Mormon Glenn Beck: Hurricane Irene and East Coast earthquake a ‘blessing’ from God

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Fox News host Glenn Beck speaks during the National Rifle Association’s 139th annual meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina in this May 15, 2010 file photo.

Not willing to be outdone by Pat Robertson, Glenn Beck recently weighed in on God’s communication by way of natural disasters, telling his listeners that this week’s East Coast earthquake and hurricane are a “blessing” and a message from God to “be prepared.”

Listen to the Beck clip via Mediaite below:

Beck, one of Mormonism’s most famous converts, is actually touting one of the unique aspects of the Latter-day Saint faith: food storage.

Section 78 of the Doctrine and Covenants revelation was given, Mormons believe, to Joseph Smith by God in 1832 and includes the command to “organize and establish a storehouse,” which Mormon leaders have interpreted as a requirement to, when possible, “store and save a one-year supply of food.” The church Web site even includes a Food Storage Calculator “to help you determine your longer-term food storage needs.” The food storage is one pillar of self-reliance, emphasized within Mormonism so that “the church may stand independent above all other creatures beneath the celestial world.” Beyond personal storage, the church also provides temporary welfare services to its members “to help people to help themselves.”

You can watch a video below of Mormon elder Robert D. Hales explaining how frugal living and resource planning is understood within the context of Mormon faith.

About

Elizabeth Tenety Elizabeth Tenety is the former editor of On Faith, where she produced "Divine Impulses," On Faith’s video interview series. She studied Theology and Government at Georgetown University and received her master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. A New York native, Elizabeth grew up in the home of Catholic news junkies where, somewhere in between watching the nightly news and participating in parish life, she learned to ponder both the superficial and the sacred.
  • jmsbh

    It seems to me the Boy Scouts were recomending “Be Prepared ” long before Beck was even born. Is he a converted Boy scout too ?

  • wildfyre99

    Being prepared is nothing unique to mormonism… even the Boy Scouts try to be prepared…

    As for being a warning from GOD! Well no matter how you slice it, Glenn Beck is a fanatical fruitcake!

  • b33bl3br0x

    Dear Editor,

    I believe the title of this article contains a typo. I think you have misspelled “moron”

  • darbyvh

    Shame! To make a man out to want a tragedy, is low. Beck has been trying to get people to get food storage for years, in case of a job lose, blizzard, earthquake, flood, so you have food to help yourself and your neighbours. That’s a good thing! For you to drag the Mormon church into this like it is a conspiracy. is Sick. if Beck was a Muslim and sending the same be prepared message. Would you have written it the same.No!

  • nealb4zodd

    Since when is self reliance a bad thing? – - I dont care if Beck was Jewish, methodist, catholic, scientologist, Mormon or no faith at all . . .he’s right. – We ALL SHOULD be prepared and be self reliant- and in this case, if the author of this article is attempting to say Mormons are nutty for trying to be “prepared”- – Elizabeth Tenety is the nut job. — Not the Mormons.

  • reecem5

    You are trying so hard to be nasty.

  • BruceAmiata

    What a maroon!

  • reecem5

    Your first reaction is to throw a misspelled slam.

    How about taking a deeper look and seeing what he really meant. Your just expanding the mistaken spin of the writer of this article.

    We need more thinkers in this world, and fewer parrots.

  • 912anita

    You far left lunatics are so afraid of someone with a different opinion than yours that you will lie and smear to destroy them.

    Glenn Beck suggests that you be prepared in case of an emergency so you won’t panic and you can be a help to someone else. Crazy idea huh?

    Glenn’s faith and my Catholic faith – don’t have a hill of beans to do with it – except for the beans – it might be handy to have a couple of extra cans.

  • 912anita

    You far left lunatics are so afraid of someone with a different opinion than yours that you will lie and smear to destroy them.

    Glenn Beck suggests that you be prepared in case of an emergency so you won’t panic and you can be a help to someone else. Crazy idea huh?

    Glenn’s faith and my Catholic faith – don’t have a hill of beans to do with it – except for the beans – it might be handy to have a couple of extra cans.

  • CapsLust

    I have a one-year supply of peanut butter, Mountain Dew, and Doritos in my basement. Now I’m worried these obesity-feeding self-indulgences could be misinterpreted as a political statement.

  • kevdav

    Wow, he calls it a blessing from God, and in the same sentence he asks God to forbid it from happening again. Make up your mind, Beck!

  • b33bl3br0x

    No I think the crazy idea is that a hurricane is a blessing. I think it’s a crazy idea to think that dead people are a blessing.

  • LifeBeforePrinciple

    For you far right lunatics, Beck meant to stock food because of political events, not natural events. He changed the whole idea of it. So that he could appear correct.

  • cshe111

    Guessing Elizabeth Tenety was never a boy scout. After the snarky first paragraph, it’s hard to tell whether Elizabeth is just being informative about the Mormon food storage program or whether she’s still being snarky. My guess is the later. Maybe she should take heed of this preparation information so that she won’t have to be pounding on Glenn’s door for food, water, and necessities when a catastrophe worse than Irene hits.

  • hillplus

    Curse those darn Mormons always wanting to help people and be self reliant! :P

  • ritchyri5

    Not bad. I thought he was going to blame it on gay marriage or something silly like that.

  • concerned115

    i guess he forgot to ask donnie and marie osmond, also pillars in the mormon church ,about the “evil lifestyle” they lead in las vegas (sin city), and are they “prepared”..

  • bobaluchowdury

    As a lefty myself I often find myslelf with a negative opinion of Beck’s views. But I have no problem with him saying people need to be prepared for emergencies and if he thinks the Hurricane was a way God reminds people to be prepared then thats OK too.

  • bobaluchowdury

    Good bean joke thrown in there. Bless you for being entertaining.

  • Carstonio

    Imagine someone concerned with the safety of school bleachers sneaking into a gym and removing key bolts, so that the bleachers collapse and injure dozens of kids. When arrested, his excuse is, “Well, that will teach the school to inspect the bleachers more carefully.” That’s the reasoning that Beck is attributing to his god, and that’s what is morally objectionable.

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