Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
The temple is a sacred place
Explain that a temple is a sacred place (see D&C 97:15–17). Ask the children to repeat the word sacred. This means that the temple is a very special place where everything reminds us of Heavenly Father and Jesus.
Tell the children that if they keep Heavenly Father’s commandments, they can go to the temple when they are older. Explain that in the temple we make special promises to Heavenly Father to obey his commandments. We can also be married in the temple, and we can be baptized for people who weren’t baptized while they lived on the earth.
Have the children hold up three fingers and repeat three things they can do in the temple when they are older:
“In the temple I can make special promises to Heavenly Father.”
“In the temple I can be married.”
“In the temple I can be baptized for others.”
Temples help families be together forever
Display picture 1-5, Family with a Baby, and picture 1-7, A Loving Family. Explain that temples can help families be together forever. When a man and a woman get married in the temple and obey the commandments, Heavenly Father promises them that they can be with each other and with all their children forever. We call this being sealed as a family.
Who are the people in your family?
How do you feel when you are with your family?
How can a family be together forever?
Assure the children that Heavenly Father and Jesus love every family and want every family to be sealed together forever. Explain that families who have not been sealed in the temple can prepare themselves by obeying Heavenly Father’s commandments. Then they can go to the temple to be sealed as a family.
Building a Temple- Glue these pieces together to make a temple
Evelyn's Temple Testimony- Story with a Hidden picture after (only 6 objects to find)
Temple Hidden Picture- Words for this one but if you do it as a class or draw the pictures on the board it works okay.
Preparing for the Temple- A hidden picture activity but you could use it as a visual to talk about how we prepare or how families are forever
My Family Can Be Forever- As you talk about different points, have a child hang the ornament on a branch
Temples in All Times- Make this temple mobile and draw or glue a picture of your temple in the middle (see the Temple Gallery on LDS.org here)
The Temple is a Happy Place- Color than make this mobile that talks about why we have temples. You could just glue the pieces together instead.
Together Forever- Make this 3D model as a visual for your lesson
Spot the Differences- Some kids do really well with these, others could care less.
Temple Cards- Give one to every child to take home. There are 15 sets of these: December 2011, September 2007, April 2005, January 2002,February 2002, March 2002, April 2002, June 2002, July 2002, August 2002, September 2002, October 2002, December 2002,May 2002, November 2002
The Temple- I'm Going There Someday- Board game. Use the board then make up your own way to play it that is right for your class- show pictures of temples and have them point to different things, answer simple questions from the manual, etc.
The Temple Is a House of God- Which family is ready to go to the temple and why
You Are Never Lost When You Can See the Temple- Bright Idea poster
40 Years in the Making- Mormonad
Look Ahead- Mormonad
Peace on Earth- Mormonad
Set Your Sights- Mormonad
I'm Going There Someday- A video For Little Friends about 2 minutes)
A Special Day (framed Temple picture)
Salt Lake Temple (top of the temple with a dot to dot but could still just color)
Temple Blessings Unite Families (family in front of temple)
The Temple is a Blessing for Me and My Family (4 squares with a person and temple to color- last square to draw self or you could glue a picture of your local temple inside- see the Temple Gallery on LDS.org here)
I Can Prepare to Be Worthy to Go to the Temple (children in front of a temple)