The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Natural Disasters

"Through the Prophet Joseph the Lord has told the people that after the testimony of the servants of God in these days wrath and indignation should come upon the people; there should be the testimony of earthquakes, that should cause groanings in the midst of the earth; there should be the testimony of the thunderings, of lightnings, of tempests, the waves of the sea heaving themselves beyond their bounds, and all things should be in commotion." — George Q. Cannon, Gospel Truth, p. 36

"Conditions and circumstances destined to prevail during this final pre-millennial period call for great commotion and upheaval among the very elements. This is the day when 'there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places' (Jos. Smith 1:29; D. & C. 45:33); when there shall be 'the testimony of earthquakes, that shall cause groanings in the midst of her [the earth], and men shall fall upon the ground and shall not be able to stand.' This is the day when we shall hear 'the testimony of the voice of thunderings, and the voice of lightnings, and the voice of tempests, and the voice of the waves of the sea heaving themselves beyond their bounds.' (D. & C. 88:89-90.) In our day there are to be dust storms, whirlwinds, tornadoes, floods, and 'a great hailstorm sent forth to destroy the crops of the earth.' (D. & C. 29:16.) And finally, incident to the final change back to its paradisiacal state, the very globe itself shall 'tremble and reel to and fro as a drunken man.' (D. & C. 88:87.)" — Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine,  p.725

In the spring of 1919, an influenza epidemic broke out in the Salt Lake Valley that was so severe that thousands died and Gener al Conference was postponed from April to June. The following quote is taken from that June 1919 General Conference, and though it is somewhat lengthy, I think it reveals a lot. I hope you like it.

"I recall one circumstance when at the cemetery three funerals were being conducted at the same time, and we were so close together that we had to wait our turn in giving the opportunity for each group of mourners, peacefully, to lay their dead into the ground. My heart was touched, I say, as I listened to the wail of grief that came forth from each group of mourners as the last rites were said. I withdrew behind a little clump of trees and cried earnestly to my Father in Heaven to know why innocent children should perish, why mothers should be taken away who were needed in their families -- good, true Latter-day Saints, many of them. I received an answer which was satisfactory to my soul, and it was that this was the judgment of God, even as he had said that his judgments would be poured out upon the nations of the earth, if they did not repent; that the Lord speaking to the children of men, because the day of the coming of the Redeemer was nigh at hand, and men could not live in their wickedness and see him. They must repent or they shall perish, and the Lord was trying to touch the hearts of the children of men through this judgment." — Melvin J. Ballard, General Conference, June 1919

"The point that I am trying to bring to your mind is this: that if the destruction of the wicked among the Nephit es was necessary in order to bring about a reign of peace and righteousness for three or four generations, do you not think that there will have to be great and overwhelming destructions to cleanse the earth of the wicked and to lay the foundation of a thousand years of peace and righteousness?" — George Q. Cannon, Collected Discourses, Volume 4, 7 September 1895

"This is a day of sore trial for all the inhabitants of the earth. Nations are tottering and governments are in danger of being overthrown. Hardly a day passes but what we hear of some terrible catastrophe or some awful tribulation that has come to the children of men. 'Darkness covers the earth, and gross darkness the people.' We are being disciplined; and when we come to know the wisdom of this, we will look upon the whole of life as a means of sanctification." — Levi Edgar Young, General Conference, April 1933

"[Natural disasters] are tragedies, but they may have another significance. The Lord uses adversities to send messages to his children. Isaiah prophesied that in the last days the Lord would visit all nations with great natural disasters (see Isa. 29:6; 2 Ne. 27:1-2). In modern revelation, the Lord speaks of calling upon the nations of the earth by the mouth of his servants and also 'by the voice of thunderings, and by the voice of lightnings, and by the voice of tempests, and by the voice of earthquakes, and great hailstorms, and by the voice of famines and pestilences of every kind' (D&C 43:25)." - Dallin H. Oaks, "Adversity," Ensign, July 1998, p. 7

“We do not know when the calamities and troubles of the last days will fall upon any of us as individuals or upon bodies of the Saints. The Lord deliberately withholds from us the day and hour of his coming and of the tribulations which shall precede it–all as part of the testing and probationary experiences of mortality. He simply tells us to watch and be ready.” - Bruce R. McConkie, “Stand Independent above All Other Creatures,” Ensign (CR), May 1979, p. 92

Because of frequent and frightening calamities in the world, some people doubt the existence of God. But, in fact, He is trying to help us. He revealed these words: "How oft have I called upon you by the mouth of my servants, and by the ministering of angels, and by mine own voice,and by the voice of thunderings, and … tempests, … earthquakes, … great hailstorms, … famines and pestilences of every kind, … and would have saved you with an everlasting salvation, but ye would not!" - Russell M. Nelson, “Now Is the Time to Prepare,” Ensign (CR) May 2005

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