John Taylor – 3 more on Food Storage

Prayers are well enough; but a little flour, a little pork, a little beef, sugar, store goods, and temporal comforts are a great deal better than all our prayers without this material assistance. John Taylor, Conference Report, Apr. 1880, 68

There is a terrible time approaching the nations of the earth, also this nation, worse than has ever entered into the heart of man to conceive of – war, bloodshed, and desolation, mourning and misery, pestilence, famine, and earthquakes, and all those calamaties spoken of by the prophets will most assuredly be fulfilled… We have been grappling with these difficulties in common with others and the Lord has placed us in this position to try us to see what material we are made of. (JD 20:47 Sermon given Aug 4, 1878) Note that this was said AFTER the Civil War)

The sins of this nation, the licentiousness, the debauchery, the murders are entering into the ears of the Lord of Sabbaoth, and I tell you now, from the tops of these mountains, as a humble servant of the living God, that unless these crimes and infamies are stopped, this nation will be overthrown, and its glory, power, dominion and wealth will fade away like the dews of a summer morning. I also say to other nations of the earth, that unless they repent of their crimes, their iniquities and abominations, their thrones will be overturned, their kingdoms and governments overthrown, and their lands made desolate. This is not only my saying, but it is the saying of those ancient prophets which they themselves profess to believe; for God will speedily have a controversy with the nations of the earth, and, as I stated before, the destroyer of the Gentiles is on his way to overthrow governments, to destroy dynasties, to lay waste thrones, kingdoms and empires, to spread abroad anarchy and desolation, and to cause war, famine and bloodshed to overspread the earth. (GC, 9 Apr 1882, JD 23:63) *Again, spoken AFTER the Civil War*

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