Monday, June 20, 2016

FHE: Spiritual Preparedness Kit


Tonight's family home evening idea comes from That Good Part, and it's all about spiritual preparedness.

We all know that trials and tragedies can strike at any time. It's important to be temporally prepared. Without temporal preparedness, we could be in some big trouble when a disaster strikes. On top of being temporally prepared, it's so important that we are SPIRITUALLY prepared. Just as the righteous Anti-Nephi-Lehies in the Book of Mormon were not afraid to die, we can have that same sure faith in God. That's what it means to be spiritually prepared.

“I tell you these things because of your prayers; wherefore, treasure up wisdom in your bosoms, lest the wickedness of men reveal these things unto you by their wickedness, in a manner which shall speak in your ears with a voice louder than that which shall shake the earth; but if ye are prepared ye shall not fear." – Doctrine and Covenants 38:30
For tonight's lesson, pack a small 72 hour kit including water, food, flashlight, radio, map, first aid kit, knife/multi-purpose tool, wipes, cash and clothing.
Ask questions that will lead them to the 72 hour kit (ie – what is something your parents or you might have in case of a time of emergency?)
Now, make the relationship between the need for a physical 72 hour kit, and being spiritually prepared. 
Use the 72 hour kit to teach what each of us needs in our “spiritual 72 hour kit” – each item in the 72 hour kit represents something we need in our spiritual 72 hour kits. Here are the basics. You may want to adapt this by adding questions and discussion.
Water/Food – Jesus Christ
“Jesus answered and said unto her, if thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. … But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” – John 4:10, 14
“And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” – John 6:35
Flashlight – The Light of Christ
“12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” – John 8:12
Radio – The Gift of the Holy Ghost
3 "And it came to pass that while they were thus conversing one with another, they heard a voice as if it came out of heaven; and they cast their eyes round about, for they understood not the voice which they heard; and it was not a harsh voice, neither was it a loud voice; nevertheless, and notwithstanding it being a small voice it did pierce them that did hear to the center, insomuch that there was no part of their frame that it did not cause to quake; yea, it did pierce them to the very soul, and did cause their hearts to burn.
4 "And it came to pass that again they heard the voice, and they understood it not.
5 "And again the third time they did hear the voice, and did open their ears to hear it; and their eyes were towards the sound thereof; and they did look steadfastly towards heaven, from whence the sound came.”- 3 Nephi 11:3-5
Map – The Scriptures
3 "Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ. Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.” – 2 Nephi 32:3
First Aid Kit – Faith
22 "But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.” – Matthew 9:22
Wipes (sanitary/antibacterial wipes) – Repentance
86 "Abide ye in the liberty wherewith ye are made free; entangle not yourselves in sin, but let your hands be clean, until the Lord comes.” – Doctrine and Covenants 88:86
Pocket knife or multi-purpose tool – Spiritual Gifts
8 "Wherefore, beware lest ye are deceived; and that ye may not be deceived seek ye earnestly the best gifts, always remembering for what they are given;
9 "For verily I say unto you, they are given for the benefit of those who love me and keep all my commandments, and him that seeketh so to do; that all may be benefited that seek or that ask of me, that ask and not for a sign that they may consume it upon their lusts.” – Doctrine and Covenants 46:8-9
Cash – Knowledge
19 "And if a person gains more knowledge and intelligence in this life through his diligence and obedience than another, he will have so much the advantage in the world to come.” – Doctrine and Covenants 130:19

Clothes – Priesthood
17 "Which priesthood continueth in the church of God in all generations, and is without beginning of days or end of years.
18 "And the Lord confirmed a priesthood also upon Aaron and his seed, throughout all their generations, which priesthood also continueth and abideth forever with the priesthood which is after the holiest order of God.
19 "And this greater priesthood administereth the gospel and holdeth the key of the mysteries of the kingdom, even the key of the knowledge of God.
20 "Therefore, in the ordinances thereof, the power of godliness is manifest.
21 "And without the ordinances thereof, and the authority of the priesthood, the power of godliness is not manifest unto men in the flesh;
22 "For without this no man can see the face of God, even the Father, and live.” – Doctrine and Covenants 84:17-22
For a link to the complete lesson outline from The Good Part, click here.

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