"Now we’re living in some tough times. I’ll just walk you through a couple of scriptures.This is in Matthew 24 where Jesus was talking about our day. He said “Ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that ye not be troubled. For all these things must come to pass and the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom. And there shall be famines and pestilences and earthquakes in diver’s places. And these are the beginning of sorrows.” We’re in this day. We have pestilences and troubles and trials all around us. But we cannot despair.
It’s also this time when in verse 14 in that same chapter. The gospel of the kingdom is preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations. Isn’t it a marvelous thing to be here at this time when temples are being built? When a prophet of God stands up and says we’re going to be building more temples. The prophet is advancing the Lord’s work, not retreating. That’s the time we live in. When, as Sister Thompson explained, we have resources to help, and all you have to do is spend a half an hour at a Bishop’s storehouse watching the faces and thinking about where the products came from and orchards where the fruit was grown and the wheat fields where the wheat was harvested and the beehives that the honey came from and think of the planning and the preparation and the revelation and the tithes and the offerings of the people that make that possible. And you know you’re part of a marvelous work and a wonder and it’s not a time to be afraid.
Now in section 84 of the Doctrine and Covenants it teaches this principle in verse 106, “And if any man among you be strong in the spirit let him take with him him that is weak that he may be edified in all meekness that he may become strong also. That sounds like relief to me. That’s a Relief Society. When you’re making up your visiting teaching lists make a list of the strong sisters in the ward and make a list of the weak sisters in the ward, maybe the ones that need to be strengthened. They’re not always weak, but they need some strengthening. And what you want is a longer list of the strong ones. So you look on your list of the strong ones and who can she go get and strengthen and bring her over until she is strong too. And one by one we’ll bring them over until we have strong, edified women who can handle this day and age and time.
I have a sense and a feeling as we have watched some of these disasters in the world that this is a time for us to learn and prepare from these experiences. Sister Thompson gave a testimony of that. And the preparation happens in our own homes. There are not enough tents in the world to furnish every person with a tent unless the members of the church have a tent in their own homes; a simple thing like that. And then the store house is pressed down, heaped over and running over in our own homes.
Some of you have student apartments. How prepared are you? If an earthquake or an economic disaster happened would you have enough water to drink for 24 hours? Would you be able to get by until help could come to you? Those are the kinds of things we need to be thinking about in our day and time. The Lord expects us to do our little part and then he can bring on the miracles. Then we don’t need to fear.
Relief Society is an auxiliary to the family. We’re here to provide help to the family. Yes, we’re a help to the Bishop, but we’re here to provide help to the individuals. I bear you my testimony that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true and that these principles will strengthen us, individually and as families and as a people and as a church. As we listen to prophets of God we will be OK. We don’t need to worry about being alive in this scary time. The world has had scary times before and the Lord has always taken care of his people who have been faithful."