Please Note: The contents of this booklet are intended to assist individuals and families in coping with emergency preparations. However, final decisions on preparation for actions taken during an emergency are the sole responsibility of individuals.
Preface The Lord Warns and Forewarns ‘’In mercy the Lord warns and forewarns. He sees the coming storm, knows the forces operating to produce it, and calls aloud through His prophets, advises, counsels, exhorts, even commands— that we prepare for what is about to befall and take shelter while yet there is time. But we go our several ways, feasting and making merry, consoling conscience with the easy fancy of ‘time enough’ and in idle hope that the tempest will pass us by, or that, when it begins to gather thick and black about us we can turn back and find shelter.’’ - James E Talmage, The Parables of James E. Talmage, p. 50 The Lord Holds Us Accountable “Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.
111 Water, by Paton Turner 124 Master Food List, by Chris Parrett 128 Master Seed List, by Chris Parrett TEMPORAL PREPARATION 129 OK, But what do I prepare for?, by Capt. Dave 132 Surviving in the City, Edited by Chris Parrett 142 Money, Edited by Chris Parrett 145 Defence, Edited by Chris Parrett 147 Clothing, Edited by Chris Parrett 148 Emergency Heating & Cooking, by Greg Pope 150 Emergency Light, by Robert Roskind & Brandon Mansfield 158 Emergency Shelter, by Larry Bethers 159 Master Preparedness List, by Chris Parrett 173 Space Cramp, Where do I Put it all?? by Kim Hicken 175 Emergency Sanitation, by Greg Pope.
BBBBBOOOOOOOOOOKKKKK OOOOOFFFFF GGGGGOOOOOMMMMMEEEEERRRRR PPPPPAAAAARRRRRAAAAABBBBBLLLLLEEEEE These are the generations of Gomer, son of Homer, son of Omer. And in the days of Gomer, Noah, the Prophet, went unto the people saying, "Prepare ye for the flood which is to come, yea, build your- selves a boat, that ye may not perish." Now, Gomer was a member of the Church, and taught Sunday School and played, yea, even on the ward softball team. And Gomer's wife said unto him, "Come, let us build unto ourselves a boat as the Prophet commandeth, that we may not perish in the flood." But behold, Gomer saith unto his wife, "Worry not, dear wife, for if the flood comes the government will provide boats for us." And Gomer did not build a boat. And Gomer's wife went unto Noah and she returned saying, "Be- hold, Honey, the Prophet saith unto us, "Build a boat, that we may preserve ourselves, for the govern- ment pays men not to grow trees, wherefore the government hath not the lumber to build for you a boat." 6 THIS MANUAL MAY BE SOLD AT COST ONLY - AND IS NOT TO BE OFFERED FOR RESALE.
And Gomer answered saying, "Fear not, oh wife, for am I not the star pitcher on the ward softball team? Wherefore, the Church will provide for us a boat, that we will perish not." And Gomer's wife went again unto Noah, and she returned unto Gomer, saying, "Behold, mine hus- band, the Prophet saith that the Church hath not enough lumber to build a boat for everyone, where- fore, mine husband, build for us a boat that we might not perish in the flood." And Gomer answered her saying, "Behold, if we build a boat, when the flood cometh, will not our neighbors overpower us and take from us our boat; wherefore, what doth it profit a man to build a boat?" And Gomer's wife went again unto Noah and she returned, saying, "Behold, the Prophet saith, build unto yourselves a boat, and have faith, for if ye do the Lord's bidding, He will preserve your boat for you." But Gomer answered his wife, saying, "Behold, with this inflation, the price of wood has gone sky high, and if we wait awhile, perhaps the price will go down again. And then I will build for us a boat." And Gomer's wife went again unto Noah, and she returned saying, "Thus saith the Prophet, build for yourselves a boat RIGHT NOW, for the price of wood will not go down, but will continue to go up.
On the face of it the answer would seem obvious.absolutely not. We must obey all of the counsel of the Lord’s anointed.all of the time. We can’t pick and choose without facing the resulting consequences. But throughout history and even today many of the saints and their local leaders believe, work under and teach this false doctrine in an important aspect of their lives.
“Should the Lord decide at this time to cleanse the Church—and the need for that cleansing seems to be increasing—a famine in this land of one year’s duration could wipe out a large percentage of slothful members, including some ward and stake officers. Yet we cannot say we have not been warned.”6 Additionally, they commonly believe and have heard it actually taught over the pulpit by others that those terrible things that have been prophesied won’t happen to the righteous and so they need not prepare for them. Many prophets, including President Lee and President Kimball addressed this terribly false notion, but President Benson said it best in his “Rue The Day” statement: “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?7 It is hard for me to understand why or how so many good and wonderful people can discount what the prophets have said, again, and again, and again, and again concerning what will suddenly happen to the world in the future. President Benson said: “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.”8 It is important to note that the people who didn’t get on the ark, suffered and died by the very calamity that for 300 years had been prophesied would come upon them. People, including members of the Church, have always had a habit of believing that things won’t change drastically, or that terrible things could happen to them. It is a part of human nature.