Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Provident Living Prepares Us For The Future- Ensign Article

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I am just now getting around to reading the October Ensign Magazine and I found a great article on living providently(The Ensign is a monthly Mormon magazine published by the Church)  The article is titled "Provident Living Prepares Us For The Future", and it explains "that we, as Latter-Day Saints, believe in being prepared and self-reliant."  There are 6 areas of self-reliance that the article mentions that we can all work on to become self-reliant, and I agree with every single one of them.

"Living proveidently reflects our true eternal nature we are "to act for {ourselves} and not to be acted upon" (2 Nephi 2:26).  The Lord wants us to be responsible and independent (see D&C 78:14).  He wants us to live providently because of who we become in the process:  responsible, generous, mature, kind.  For the more self-reliant we are, the better we can help our families and others.  How can we feed the hungry if we ourselves are hungry? How can we impart knowledge if we ourselves lack knowledge? How can we build others' faith if we ourselves lack faith."  

"All of us are responsible to provide for ourselves and our families in both temporal and spiritual ways.  To provide providently, we must practice the princibles of provident living:  joyfully living within our means, being content with what we have, avoiding excess debt, and diligently saving and preparing for rainy-day emergencies."    Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles  (bold text added)

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