A lot of us talk about prepping or preparing, for difficult times, the end of the world, The tribulations or the Coming of the Savior. We should all be preparing for the coming of the Savior. We have been instructed to be prepare ourselves in all things.
“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)
To me this means to prepare both spiritually and temporally. So the number one thing to do to be prepared for those things that are to come, is to Listen to, and Study the Word of God.
I invite all to watch or listen to the prophet and apostles at the upcoming general conference, then after listening, study their words and implement them in your life. Watch or Listen to General Conference Here
We can prepare ourselves for General Conference by:
- Praying to have our ears open that we may hear the message that has been prepared for us. If we are prepared when we listen we will have the spirit with us and we will be touched and taught the things we need to learn.
- Watching carefully for the message that Christ wants us to see.
- Make sure to listen in a place where the spirit can touch you. We can attend a session of Conference in Salt Lake City or invite the spirit into our homes or go to a church facility that is broadcasting the Conference.
- General Conference is not just a weekend event. The talks are taught in Relief Society and Elders quorum classes throughout the year. We are also given them in print in the Ensign. We can access them anytime on the internet at www.lds.org The Lord has made them abundantly available to us. Are we using this great resource?
Following General Conference we should read and study the talks. Look up the references, seek to understand the message in each talk and how it can help us to Come unto Christ and follow Him.
We must study intently and follow the inspiration that will come as we do. When we have our lives set in line with the teachings of Christ, When we are spending time in the scriptures and conference talks we will be open to greater and greater inspiration.
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).
I believe that we must be spiritually prepared if we are to be truly prepared for what is to come. When we are spiritually prepared we will do what it takes to be physically prepared. We will have our food storage. We will learn the skills necessary for our survival and for us to help others. We will prepare both for ourselves and for those the Lord needs us to help. If we are spiritually prepared we will be ready. We will see Gods hand in our lives and we will know his will. We will have no fear because we have prepared ourselves for whatever we will face.
I have a testimony of the Savior and His love for each of us. I know he died for our sins and for our pains and sorrows. He went through all that we have to go through so he could help us. He will guide us through hard times and certainly be there through the tribulations. He will tell us how to prepare, little by little, day by day. He will open the way up for us to do all that we need to do to be prepared if we are in tune with him.
If you want to know how prepared you really should take a look at this booklet the church puts out.
Here are 12 principles of self-reliance the church suggests we all do. Please study them and ask the Lord how you should implement them into your life.
12 Principles of Self-Reliance
The Lord has declared, “It is my purpose to provide for my saints” (D&C 104:15). This revelation is a promise that the Lord will provide temporal blessings and open the door of self-reliance. He has also declared that “it must needs be done in [His] way” (D&C 104:16). To receive the blessings of self-reliance, we must accept and live the principles of self-reliance, which include the following:
- Exercise Faith in Jesus Christ (D&C 104:15)
- Use Time Wisely (Alma 34:32)
- Be Obedient (D&C 130:20–21)
- Manage Money (D&C 104:78)
- Work: Take Responsibility (D&C 42:42; 2 Nephi 2:16, 26)
- Solve Problems (Ether 2:18–19, 23; 3:1, 4)
- Become One, Work Together (Moses 7:18; D&C 104:15–17)
- Communicate: Petition and Listen (D&C 8:2)
- Persevere (Hebrews 12:1; D&C 58:4)
- Show Integrity (Mosiah 4:28; Job 27:5; Articles of Faith 1:13)
- Seek Learning and Education (D&C 88:118–119)
- Stay On Task, Receive Ordinances (D&C 84:20;D&C 136:4; 1 Nephi 18:2–3)
These principles are taught more fully in the booklet My Foundation: Principles, Skills, Habits. We invite you to diligently study and apply them and teach them to your family. As you do, your life will be blessed. You will learn how to act on your path toward greater self-reliance.