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2011 - Wk 31: Temples

7.30.2011

What You'll Need: GAK 502: Salt Lake Temple, Inside the Temple printable, coloring tools, string, hole punch, card stock or thin cardboard.

You can CLICK HERE to download the pdf of this lesson for easy printing. If you download, please leave a comment here on what you like about this lesson.

Quote: "When you come to the temple you will love your family with a deeper love than you have ever felt before. The temple is about families."  - Richard H. Winkel  (of the former Second Quorum of the Seventy)

Opening Song: I Love to See the Temple (PCS #95)

Lesson:

- Have you ever seen a temple lighted at night or walked on the temple grounds during the day? What was it like?
- Do we have a picture of a temple in our home? Where is it?  Which Temple is it?
- How do you feel when you see a temple?

Today we are going to talk about what Temples are and why they are so very special.

What is a Temple?

(show GAK 502: Salt Lake Temple)


Temples are called houses of the Lord because they are the most sacred (or special to Heavenly Father) structures on the earth.  Throughout history, the Lord has commanded His people to build temples. They are holy places where we make sacred promises with God.

What do we do in the Temple?

(show Inside the Temple printable - click here to download)


1. We we are taught about the purpose of life, the mission and Atonement of Jesus Christ, and Heavenly Father’s plan for His children. In the endowment ceremony we make covenants (or special promises) with Heavenly Father that prepare us to live with him again.

2. We are sealed together as husband and wife and as families.  When husband and wives are married in the Temple it means their families will be together in Heaven even after they die.

3. We do ordinances for the dead.  Heavenly Father has told us that everyone needs to be baptised and receive other ordinances to live with Him again. But some people have never heard of Jesus Christ and they lived their life and died without ever being baptized. In the Temple we can do baptisms and other ordinances for them so, if they choose, they can live with Heavenly Father in Heaven too.

Can everyone go to the Temple?
Yes. Heavenly Father wants everybody to be able to attend the Temple. First, we must show we are worthy. 

Imagine that you were playing outside in the mud all day. Rolling around. Making mud pies. Getting very dirty.  Do you think Mom would let you come into the house and sit on the living room couch with your muddy clothes on?  Why not? (Because the house is clean and I am dirty).

The Temple is like Heavenly Father's clean house. When we sin (or break commandments) we become dirty and we need to repent to be clean again.  So we must be totally clean to go into the Temple because it is God's house.  We also need to have a belief in the principles of the Gospel.

Each day as you choose to live the commandments, keep your baptismal covenants, and try to be more like Jesus Christ, you are preparing to go to the temple. If you are pure and clean when you enter the temple, you will feel His Spirit. The temple will always be a place of love and beauty for you

Bear your testimony about temples. Explain that the only way families can have the blessing of being together forever is to be sealed in the temple. Bear your testimony about the blessings of temple marriage and the happiness that can come to the children if they prepare to go to the temple.

(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)

Practice Song: If you are teaching your family the AUGUST Song of the Month, go over the words and music with your family.

Activity: Temple Mobile
click here to download
(from Children's Friend magazine)

21 Way Righteous Comments:

The Wille's said...

How PERFECT!! We are going on a ward temple trip next weekend and this is the perfect start to our week!! Thanks!!!

Delina

emily said...

i just love your site. thank you for doing these lessons. i think the mobile will be a big hit tonight.

Melanie and Jake said...

Thank you so much for this!

Stacey said...

Just found your blog and I love it! Thanks for all the great ideas. This lesson is perfectly adaptable for my two very young children (3 & 2 1/2).

Kevin Bouck said...

My wife and kids think I'm a rockstar now because of "my" great F.H.E. lessons. They'er ALL YOU! Thanks for posting these. I know I can find great lessons in no time flat on your blog!

Kevin Bouck said...

My wife and kids think I'm a rockstar for "my" amazing F.H.E. lessons. Thanks for posting such great, to the point lessons that my family loves. I know I can always find a quality lesson in no time flat on your blog! Thanks for helping us do our duty!

RyerseCrew said...

Thank you this was great! we really haven't had FHE in forever. It was nice to have a whole hour of fun with the family. The spirit was here and all was great. I guess if we do what is right we are blessed. thanks.

Stacey said...

I just wanted to let you know that we used this lesson last night and it was one of the best FHE nights we've ever had! My son is slightly autistic and it's so hard to get his attention, but your lesson was the perfect length for him! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I'm also going to take your suggestion to start taking photos ever FHE so we can remember these amazing times.

I'm also planning on taking your earlier FHE lessons and doing a daily study time with my kids. I love the structure and simplicity and I've always struggled to put together small lessons by myself.

Putman's said...

found this from Ryersecrew and excited to have have the lesson done for next week. We went to the temple this week and this will be a great help for our 3 yr old to understand more about temples. Thanks!

Breanna said...

I love this. My 3 year old loves temples and I think this lesson can be simple enough for her to "teach" the lesson.

Crump Family said...

I found your blog through my sister's pin on pinterest. Thank you so much for all the work you must put into these lessons. I have really been wanting to raise the bar a little on our FHE lessons and these will help tremendously! We have young children 5,2,2 it is so hard to find ideas for things to do with kids so young. Your lesson is great and will work well. Thanks again! You will be at the top of my bookmark list!

Tara said...

This lesson was so great because now my little girl can at least say "temple" and the mobile was so cute. We actually hung it up in her room. THanks for all your hard work!

Brooke said...

I love the analogy about being muddy and why you can't come inside - what a great way to expalin the need for worthiness to kids. I also love to use the booklet the church put out a while back called Temples - it has many pictures of different temples inside and out. Thanks for a great fhe lesson

Andi said...

Used this for the Brigham City Open House! Thanks!

Jess said...

We are going to be featuring this post this Sunday (9/16), come stop by!
Latter-day Chatter
http://latterdaychatter.blogspot.com/

The Millward Family said...

Thanks so much, we are using this for FHE to prepare for the Brigham City temple dedication this week. This is great for my older kids that are going, and the activity is perfect for the little ones that can't go, but want to know what is going on!

kws said...

I love the temple mobile! I generally teach the lesson to my young children while they work on the art portion of the lesson- it keeps them quiet, and this one will keep them occupied for quite a while!

Mary said...

I printed your lesson to help my 14-year old son with his family home evening lesson tonight. Thanks for putting it together.

Laura said...

You are amazing! I searched and searched for a fun, interactive FHE lesson packet and...finally found your blog! I used this one for our family FHE tonight and we'll be using the Plan of Salvation lesson to prepare our ward's young women to teach their families. I appreciate all the work and details you put into each lesson; thank you, thank you!

DaniloandBrittney said...

Thank you very much!

Megan and Will said...

This is awesome! The pictures and the mobile are great! Thank you!

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