What You'll Need: scriptures, GAK 417/GAB 95: Elijah Restores the Power to Seal Families for Eternity, GAK 504/GAB 121: Temple Baptismal Font, 3D Temple Baptismal Font print out, scissors, coloring tools, glue stick.
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Scripture: Mal 4:6 - And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers.
Opening Song: I Love to See the Temple (PCS #95) - Alternate verse found here.
An ancient Prophet named Malachi taught that the hearts of the children would be turned to their fathers. When he says 'fathers' he means our ancestors. An angel appeared to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdry and gave them the power to seal families in the Temple.
(show GAK 417/GAB 95: Elijah Restores the Power to Seal Families for Eternity - note that the pictures are slightly different in the different kits)
Having that power to seal restored means that in our day, Malachi's words are coming true. If our ancestor's were not members of the church after they die they will have a chance to hear about the Gospel. If they believe it and want to live with Heavenly Father again they need to be baptized and participate in other ordinances. But how can they be baptized when they are already dead?
We can find out information about our ancestors who have passed away and give that information to church headquarters. Then we can perform temple ordinances for our ancestors.
(show GAK 504/GAB 121: Temple Baptismal Font - note that the pictures are slightly different in the different kits).
When you are twelve years old you can go to the Temple and be baptized and confirmed for your ancestors who have not already had that special work done for them. The baptism fonts in Temples are extra special. They always stand on the back of 12 oxen statues. The 12 oxen represent all of the people of the earth that live all over the world and are waiting to hear the gospel.
It is a wonderful gift to give to them and it fills our hearts with joy and the Spirit when we go to the Temple and do those ordinances. When you are older and you go through the Temple you can do the other ordinances for your ancestors as well, including sealing families together forever.
Family history work is uplifting because we learn about our ancestors and come to love them. We learn that they really are a part of our eternal family, that they know us, and that they love us. Elder J. Richard Clarke, a former member of the Seventy, said, “Through family history we discover the most beautiful tree in the forest of creation—our family tree.”
When we look for ancestors’ names and do their temple work, we serve them. Sometimes the Spirit tells us that our ancestors know what we have done for them and that they are grateful.
Russel M. Nelson said, "When our hearts turn to our ancestors, something changes inside us. We feel part of something greater than ourselves. Our [desire] for family connections are fulfilled when we are linked to our ancestors through sacred ordinances of the temple."
Bear your testimony about the feelings you have had while performing Temple work for others (this may include doing baptisms for the dead as a youth or other ordinances later or searching records and submitting names). Share the feeling you have when you enter the Temple and why it is important to you to know that families can be together forever.
(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)
Practice Song: If you are teaching your family the JANUARY Song of the Month, go over the words and music with your family.
Activity: Choose from the following activities as they best suit your family.
1. Forever Family Coloring Page
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