Saturday, October 4, 2008

Be prepared...and listen to the prophet

> Just want to share this email that I received from a friend. It's a letter sent to her friend from people in Texas who just experienced Ike'. What a testimony for preparedness.
>
> Dear Friends:
> We have a 6'x6' hole in our roof, no electricity or running water, Trees down everywhere. However, because we listened to the counsel of our prophet we are prepared. In fact it seems to me that it's only certain people who seem to be calm, prepared, and helping one another with trees in roofs, flooding, etc. There is a POD or Point of Distribution in> Tomball where we live. There you get water and ice IF you have enough fuel to wait in the 3-hour lines. We don't have to do that because we have 3 full water barrels, 75 juice bottles filled with water, and our pool, which is dirty, but we use it to flush. It is very difficult to get gas. Police guard the stations when fuel is delivered and you might wait half a day to get up to the pump just to have them say, 'Too bad, we are out'. I
> am grateful that we have a generator. We run it 4 hours a day to keep our fridge and light. I am grateful that we have had fuel for it. You can't even by gas containers as they are rationed. We can only by bread once a week and limited to 2 loaves at a time. Water is rationed by the case at the grocery store - 3 cases per family. The ATM machines do not have power. For the past 6 months I have stashed small bills away because I have had such a feeling of foreboding. We have >cash because of that. LISTEN TO THE SPIRIT. Get cash in small bills because the stores can't make change and credit and debit cards often don't work. I had to pay 5 dollars more for an item because they couldn't make change for me. and . . . PHONES ONLY WORK OCCASIONALLY. Believe it or not...I have not had a bath in 4 days, Today was the first day I got to wash my hair with pool water. I haven't fixed my hair in a week!!! It just doesn't matter anymore.
> We cannot do laundry because we don't have water. So, we wear our clothes
> until they are literally disgusting. When we do finally get water we will
> have to boil it since it is contaminated.I am grateful for my parents. When we got low on generator fuel they drove 45 minutes to help us. They filled up their cans and brought us 10 gallons of fuel, which kept us going until this morning at 6:oo, am when we finally found some gas. A prepared Family and a loving extended family is the key to survival and making it through right now. I know that my parents would drive to the end of the earth to help me and it's nice knowing they are there. I know that I would do the same for my children. I want all of you to know that I have such a testimony of following the counsel of our living prophet. There really is safety and peace in your heart if you are prepared. Please get your generators, 5 gas cans full of gas, canned goods, baby items, baby wipes to bathe, and all the water you can store...even if you have to trip on it in your home. Have your lanterns, crank flashlights, tarps, rope, etc. ready to go because
> you never know when it will be your turn to endure
> the test. It's overwhelming, but it's going to be okay eventually. I have a home, I have food, and I have water, because I listened to the counsel of
> the prophet. Please make sure you do the same. It's time to have your life in order. Tomorrow may be too late.

11 comments:

McEwens said...

I got the same forward, I think the line I love best is... you never know when it will be YOUR turn to endure the test!!

Great post!

Jan said...

Wow Miss Dolly. That should kick us all in gear. That is a testimony from someone who cares from experiences. She has learned much and is sharing. I know that we should really continue to pray for those in need. I learned so much today in conference.

James and Angela said...

I have been feeling a great anxiety lately to be prepared. Thank you for the reminder!

Mikki said...

I've been feeling it too, ever since March or April of this year. Wish I could say I was ready if something happens. I'm not.

Mechelle said...

I understand that it could be any of us as any time. I have always tried to be prepared, but I am trying even harder these days.

Thanks for the post. Great info and inspiring. m

Donna said...

Thanks for sharing this. It's always nice to have these reminders. I like hearing about other people's experiences with how following the prophet has blessed them. It strengthens my own faith and resolve. Thanks Dolly!

Lisa Loo said...

I am with Donna--I need constant strength. I seem to be distracted from my good intentions way too easily. Thanx for sharing this---

Lisa Loo said...

PS--and I have been meaning to tell you I LOVE that new picture of you and your new header now too--where did you get that pic?

Dolly said...

Thanks Lisa!!

"Mechelle- the wonderful" made that banner for me this past week!! I'm so glad you noticed it:)*Thank you Mechelle!!! My brother is a graphics artist for Paul Frank out in California (google Paul Frank)and he made our family portrait when he was in highschool! I took my part of the portrait and scanned in in for my I.D. picture.♥

Mrs. Mordecai said...

I've really been feeling the push to get things together lately. Everything I've heard about the hurricanes lately just confirms it!

Her Shabbyness: Sweet 'n Southern said...

Thank you for sharing that!!! We luckily live far enough north that we didn't get any damage from Ike, and sadly, we weren't prepared! We were prepared for Rita, but, that was 3 years ago... Last week we took the youth to listen to a member of our ward talk about his business and escaping Germany after the War, etc and he really impressed upon us the power of saving $$ and storing food. They weren't members when he was a child, but, his family stored food in their basement, so when his village was destroyed, and there was nowhere to go, they were able to live. So, after that (and conference) we have started stocking up on canned foods and water and such when we're at the store. A little at a time really helps.

Anyways, thank you for sharing!