Then, it may have meant a new job or a recent vacation or a new large purchase, said E. Tal Ehlers at BYU's Campus Education Week on Monday, Aug. 16.
Now, it may mean that people have enough to eat, a roof over their head or that the utilities are on.
"It is really easy to get depressed when you look at the news," Ehlers said. And with the assurances of the signs of times from the scriptures, the outlook can look pretty bleak. That's when people need be prepared, trust in the Lord and have faith, he added in his presentation titles "Look to Christ in Every Thought; Doubt Not, Fear Not" (see Doctrine and Covenants 6:34, 36).
In May 1999, the largest tornado on record cut a swath through Oklahoma. Ehler's father-in-law, then in a bishopric in the Dallas area, was one of the volunteers who headed there to camp and help out in the aftermath.
Local leaders had hoped for 500 volunteers. More than 1,300 came from four states.