Monday, September 17, 2012
In Sacrament meeting this past Sunday, we had an excellent talk given by one of the counselors in our Branch Presidency. He had planned to talk on preparing for the Second Coming; but at the last minute, he felt inspired to speak to us about our own preparedness and specifically food storage. He mentioned that he and his family mostly live off the land and do a lot of canning/hunting/etc and this is how they get their food. They do very well with it and know what they're doing! They are an impressive family. He also mentioned that this year, their harvest was slim and they have not been able to put away enough food to last the year.
This prompted my thoughts somewhat. My food storage goals have been to stock up on what we buy, and I've been doing well with that--being able to this summer go 2 months without having to go to the grocery store. That is amazing for us! I have also made goals regarding learning how to garden and grow my own foods as we have been counselled by our prophets. At the same time (reminder that these are my opinions only), I have felt that the strange weather phenomena the world has been experiencing the last few years may just be the beginning of "the end" so to speak. This talk on Sunday helped me connect those two thoughts. If I spend all of my time and effort learning how to grow/hunt my own food and not storing away at the same time, how will I feed my family if the climate dictates that we cannot live off the land?
This further prompted me to take another look at the Word of Wisdom (Doctrine and Covenants section 89). I'll mention here that this is not the first time that I've studied this section; but as I have learned throughout my life, the scriptures are alive and ever teaching and leading us in the paths that we should go. So with this read of Section 89, a few things caught my eye.
First of all verse 10--"all wholesome herbs God hath ordained for the constitution, nature, and use of man." I had been wondering about home remedies lately and the implications. I know there is nothing wrong with modern medicine, but I had been leaning lately towards trying some natural remedies for some of the physical ailments I struggle with.
Next verse 12--"flesh also of beasts, and of the fowls of the air. I, the Lord, have ordained for the use of man with thanksgiving; nevertheless they are to be used sparingly.". How interesting is this? I had never caught this before. I thought it was red meat that was to be used sparingly, but seemingly it is all meat. I will have to work on this one for sure.
Several of the leaders in our branch have mentioned lately that they have really felt inspired to teach about food storage. I have been trying to listen and obey and not only do the best I can with the knowledge that I have; but also have made goals to increase my knowledge and abilities. This talk on Sunday just further emphasizes the need we have to trust in The Lord. He has all of the information. Why would we not heed His words?? I firmly believe that if we pay attention and do the best we can with the tools that we have, we will be saved in the end. With that being said, I think I need to step up my goal setting!
Posted by Wendy Williams at 9:34 PM