Current Events - Church Leaders Give Warning

Updated: Sep 24, 2020

March 14, 2020

Pres Oaks said the following at a missionary meeting in Las Vegas last Saturday.

"This is not the end of the world but merely a test. A trial run for the Second Coming if you will - physically and spiritually. If you've been following the counsel from the prophet about ministering, emergency preparedness, and at-home Church, you have no need to fear you passed the test.”

This should tell us exactly how important the following list is:

  • Have you ministered?

  • Do you have emergency preparedness kits at home?

  • Are you observing at-home church to the best of your abilities?

In our church, we each have an assigned person or a few people that we have been called to be their ministering brothers or sisters. Sometimes we already know them and sometimes we don't. If you do not know your person, do not get discouraged! Many times I have to ask around at church or look them up on the LDS tools app. At the very least, there's usually an address or a phone number. Try them both. It may be uncomfortable at first if you're not a people person like me. Do your best, bring a treat - cookies never disappoint - to break the ice, smile and introduce yourself. One of the most important things is that you ask them with an honest heart if there is anything they are in need of or if they need help. If there's an event coming up such as General Conference, Relief Society night, Elders Quorum is getting together or a primary activity (if they have children, let them know! Don't let them fall between the gaps and check on them monthly to every couple months with a visit, phone call, send a letter or text.

If you have Ministered, keep it up! If you haven't prepared physically, what is your roadblock? Is it funds? There are many ways to have a decent 72-hour kit at home by being thrifty. Have you tried your local Deseret Industries? Most of the time you can buy good to great quality items depending on your area for a few dollars. The item donations that D.I. receives changes upon a daily basis. So check back often! Also, if you cannot afford food items, talk with your Bishop at your local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Often times, they can help you with a free food order through the Bishop Storehouse. If you do not qualify, I recommend buying a few extra on-sale goods a little each week. Each week I grocery shop only one day so as I'm choosing items from my list, I keep my eyes open for cans of food that are on sale. Other items to look out for would be items such as flour, sugar and salt. One of my favorite emergency food items is pancake mix! All it takes is the addition of water and you have a tasty meal.

Is your roadblock to physical preparedness the "I'll do it tomorrow" syndrome? Procrastination is very common. We all do it to some degree or another. To help get past this, take a small step today. I recommend creating a list. Make it simple at first and start with the basics. Why might that list look like? Well, it depends on how far you are. For beginners, I recommend something like this:

  • Backpack

  • Bar of soap, washcloth

  • Toothbrush,floss,toothpaste in a plastic bag

  • Leatherman tool/scissors/nail clippers

  • 2 Water bottles

  • 2 energy bars

  • Extra shirt, pants, socks, underwear

  • Solar light or flashlight with extra batteries, matches

It's not a 72-hour kit, but this is a great start to a little "bug out bag" or what I like to call, a "day pack." A list is a great way to start. Many people have at least some extras of these items laying around their home, somewhere or take a trip to the Dollar Store. Get creative!

Check out my Physical Readiness Checklist for more ideas on what you can add to your day pack. Then eventually work up to a 72-hour kit.

As for Church at home, it can be as simple to complex as you'd like, based on your needs. A simple church at home may include an opening prayer, the Sacrament on a plate with a slice of bread and small cup of water, a lesson read out from the "Come, Follow Me" manual then close with a prayer. If you do not have a priesthood holder in your home to bless the Sacrament, call or text your ministering brother, Elders Quorum President or another brother you know. More often than not, they love to help and that's what they're there for. So please do not be afraid to ask.

It's not too late to do these things now so that you are better prepared in the future!

April 2020 Liahona

Pres. Nelson wrote an article, "The Future of the Church: Preparing the World for the Saviors Second Coming."