So, in case you didn't know already, yesterday there was an earthquake on the East Coast. It actually happened right as I was talking about Sauron yesterday. I thought it was pretty cool. Everything in the library started to sway, and the earth undulated about an inch and a half. This all went on for about thirty seconds, wherein the library staff told people to leave the stacks, and step away from the windows. People seemed to be pretty shaken up by it.
I wish I'd gotten a better start on my emergency kit like President Schaefermeyer told us. At zone conference two weeks ago, he told us that we should have a backpack with enough food and supplies for three days. It's part of something our church has done for a long time; prepare.
You see, we remember a series of prophecies that the Lord made shortly before his death. (If you care to follow along in Matthew 24, you'll see what I mean.) The Apostles were worried about when he would come again, and when the end of the world would happen. Jesus began by making a series of prophecies, saying that there would be many wars, rumors of wars, famines, antichrists, and earthquakes. These would be only the beginning, for the apostles themselves would be killed. After that, there would be many people offended, falling away from the church. There would be false prophets. Basically, he was prophesying of the apostasy. Then, he touched on the restoration and prophesied about how the Gospel would be taught to all the world. He told the Apostles about how they needed to be prepared for all of these things.
Nowadays, we have a lot of things to worry about. Down here on the DeMaVa peninsula, I think we have a maximum elevation of something like 100 feet, so if a big enough tsunami were to come in, it could probably take out most of us. Let's not forget the nuclear power plants across the river in New Jersey. Or how about the big Nor'Easter rain storms that come in every so often? I think we've had three in the past two weeks, complete with thunder and lightning about a mile from our house. (Woke me up, too. On the order of light and sound at the same time. It took me about half an hour to get back to sleep.)
Anyway, we need to be prepared. That's why the brethren of the church have counseled us to have food ready. Get out of debt, buy enough food to last for three months, and make sure that you're ready. My family has a set of shelves full of ten pound cans, and we rotate them out to make sure that we always have a current supply. The fridge and freezer are always full of food.
Like the Lord has stated in modern times, "If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear." (D&C 38:30)