It’s good to ponder the end of the world from time to time. Now I’m not really a food storage guy. That has never troubled me much. Until lately. My new approach: Every time North Korea fires a missile, I buy another flat of drinking water and put it in the garage, along with one of those big 2.5 gallon water containers. If the Koreans plunk one in the ocean near Hawaii, I’ll double it. Anyone else feeling a little less secure these days?
Other recent purchases: a couple of good flashlights, batteries for the AM/FM radio (aka boom box) to follow news when the power goes out, and some candles and matches. The power goes out a lot around here in the winter, and I have found that candles are so much handier than flashlights when you go a few hours (or a few days or weeks) without power. With two manual can openers and a pantry full of canned goods, I figure we’re good for a couple of weeks without any special provisions. That’s my time horizon, two weeks. If Armageddon lasts two months, someone else will have to write the story.
Apart from getting the food storage afficionados out there to throw out a suggestion or two in the comments (Swiss Army knife? Aspirin? Firearms?) this exercise will help prepare you for Sunday School Lesson #21 in Gospel Doctrine, “Looking Forth for the Great Day of the Lord to Come.” I happen to be teaching that lesson in a month or so. I’m thinking of writing “The Singularity Is Near” on the board for my attention activity.
Getting a bit more serious, here are the three section headings in the lesson, just to get you thinking.
- The Savior will return to the earth in power and great glory. That’s certainly better than coming as a thief in the night. He didn’t come when the Romans wrecked the temple, He didn’t come when they destroyed Jerusalem three generations later, He didn’t come when the Black Plague hit, and He didn’t come when the Holocaust happened. How bad does it have to get? Until recently, I figured it would be at least ten thousand years. I’m scaling that back a bit now.
- The Millennium will be a time of joy and peace. Maybe because all the nukes will be used up in the Great Singularity. There will probably be a lot of farming. That will be joyful for some people, I suppose.
- We must prepare for the Second Coming. I’m already investing in water and batteries. Predictably, the lesson digs a little deeper. Here’s a quotation from Pres. Hinckley that will make other food storage wimps feel a little better about just taking it one day at a time. It’s a nice positive note to end on:
How do you prepare for the Second Coming? Well, you just do not worry about it. You just live the kind of life that if the Second Coming were to be tomorrow you would be ready. Nobody knows when it is going to happen. … Our responsibility is to prepare ourselves, to live worthy of the association of the Savior, to deport ourselves in such a way that we would not be embarrassed if He were to come among us. That is a challenge in this day and age.