Lifestyle Support for Healthier Living
A friend and I discussed this a few days ago. We spoke of "emergency preparedness" versus "provident living," or in other words, how to obtain your needs from providence as a way of life. "Emergency Preparedness" focuses upon a collection of "stuff" or "the squirreling away" of sufficient to outlast prophesied storms.
Provident living is a focus upon how to obtain all of ones temporal needs for food, shelter, and so forth from God through obedience to sacred covenants. For example, anciently God covenanted with Israel. First they endured the plagues of Egypt and then they escaped Egypt and God sent Manna to them daily for forty years; then he enabled them to cross the river Jordan and to enter into the "Promised Land." He promised them rain and sunshine in due season if they would but live according to the statutes and covenants that you can read about in Deuteronomy. While "emergency preparedness" can help us to endure initial storms, only true "Provident Living" or truly living by the covenants enables blessings such as Manna or the ability to grow one's own food under any circumstances we might find ourselves in.
The escape from Egypt is a shadow and type of what we will also face; the best way to prepare is not by squirreling away too much, but is to prepare spiritually by forsaking all sins and by becoming sufficiently pure to be able to obey all God's commandments and to be able to also hear and heed His voice always.
Today most temporal needs are met through Babylon's economy, which is in direct opposition to Zion's economy. Babylon teaches fear and what will become of us without money, without a stash of food, without power, without our homes. Zion teaches that all temporal needs flow from God to those who covenant with Him and consecrate their lives to Him rather than to Mammon (Hebrew word that denotes all financial transactions). I sat in company of one of the greatest men of God I have ever known when he said that all who were present in his company (including me) would see the day when insurances, IRAs, stocks and bonds, and all other financial instruments would utterly fail. He said that the only thing that would save us would be righteousness and the blessings of the covenant that flow from Providence.
There are few today who can even fathom or imagine receiving manna daily from Providence; or who can imagine entering into a special covenant when the storms arrive, which if followed will enable all temporal needs to flow to us from God, as needed, including the very foods you refer to. The best we can do today is to live by each and every holy covenant that we have made and to take them literally and seriously. Yes, we should store away some for emergency and you can grow just about any leafy green in just 21 days under the right conditions, so you can store adequate seeds and learn to create the conditions under which they will grow. These are fine and practical and needed solutions, just as Lehi's family carried seed to the new world.
However, remember also that consecration is in effect today; it is a real law that many have covenanted to but to which few understand and truly follow. The blessings of Zion flow today to anyone who lives by the laws that govern it. All blessings are predicated upon law; therefore, as you live certain laws you can know for a certainty that your temporal needs will always be met. Last summer when I did not have two cents to rub between my fingers, but was doing exactly what I was asked to do, I prayed and asked God for the food my family needed. In the very moment that I asked my telephone rang while I was still upon my knees and a lovely person invited my wife and I to come and partake of the produce from their garden from that day until the end of the summer. It was the loveliest garden I have ever seen. It was such a blessing to our family and we thrived from those foods for several months. To us it was as if manna fell from heaven.
As we make and keep sacred covenants we enter into the gateway of "Providential Living." Once in that gateway, we remain in that path so long as we remain pure, keep all of God's commandments, and heed and act according to His voice--always. By so doing the veil is rendered and his power, spirit, and influence enters directly into our physical world to help shape the outcome of events in our lives.
My friend and I want to learn how to produce "fresh" all that is needed to eat under myriad conditions. This is a good practical thing to do, but not nearly as powerful or as "safe" as making and keeping sacred covenants with God, from whom all blessings flow.
I want to know Any advice and suggestions of how to accomplish a green food storage also.Please share some advice.
I live on the west cost of the state of Washington right now i kinda wish i lived back in Utah.
Thankyou once agin for sharing this blessing that is ours for the asking. i need not fear for myself but i do for my love ones. We live so close to the shores of the west cost i pray my soil won't be touch by the fall out!
It's that time for gardening i guess i could grow sprouts indoors if i can't grow a garden outside for this season..... any ideas on that?
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You've just shared exactly what has been on my mind these last few days. I've made the same transition about the same time you have. My family is coming along slowly, but it's been a challenge to try to eat the way I'd like, yet still make and feed my family (5 kids-4 of them teenagers) happy and satisfied. I think they appreciate my example. I'm not shoving it down their throats, but I think they think I'm weird!vThey are getting used to more and more meatless meals, though. (That's taken years.) They've also enjoyed the "healthy" treats I provide. That's been a good way to hook them in.
That's another question or topic I'd like to find some support on.
I'm with you. I really don't know how to continue to rotate all that powdered milk, especially. Or feel the need to buy more. Should I build up my "milk" supply by buying cartons of coconut, rice, or almond milks? I hate all that investment going to waste. I need practical ideas as to what I can do.
And, I've been recently assigned to be our church emergency preparedness specialist. I had taught classes at our local grocery store for years on "cooking with food storage". I feel the pressure and guilt when people want me to share recipes and promote powdered milk and eggs. I guess I'll keep building and buying all the good good stuff I know we'll eat and keep on going with my huge garden. I'll do the best I can. Maybe if the time comes, I'll be able to share with others, if they need and use these types of products.
I'd sure appreciate anyone's thoughts on my dilema, as well as implementing a vegan food storage.