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Tom BaxterDecember 10, 2019

Mr. Oliphant's advice is well taken . There was a time when we were all strongly counseld to keep a 2 year supply of food storage and other emergency necessities . This was prior to the church becoming world-wide in its scope and proselyting efforts. As the church has become more global, it is recognized that not all members can prepare the way we can in the U.S. Members from poorer 3rd world countries would be hard pressed to store even a can of Campbells soup. I recall Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone - a former corporate produce manager of the Albertsons Food super market chain - telling the story about a visit he made to a Scandinavian country on a general authority assignment. While he wanted to preach family temporal preparedness, he realized that countries in that area of the world had 50% + income tax rates, Hence, it was almost impossible for a family to put away much for a rainy day. Over time it seems that we have heard fewer temporal preparedness talks across the General Conference pulpit and more focus on living the Gospel having faith in Christ and doing all we can to prepare in every way we can. However, where we can the counsel still stands and in the unstable world we live in economically and otherwise we are wise to heed saving even an extra pair of windshield wipers.

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