The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Preparedness

"We live in a most exciting and challenging period in human history. As technology sweeps through every facet of our lives, changes are occurring so rapidly that it can be difficult for us to keep our lives in balance. To maintain some semblance of stability in our lives, it is essential that we plan for our future. I believe it is time, and perhaps with some urgency, to review the counsel we have received in dealing with our personal and family preparedness. We want to be found with oil in our lamps sufficient to endure to the end."

Elder L. Tom Perry
"If Ye Are Prepared Ye Shall Not Fear"
General Conference, October 1995

"Family preparedness has always been an essential welfare principle in perfecting the Saints.  Are each of us and our families following, where permitted, the long-standing counsel to have sufficient food, clothing, and, where possible, fuel on hand to last at least one year?"

President Ezra Taft Benson
"Come unto Christ, and Be Perfected in Him"
General Conference, April 1988

"The real strength of the Church lies in the savings accounts, the gardens, the income-producing skills, the home storage, the resiliency, the talents, and the testimonies of each individual member of the Church and in the family of which each of us is a part. Let us be ever mindful that the greatest blessing of the welfare system is derived by the givers and that each of us should work to be independent and self-reliant as families in order to be in a position to help our less fortunate brothers and sisters.  Stated in plainness, each family unit's personal and family preparedness activity is every bit as important as this vast and marvelous welfare
system. The real strength of the Church does not ultimately lie in the financial and commodity reserves of the Church; rather, it rests in the reserves and strength of every household."

Elder J. Thomas Fyans 
"Priesthood Administration Of Welfare Services"
General Conference, October 1979

"Fathers, you understand the principle of temporal self-reliance and try to provide for a year's supply, stored at home. Please also consider the need for spiritual food and self-reliance--not just for a year, but for a lifetime--also stored at home."

Elder Russell M. Nelson
Ensign, May 1993 (April Conference) page 40

"As parents, we must teach and practice both physical and spiritual preparedness. Let us make every effort to avoid the remorse which comes from not following the counsel of the Lord and his anointed. Let us follow the admonition and example of President Kimball when he says, 'Do it.'"

Bishop Victor L. Brown
Preparation For Tomorrow
General Conference, October 1982

"As long as I can remember, we have been taught to prepare for the future and to obtain a year's supply of necessities. I would guess that the years of plenty have almost universally caused us to set aside this counsel. I believe the time to disregard this counsel is over. With events in the world today, it must be considered with all seriousness."

L. Tom Perry
"If Ye Are Prepared Ye Shall Not Fear"
General Conference, October 1995

"We all need to build a personal ark, to fortify ourselves against this rising tide of evil, to protect ourselves and our families against the floodwaters of iniquity around us. And we shouldn't wait until it starts raining, but prepare in advance. This has been the message of all the prophets in this dispensation, including President Hunter, as well as the prophets of old. Unfortunately, we don't always heed the clear warnings of our prophets. We coast complacently along until calamity strikes, and then we panic. When it starts raining, it is too late to begin building the ark. However, we do need to listen to the Lord's spokesmen. We need to calmly continue to move ahead and to prepare for what will surely come. We need not panic or fear, for if we are prepared, spiritually and temporally, we and our families will survive any flood. Our arks will float on a sea of faith if our works have been steadily and surely preparing for the future."

W. Don Ladd 
"Make Thee An Ark" 
General Conference, October 1994

"Let us do without some of the things that we can do without until we can pay for them. Let us live within our income and prepare for the future. Save money for an education, for your mission, for the day of marriage. Remember that when money comes into your hands, regardless of the amount of it do not spend all of it. Save something. Married couples should avoid arguments about finances, and the best way to do that is not to get into financial difficulties in the first place."

Thorpe B. Isaacson
"Conference Report", April 1963, p.12

"The Lord is not going to disappoint either Babylon or Zion, with regard to famine, pestilence, earthquake or storms, he is not going to disappoint anybody with regard to any of these things, they are at the doors .... Lay up your wheat and other provisions against a day of need, for the day will come when they will be wanted, and make no mistake about it. We shall want bread, and the Gentiles will want bread, and if we are wise we shall have something to feed them and ourselves when famine comes."

Wilford Woodruff "
Journal of Discourses", 18:121

"Bishops and quorum leaders accounting for families after hurricanes, members carrying food and blankets--it makes no difference where you live or what kind of chaos might occur, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will remain organized, and order will prevail. The wards and stakes of Zion will be a 'refuge from the storm' (D&C 115:6)." — Virginia H. Pearce, Ensign, Nov. 1993 (October Conference) page 80

"Are we prepared for the emergencies of our lives? Are our skills perfected? Do we live providently? Do we have on hand our reserve supply? Are we obedient to the commandments of God? Are we responsive to the teachings of prophets? Are we prepared to give of our substance to the poor, the needy? Are we square with the Lord?" — "A Provident Plan--A Precious Promise", President Thomas S. Monson, General Conference, April 1986

"More than ever before, we need to learn and apply the principles of economic self-reliance. We do not know when the crisis involving sickness or unemployment may affect our own circumstances. We do know that the Lord has decreed global calamities for the future and has warned and forewarned us to be prepared. For this reason the Brethren have repeatedly stressed a 'back to basics' program for temporal and spiritual welfare." — "Prepare For The Days Of Tribulation", President Ezra Taft Benson, General Conference, October 1980

"Economic and social conditions appear most ominous worldwide today. With revelation and prophecy as our guide, I think it is not extreme for me to say that when all is written about our present generation, it may truly be said that we had hardly enough time to prepare. To meet the impending crisis, I venture to say that all our spiritual and temporal resources will be taxed to the very limit. The Lord has declared: 'If ye are prepared ye shall not fear.' (D&C 38:30.)" — "Ministering To Needs Through The Lord's Storehouse System", President Ezra Taft Benson, General Conference, April 1977

"In our Church work it is hard to be as spiritually prepared as we need to be. Sometimes others think that if we are where we are supposed to be and are attending our meetings that we are doing our best. However, we know if we are faking it. It takes great effort to be spiritually inspiring to those about us. It means regular daily study, pondering, and prayer about the scriptures. It means not losing our cool in a tense situation. It means never giving in to anger or cutting words. It means being thorough in our reports, in our lesson preparation, in our study of the manual and job description for the position we accept.

"At times we are thrown suddenly into positions that seem too big for us and for which we have little preparation. The Lord stimulates our growth this way.... The Lord blesses us far beyond our natural ability and experience. However, it has been my experience that he expects us to quickly exert ourselves and acquire the things we need. He gives us a little time to improve our management skills and detailed knowledge so that we don't have to rely upon him for everything. We'll always need inspiration in these areas we couldn't possibly understand without his help." - Robert E. Wells, "Faking It and the Fourth French Horn," New Era, Apr. 1977, 6

"We should follow Paul's counsel to the Ephesians: 'Be no more... tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine.' (Eph. 4:14.) The winds of false doctrine that are blowing today both outside and a few within the Church are far more dangerous to the ultimate salvation of mankind than are earthquakes, hurricanes, typhoons, volcanic eruptions, and other natural disasters. These winds can uproot people if their roots are not firmly anchored to the Rock of our salvation, which is the teachings and the gospel of Jesus Christ.

"We, as a people, are to live our religion and its principles and follow the leadership of our prophet, seer, and revelator regardless of what the world does. We should strive always to be obedient to our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and should keep in mind these words of the Savior: 'I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise.' (D&C 82:10.) - Joseph B. Wirthlin, "Deep Roots," Ensign, Nov. 1994, 77

"The least child was sacred to Jesus. 'It is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.' That simple truth in the world, what would it mean?

"'Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these, my brethren, ye have done it unto me.'

"And in this modern day he said:

"'Remember the worth of souls is great.'

"A proper conception of this divine principle would change the attitude of the world, to the benefit and happiness of all human beings. It would bring into active operation the Golden Rule: 'Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.'

"What a different world this were if men would accumulate wealth, for example, not as an end but as a means of blessing human beings and improving human relations." - David O. McKay, "Conference Report," October 1935, Third Day—Morning Meeting p. 101

"Your vision of your future will help you press forward. Take a few minutes to envision where you want to be in one year or two or five. Then take action to prepare yourselves. People don't just run a marathon when they decide to do it. They must train daily, slowly building stamina and endurance to run the 26.2-mile distance. So it is with life. It is daily diligence with prayer and scripture study that will help you reach your goals. Your daily decisions will influence generations." - Elaine S. Dalton, "Press Forward and Be Steadfast," Ensign (CR), May 2003, p.105

"Let us enjoy the good things in life. Enjoy the gospel and its teachings. Let us not waste our time looking for things to criticize in the gospel or in our neighbors. We must look at ourselves and repent and improve. And let us remember that there is nothing else quite so sure as that we will one day leave this frail existence. Let us set about to prepare ourselves for that day." - N. Eldon Tanner, "Conference Report," October 1966, Second Day—Morning Meeting, p.49

“Most of us have thought about how to prepare for storms. We have seen and felt the suffering of women, men, and children, and of the aged and the weak, caught in hurricanes, tsunamis, wars, and droughts. One reaction is to ask, ‘How can I be prepared?’ And there is a rush to buy and put away whatever people think they might need for the day they might face such calamities.”

“But there is another even more important preparation we must make for tests that are certain to come to each of us. That preparation must be started far in advance because it takes time. What we will need then can't be bought. It can't be borrowed. It doesn’t store well. And it has to have been used regularly and recently.

“What we will need in our day of testing is a spiritual preparation. It is to have developed faith in Jesus Christ so powerful that we can pass the test of life upon which everything for us in eternity depends. That test is part of the purpose God had for us in the Creation.” - Henry B. Eyring, Spiritual Preparedness: Start Early and Be Steady,” (CR) October 2005

“If we are prepared, we need not fear (see D&C 38:30).

“Spiritual preparation is not complete, however, until we have done all that we can to prepare temporally. Then what is lacking will be supplied by the Lord.” - Ronald E. Poelman, “Priesthood Councils: Key to Meeting Temporal and Spiritual Needs,” Ensign, May 1980, 90

"The time to prepare is now. In the parable of the wise and foolish virgins, the Lord reminds us that we need to be prepared when the Bridegroom cometh. (See Matt. 25:1-13.) We need to recommit ourselves to the daily tasks of living the gospel. We need to learn to pray by praying every day. We need to learn to hear the word of the Lord by studying the scriptures every day." - Dwan J. Young, "Prepare to Teach His Children," Ensign (CR), November 1983, p. 86

"Well, if counsel has been given unto us to store up our grain, I should not wonder if there were temptations placed before us, to induce us to non-compliance. High prices in silver and gold may be offered as an inducement. Men may come and say, 'I will give you a high price for your wheat: here are goods of every kind we will give for your grain.' There, you perceive, is the temptation and the counsel before us. We should like the comforts of life, and would no doubt like to purchase them; but the counsel of the servants of the Lord would lead us to do differently." - Orson Hyde, "Journal of Discourses," 26 vols., 5:16)

"The Lord has counseled his people to pray over their flocks and herds, which applies to every man's interests. If we faithfully live the gospel and honor the Holy Priesthood of God, we have a right and claim upon him for his blessings and the inspiration to guide us in making proper decisions for the conduct of our businesses in this period of economic uncertainty. There are serious rough spots ahead, flashing warning lights of caution that Latter-day Saints cannot ignore. … Business and markets are sensitive to any change in world conditions. We must recognize the signs of the times as indicated by prophecy and have vision and wise understanding of national and world trends to safeguard our interests and thus strengthen the cause of Zion, even as Joseph of old so wisely planned and prepared against the days of famine and adversity, and thus became a great benefactor to the Egyptians and his father's family. We need all th help that faith, prayer, and inspiration can give." - Delbert L. Stapley, "Conference Report," April 1953, Third Day-Morning Meeting, p.119

Today in our natural, routine patterns of life, our children go to school as we did for twelve to twenty years, to learn how to have a richer life here in mortality, to earn a better living and enjoy the cultural and refined things of life. If it is worth spending twelve to twenty years to prepare for a life of seventy-five to a hundred years, what is it worth to prepare for a life that never ends? - LeGrand Richards, "Be Ye Prepared," Ensign (CR) October 1981

My message to you today, my brothers and sisters, is simply this: the Lord is in control. He knows the end from the beginning. He has given us adequate instruction that, if followed, will see us safely through any crisis. His purposes will be fulfilled, and someday we will understand the eternal reasons for all of these events. Therefore, today we must be careful to not overreact, nor should we be caught up in extreme preparations; but what we must do is keep the commandments of God and never lose hope! - M. Russell Ballard, "The Joy of Hope Fulfilled," Ensign (CR) November 1992

Young friends, it is very difficult to cram for a mission, and it is equally difficult to cram for a temple marriage. Don’t take the risk. Be wise. Prepare yourselves daily. Study the scriptures. Communicate with your Heavenly Father in prayer. Attend seminary. Keep yourselves clean and prepared. Understand that what happens on Friday night will ultimately impact your celestial future. - Richard J. Maynes, "A Celestial Connection to Your Teenage Years," Ensign (CR) November 1997

What we have experienced in the past was all foretold, and the end is not yet. Just as there have been calamities in the past, we expect more in the future. What do we do?

Someone has said it was not raining when Noah built the ark. But he built it, and the rains came.

The Lord has said, “If ye are prepared ye shall not fear” (D&C 38:30). - Gordon B. Hinckley, “If Ye Are Prepared Ye Shall Not Fear,” Ensign (CR) November 2005

We don’t know when or how earthquakes will hit us. They likely won’t be literal shakings of the earth, as happened in Peru, but rather quakes of temptations, sin, or trials, such as unemployment or serious sickness. Today is the time to prepare for when that type of quake comes. Today is the time to prepare—not during the crisis. What are we doing today to engraven in our souls the gospel principles that will uphold us in times of adversity? - Walter F. González, “Today is the Time,” Ensign (CR) October 2007

A professional baseball player keeps a close watch on his batting average. If he lays off on his drill or if he acquires some bad habits of training or if he allows any other problems to develop, he can count on deterioration taking place in his batting average. On the other hand, as he drills for perfection and as he  learns to develop his strength, his speed, his accuracy, and his intensity, his batting average goes up. He then comes under the influence of this important law of the Lord: "If ye are prepared ye shall not fear.” - Sterling W. Sill, "That Ye Might Have Life," p. 133

When it starts raining, it is too late to begin building the ark. However, we do need to listen to the Lord's spokesmen. We need to calmly continue to move ahead and to prepare for what will surely come. We need not panic or fear, for if we are prepared, spiritually and temporally, we and our families will survive any flood. Our arks will float on a sea of faith if our works have been steadily and surely preparing for the future. - W. Don Ladd, "Make Thee an Ark", Ensign (CR), November 1994, p.28

We need to make both temporal and spiritual preparation for the events prophesied at the time of the Second Coming. And the preparation most likely to be neglected is the one less visible and more difficult—the spiritual. A 72-hour kit of temporal supplies may prove valuable for earthly challenges, but, as the foolish virgins learned to their sorrow, a 24-hour kit of spiritual preparation is of greater and more enduring value. –
Dallin H. Oaks, “Preparation for the Second Coming,” Ensign (CR) May 2004

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