Tuesday, June 26, 2012
I'm a squirrel! :)
Being prepared is something that's pretty important to me. My mom always made it a priority, too. This is partly because it's just wise, and partly because our church leaders have counseled us to be prepared for disaster and food shortages.
This concept of food storage old. Joseph in Egypt interpreted Pharaoh's dream and helped prepare the Egyptian people prepare for seven years of famine that came. Closer to our own day, Joseph Smith gave us the Lord's counsel that we should "prepare every needful thing" and "establish a house of order."
In the Book of Mormon, Alma tells the people of Gideon in Alma 7:11-12 that the Savior will take upon him all the infirmities and physical suffering of the people of the world. To me, this shows just how much our spiritual progress is tied with our physical condition. Starvation and illness can be stumbling blocks to spiritual progress. Luckily, the Savior is there to help us overcome such stumbling blocks through the Atonement.
Although He will help us with whatever we lack, I know the Lord likes us to do what we can to take care of ourselves. This includes preparation for disaster. If we are prepared and secure, then we can become instruments in His hands to help serve and save other people.
Our church has some good resources for self-reliance and family well-being. Here is a good video about self-reliance and provident living: