Mormon Channel Blog

Self Reliance: What Prophets Have Said about Emergency Preparation

January 2, 2016

In the scriptures, the Lord tells us that “if ye are prepared, ye shall not fear.” Especially in recent history, there have been many natural and man-made occurrences that can be frightening: storms, earthquakes, wars, and financial disasters require preparation beforehand so that we can survive. Every Saturday this month on the Mormon Channel blog we will be discussing different emergency preparation strategies. The prophets and other leaders of the Church have offered counsel to us about how to do that.

Food and Water Storage:

Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone gave a wonderful talk about the importance of food storage in 1976. He shared four tips that anyone can do right now:

  1. Take an inventory of what food and water you already have and estimate how long it will last you.
  2. Decide what you need to buy or store in order to have a year’s supply of food and water for your family.
  3. Set a time schedule for when you will achieve that goal. You don’t need to buy everything at once, just a little at a time.
  4. Set aside money dedicated to building your food and water storage little by little every month.

Career:

“There is a recurring theme in the revelations having to do with learning. And, from the beginning, Church leaders have counseled us to get all of the education we can as a preparation for and as an improvement of our careers.” —President Boyd K. Packer

Finances:

“Be prudent, wise, and conservative in your investment programs. It is by consistently and regularly adding to your investments that you will build your emergency and retirement savings. This will add to your progress in becoming self-reliant. The principle of self-reliance is spiritual as well as temporal. It is not a doomsday program; it is something to be practiced each and every day of our lives.” —Elder L. Tom Perry

Spiritual:

“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. … ‘Wherefore,’ the Savior tells us, ‘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—for behold, verily, verily, I say unto you, that I come quickly’ (D&C 33:17–18).” —Elder Dallin H. Oaks