Thursday, May 1, 2014

Self-Reliance Tip of the Week - Noahpinion on That? Think Again... May 1, 2014

Alright! Who opened the refried beans?!

In an effort to encourage all those who have made a Wonder Oven actually use it and become familiar with it, I have decided to make a video series on YouTube (because without YouTube, a video series would be a silly dream :) ) . This series will make it EASY to understand. You can begin to experiment with confidence that it really is as easy to use as I keep telling go get 'em tiger!

You will be amazed at my stunning video skills (tee hee :) ).

The first video is "Make Perfect Rice in a Wonder Oven" - enjoy! :


So, some days it is hard for me to imagine what it was like for Noah to build the ark that he was commanded to by the Lord. I imagine this huge boat, lots of pet dander, a 40 day forecast that would make Arizonan's jealous,  float for 5 months before they see the tops of the mountains. Whew! Are you getting sea-sick yet? Gilligan had it gooooOOood!

The Lord gave them wind so the waters would recede. So wind CAN be a blessing :).

So I have a few questions to pose to you today.

#1- How long and hard did Noah try to call (2 Peter 2:5) the people to repentance? (Gen 6:3)

#2 How many times do you think he encouraged and invited people to prepare and join them? (This one is just rhetorical - I don't have a source for that one).

#3 Do you think the people stopped laughing and banged on the door when the water was rising above their knees? (Also rhetorical :) )

The problem is, even if Noah would have wanted to help them (after 120 years of trying to get them to listen), and heard their cries outside the ark - he couldn't help them. Why? Because the Lord shut him in. (Gen 7:17) It was now out of his control to help.

Noah must have had many friends and family who celebrated his big 6-0-0 birthday-bash with him that he loved. But, (there is always a big but) because of their own choice, did not repent and follow Noah to safety. As much as that huge barge would have been stuffy with tons of poo to shovel, it was still leagues better than the "alternative".

Pres. Ezra Taft Benson said, "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." (I encourage you to read or listen to the whole talk:

Do you encourage your friends and family to get better prepared? Having a plan to help other people - especially people you love- in the time of a disaster is a noble and right thing to do. However, what if it becomes out of your control to help them? Wouldn't it be better for them to help themselves? What if they dismiss your efforts to help them understand? Fasting, prayer and temple attendance will help you. If they still choose not to, than you gain a perspective similar to that of Noah. It kinda stinks.

We can only imagine the peace that would come to us if we knew our own homes, the homes of our families and our friends have become more self-reliant than we have ever been. If you have Noahpinion on that...think again.

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