Members of the Church are feeling the economic pinch of higher taxes and inflation coupled with conditions of continuing recession. Some have come to their bishops seeking assistance to pay for house payments, car loans, and utilities.
Unfortunately, there has been fostered in the minds of some an expectation that when we experience hard times, when we have been unwise and extravagant with our resources and have lived beyond our means, we should look to either the Church or government to bail us out. Forgotten by some of our members is an underlying principle of the Church welfare plan that “no true Latter-day Saint will, while physically able, voluntarily shift from himself the burden of his own support” (Marion G. Romney, in Conference Report, Oct. 1973, p. 106). (taken from Prepare for the Days of Tribulation)
This quote got me thinking about politics. Many people in the country have made poor decisions with how they’ve run their business or household financially. Somehow this gave people in the government the green light to “bail” everyone out of the mess. Unfortuneately, these bail-outs come with a cost and that is a greater burden for all of us to bear. With the elections coming up shortly we have a chance to change things in this country. The bailouts that started with Bush have continued to spiral out of control and we’re heading in a very bad direction. The new Healthcare reform and finance reform are costing the country trillions of dollars.
I like this quote because it is pretty clear on the importance of being independant and why that is imporant to our spiritual well-being.
I recommend reading this talk when considering who to vote for this year. Do some research on the people you are considering. Compare what they have voted for, or are in support of with the values in this quote.