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Why are temple ordinances important?

Temple ordinances lead to the greatest blessings available to Heavenly Father’s children. These ordinances prepare us to live forever with Heavenly Father and our families after this life. They bless us with spiritual power and direction during mortality. In the temple, we can also receive essential ordinances in behalf of ancestors who died without having the opportunity to receive these ordinances for themselves.

Prepare yourself spiritually

As you prepare, prayerfully study these scriptures and resources. What will inspire the young men to qualify for and participate in temple ordinances?

D&C 84:19–22 (The power of godliness is in the ordinances of the priesthood)

D&C 131:1–4 (The new and everlasting covenant of marriage)

Richard G. Scott, “The Joy of Redeeming the Dead,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2012, 93–95

Richard G. Scott, “Temple Worship: The Source of Strength and Power in Times of Need,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2009, 43–45

Thomas S. Monson, “The Holy Temple—a Beacon to the World,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2011, 90–94; see also the video “Temples Are a Beacon”

Temples,” True to the Faith (2004), 170–74

Let the young men lead

A member of the quorum presidency (or an assistant to the bishop in the priests quorum) conducts the quorum meeting. He leads the young men in counseling together about quorum business, teaches them their priesthood duties (from the scriptures and the Duty to God book), encourages them to share their experiences fulfilling their duty to God, and invites an adviser or other quorum member to teach a gospel lesson. He could prepare by filling out a quorum meeting agenda during a presidency meeting.

Begin the learning experience

Choose from these ideas or think of your own to review last week’s lesson and introduce this week’s lesson:

  • Bring an object or picture to class and ask how it relates to last week’s lesson. Review together the doctrine taught last week.
  • Invite a young man to hold up a picture of the temple and explain why temple ordinances are important to him.

Learn together

Each of the activities below will help the quorum members understand why temple ordinances are important. Following the inspiration of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your quorum:

  • Show a picture of a married couple in front of a temple (see Gospel Art Book, 120). Invite the quorum to read together Doctrine and Covenants 131:1–4 and look for the blessings promised to those who enter into the new and everlasting covenant of marriage. What blessings will be withheld from those who do not enter into this covenant? How is the Lord’s view of marriage different from the world’s view? Share your testimony with the young men about the blessings that are available to them and their future families as they participate in the ordinances of the temple.
  • Invite the young men to read the last 10 paragraphs of Elder Richard G. Scott’s talk “Temple Worship: The Source of Strength and Power in Times of Need.” Invite them to share how they feel Elder Scott’s experiences demonstrate the importance of temple ordinances. Share experiences from your own life, and invite the young men to do the same.
  • Show the video “Temples Are a Beacon” (or share the story of the Mou Tham family from President Thomas S. Monson’s talk “The Holy Temple—a Beacon to the World”) and ask the young men why they think the Mou Tham family was willing to make such great sacrifices to go to the temple. What sacrifices have they made or seen others make to attend the temple and receive its blessings?
  • Give each young man a copy of Elder Richard G. Scott’s talk “Temple Worship: The Source of Strength and Power in Times of Need,” and ask the quorum members to find the suggestions Elder Scott gives on how to benefit from temple attendance. Invite the young men to share what they find. Which of these suggestions do they feel apply best to them as young men? Invite them to select one or more that they will follow the next time they attend the temple. Ask the young men to share a recent experience they had attending the temple. What blessings have they received?
  • Divide the quorum in half, and ask one half to imagine that they are the deceased ancestors of the young men in the other half. Invite them to imagine that they died without being baptized but have accepted the gospel in the spirit world. Ask them to write a message to their living descendants and give it to one of the young men in the other half of the quorum. Ask the quorum members to read the message out loud. Write on the board the title of this lesson, and invite the young men to think about this question as they read the first four paragraphs of Elder Richard G. Scott’s talk “The Joy of Redeeming the Dead.” Ask them to share their thoughts.

Ask the young men to share what they learned today. Do they understand the importance of temple ordinances? What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be worthwhile to spend more time on this doctrine?

Invite to act

The young man who is conducting concludes the meeting. He could:

  • Lead the quorum in planning a trip to the temple to perform baptisms for the dead, taking their own family names if possible. He could also invite the quorum members to use what they learned today to encourage other quorum members to prepare to attend the temple with them.
  • Ask the quorum members what they feel they should do because of what they learned today.