"Behold, I say unto you, were it not for the transgressions of my people, speaking concerning the church and not individuals, they might have been redeemed even now.
But behold, they have not learned to be obedient to the things which I required at their hands, but are full of all manner of evil, and do not impart of their substance, as becometh saints to the poor and afflicted among them;
And my people must needs be chastened until they learn obedience, if it must needs be, by the things which they suffer.
That they themselves may be prepared, and that my people may be taught more perfectly, and have experience, and know more perfectly concerning their duty, and the things which I require at their hands.
And this cannot be brought to pass until mine elders are endowed with power from on high."
This chapter was revelation received after Zion's Camp ended. Where an attempt had been made to escort the saints that had been expelled back to their lands in Missouri. Though it seemed to have failed at first, the men that marched in Zion's Camp gained much experience, that helped them become the future leaders of the church.
As I was reading this, with the knowledge that a hurricane is hitting the eastern coast, I could not help but think of the Mormon Helping Hands and Humanitarian Services, under the umbrella of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. How as a church not only do we care for our own, but for our neighbors. The LDS Church is gaining quite a reputation for being able to organize and help after disasters. We truly are prepared. I could not help but wonder, "What does the Lord now think of us as a church?" I think as awful as these disasters are, we are gaining experience needed to become a Zion people, that will no longer be chastened by the Lord.