When I walked out of the movie I checked my cell and saw that my mother had tried to call me twice without leaving a message. This was not good. My mom never calls me out of the blue for chit chat; I sensed that it was bad news. I tried calling her back, but she didn’t pick up, and the more I tried to get ahold of her the more my imagination ran away with me. I was very concerned that someone had died. When I finally reached her, it turned out that it was bad news, though not so dire as a death. My older sister’s husband had lost his job in budget cuts.
Hearing that was like taking a punch to the gut. I’ve been concerned about my own job, with financings down in a tough economy. Mine is the sole income supporting three households right now (I have two kids in school), and if something happens to my job the whole house of cards will come tumbling down. I’ve given some thought to the steps I would have to take were that to happen, and it wouldn’t be pretty.
But there was a positive side to the news. My sister and BIL have always been frugal and planned their finances carefully. Their home is paid for; they have no debt. My sis is a big time gardener, canner and sewer; she is very talented at home production. They have a food storage. Not a modern 90-day if you’re lucky food storage, but a real old timey Mormon one, that takes up a large room in the basement and aspects of which at least could last for two years. They have savings. He has kept up with his education and professoinal certifications, and he has a tax preparation business on the side that will bring in some cash.
So although it is not a pleasant prospect to go for a time without a job and to search for another one in this terrible economy, they are about as well prepared for it as it is humanly possible to be.
In her letter to friends and family announcing this turn of events, my sister made it a point to express how thankful she was for prophetic counsel. Their financial house was in order because they had heeded the words of the prophets urging us to get them that way. They have lived according to that counsel, and now they are about to reap the blessings of experiencing much less disruption in their daily lives than would have been the case had they turned a deaf ear to all those Spencer W. Kimball talks lo so many years ago.
I just want to echo my sister’s sentiment, that I too am thankful for prophetic counsel, and grateful that the burden on my sister and her family will be lessened considerably because they have lived their lives by that light.