Alrighty. Now that we’re done talking about evacuation plans, we’re going to take a little break from our Emergency Preparedness and check out some other ‘And Beyond’ aspects. Let’s go with Spiritual Preparedness because I believe this to be equally (if not more) important to our well being as our emergency preparedness. It is just obviously less focused on our physical safety and more focused on the safety of our souls. (Which, again, I would have to say is more important. Wouldn’t you?)
Regarding Spiritual Preparedness, President Thomas S. Monson said,
If we do not have a deep foundation of faith and a solid testimony of truth, we may have difficulty withstanding the harsh storms and icy winds of adversity which inevitably come to each of us.
Mortality is a period of testing, a time to prove ourselves worthy to return to the presence of our Heavenly Father. In order for us to be tested, we must face challenges and difficulties. These can break us, and the surface of our souls may crack and crumble–that is, if our foundations of faith, our testimonies of truth are not deeply embedded within us.
I really like this quote for introducing the topic because it clearly tells us that we are essentially here on earth to experience hard times. (And we knew about this when we signed up?!) 😉 That’s how we’re tested to prove ourselves. And if we are hoping to pass these mortal tests, we need to have prepared ourselves. And what type of preparation is going to get us through? Spiritual. I think if we are spiritually prepared, all other aspects will fall into place. Being spiritually prepared means we are listening to and obeying the Lord’s servants… so we will have our food storage in place. We will be financially prepared because we’ve listened to the prophets and gotten ourselves out of debt and we continue to live within our means. We will be emotionally prepared because the gospel brings peace. We will be physically prepared because we are obeying the Word of Wisdom (the do’s as well as the don’ts!). And if we are truly spiritually prepared, we will be in tune with the Spirit that can guide us to safety no matter what comes our way (provided it is God’s will, of course). Being spiritually founded means that we can look at our challenges and see them in light of the bigger picture. Yes, our challenges will still be hard. But we will not lose sight of who we are, why we are here, and what our ultimate goal is. Is this starting to sound like a Sunday School lesson? Sorry. 🙂
I guess the main point I wanted to make is that, ladies and gentlemen… we are in for some tough times ahead. It’s gonna downright STINK to be alive at some times. And whether these tough, rotten, stinky times are of a personal nature or a world-wide dilemma is besides the point. The point is that it is going to take men and women of faith in order to pull through them triumphant and victorious.
So that is exactly what we’re going to learn to become… men and women of faith with a solid testimony of truth. Our future spiritual preparedness discussions will each aim at getting us to this ultimate goal. And may God bless us in our efforts!