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Remember 'good principles of thrift, industry, integrity'

Elder L. Tom Perry
October 1995 General Conference

To maintain stability in a rapidly changing world, plan for the future, said Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve.

Elder Perry said that as technology sweeps through every facet of life, changes are occurring so rapidly that it is difficult to keep life in balance. Speaking Saturday afternoon, he suggested "it is time, with some urgency, to review the counsel we have received dealing with our personal and family preparedness."

He recounted Lehi's vision of the rod of iron, and the great and spacious building, applying it to today, saying current cries "tempt us to compete for ownership of the things of this world. We think we need a larger home...We long for designer clothes, extra TV sets, all with VCRs, the latest model computers, and the newest car."

He said often these items are purchased with borrowed money that leads to bankruptcy, and families preoccupied with financial burdens.

Citing global conditions such as fluctuating inflation, wars, national disasters, variances in weather conditions, innumerable forces of immorality, crime and violence, Elder Perry declared: "The need for preparation is abundantly clear...'If ye are prepared ye shall not fear.'" (D&C 38:30)

He suggested preparing temporally in four areas:

Elder Perry concluded by asking members to "remember the good basic principles we have been taught from the very beginning - the principles of thrift, industry, and integrity that have served mankind in every period of time.