Review the Basics
The Temple and the Home
As a family, study and discuss the resources listed under basic principle 1, as well as the truth that “only the home can compare to the temple in sacredness” (Bible Dictionary, “Temple”). Counsel together about things you can do at home to prepare to attend the temple. Display pictures of the temple in your home where you and your children will see them often.
Prepare for Covenants
Invite your children to share insights they gain from Elder Robert D. Hales’s talk listed under basic principle 2. Discuss with them the covenants they have already made and the role of the sacrament in helping us prepare for temple covenants. What other opportunities could you provide as parents that will help your children prepare to live the covenants they will make in the temple?
Centered on the Savior
What have you learned about the Savior through temple worship? Attend the temple as often as possible, looking for symbols and teachings that remind you of Him. Share with your family your testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the blessings of temple worship (see basic principle 3).
Consider the following questions in a family council or family home evening: How is our family blessed by the covenant the Lord made with Abraham? How does the temple help us strengthen our ties as an eternal family? What can we improve on? What goals will help us live up to the responsibilities and receive the blessings of the temple? (See basic principle 4.)
Study with My Children
Invite your children to share any questions they have as they study on their own. What helped you prepare to receive your own endowment? Share with your son or daughter what you did—or what you wish you had done—to prepare for this ordinance. If you are concerned about what is and is not appropriate to discuss outside the temple, Preparing to Enter the Holy Temple and Temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can be your guide in answering questions and sharing information.
Conversations about Worthiness
Have regular conversations with your son or daughter about worthiness to enter the temple. To guide your conversations, you could use For the Strength of Youth or other resources from “What must I do to be worthy to enter the temple?” Bear your testimony of the power of the Atonement to cleanse us from our sins and help us overcome our weaknesses.
Invite your children to share in family home evening the things they are learning about family history from “Why is it important to do family history work and prepare names for temple ordinances?”
Act in Faith
Review Standards of Worthiness
Make sure that you—as well as your son or daughter—are personally prepared to attend the temple. Review together the standards for personal worthiness (see “Worthiness”). If changes are necessary, meet with your bishop and follow his counsel.
Reverence for the Sacred
Discuss with your son or daughter the importance of reverence when attending the temple. Talk about what it means to show reverence for the sacred. You might consider discussing President Boyd K. Packer’s talk “Reverence Invites Revelation” (Ensign, Nov. 1991, 21–23) and Elder D. Todd Christofferson’s talk “A Sense of the Sacred” (Liahona, June 2006, 28–31).
Work together to identify names of ancestors for whom you can perform temple ordinances. Learn as much as possible about these ancestors, including their life stories. Perform baptisms and confirmations for the dead as a family (see “Baptisms for the Dead”). Plan in a family council or family home evening what you will do to attend the temple regularly and to make it a priority in your family.