Preparing for the Storm
Today, instead of a typical Miracle Monday, we're bringing you a scripture study sent to us by Sister Lori Kimmel. We hope you enjoy it, whether you apply the scriptures personally or you use this as the basis for a church class or group discussion.
The topic, "Preparing for the Storm," will seem very practical to you if you live in an area that's periodically threatened by any type of natural disaster.
This study takes a real-life scenario and gives it a spiritual application. The remainder of the article is in Sister Lori's words.
Being a native Floridian, hurricane season is a way of life. Every May (or June), we start gathering our supplies. One year in Ladies' Circle, we studied briefly about "Preparing for the Storm." I thought that maybe those who read the blog would like to study along too. I believe we all need help with our personal storms — are we ready?
1. Food and Water
"And it came to pass that he brake bread again and blessed it, and gave to the disciples to eat. And when they had eaten he commanded them that they should break bread, and give unto the multitude. And when they had given unto the multitude he also gave them wine to drink, and commanded them that they should give unto the multitude. Now, there had been no bread, neither wine, brought by the disciples, neither by the multitude; But he truly gave unto them bread to eat, and also wine to drink.
And he said unto them: He that eateth this bread eateth of my body to his soul; and he that drinketh of this wine drinketh of my blood to his soul; and his soul shall never hunger nor thirst, but shall be filled." (3 Nephi 20:3-8)
- Luke 12:22-31
- 1 Corinthians 11:23-29
- John 7:37
- John 4:6-14
2. Flashlights, Lanterns, and Candles
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, I give unto you to be the light of this people. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Behold, do men light a candle and put it under a bushel? Nay, but on a candlestick, and it giveth light to all that are in the house; Therefore let your light so shine before this people, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven." (3 Nephi 12:14-16)
- Ether 4:12
- Mark 4:21-23
- Luke 8:16-18
- Matthew 5:14-16
3. Communication (Radio, Battery TV, Cell Phone)
"But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it." (Luke 11:28)
- John 16:33
- John 5:24
- 3 Nephi 11:1-10
- 3 Nephi 30:1-2
4. Cash on Hand and a Full Tank of Gas
- Matthew 25:1-13 – The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins
- Matthew 25:14-30 – The Parable of the Talents
- 3 Nephi 12:6
- 3 Nephi 20:9
5. Evacuation Plan (Way to Safety)
"And it came to pass that I beheld that the rod of iron, which my father had seen, was the word of God, which led to the fountain of living waters, or to the tree of life; which waters are a representation of the love of God; and I also beheld that the tree of life was a representation of the love of God." (1 Nephi 11:25)
- 3 Nephi 27:6
- 1 Nephi 8:23-24
- John 6:65-69
- Matthew 11:28-30
- Isaiah 25:4, 9
6. Remove Any Potential Damage-Causers
"Turn, all ye Gentiles, from your wicked ways; and repent of your evil doings, of your lyings and deceivings, and of your whoredoms, and of your secret abominations, and your idolatries, and of your murders, and your priestcrafts, and your envyings, and your strifes, and from all your wickedness and abominations, and come unto me, and be baptized in my name, that ye may receive a remission of your sins, and be filled with the Holy Ghost, that ye may be numbered with my people who are of the house of Israel." (3 Nephi 30:2)
- 2 Nephi 1:23
- 3 Nephi 27:19
- 1 Thessalonians 5:22
- Proverbs 6:16-19
7. Secure the House (Your Personal Foundation)
"Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. (Matthew 7:24-27)
- Ether 4:19
- Mormon 9:27-29
- 1 Corinthians 3:7-11
- Ephesians 2:18-22
8. The Storm
- 3 Nephi 8:5-25
This article has undergone ministry review and approval.