This is the most important aspect of my preparedness series- if you do nothing else, do this! We will need to be strong in faith to make it through the coming years. Miracles only happen through faith, and we will be heavily reliant on miracles.
Read the Scriptures– Whatever your faith, if you haven’t already made a daily habit of pouring over the scriptures with prayer and intention, do that immediately. The Scriptures are not merely stories from the past, they are stories of what is to come and give us the tools we need to fact the trials that lie ahead. You can read all the scriptures online here.
Exercise Faith in All Things– Right now we are being given simple opportunities to grow and prove our faith. Take advantage of those opportunities. These will be different for every person and specific to you. If you do not have the faith to be obedient over small things, you will not have the faith to endure and act in obedience over the big things that are to come.
Follow the Prophet– In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints we have a living prophet, just as there was in Biblical times and in the church Jesus Christ set up on the earth during his mortal life. The prophet is the mouth piece for God. What the prophet says, do it. No exceptions. Obedience is a gift and a blessing. If you are unfamiliar with the living prophet on the earth today, Thomas S. Monson, you might check out past General Conference talks on LDS.org, or join us online or in any LDS meetinghouse on the first weekend of October and April every year.
Attend Church– This ties in with growing your faith. A lot of people are against organized religion- I get it, I truly do. I have felt that way myself. This is one way the adversary deceives us. It is essential we understand the purpose of gathering together, and it is NOT, I assure you, to brainwash us or put us in a box or any such thing. It is to strengthen us, instruct us, develop our faith and our spiritual gifts, and to give us a large body of people to rely on a draw strength from. Obviously, I’m partial to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I have seen many miracles and received much witness that this is the Church of Christ restored in the last days. This church is very organized and has plans in place for the coming times. If you have any questions about the LDS Church, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adhere to Covenants– A covenant is a two way promise. You don’t get the blessing promised without fulfilling your end of the bargain. Whatever covenants you’ve made, understand exactly what they involve and what the meaning is and make sure you are living your life in accordance. We also made covenants before we came to the earth, pray and follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit that you may achieve all that you came here to achieve.
Pray, and Listen– I can’t think of a greater gift than prayer and personal revelation. The two go hand in hand. Our Father in Heaven, out of love for us, gave us a lifeline while we’re here on the earth. He knew we would come up against insurmountable odds. Through prayer, we can call down angels to assist us and received answers to any questions we ask. Just be sure that when you pray, you pour out gratitude first and foremost, and when you’ve done that and have asked for those things you need and desire, listen. Prayer is not a one way conversation. The answer may not come immediately, though it sometimes does. Either way, the Lord hears you and the answer will come.
Choose Love– In all things and at all times. Love is more than something we feel or something we do, it is what we are. Love is the fabric of existence. Love, like all things, is energy. It is the energy with the highest vibrational value. When we choose love, we choose truth and light. With the escalation negative (low) energy vibration in the world we need to rise up in love to balance it. Loving others is also the most important thing Christ taught us.
Be Positive– Its best to practice positivity now while we are living in very comfortable circumstances. Any survivalist, or anyone who has gone through severe sickness or turmoil will tell you that keeping positive is key.
Have Gratitude– As an appendage to being positive, gratitude in all things. No matter how little we have, we always have something. Even if we’ve been stripped bare, lost all we hold dear, are lying in the snow freezing and starving to death, we still have a tremendous amount to be thankful for. Always, always, always keep a thankful heart.
Fast– Fasting is a sacrifice that adds to prayer as well as a spiritual and physical cleanse. Fasting brings about miracles. It is a very powerful tool. See Helaman 3:35 in The Book of Mormon
Be Ready to Share– Nothing we have is ours. Everything we are granted is given to us by the Lord and can easily be taken away. We are meant to share the things given to us. Be willing to live the Law of Consecration, to share your talents and the fruits of your labors equally with others.
Pay Tithing– Tithing is a necessary part of receiving temporal and spiritual blessings. It isn’t as much about where the money is going as it is about your own personal act of obedience. Tithing is especially important when you don’t have much to live on. Remember the widow’s mite? The Lord knows our circumstances, and if you give, you will receive. For as long as I have paid tithing, regardless of circumstance, I have always had my needs met, even when it made no sense on paper as to where the money came from.
Get Out of Consumer Debt– Debt is bondage and it drags down our integrity. I strongly encourage you to get out of debt as quickly as possible. Dave Ramsey has great tips as to how to do that, even if you don’t have a lot of money to spare.