Prepare for the Days of Tribulation by Ezra Taft Benson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: Summary Notes

Prepare for the Days of Tribulation by Ezra Taft Benson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

summary quotations compiled by Nate Richardson

-“May God bless us to be prepared for the days which lie ahead, which may be the most severe yet. (Benson; Conf. Report: Prepare for the Days of Tribulation: Oct. 1980;  https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1980/10/prepare-for-the-days-of-tribulation?lang=eng)

-“Let us be in a position so we are able to not only feed ourselves through the home production and storage, but others as well. (Benson; Conf. Report: Prepare for the Days of Tribulation: Oct. 1980;  https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1980/10/prepare-for-the-days-of-tribulation?lang=eng)

-“prime purpose of Church welfare was “to help the people help themselves” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1936, p. 3) (said Heber J Grant) (quoted in Benson; Conf. Report: Prepare for the Days of Tribulation: Oct. 1980;  https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1980/10/prepare-for-the-days-of-tribulation?lang=eng)

-“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? (Benson; Conf. Report: Prepare for the Days of Tribulation: Oct. 1980;  https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1980/10/prepare-for-the-days-of-tribulation?lang=eng)

-“You do not need to go into debt, may I add, to obtain a year’s supply. Plan to build up your food supply just as you would a savings account. Save a little for storage each pay-check. Can or bottle fruit and vegetables from your gardens and orchards. Learn how to preserve food through drying and possibly freezing. Make your storage a part of your budget. Store seeds and have sufficient tools on hand to do the job. 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.”  (Benson; Conf. Report: Prepare for the Days of Tribulation: Oct. 1980;  https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1980/10/prepare-for-the-days-of-tribulation?lang=eng)

-“The counsel from Church authorities has been consistent over the years and is well summarized in these words:

“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; you of large means will think you know how to care for yourselves, but I may venture to suggest that you do not speculate. Let every head of every household aim to own his own home, free from mortgage. Let every man who has a garden spot, garden it; every man who owns a farm, farm it.” (President J. Reuben Clark, Jr., in Conference Report, Apr. 1937, p. 26.)” (Benson; Conf. Report: Prepare for the Days of Tribulation: Oct. 1980;  https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1980/10/prepare-for-the-days-of-tribulation?lang=eng)

-“There are blessings in being close to the soil, in raising your own food even if it is only a garden in your yard and a fruit tree or two. 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.(Benson; Conf. Report: Prepare for the Days of Tribulation: Oct. 1980;  https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1980/10/prepare-for-the-days-of-tribulation?lang=eng)

“Perhaps if we think not in terms of a year’s supply of what we ordinarily would use, and think more in terms of what it would take to keep us alive in case we didn’t have anything else to eat, that last would be very easy to put in storage for a year … just enough to keep us alive if we didn’t have anything else to eat. We wouldn’t get fat on it, but we would live; and if you think in terms of that kind of annual storage rather than a whole year’s supply of everything that you are accustomed to eat which, in most cases, is utterly impossible for the average family, I think we will come nearer to what President J. Reuben Clark, Jr., advised us way back in 1937.” (In Welfare Conference, 1 October 1966.) (Harold B. Lee, quoted in Benson; Conf. Report: Prepare for the Days of Tribulation: Oct. 1980;  https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1980/10/prepare-for-the-days-of-tribulation?lang=eng)

-“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.” (Benson; Conf. Report: Prepare for the Days of Tribulation: Oct. 1980;  https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1980/10/prepare-for-the-days-of-tribulation?lang=eng)

“There is more salvation and security in wheat than in all the political schemes of the world” (Orson Hyde; Journal of Discourses,2:207)

“If you are without bread, how much wisdom can you boast, and of what real utility are your talents, if you cannot procure for yourselves and save against a day of scarcity those substances designed to sustain your natural lives?” (Brigham Young; Journal of Discourses, 8:68.) (Quoted in Benson; Conf. Report: Prepare for the Days of Tribulation: Oct. 1980;  https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1980/10/prepare-for-the-days-of-tribulation?lang=eng)

-“We encourage you to be more self-reliant so that, as the Lord has declared, “notwithstanding the tribulation which shall descend upon you, … the church may stand independent above all other creatures beneath the celestial world” (D&C 78:14). The Lord wants us to be independent and self-reliant because these will be days of tribulation. He has warned and forewarned us of the eventuality.  (Benson; Conf. Report: Prepare for the Days of Tribulation: Oct. 1980;  https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1980/10/prepare-for-the-days-of-tribulation?lang=eng)

“We encourage you to grow all the food that you feasibly can on your own property. Berry bushes, grapevines, fruit trees—plant them if your climate is right for their growth. Grow vegetables and eat them from your own yard.” (President Spencer W Kimball, Ensign, May 1976, p. 124).

-“Many of you have listened and done as President Kimball counseled (” grow all the food that you feasibly can on your own property”), and you have been blessed for it. Others have rationalized that they had no time or space. May I suggest you do what others have done. Get together with others and seek permission to use a vacant lot for a garden, or rent a plot of ground and grow your gardens. Some elders quorums have done this as a quorum, and all who have participated have reaped the benefits of a vegetable and fruit harvest and the blessings of cooperation and family involvement. Many families have dug up lawn space for gardens.” (Benson; Conf. Report: Prepare for the Days of Tribulation: Oct. 1980;  https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1980/10/prepare-for-the-days-of-tribulation?lang=eng)

-“An almost forgotten means of economic self-reliance is the home production of food. We are too accustomed to going to stores and purchasing what we need. By producing some of our food we reduce, to a great extent, the impact of inflation on our money. More importantly, we learn how to produce our own food and involve all family members in a beneficial project. No more timely counsel, I feel, has been given by President Kimball than his repeated emphasis to grow our own gardens.(Benson; Conf. Report: Prepare for the Days of Tribulation: Oct. 1980;  https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1980/10/prepare-for-the-days-of-tribulation?lang=eng)

-“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. For this reason the Brethren have repeatedly stressed a “back to basics” program for temporal and spiritual welfare.(Benson; Conf. Report: Prepare for the Days of Tribulation: Oct. 1980;  https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1980/10/prepare-for-the-days-of-tribulation?lang=eng)

-“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.” (Benson; Conf. Report: Prepare for the Days of Tribulation: Oct. 1980;  https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1980/10/prepare-for-the-days-of-tribulation?lang=eng)

“no true Latter-day Saint will, while physically able, voluntarily shift from himself the burden of his own support” (Marion G. Romney, in Conference Report, Oct. 1973, p. 106; https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1980/10/prepare-for-the-days-of-tribulation?lang=eng).

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