By Karen P.
Our Relief Society Theme for 2007 is “When obedience ceases to be an irritant, and becomes our quest, in that moment God will endow us with power” (Pres. Ezra Taft Benson). I have been thinking how that relates to having our families prepare for emergencies. When we hear about being prepared does it irritate us? If so, perhaps it needs to become our quest and then we will have the enthusiasm to “do it!”
In 1976 the Teton Dam broke in southern Idaho, flooding the valley below that was inhabited predominately by members of the Church. These Saints were endowed with power” because preparedness had been their “quest”. My parents and younger brothers went to the Rexburg area to help in the cleaning-up process. My mother has very narrow hands that allow her to reach into a quart-canning jar to clean it. That was her assignment that day to clean out muddy bottles that once held canned fruit. As she knew the hours of labor spent in preserving the fruit, she cried most of the day. Despite the losses, testimonies were shared of the miracles witnessed by these Saints. Ricks College sits high on a hill and the floodwaters flowed around it. Those whose homes were flooded flocked to the student cafeteria where hot meals were provided. There were more people fed during those weeks than there was food brought into the cafeteria. They were blessed because they had been faithful, not in the manner they had expected, but in the Lord’s way.
As we continue our “quest” to have our families and homes prepared for those unknowns that will come our way, we can rely on the Lord’s promise that those who are prepared need not fear.
Karen P., POE Stake Relief Society President
2007 Noah’s Ark Newsletter/LDS Intelligent Living
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