For members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), planting a garden is something we’ve been encouraged to do. Some will go so far as to say we are commanded to do it.
We live in some very troubled times when any day we could awake to find our economic system in total shambles. All it would take is a flip of a switch, an earthquake, or a crazed criminal. I’ve seen things upset on a micro scale enough to understand that it would not take much to upset the balance on a macro (world-wide) scale.
Perhaps it never will, but knowing how to plant and tend a garden is valuable in many ways.
It has an economic value. I was in Wegman’s the other day and horseradish root was $5.99 a pound. It grows like a weed here. I bet I’ll get $30 worth of the stuff this fall. Tomatoes are about $3 a pound, and I easily picked 3 pounds yesterday in addition to a few dollars worth of peppers.
Knowing what will and will not grow where you live is important. I know I can’t plant a lemon tree here, but I can plant rhubarb.
I also know tomatillos grow well here too, as well as tomatoes and other night-shade plants. Let’s not forget cabbage and other plants like it.
Now that we’ve had a successful garden, I know if things fall apart there are lots of things I can grow. After they are grown, I know Elizabethe and I can preserve many of them for the winter time when things don’t grow as well. Canning, drying, curing, pickling are all means of preserving food from the garden.
I’ve heard some people argue that after you do all that work, and spend all that money, you might be better off buying it from the grocery store. That might be true for some items, but planting the right items for your area will always pay off.
We do live in troubled times. I see that California is in a very sever drought. Israel is at war with Hamas. Our government is in a rapid free-fall.
The big question is… Is this all linked to iniquity?
Anyone would be a fool to say it isn’t. I’ve quoted this before and here it is again. This is from the Family Proclamation to the World:
Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.
The warning specifically mentions disintegration of the family. I believe that includes all of the following, but not limited to…
- gay marriage
- adultery and fornication
- child, spousal and elderly abuse
- sexual perversions
- states that give family services power over the constitutional rights (California being one of them)
- the depiction of any of the above in entertainment as entertainment
All one has to do is look at the news, or watch any TV show. Even cooking shows have thrown some sort of anti-family content in to their programming, and if you don’t get it there, you’ll get it during the commercials.
If the Book of Mormon is a type and shadow of things to come, then I think we’re getting close to the end of the Book of Helaman and the start of 3rd Nephi.