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Who are the Prepared People in your Neighborhood?

By Melonie Cannon

If life is a stage and we are all players, then why is it that someone who has been sitting in the audience suddenly steps up on the center stage of one’s life and takes the limelight. That is how I feel about the next “person in my neighborhood.” I have been interested in getting to know her since she moved in, but felt a bit shy. I couldn’t seem to make the leap from the acknowledgement “hello” in the church hallway to the “tell me about your childhood” kind of relationship. That’s when God gave things a push and assigned her to be my visiting teacher. That helped a bit, but it wasn’t until our Emergency Preparedness Enrichment Night that she pulled me aside. “I think we need to talk,” she said. “You made some comments at the meeting that showed me you and I might be on the same page.” I didn’t know what she was talking about. Is there a preparedness page to be on?

On Sunday afternoon she brought me a book and spent some time opening herself up to me. I was sincerely grateful that she was willing to share her insights and concerns about the future and how she is preparing her family to withstand the many difficulties she sees coming. Over the last couple of weeks, I have attended essential oil classes with her and discussed many facets of preparedness that I have not thought about. There are gaps in my family’s preparedness efforts that she has brought to light. Her interest in helping me is, I feel, a direct intervention from the Lord to wake me up.

She reminded me that the parable of the ten virgins can be looked at from a different aspect than just spiritual preparedness. Because the bridegroom was delayed, all the virgins slept. The flame depleted the lamps of the five foolish virgins during that time. The lamps of the wise virgins burned also, but they had a whole other flask of oil waiting to refill their lamps. They were prepared. The five foolish virgins were sent to the vendors to purchase oil and missed the wedding. Can you buy spiritual preparedness? No. In this way, the parable also reminds us to be prepared temporally.

There is definitely a preparedness page to be on. President James Faust said, “Every father and mother are the family’s storekeepers. They should store WHATEVER their own family would like to have in the case of an emergency”¦I believe if we are provident and wise in the management of our personal and family affairs and are faithful, God will sustain us through our trials.” Have you heeded the call to prepare? What insights can you give the Segullah readers as you have prepared your family?

About Melonie Cannon

Melonie has surrounded herself with beautiful words for as long as she can remember. This led her to find a home with Segullah after writing an essay published in the May 2006 Segullah issue. She was invited to join the staff and has been a part of Segullah in various capacities since, including being the creator of the “Words Fall In” podcast.  She received her M.Ed from the University of Utah and was a certified Secondary English teacher before becoming a Mom of four. Over the years, her focus has been on natural healing modalities and becoming a sacred sound healing practitioner with a focus on the drum, rhythm, voice, and vibration. She is finishing her PH.D. in theology and metaphysics to further these studies and help women to connect to the divine within themselves.

5 thoughts on “Who are the Prepared People in your Neighborhood?”

  1. Great topic. I really look forward to reading what others have read.

    At the moment, we just moved and are trying to build our lives in our new home. I did come across a scripture that struck me very powerfully. I know we've all read it hundreds of time, but this really hit me hard.

    1 Nephi 15:24
    "And I said unto them that it was the word of God; and whoso would hearken unto the word of God, and would hold fast unto it, they would never perish; neither could the temptations and the fiery darts of the adversary overpower them unto blindness, to lead them away to destruction."

    I really need to get our family scripture study back on track!

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  2. I think about preparedness a lot. We've got everything from the wind up flashlights and radios, to hand crank wheat grinders. I'm slightly insane about this whole thing. I just hope we never have to move — moving all this stuff would kill me.

    But there is an incredible peace of mind that comes from knowing that we've got a food room that's actually full of food. If they sell it at Costco, we've got a load of it, that's been my storage philosophy (Italian marinated artichokes, anyone?)

    Spiritual preparedness is tougher for me. It's easy to buy extra food, it's much tougher to refine and purify my mind. I'm working on it…

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  3. This is my calling right now in my ward, and it's a bit overwhelming, because preparedness includes many facets, and depends on many different scenarios.

    I love the way the three-month supply has taken an important place on the stage of preparedness, because it's so practical at so many levels.

    Although I am no expert, and certainly not as organized with this as many people I know, I did create a blog to dump some of my different cooking ideas to help my ward, so I thought I would pass that along here, FWIW. I also plan to get a workbook up there sometime via a file sharing program…my friend has an awesome tool that makes meal planning for 12 weeks a lot easier.

    threemonthsupply.blogspot.com

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  4. The single most important thing that I learned about preparedness is that couples must be united. You can only do as much as your spouse is willing to support.

    I also learned that it is important to store what you will eat. I had 25lbs of lentils for fifteen or twenty years. My kids might have eaten them if they were starving, but it is difficult to say for sure.

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