“We do live in turbulent times. Often the future is unknown; therefore, it behooves us to prepare for uncertainties.”
President Thomas S. Monson (“If Ye Are Prepared Ye Shall Not Fear,” Oct. 2004 general conference)
Members of the Church have been counseled for many years to be prepared for adversity. Preparation, both spiritual and temporal, can dispel fear (see D&C 38:30).
L. Tom Perry taught, “The need for preparation is abundantly clear. The great blessing of being prepared gives us freedom from fear” (“If Ye Are Prepared Ye Shall Not Fear,” Oct. 1995 general conference).
With the guidance of Church leaders, individuals and families should prepare to be self-reliant in times of personal and widespread tragedy.
The Principle of Preparation
As members of the Church, we know that it is our responsibility to provide for ourselves and our families both in good times and in bad. Part of fulfilling that obligation is making preparations now to face whatever challenges may come our way.
Spencer W. Kimball taught that we must be “anxiously engaged in a positive program of preparation.” It is not enough to hope for the best; we must prepare for it.
He explained, “The Lord will not translate one’s good hopes and desires and intentions into works. Each of us must do that for himself” (The Miracle of Forgiveness , 8).