Monday, February 27, 2012

Becoming Self-Reliant

President John Taylor [1808-1887] of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles encouraged brethren in Kaysville, Utah, to help the sisters in the effort [procure and store grain]. He told of a woman who felt that her husband was "a little too liberal and careless" with the family's finances. Each week she slipped part of her household budget into the family Bible. "Some years afterwards there came a financial crisis, and [the] husband was troubled. The wife readily perceived the change in her husband's countenance, and she asked him to tell her the cause of his trouble. He told her that he had a [bill] coming due, and he was afraid he could not meet it. She tried to encourage him by telling him to have faith in God, and referred to the good, old Book, telling him to read it, that he might get some comfort from it. She handed him the Bible, and as he opened it and turned over the leaves the [money] began to drop out." President Taylor concluded, "We may find a time when we may need this wheat that our sisters are storing up; let us not be too confident about our affairs, and do what we can by way of helping them." -Daughters in My Kingdom: The History and Work of Relief Society, pg 53-54

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