To help the children understand that families can be together forever.
Prepare to sing or say the words to “Families Can Be Together Forever” (Children’s Songbook, p. 188) and “A Happy Family” (Children’s Songbook, p. 198); the words to both songs are included at the back of this manual.
Throughout this lesson, be sensitive to children who do not have both mother and father in their homes. Also be sensitive to children who have parents or siblings who are not members of the Church.
Materials needed: picture 3-5, Adam and Eve Teaching Their Children; pictures of the temple nearest you and of several other temples, if available (or use picture 3-62, Portland Oregon Temple ).
Make the necessary preparations for any enrichment activities that you will be using.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Follow up with the children if you encouraged them to do something during the week.
What is a temple?
Help the children understand the following ideas about temples:
They are sacred buildings.
Each one is called the house of the Lord.
We learn many things about Heavenly Father’s plan for us in temples.
Inside temples, we make special promises or covenants to Heavenly Father, and Heavenly Father makes special promises to us.
Explain that many sacred and important things can be done only in the temple.
Help the children understand that Heavenly Father has given us a plan that allows families to be together forever. Because Heavenly Father loves us, he wants all of his children to have the blessings that are given in the temple. There are many temples throughout the world, so many children in the world may have the blessings of being sealed or joined together forever to their families. Refer again to the pictures of various temples. Explain that as membership in the Church grows, the Church will build more temples throughout the world.
What can you tell your family about temples?
Encourage the children to share with their families what they have learned. (Be cautious about this if you believe the families might react negatively.)
Choose from the following activities those that will work best for your children. You can use them in the lesson itself or as a review or summary. For additional guidance, see “Class Time” in “Helps for the Teacher.”
Prepare enough strips of paper so that each child has one strip for each member of his family. Bring glue or tape and a pen.
Start with two strips of paper for each child, and label one Mother and one Father. Link the two into a chain.
Tell the children that when their parents were married, like the chain they became linked together. Then help the children add a link for each child in their family. When a link has been added for each family member, make a circle of the chain. Tell the children that when their family members are sealed together in the temple, they are all linked together forever. They can become an eternal family, just like the circle that goes on forever.
Do the following finger play with the children.
(Start with closed fist)
This is mother, (raise the thumb)
This is father, (raise the pointer finger)
This is brother tall, (raise the middle finger)
This is sister, (raise the ring finger)
This is our baby, (raise the little finger)
Oh, how we love them all. (hold hand up with fingers spread)
Teach the children this additional verse to “A Happy Family.”
I love Jesus, He loves me.
He loves families, yes sirree.
We build temples, so you see,
We can be together eternally.
If there is a child in your class who has had the experience of going to the temple with his family to be sealed, you may want to have the child or his parents tell about it.