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Mormons' approach to surviving catastrophic tragedies: the first of a series of discourses

Updated on August 29, 2012
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Surviving catastrophic tragedies

Prepare for Catastrophic Tragedies: the Mormon Way: the Right Way

After having seen much, and experienced much, I have adapted a method for preparing for disasters. After having studied most of the methodologies used for helping one to prepare for a disaster, my studies reveal that the Mormon way, is by far, the best way.

The greatest disaster ever was.

Consider this story:

Now it came to pass,

When men began to multiply the face of the earth,

And daughters were born to them,

That the sons of God saw the daughters of men,

That they were beautiful;

And they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.

And the Lord said,

“My Spirit shall not strive with man forever,

For he is indeed flesh;

Yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”

There were giants on the earth in those days,

And also afterwards,

When the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them.

Those were the mighty men

Who were of old,

Men of renown.

Then the Lord saw

That the wickedness of man was great

In the earth,

And that every intent

Of his thoughts of his heart

Was only evil


And the Lord was sorry

That he had made man on the earth,

And he grieved in His heart.


The Lord said,

“I will destroy man

Whom I have created from the face of the earth,

Both man and beast,

Creeping thing and birds of the air,

For I am sorry that I have made them.”

But Noah found grace

In the eyes of the Lord.

(the above discourse have been taken from Genesis 6:1-7, from the new King James Version of the Bible)

Thank you for patiently bearing with me as I contempt the story of Noah which I like to think of as the telling of the first great disaster recorded in the history of humankind. I am not considering whether or not you care to believe this story. I am only asking you to contemplate, with me, the idea of it, the magnitude of it, and the “horror” of it.

Allow me, please to give you a tad bit more of this colorful story, without burdening you down with every detail of it.

Now the flood was on the earth

Forty day.

The waters increased

And lifted up the ark,

And it rose high above the earth.

The waters increased

And lifted up the ark,

And it rose high above the earth.

The waters prevailed

And greatly increased on the earth,

And the ark moved about

On the surface of the waters.

And the waters prevailed exceedingly

On the earth,

And all the high hills

Under the whole heaven

Were covered.

The waters prevailed

Fifteen cubits upwards,

And the mountains

Were covered.

And all flesh


That moved on the earth:


And cattle

And beasts

And every creeping thing

That creeps on the earth,

And every man.


In whose nostrils was the breath

Of the spirit of life,

All that was on the dry land


So He destroyed


Living things

Which were on the face of the ground:


Man and catte,

Creeping thing

And bird of the air.

They were destroyed

From the face of the earth.

Only Noah

And those who were with him

In the ark

Remained alive.

And the waters


On the earth

One hundred and fifty days.

(Genesis 7:17-24, NKJV)

There is only one other catastrophic event in the Bible that I feel can be, remotely, compared to “the great flood” and I will not address it in this particular discourse (it would take too much space and time to do so). I will write about it later in another hub, on another day.

Many of you professional writers will think, “Dr. Haddox got off-course in his writing. He was suppose to be writing about a Mormon approach to disaster preparedness, and he when off on discourse concerning “the great flood.”

No, I did not get lost, or get off track. I, intentionally, mentioned the Flood to get us in the mind-set of what a great catastrophic tragedy can be like. We can also consider “9/11,” or Japan, or events that have occurred, in and around the Gulf of Mexico, just to mention a few.

Since the Mormon Church first came back into existence under Joseph Smith, in 1830 (there or about), there is very precise history in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints literature, so there is no excuse for me, a half-way decent scholar, to mess this discourse up).

I mention church history, or the 1830 CE date, to because in 18 more years that will be 200 years ago. This has given Mormons a long time to perfect an approach to preparing for catastrophic tragedies.

The purpose of my writing of this hub was to inform you, the reader, that I was going to write a series of hubs on how Mormon, think about, and prepare for, catastrophic tragedies successfully.

This is not an easy undertaking, but doing this work and teaching these principles is my “calling” you could say.

When you read future writings that I will be complete on this subject you will be building upon the foundation that I have laid for you in this first writing.

The first Mormon principle of preparation for a catastrophic tragedy is: store up for yourself (and of course for your family (and if possibly, enough to help others, like your neighbors)) water and food, in order to survive a disaster.

This sounds like a small thing, but trust me, it is a major thing. This advice may not some like “spiritual” advice, but trust me, it is, “the same as if it came directly from the mouth of God.” Any god that is truly, a real God, would want children of God (and this means men and women too, I should not have to say this), because we have brains, and good common sense, and should know, that we need to store away enough food and water to last for at least 2 weeks (and actually, the Mormon leadership advises us to store up enough food and water to last for one year.

Okay, this little information is your foundation to get started. Act on it. Act now! Old people use to say it like this when I was a kid, I can remember it well, when it comes to bad situations like catastrophic tragedies, “one does not want to be caught with one’s pants down!”

And as we go, Peace.

Dr. Haddox


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      4 years ago

      Anne,Thanks for your question and sorry for the delay in rpseonse.A fundamental principle in our faith is personal revelation the ability to get answers to questions about our life and decisions and truth directly from Him, via His Spirit.So while the answer to your general question about 50 being too late to convert would be a definite no, your personal question about whether you should ,take that choice is ultimately between you and your Father in Heaven.I will say, though, that as your loving Father, He cares about your family. Family is central to His plan. He also sees a bigger picture than we do, so often what we see as impossible barriers, He sees differently. So my invitation would be to try not to let fear or doubt based on your current situation or prediction be the deciding factor. Sometimes our answers come in a way that requires a bit of a step into the dark, some measure of faith, but our Father is one who opens doors and unfolds light in ways we cannot imagine when we first set out to follow His guidance.If you feel Him calling to you here, trust Him. He'll be there for you.I hope to get some women to share their experiences being married to someone not of our faith, just so you can hear some perspectives from their lives.

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      Dr Freddie Haddox 

      4 years ago from a Franklin, Tennessee native, who travels globally.

      I am happy that my hubs help people to think clearly about what is right and what is wrong. I find it fairly easy, doing what is right, as opposed to acting wrongly. We are in this world together, like it or not, so we should all try to walk upon the Path of Life together, getting along together, working together, and helping each other as we go.

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      4 years ago

      Very good point!! What amazes me is pelope choose to believe in this rather than believe in Jesus?! And we have proof of Jesus and still pelope would rather believe that junk 0Was this answer helpful?

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      Dr Freddie Haddox 

      4 years ago from a Franklin, Tennessee native, who travels globally.

      I read the above discourse written, with passion, by a person with a lot of wisdom and experience concerning the issue written about. I whole-heartedly agree with the line of thought that went into this composition.

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      4 years ago

      Miriam, you are in a very tough situation, but I would like to point out that ulmatitely you are responsible for yourself and your self-fulfillment first and foremost. As a convert, I can tell you that my conversion 12 years ago was the best thing I ever did. The way you describe your situation, you would be, in effect, breaking an implied agreement by converting. The question you must answer for yourself is: is that commitment more important than your own self-fulfillment? In my opinion, it is not reasonable for a member of a marriage to prevent another person from making a religious conversion. Yes, it does mean that the relationship will change. Relationships change for a lot of different reasons all the time. People don't want children and then they do. People want to live in the city and then realize they want to move to the suburbs. A religious conversion is obviously the most personal thing possible, but ulmatitely you are responsible for your own decisions about your personal life. Your husband is not.It seems clear to me that your converting to the Church would cause a lot of stress in your relationship. But if your husband truly sees you as a valuable human being with your own personal goals and desires, he should honor your choice even if he does not agree with it. Over time, people change and he may learn to accept your choice and perhaps eventually embrace it. It is worth pointing out that very often spouses are able to convert their husbands after they join the Church. This happened to my father-in-law after my mother-in-law joined the Church with my wife. He hated the change for about 10 years and now he loves the church. They were married in the temple and he is a loyal temple worker. It can happen.Good luck on your journey.

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      Dr Freddie Haddox 

      6 years ago from a Franklin, Tennessee native, who travels globally.

      Thank you for your commit. Regards, Dr. Haddox

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      Julie Z 

      6 years ago from North Central Florida

      How many have you come across, that believes you think too much on the cup being half empty? Looking forward to following this series. Passed this on via FB, Tweet & Pin.


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