I'm not sure if this is true or an urban legend, but either way I think it reminds us that we should be prepared.
Subject: President Packer -Acting 'President' of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
From the wife of Boyd K. Packer's grandson: (The Packer family has two family reunions each year, one in July and one in December.)
July 4, 2006 - President Packer gave counsel to his family as the patriarchto get their storage and preparedness items. He said, "The next step is toprepare to leave our homes if necessary."
From the wife of President Packer's son: December, 2006- President Packercounseled his family to "Get prepared now. There is something serious coming very soon."
Adult session Saturday night of Stake conference in Holladay, Oct. 2006 -President Packer opened he meeting up for questions and answers. One brother asked him to comment on why there had been no talks on preparedness at general conference. President Packer responded that President Gordon B. Hinckley has told the brethren not to speak on preparedness anymore. We have been counseled on it for more than 100 years. "Now the Lord will preach His own sermons."
Leadership meeting of a South Jordan stake conference, Sept. 1, 2006
Presiding Bishop David Burton: Keep your eye on the Prophet, beingself-reliant has always been part of the church. Statistics show that no matter what the Church does, no higher percentage than 15% have storage. We are not going to say any more, but our people are going to need to be prepared. For example, what if somebody released a virus? What if it caused a pandemic? What if that led to quarantine? What if the quarantine was enforced? The office of the presiding bishopric has tried to come up with a plan, but we don't know what we could do. The responsibility lies with the head of each family.
Stake conference, Elk Ridge Stake, August 2006, Elder Woods: The time ofpreparation is past; now is the time of consummation.
Stake conference, Mapleton, January 2007, Elder Edgely of the Presiding Bishopric:
1. Store water
2. Store 1 month supply of "comfort food"
3. Store at least one year's supply of food
4. Have emergency cash on hand (2-4 weeks' salary) DO IT NOW
From Roger K. Young, Feb. 28, 2007 - Things are happening and they aren'tgood. Again, my opinion is worth about O, but I believe that things areprepared to turn very, very ugly unbelievably fast. When it happens, it canbe like a car wreck. Everything is fine until all of a sudden a drunk driver comes from nowhere and hits you, a multi-car derby happens and then the world you know has changed in a matter of seconds.Things are speeding up. This "change" could happen any time. The Gadiantons are on the move, big-time, and are about ready to spring a few surprises. Everything we've been talking about appears to be in process of happening. The calm before the storm is about over. I pray that we will have more time , even four more years. But I don't see how that is possible unless absolute miracles happen. We must live like it is many years away, but prepare as if it is tomorrow. I am retiring from warning others to prepare and from being high profile to concentrate on preparing myself and my family. I am doing this after much fasting and prayer.
Bishop Edgley's comments at the stake conference a few weeks ago are critical.
PREPARE, PREPARE, PREPARE, PREPARE.. TEMPLE, TEMPLE, TEMPLE, TEMPLE.. PRAY AND LISTEN, PRAY AND LISTEN, PRAY AND LISTEN, PRAY AND LISTEN. FOLLOW THE PROPHET, FOLLOW THE PROPHET, FOLLOW THE PROPHET, FOLLOW THE PROPHET.
What more can I say?