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by Molly from Her 2 cents on the message given by Elder Robert D. Hales, Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, during the April 2009 General Conference titled, "Becoming Provident Providers Temporally and Spiritually"

"As Wives, Mothers, Daughters, and Sisters We Need to Lead By Example And Teach Our Families How To Become Provident Providers Temporally and Spiritually."

What is a Provident Provider? ...joyfully living within our means, being content with what we have, avoiding excessive debt, and diligently saving and preparing for rainy-day emergencies. Money we could have used to care for ourselves and others must now be used to pay our debts. What remains is often only enough to meet our most basic physical needs. Living at the subsistence level, we become depressed, our self-worth is affected, and our relationships with family, friends, neighbors, and the Lord are weakened. We do not have the time, energy, or interest to seek spiritual things.

"I honestly believe that having food storage is for several reasons which are:

  • 1- Provide for Our Families in time of need

  • 2- Help Family and Friends around us in their time of need.

  • 3- As a lesson on keeping a budget..." click here to finish reading all of Molly's thoughts on this conference address by Elder Robert D. Hales.

What is your favorite General Conference address and how has it helped you?

1 comment

  1. As a Relief Society President, I am so aware of the value of visiting Teaching. I am constantly pondering on how to motivate the sisters to do there visiting teaching. My next approach on the subject will be to remind the Sister that Relief Society is the Sisters' ministry. Just as sure as the Priesthood is the ministry for the brethren and Home Teaching is the responsibility of the Brethren, Visiting Teaching is the responsibility of the Sisters.

    I have heard from some sisters that VT is out of date and no longer needed, this remark is from sisters that are self sufficient with large families and businesses or careers that keep them running. I understand their point of view but we have sisters that are not in such good shape, they may be elderly or ill or widowed or single or lonely or desperate and need to know someone cares. There are so many reasons to magnify our calling as a Visiting Teacher. As we have not been released from the calling we are bound by covenant to this sacred work.

    In an effort to facilitate Visiting Teaching we have asked the sisters to collect the email address of each sister and keep in touch weekly in addition their monthly visits. We promote the feeling of Ward family with Facebook. Still some sisters do not have these tools and we must use the face to face, heart to heart approach that works the best.