our ward (the word Mormons use for “congregation”) had an announcement. She got up and announced that we were having a drill for 72 hours to see if we were prepared for an emergency. The bishop then got up and said he wanted to make sure everyone had enough and those who were properly prepared should share. He also told us to inform those in our ward who do not attend frequently and to make sure they were prepared for an emergency as well.
Right after church, we cut the power. We had about 60 gallons of water stored as well as about 3 months worth of food storage, so we felt confident. However, it was a good excersize because we noticed things that were missing that we didn’t think of. Ironically, oil for our lamps was one of the items as well as charcoal for our grill. Luckily, we had good friends and neighbors in our ward who loaned a grill to us and we heated our water and washed with what we had.
This experience caused me to reflect on a christian radio broadcast my mom sent me from the christian station she listens to. The radio host discusses the financial crisis and how this could be an event leading up to the second coming. She also invites a host on her show that talks about ways to be prepared for the events leading up to the second coming. He talks about having enough money on hand for a disaster as well as food, shelter, etc. I encourage you to listen to the broadcast. Although it is a bit doomsday-ish, it is worth a listen. Here’s the link: Financial Crisis and the Second Coming
The next thing I thought about was a talk given by Elder L Tom Perry, the Mormon apostle, last month in general conference. He talks about living in simplicity and preparing ourselves spiritually and temporally for events that are sure to come. In this talk, Let Him Do It With Simplicity, Elder Perry discusses the need for food, shelter, clothing and fuel in both a spiritual and temporal sense. He discusses the need for each of these in a temporal or spiritual disaster. It is very important to consider each of these items and start preparing. I will share my thoughts on each of these items as well.
We are counseled to have food and water storage for up to a year as well as money on hand. This is to be prepared for a natural disaster, or a loss of job, etc. Are you prepared? If not, I suggest visiting the websites: www.beprepared.com and http://www.providentliving.org/channel/1,11677,1706-1,00.html.
In a spiritual sense, Elder Perry discusses the Word of Wisdom and how if one follows this law, the Spirit of the Lord will strive with them more closely. I would also like to add that the things we read, the shows we watch, and the music we listen to is in a sense food. If we feed our minds with uplifting things, the spirit will be with us more abundantly.
In a temporal sense, Elder Perry does a very good job of discussing the importance of getting out of debt and living within our means. This will surely prepare us for any disaster that should arise.
In a spiritual sense, I, being LDS thought of going to the temple for shelter and into the presence of the Lord. Psalms 61 addresses this as well with some very great temple imagery:
1 Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the arock that is higher than I.3 For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong atower from the enemy.4 I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.5 For thou, O God, hast heard my avows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name.6 Thou wilt prolong the king’s life: and his years as many generations.7 He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare amercy and truth, which may preserve him.
8 So will I sing apraise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows.