If you haven’t read the post on September 1, 2019 that explains this post…well, go read that post first (91/2019) and then this post will make more sense.
North Korea hit the US with an EMP strike from a satellite that they had just put into orbit a couple months ago. No one was expecting it, the strike occurred two months ago. The electric grid is down, the transportation system is all but non-functional. There is sporadic violence breaking out, even in your small town. The big cities are pretty much a mess, gangs control large portions of the cities where even cops will not longer go.
You have been faithfully following the advice on AHTrimble.com for two years prior to the strike. You feel you are 100% ready for most of what is to come. You have 3 years worth of food for your 6 person family. You have heirloom seeds for two year’s worth of 2-acrea gardening. Your family has been practicing with their weapons regularly and you actually work on tactics together as a family. You even went so far as to practice “immediate action drills.”
Your kids range in ages 13 – 19, 2 girls, 2 boys. They were on-board with the whole prepping thing since the beginning. Now that the grid actually went down and SHTF they almost worship you since it turns out you were right all along.
Your family attends a great church around the corner, about three blocks away. You have been going there for years and you know most everyone there. Your kids love it, your wife is part of the women’s group leadership. Your two oldest children both have “special interests” at the church as well…meaning boyfriend or girlfriend.
Yesterday during the Sunday Service, the main speaker talked about how some families are really struggling and have little to no food left, their children are hungry. They reminded the congregation that the government can no longer provide food; even the basics are no longer available because that supply is drying up as well. But not to worry…the church leadership has a solution.
The concluding speaker gets up…the leader of the church. He outlines the new program:
- We are all Christians and we can all help each other out by working together.
- No one has to starve and the children don’t need to suffer.
- Everyone in the congregation will bring all their remaining food to the church…all of it, everyone.
- The food committee will then hand out the food to each family as it is needed.
- All the seed will also be brought to the church and another committee will be in charge of community gardens. Everyone will be expected to work in the community gardens. And the food from those gardens will be handed out by the food committee.
Your spouse thinks this is a wonderful idea, everyone works together for the common good of everyone. No one suffers, everyone benefits.
Do you participate?
- If yes, why?
- If no, why?
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Socialism/communism is about force The Law of Consecration is about free will to help others. It would violate the principle of Agency if those who sacrificed and prepared were forced or compelled to give up the things they had prepared for themselves and their families. God never oversteps Agency for man and neither should his leaders in the Church.
To quote from Brigham Young:
“ THERE IS NO PROVISION IN THE LAW OF CONSECRATION FOR THOSE WHO VIOLATE THE LAW OF THE HARVEST”
“When we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated” (D&C 130:21). (Law of the Harvest)
The law of Consecration, is willingly sharing. This story is not about individual decisions on sharing but one of forced/coerced/ peer pressured manipulation by those who did not reap but wish to sow. This is excellent food for thought.
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If a government leader (mayor/governor/president) requests I bring my storage down to the school gym and we’ll all share, he better bring a large armed force and plenty of body bags, to take it from me.
If my church leader (EQ President, Bishop, Stake president, Church President) requests I bring my storage down to the church gym and we’ll all share, I’ll load my trailer and take it all down to the church gym. That person will also know that he has now taken the responsibility for the lives of my family, as far as food and starvation is concerned, and will have to answer for that decision in the next life.
Because they played and spent money on vacations and toys while we went without in order to prepare for just such an event. And besides that’s socialism and I want no part in that. And what did the wife smoke prior to church? Did she fall and bump her noggin?
And how many already know that you have been preparing? And the kids told their friends I’m betting.
Oh it’s gunna get ugly at your front gate real soon. You do have a gate and fence right?
I could write more but you get where I’m going right?