President Brigham Young:
My warfare is, and has been for years, to get the people to understand that if they do not take care of themselves they will not be taken care of; that if we do not lay the foundation to feed and clothe and shelter ourselves we shall perish with hunger and with cold; we might also suffer in the summer season from the direct rays of the sun upon our naked and unprotected bodies. (Discourses of Brigham Young, p. 16)
President Barbara B. Smith
What are some other elements of a good home? First, it is a provident home in which the needs of food, clothing, and shelter are met not only on a day-to-day basis but also in storage against a time of need. And just as the “gathering” concept in the early days of the Church included not only the gathering of new converts but also the gathering of knowledge, beauty, and all other good things, so the concept of a provident home includes more than daily bread. (Ensign, Mar 1979, 22-29)
President Julie Beck
“I have a sense and a feeling as we have watched some of these disasters in the world that this is a time for us to learn and prepare from these experiences. Sister Thompson gave a testimony of that, and the preparation happens in our own homes.
There are not enough tents in the world to furnish every person with a tent unless the members of the church have a tent in their own homes…a simple thing like that. And then the storehouse is pressed down, heaped over and running over in our own homes.
Some of you have student apartments, how prepared are you? If an earthquake or economic disaster happened, would you have enough water to drink for 24 hours? Would you be able to get by until help could come to you.
Those are the kind of the things we need to be thinking about in our day and time, the Lord expects us to do our little part and then He can bring on the miracles and then we don’t need to fear.”
Sister Julie Beck, General Relief Society President, in video on LDS.ORG 4/11/2010 Relief Society Training Meeting