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PANDEMIC INFLUENZA
“I PREPARE YOU AGAINST THESE THINGS”

    In chapter 2 of Ether in The Book of Mormon, the brother of Jared builds barges as the Lord commands. They were tight “like unto a dish” and presented two problems – not enough air and no light. The Lord instructs him on how to solve the problem of the air but asks him what he would like Him to do about light. He also reminds him that he won’t be able to put windows in the barges because they would be “dashed in pieces” as they cross the “great water.” He tells the brother of Jared that there WILL be mountain waves, wind, rain and floods and that they won’t be able to complete their journey unless the Lord prepares them to withstand the terrible troubles ahead. He said “I prepare you against these things” so that you can make the journey. (Ether 2:25)

    In Joseph Smith – Matthew in The Pearl of Great Price, the Savior tells us for our benefit that there will be pestilences in the last days. “Behold I speak for mine elect’s sake; for nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.”(JS-Matthew 1:29)

    One of the ways He prepares us against these things is through the instruction He gives through his prophets. In April 2007, the pamphlet Prepare Every Needful Thing: Family Home Storage was released under the direction of The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It repeats the encouragement to have home storage and begins with a 3-month supply. The Message from The First Presidency in the pamphlet says:
   
“Our Heavenly Father…has lovingly commanded us to ‘prepare every needful thing’…so that, should adversity come, we may care for ourselves and our neighbors and support bishops as they care for others….
    …We encourage you to store as much as circumstances allow.”

    The instruction concerning a 3-month supply is to
   
“Build a small supply of food that is part of your normal, daily diet. One way to do this is to purchase a few extra items each week to build a one-week supply of food. Then you can gradually increase your supply until it is sufficient for three months. These items should be rotated regularly to avoid spoilage.”

    We have also been counseled to store water for times it may not otherwise be available and establish a financial reserve that is to be used for emergencies only. The pamphlet also includes instruction concerning a longer term food supply.

    The counsel and instruction are there. If we heed it and take action, we will be prepared for whatever comes and whenever it comes. And when we are asked to reverse quarantine or go into self-isolation, we won’t fear because we will be able to take care of ourselves and possibly help our neighbors.

For more information on pandemic flu visit:
www.pandemicflu.gov
www.cdc.gov
www.who.int
www.fluwikie.com
Your state and/or county public health department website

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