Everyone knows that water is essential to survival. Following a disaster, clean drinking water may not be available. Your regular water source could be cut-off or compromised for several days to weeks, or more. We cannot stress how important it is that you have water stored in case of an emergency. In fact, we feel strongly impressed to invite the members of our stake to store water NOW.
"The Savior has always been the protector of those who would accept His protection. He has said more than once, 'How oft would I have gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens, and ye would not'. The Lord expressed the same lament in our own dispensation after describing the many ways in which He calls us to safety: 'How oft have I called upon you by the mouth of my servants, and by the ministering of angels, and by mine own voice, and by the voice of thunderings, and by the voice of lightnings, and by the voice of tempests, and by the voice of earthquakes, and great hailstorms, and by the voice of famines and pestilences of every kind, and by the great sound of a trump, and by the voice of judgment, and by the voice of mercy all the day long, and by the voice of glory and honor and the riches of eternal life, and would have saved you with an everlasting salvation, but ye would not!' There seems to be no end to the Savior's desire to lead us to safety. And there is constancy in the way He shows us the path. He calls by more than one means so that it will reach those willing to accept it. And those means always include sending the message by the mouths of His prophets whenever people have qualified to have the prophets of God among them. Those authorized servants are always charged with warning the people, telling them the way to safety." (Henry B. Eyring, "Finding Safety in Counsel", General Conference, April 1997)
President Eyring said, "The Lord calls by more than one means so that it will reach those willing to accept it." The prophets have counseled us to be prepared by storing food and water in case of emergencies. As Stake Provident Living Specialists, we have been called to receive inspiration for our stake concerning individual and family preparedness, and we feel strongly impressed to invite you to follow the counsel of our prophets, and prepare yourselves now, by storing water. We invite you to pray and ask for a witness of the importance of storing water now. We know that there will be many who will not heed the counsel to store water for themselves, so we invite you to store water for your neighbors, as well. This may seem like a silly or drastic request, but we know that when we follow the promptings of the Spirit, we will be protected.
To learn more about the basic recommended guidelines on water storage click here, here, here, here, and here. To read more about what the prophets have said about being prepared, click here.