STUFF!

I have spent the last few weeks unwinding and dumping 29 years of my family’s life in a house; sending countless and I mean countless loads of “STUFF” to the dump and second hand store, and to friends and family as well.

But most important of all was my treasured emergency prep STUFF, they too are now gone, save enough to provide for a couple weeks.

And I swore to never live in an apartment ever again, yet here I am. Instead I just knew I was going to find myself out in the country safe from the world and all that is soon to come, with all my “STUFF”, yet here I am in a downtown apartment complex.

I feel unarmed, headed into battle, and I think that is exactly what the Lord has in mind!

I have been unwound from the temporal crutch of LDS church, now from all my precious “STUFF”, stuff that was to take care of me during the trying times soon to come.

Now what am I supposed to do, trust in the Lord or something?

God only helps those who help themselves right? God certainly won’t give me food to eat and water to drink when I’m fully capable of planning ahead and providing for myself, right? I know what’s coming, only a fool would get rid of all his emergency preparation “STUFF”, right? I mean who in, THE hell, would get rid of most all their emergency preparation STUFF and purposely move to downtown Ogden Utah, right next to LDS temple? Only a fool right?

I mean this is exactly opposite of what I wanted, and of what most people are saying we should do or be doing.

So why has the Lord directed me here? I thought perhaps because I’m a single male the Lord has something different for me to do? I kept waiting for the Lord to say, ok just checking/kidding to see if you would actually do it, now keep your stuff and move out to the desert and wait for further instruction. But no!

What I do know is we can’t think because the Lord tells one person to do something that it necessarily means you too!

Personal revelation is a requirement for guidance in these latter days. You need to find out what the Lord would have YOU do! And it may likely involve something that is very different than what you think.

In my opinion we’re in “crunch time “and when you take into consideration that, His ways are not our ways, we should expect in many cases, to be asked to do things that seem quite illogical to us.

Maybe not everyone will be asked to doomsday prep in the way most are doing. Maybe some will doomsday prep by learning to follow the Lords voice in doing something for Him other than kill or be killed and pure survival? Or maybe exactly that?

Seek the Lord and His counsel for YOURSELF and your family, not necessarily the traditional LDS family preparedness check list. Or maybe He will tell you to follow that check list. Whatever He asks of you, just doit!!

I was reading Denver Snuffer Jr’s book “Nephi’s Isaiah” during this time and came across this.

II Nephi 27

23 For behold, I am God; and I am a God of miracles; and I will show unto the world that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; and I work not among the children of men save it be according to their faith.

25 Forasmuch as this people draw near unto me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor me, but have removed their hearts far from me, and their fear towards me is taught by the precepts of men

26 Therefore, I will proceed to do a marvelous work among this people, yea, a marvelous work and a wonder, for the wisdom of their wise and learned shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent shall be hid.

Denver then commented.

“As Nephi summarized his final warnings, he was troubled about our struggles in the latter-day Zion. Although the ultimate outcome of this season would vindicate those who follow the Lord, there are going to be challenges in our day which will vex and perplex the saints. In particular, he cites our tendency to rely upon the “arm of flesh” instead of the “spirit”.” (pg. 285)

He goes on to discuss following the spirit. A good place to go if you’re struggling in this area.

Hearing the spirit is unique to us as individuals, we all seem to hear in a way that may be very peculiar to us verses our neighbor; additionally, the Holy Spirit, is the mind and will of God, a purveyor of knowledge, not emotions. However the knowledge you receive from the spirit can then cause you to feel an emotion, but in my experience the emotion frequently has been, “you have got to be kidding me”!

So the Lord is making it very clear to me personally, that listening to the spirit is where my focus should be!! Not my STUFF, “the arm of flesh”,my traditional LDS family preparedness or doomsday prep check list.

I Nephi 17

3 And thus we see that the commandments of God must be fulfilled. And if it so be that the children of men keep the commandments of God he doth nourish them, and strengthen them, and provide means whereby they can accomplish the thing which he has commanded them; wherefore, he did provide means for us while we did sojourn in the wilderness.

12 For the Lord had not hitherto suffered that we should make much fire, as we journeyed in the wilderness; for he said: I will make thy food become sweet, that ye cook it not;

13 And I will also be your light in the wilderness; and I will prepare the way before you, if it so be that ye shall keep my commandments; wherefore, inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments ye shall be led towards the promised land; and ye shall know that it is by me that ye are led.

14 Yea, and the Lord said also that: After ye have arrived in the promised land, ye shall know that I, the Lord, am God; and that I, the Lord, did deliver you from destruction; yea, that I did bring you out of the land of Jerusalem.

Let the spirit be your guide, not the arm of flesh, the precepts of man, or the so called wisdom of the wise and learned!

 

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