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A Collection of Thoughts
Applicable to Self-Reliance, Preparedness and Food Storage

• “Man has been placed on earth to work out his salvation both temporally and spiritually. If all that had been needed for his eternal progression was spiritual in nature, this earth life would not have been necessary.” (Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine p. 141-142)

• “Independence and self-reliance are critical to our spiritual and temporal growth. Whenever we get into situations which threaten our self-reliance, we will find our freedoms threatened as well. If we increase our dependence on anything or anyone except the Lord, we will find an immediate decrease in our freedom to act. As President Heber J. Grant declared, ‘Nothing destroys the individuality of a man, a woman, or a child as much as the failure to be self-reliant’ (“Address,” Relief Society Magazine, Oct. 1937, p. 627)” (L. Tom Perry, Conference Report, Oct. 1991, 88; or “Becoming Self-Reliant”, Ensign, Nov. 1991, 64–65).

• “No true Latter-day Saint, while physically or emotionally able will voluntarily shift the burden of his own or his family’s well-being to someone else. So long as he can, under the inspiration of the Lord and with his own labors, he will supply himself and his family with the spiritual and temporal necessities of life. (See 1 Timothy 5:8.)” (Spencer W. Kimball, Conference Report, Oct. 1977, 124; or “Welfare Services: The Gospel in Action”, Ensign, Nov. 1977, 77–78).

• “All of us are responsible to provide for ourselves and our families in both temporal and spiritual ways. To provide providently, we must practice the principles of provident living: joyfully living within our means, being content with what we have, avoiding excessive debt, and diligently saving and preparing for rainy-day emergencies. When we live providently, we can provide for ourselves and our families and also follow the Savior’s example to serve and bless others. (Robert D. Hales, “Becoming Provident Providers Temporally and Spiritually“, Ensign, May 2009)

• “All of us have an “imperative duty” to assist our youth in preparing for lifelong service by helping them become self-reliant. In addition to the spiritual self-reliance we have been discussing, there is temporal self-reliance, which includes getting a postsecondary education or vocational training, learning to work, and living within our means.” (Robert D. Hales, “Coming to Ourselves: The Sacrament, the Temple, and Sacrifice in Service“, Ensign, May 2012)

• “Some of us feel embarrassed, ashamed, less worthwhile if our family does not have everything the neighbors have. As a result, we go into debt to buy things we can’t afford—and things we do not really need. Whenever we do this, we become poor temporally and spiritually. We give away some of our precious, priceless agency and put ourselves in self-imposed servitude. Money we could have used to care for ourselves and others must now be used to pay our debts. What remains is often only enough to meet our most basic physical needs. Living at the subsistence level, we become depressed, our self-worth is affected, and our relationships with family, friends, neighbors, and the Lord are weakened. We do not have the time, energy, or interest to seek spiritual things.” (Robert D. Hales, “Becoming Provident Providers Temporally and Spiritually“, Ensign, May 2009)

• “The foundation of provident living is the law of the tithe. The primary purpose of this law is to help us develop faith in our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. Tithing helps us overcome our desires for the things of this world and willingly make sacrifices for others. Tithing is the great equitable law, for no matter how rich or poor we are, all of us pay the same one-tenth of our increase annually (see D&C 119:4), and all of us receive blessings so great “that there shall not be room enough to receive [them]” (Malachi 3:10).” (Robert D. Hales, “Becoming Provident Providers Temporally and Spiritually“, Ensign, May 2009)

• “By avoiding debt and saving money now, we are prepared for full-time Church service in the years to come.” (Robert D. Hales, “Coming to Ourselves: The Sacrament, the Temple, and Sacrifice in Service”, Ensign, May 2012)

• “Another important way we help our children learn to be provident providers is by establishing a family budget. We should regularly review our family income, savings, and spending plan in family council meetings. This will teach our children to recognize the difference between wants and needs and to plan ahead for meaningful use of family resources.” (Robert D. Hales, “Becoming Provident Providers Temporally and Spiritually“, Ensign, May 2009)

• “We are carrying a message of self-reliance throughout the Church. Self-reliance cannot [be obtained] when there is serious debt hanging over a household. One has neither independence nor freedom from bondage when he is obligated to others.” (Gordon B. Hinckley Conference Report, Oct. 1998, 71; or “To the Boys and to the Men”, Ensign, Nov. 1998, 53).

• “Wherefore, do not spend money for that which is of no worth, nor your labor for that which cannot satisfy. Hearken diligently unto me, and remember the words which I have spoken; and come unto the Holy One of Israel, and feast upon that which perisheth not, neither can be corrupted…” 2 Nephi 9:51

• “Are we wise stewards of our money? Do we spend less than we earn? Do we avoid unnecessary debt? Do we follow the counsel of the Brethren to ‘store sufficient food, clothing, and where possible fuel for at least one year’ [First Presidency letter, June 24, 1988]? Do we teach our children to value and not waste what they have? Do we teach them to work? Do they understand the importance of the sacred law of tithing? Do we have sufficient education and adequate employment? Do we maintain good health by living the Word of Wisdom? Are we free from the adverse effects of harmful substances?” (Joseph B. Wirthlin, Conference Report, Apr. 1999, 101; or “Inspired Church Welfare”, Ensign, May 1999, 78).

• “Our Heavenly Father …. has lovingly commanded us to “prepare every needful thing” (see D&C 109:8) so that, should adversity come, we may care for ourselves and our neighbors and support bishops as they care for others. We encourage Church members worldwide to prepare for adversity in life by having a basic supply of food and water and some money in savings. …. We encourage you to store as much as circumstances allow.” (The First Presidency, All is Safely Gathered In: Family Home Storage)

• "Work is the law of life; it is the ruling principle in the lives of the Saints. We cannot, while physically able, voluntarily shift the burden of our own support to others. Doles abound in evils. Industry, thrift, and self-respect are essential to salvation.” (Bruce R. McConkie, “Stand Independent above All Other Creatures”, Ensign, May 1979)

• “We must maintain our own health, sow our own gardens, store our own food, educate and train ourselves to handle the daily affairs of life. No one else can work out our salvation for us, either temporally or spiritually.” (Bruce R. McConkie, “Stand Independent above All Other Creatures”, Ensign, May 1979)

• “The Lord’s way of self-reliance involves in a balanced way many facets of life, including education, health, employment, family finances, and spiritual strength.” (Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Providing in the Lord’s Way”, Ensign, Nov. 2011)

• “Let us work for what we need. Let us be self-reliant and independent. Salvation can be obtained on no other principle. Salvation is an individual matter, and we must work out our own salvation, in temporal as well as in spiritual things.” (Marion G. Romney, “’In Mine Own Way’”, Ensign, November 1976)

• “Temporal preparedness helps us keep baptismal covenants and temple covenants. That realization alone should be enough reason to be temporally prepared.” (Cheryl Driggs)

• “We have been given direction, sometimes thought of as temporal in its nature, such as tithing, fast offerings, the welfare program, the Word of Wisdom, chastity, obedience to the law of the land, and others. Whatever their temporal aspect may be, they are given to us to build us up spiritually. We can draw no hard and fast line between temporal and spiritual. All that is good is spiritual.” (Henry D. Moyle, Peace)

• "We’re not going to survive in this world, temporally or spiritually, without increased faith in the Lord—and I don’t mean a positive mental attitude—I mean downright solid faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. That is the one thing that gives vitality and power to otherwise rather weak individuals." (A. Theodore Tuttle, "Developing Faith", Ensign, Nov. 1986, 72)

• "We don’t know when or how earthquakes will hit us. They likely won’t be literal shakings of the earth, as happened in Peru, but rather quakes of temptations, sin, or trials, such as unemployment or serious sickness. Today is the time to prepare for when that type of quake comes. Today is the time to prepare—not during the crisis. What are we doing today to engraven in our souls the gospel principles that will uphold us in times of adversity?" (Elder Walter F. González, "Today is the Time", Ensign, Nov. 2007)

• "We each have moments of spiritual power, moments of inspiration and revelation. We must sink them deep into the chambers of our souls. As we do, we prepare our spiritual home storage for moments of personal difficulty." (Neil L. Andersen, "You Know Enough", Ensign, Nov. 2008, 13–14)

• “Do not serve someone so much that they become dependent on you or that you take away their self-reliance.” (Cheryl Driggs, Inspirations to a Woman in Need)

• “Food storage advocates often verge on the fanatical. Fanatical, overbearing people offend and discourage more than they inspire and encourage. As with all things spiritual AND temporal, we only teach food storage and family preparedness when the Spirit accompanies our words. The Lord has taught "all things unto me are spiritual, and not at any time have I given unto you a law which was temporal" (D&C 29:34). The temporal and spiritual are interconnected much more than most people realize.” (Cheryl Driggs, Inspirations to a Woman in Need)

• “You cannot effectively serve when you are not self-reliant.” (Cheryl Driggs, Inspirations to a Woman in Need)

• “The Lord wishes to ease our burdens when possible. One way is by commanding us to prepare and be self-sufficient. When we prepare for possibilities and eventualities that do occur, we ease our burdens and, indirectly, the Lord is easing our burdens. “ (Cheryl Driggs, Inspirations to a Woman in Need)

• “If more sisters incorporated their home storage into their diets, we would have healthier physical bodies and healthier food budgets.” (Cheryl Driggs, Inspirations to a Woman in Need)

• “Food science and nutrition research changes the facts and theories of the science quickly. When we are counseled to store basic commodities that can't be rotated completely in a year without living on them entirely, when we are counseled to preserve our own fruit and vegetables, when the Word of Wisdom counsels to eat fruit in the season thereof and to eat meat sparingly, more and more, scientific research either strongly supports this counsel or seems to contradict it. When science seems contradictory to counsel, we need to have faith in the counsel and have faith that we won't suffer physically because we have followed godly direction.” (Cheryl Driggs, Inspirations to a Woman in Need)

• “Like two sides of a coin, the temporal and spiritual are inseparable.” (Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Providing in the Lord’s Way”, Ensign, Nov. 2011)

• “The Church’s welfare program [which personal and family preparedness is a part of] is spiritual. In 1936, when the program was introduced, President David O. McKay made this astute observation:
“It is something to supply clothing to the [poorly] clad, to furnish ample food to those whose table is thinly spread, to give activity to those who are fighting desperately the despair that comes from enforced idleness, but after all is said and done, the greatest blessings that will accrue from the Church [welfare program] are spiritual. Outwardly, every act seems to be directed toward the physical: remaking of dresses and suits of clothes, canning fruits and vegetables, storing foodstuffs, choosing fertile fields for settlement—all seem strictly temporal, but permeating all these acts, inspiring and sanctifying them, is the element of spirituality.” (Conference Report, Oct. 1936, p. 103.)” (Marion G. Romney, “The Celestial Nature of Self-Reliance”, Ensign, June 1984)

• “Doctrine and Covenants 29:34–35 tells us there is no such thing as a temporal commandment, that all commandments are spiritual. It also tells us that man is to be “an agent unto himself.” Man cannot be an agent unto himself if he is not self-reliant. Herein we see that independence and self-reliance are critical keys to our spiritual growth.” (Marion G. Romney, “The Celestial Nature of Self-Reliance”, Ensign, June 1984)

• “Without self-reliance one cannot exercise … innate desires to serve. How can we give if there is nothing there? Food for the hungry cannot come from empty shelves. Money to assist the needy cannot come from an empty purse. Support and understanding cannot come from the emotionally starved. Teaching cannot come from the unlearned. And most important of all, spiritual guidance cannot come from the spiritually weak.” (Marion G. Romney, “The Celestial Nature of Self-Reliance”, Ensign, June 1984)

• “… One of the three areas emphasized in the mission of the Church is to perfect the Saints, and this is the purpose of the welfare program. This is not a doomsday program, but a program for our lives here and now, because now is the time for us to perfect our lives.” (Marion G. Romney, “The Celestial Nature of Self-Reliance”, Ensign, June 1984)



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