For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. (Matthew 24:21)
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.
Today, I emphasize a most basic principle: home production and storage. Have you ever paused to realize what would happen to your community or nation if transportation were paralyzed or if we had a war or depression? How would you and your neighbors obtain food? How long would the corner grocery store—or supermarket—sustain the needs of the community? (Prepare for the Days of Tribulation, Ezra Taft Benson, October General Conference, 1980)
Just as it is important to prepare ourselves spiritually, we must also prepare ourselves for our temporal needs. Each of us needs to take the time to ask ourselves, What preparation should I make to care for my needs and the needs of my family? (If Ye Are Prepared Ye Shall Not Fear, L. Tom Perry October General Conference, 1995)If you have studied the signs of the second coming, you know that things are going to get pretty bad. If you want to survive to see the Savior come, you are going to need to be temporally as well as spiritually prepared.
Emergency Preparedness: Getting Started