reese wrote:bobhenstra wrote:
In these last days cleansing events, in order to help the poor during the cleansing period, we'll need at least a one years supply, and shelter to offer, and we can't pick and choose who we'll help, our priesthood leaders will be required to make those decisions. In some cases the local wards and stakes will ask members to turn over all their food storage to their bishop, where it'll be guarded and divvied out. it'll be the last great test before the Lord blesses us with manna, there will be those who fail that test, stating, "we worked hard to get that years supply, we won't share!" In the end, those members will lose and be removed.
I sure hope this does not happen under my current bishop. It would be a true test of my faith! Particularly because I know him and his wife very well and I know they do not have a years supply of food for their family of 6, and its not because of a lack of resources.
Now I have a question for all of you. I hope I'm not hyjacking this thread by asking, as it seems to fit in with this topic. I have been making an effort to learn more about personal revelation, how to recieve it, how to recognise it, and how to act upon it, etc. In light of all of the admonitions from the leaders of our church, I'm sure many of us are pondering these things.
I guess I am actually looking for an opinion. Let me explain first. We have spent the last two years getting our years supply of food, getting out of debt, and other preparedness items. About the last six months we have had some strange 'desires' to purchase items we would NEVER use under normal circumstances. We are not avid campers and definitley not hunters. Yet we have spent considerable amounts of money on these things that have just been in our minds. We have learned about the items, sought out the best prices, and "coincidentally" found all items on sale or going for great prices over the internet, etc. None of these items are things that me or my hubby really want. They are definitly not something that we secretly want so we are justifying the purchase as preparedness.
Well we just returned from another purchase just last night. My hubby had a very vivid dream a week or so ago. He saw us going somewhere using this last item. When he had questions of how it would work, or how we would make it work, his dream stopped and he "reasoned" it out in his mind and came to an understanding and a solution. Then his dream picked right up where it left off. After the dream he was awake for about 3 hours thinking about it before falling back to sleep. When he told me about it he said "I don't know if it means anything. I don't know if we will buy it. I don't even know if they make them like I saw. I will have to look into it." Needless to say he found the very item on the internet and found a store with them on sale, saving us about a hundred dollars. Believe me this is definitly not something he would EVER purchase. But now we have three. And they will sit in the garage until needed!
Sorry I'm almost done here. As we were coming home last night I was asking him if we made the right choice, are we being stupid etc. He said to me "I don't know. All I know is that I feel really stupid right now." He was quiet for a bit and then said " my rational mind is kicking in and telling me that I am a fool to do this. Why would the Lord tell me to get this stuff and not someone like our bishop, or other people we know?" He then answered his own question, saying that we have been obedient in getting prepared as we feel inspired to do so, so why shouldn't the Lord give us more inspiration?
My question is has anything like this happened to any of you??? I'm being vague with the details because I'm definitely not an AVOW'er if you know what I mean. And I feel a bit foolish sharing this, but I want to discuss it and to be honest I don't 'know' anyone with whom I could have any sort of conversation about this with. I would be labeled a NUT.
I wouldn't consider you a nut at all, but some consider me one.
My wife and I have felt inspired to purchase things we don't normally use or have any knowledge of how to use as well. Mostly it consists of hand tools items like cross cut saws(with severeal different type blades), the old hand crank drills and bits for them, Hand Chisels, Extra Axes and Mauls and wedges, Old Block and Tackle, logging Chains and the list goes on. What I will need them for beats me unless the only way to get lumber to build shelter is to cut it down and mill it by hand.
So far we have Saws and Chisels and axe, oh and several hand files. You will be suprised what you can get off of craigs list many times for free.