Ezra Taft Benson – Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles -Warnings

Ezra Taft Benson – Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

For over forty years, in a spirit of love, members of the Church have been counseled to be thrifty and self-reliant; to avoid debt; pay tithes and a generous fast offering; be industrious; and have sufficient food, clothing, and fuel on hand to last at least one year…

Today there are compelling reasons to reemphasize this counsel…
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…

The revelation to produce and store food may be as essential to our temporal welfare today as boarding the ark was to the people in the days of Noah…

Those families will be fortunate who, in the last days, have an adequate supply of food because of their foresight and ability to produce their own.

“First, and above and beyond everything else, let us live righteously.…
“Let us avoid debt as we would avoid a plague; where we are now in debt, let us get out of debt; if not today, then tomorrow….

“Let us straitly and strictly live within our incomes, and save a little…

“Let every head of every household see to it that he has on hand enough food and clothing, and, where possible, fuel also, for at least a year ahead. You of small means put your money in foodstuffs and wearing apparel, not in stocks and bonds…

If you are saving and planning for a second car or a TV set or some item which merely adds to your comfort or pleasure, you may need to change your priorities. We urge you to do this prayerfully and do it now….I speak with a feeling of great urgency. I have seen what the days of tribulation can do to people…

Too often we bask in our comfortable complacency and rationalize that the ravages of war, economic disaster, famine, and earthquake cannot happen here. Those who believe this are either not acquainted with the revelations of the Lord, or they do not believe them. Those who smugly think these calamities will not happen, that they somehow will be set aside because of the righteousness of the Saints, are deceived and will rue the day they harbored such a delusion.

The Lord has warned and forewarned us against a day of great tribulation and given us counsel, through His servants, on how we can be prepared for these difficult times. Have we heeded His counsel?

May God bless us to be prepared for the days which lie ahead, which may be the most severe yet… End of Quote

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