"The revelation to produce and store food may be as essential to our temporal welfare today as boarding the ark was to the people in the days of Noah." ~~~~ President Ezra Taft Benson
Think back to the story of Noah's Ark. How many people survived that tremendous flood? Only those who were obedient and followed Noah into the ark--which were very very few. Once the rains came and the doors of the ark closed, how many people "saw the light?" I would say very very many...but at that point, it was too late. The only way to survive was to get on that ark.
We have been told to "build an ark" of our own. The time is fast approaching when the ark doors will be shut and only those who got on board will be protected from the storms. Our storms can come at any time and in a multitude of ways, and we NEVER know when that might be! Just ask those citizens of Japan, and Louisiana, and Haiti, and New York City, and Homestead Florida, and,.... countless other regions that have suffered some type of devastation suddenly. These things are happening more and more frequently, and that limits our time between storms to prepare. The more we do today, the brighter tomorrow can look.
The prophets have said to plant a garden. "We will see the day when we will live on what we produce." ~~~~ President Marion G. Romney
The result of us NOT following this counsel is found here: "When people are able but unwilling to take care of themselves we are responsible to employ the dictum of the Lord that the idler shall not eat the bread of the laborer." ~~~~ President Boyd K Packer
I wish not to be an idler. I do not wish to beg my neighbor to give to me what I should have gathered for myself....and KNEW that I should have gathered and yet did not. I also do not want my extended family to have to starve to ensure that I am cared for. So I will be planting my garden. And as I do, I will also be offering my prayers to ask the Lord to bless that field that its fruits may be a blessing to my family and a testimony to my children of their parents' faithfulness.