By Gayle D., POES RS President
I attended a regional welfare services meeting recently and was reminded of the urgency that our leaders continue to express regarding our emphasis on Provident Living. The counsel we receive has changed in the past 60 years. We were originally asked to gather a two-year supply, then just seven years ago we were asked to concentrate on a supply for just one year. In 2006 we were asked to gather a 3 month supply with an added caution to get out of debt. Today we are counseled to have our one week supply and a 72 hour kit.
Why all the apparent changes in counsel? On the whole, we as a people have not listened. Whether out of a lack of testimony (not understanding the need for obedience to the counsel of our prophets in the matter) OR out of the Laman and Lemuel Syndrome. A church survey indicated to the Brethren that only 7% of the Saints in the US had listened to the 60+ years of counsel.
The counsel to gather a 2-year supply is still in place but the prophet counsels us: “We can begin ever so modestly. We can begin with a one week’s supply of food and gradually build to three months. I fear that so many feel that a long-term food supply is so far beyond their reach that they make no effort at all…Begin in a small way and build gradually:…But you should begin.”
May we all work together to prepare ourselves and our families. We have been promised that when we are prepared we need not fear.
2008 Noah’s Ark Newsletter/LDS Intelligent Living
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