It’s About Prudence, Not Paranoia

In this parable, the Savior taught us how to prepare for His Second Coming.

In these last days, the Lord has said, “Be faithful, praying always, having your lamps trimmed and burning, and oil with you, that you may be ready at the coming of the Bridegroom” (D&C 33:17). This counsel refers to the parable of the ten virgins, which illustrates how we are to prepare for Christ’s Second Coming (see Matthew 25:1–13).

“Life is fragile, peace is fragile, civilization itself is fragile. The economy is particularly vulnerable. We have been counseled again and again concerning self-reliance, concerning debt, concerning thrift. So many of our people are heavily in debt for things that are not entirely necessary. When I was a young man, my father counseled me to build a modest home, sufficient for the needs of my family, and make it beautiful and attractive and pleasant and secure. He counseled me to pay off the mortgage as quickly as I could so that, come what may, there would be a roof over the heads of my wife and children. I was reared on that kind of doctrine. I urge you as members of this Church to get free of debt where possible and to have a little laid aside against a rainy day.

We cannot provide against every contingency. But we can provide against many contingencies. Let the present situation remind us that this we should do.

As we have been continuously counseled for more than 60 years, let us have some food set aside that would sustain us for a time in case of need. But let us not panic nor go to extremes. Let us be prudent in every respect. And, above all, my brothers and sisters, let us move forward with faith in the Living God and His Beloved Son.

Great are the promises concerning this land of America. We are told unequivocally that it “is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ” (Ether 2:12). This is the crux of the entire matter—obedience to the commandments of God.

The Constitution under which we live, and which has not only blessed us but has become a model for other constitutions, is our God-inspired national safeguard ensuring freedom and liberty, justice and equality before the law.

I do not know what the future holds. I do not wish to sound negative, but I wish to remind you of the warnings of scripture and the teachings of the prophets which we have had constantly before us.

I cannot forget the great lesson of Pharaoh’s dream of the fat and lean kine and of the full and withered stalks of corn.

I cannot dismiss from my mind the grim warnings of the Lord as set forth in the 24th chapter of Matthew.

I am familiar, as are you, with the declarations of modern revelation that the time will come when the earth will be cleansed and there will be indescribable distress, with weeping and mourning and lamentation (see D&C 112:24).”  (The Times in Which We Live – Gordon B. Hinckley, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. October 2001 Address)

Recently I was called to work in our church congregation (ward) as the “Emergency Preparedness Specialist”. As such I was asked to look at the individual and family short term and long term needs. In addition I was asked to prepare for more than just the common life tragedies and trials but also disasters of various types after the recent world events.

I see this as 5 stages of preparation.

Phase One – No Concerns, this is the time of plenty, the time to prepare.

Home Maintenance Checklist Handout (Spring & Fall)

Phase Two – Sort Term setbacks, under or un-employment, sickness

Phase Three – Long Term Un-Employment, Disability, House Fire, Death in the family

Phase Four – Temporary Chaos and/or Destruction

* Weather, Earthquake, Hazardous Material

* 1 – 14 days expected, 30 days possible

* 6 to 12 months

Phase Five – Economic and or Civil Unrest, War

Here is a one page handout that I prepared for our church congregation along with my first draft of a talk that I’ve prepared to give.

Here is the Handout

Here is the talk I gave in church

I would love your feedback and comments. I know it is long but it’s worth it 🙂



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