Spiritual 72 Hour Kit

Recently, the devastation in neighboring Joplin, MO has been on everyone’s mind. In fact, many parts of the country have been experiencing extreme weather, so, you start thinking am I prepared?

My husband was able to go to Joplin, MO, and help begin the long task of cleaning. When he came home, we discussed the experiences and stories he heard there. I realized, not only do you need to be prepared physically, but you need be prepared emotionally and spiritually.

There were over 100 people who died at Joplin. Even if they had a 72 hour kit, food storage, or savings it really didn’t matter. They needed to be prepared for something much different. And, when I think about it – the people who lived through the storms have had to be prepared spiritually, too. I mean, can you imagine – everything is destroyed. This will take months, years, to overcome. Surviving the tornado was step one. Faith will need to help them make it through this aftermath.

So…we need to be prepared – not only with food and goods to sustain us physically, but we need to be prepared to die, or to remain faithful in the face of trial.

I recently taught the young men and young women a lesson on spiritual preparation – based on this idea – of trial or tragedy striking at any time. We talk so much about physical preparedness. I felt like it would be helpful to also emphasize spiritual preparedness.

In the lesson, I used the following items from a physical 72 hour kit, and talked about spiritual corollaries. You can use this as a basis for a lesson for youth or FHE. When presenting this, have the actual items. Discuss the purpose of having the item in a physical 72 hour kit. Talk about the scripture and discover what is needed in the “Spiritual 72 hour Kit.” Let the children pack the bag while you present the lesson.

Preparing – Spiritual 72 Hour Kit

“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

Just as we can prepare for trials physically, we need to prepare spiritually.

Pack a small 72 hour kit. Include:
Water
Food
Flashlight
Radio
Map
First Aid Kit
Knife/Multi-purpose tool
Wipes
Cash
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. (You may wish to bring up Alma 27:28-29 – the Righteous Lamanites were not afraid to die – this is because of their faith in God. They were 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
  • Swiss-Army 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

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This lesson seemed to go well with the youth. It was timely and easy to relate to. I think that we’ll have a similar family home evening lesson, too. If you have any other ideas, please share!

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3 Comments

  1. ama49

     /  June 11, 2011

    Hey I like your ideas and creativity of how to apply the spiritual 72 hour kit. It’s a great way to leave an impression and drive the lesson home.

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