Families can be together forever
Check with your priesthood advisor first to see if this activity will work in your meetinghouse without disrupting others in the building. If not, designate areas of the children’s meeting room to represent the rooms mentioned. Divide the children into groups and take them on a tour of the meetinghouse, much as they might go on a tour of a temple during an open house. (See Friend, Feb. 1993, pp. 2–4 and Jan. 2001, p. 22.) Ask them to be reverent and listen to the guides who will explain how a temple is similar to and different from a meetinghouse. Have an adult accompany each group, as well as a guide at each of the following stops:
Chapel—a gathering place in both buildings.
Classroom—similar to an ordinance room because it is where we are taught what Heavenly Father wants us to know and do.
Baptismal font (if there is not one in your building, use a picture)—in a meetinghouse baptisms are performed for the living; in the temple baptisms are performed for the dead.
Kitchen—in a meetinghouse, a place to serve food for ward or stake activities; in some temples there are cafeterias where food is served.
Bishop or branch president’s office—the bishop or branch president is responsible for his ward or branch; each temple has a temple president’s office. The temple president is responsible for the temple and the work done there. If possible, have the bishop or branch president explain what a temple recommend is at this stop.
Return to the Nursery room and explain that temples have some other special rooms, such as the celestial room and sealing rooms. Have the children sing . Invite a speaker to talk about his or her experiences at a temple open house or dedication.
Families can be together forever
Heavenly Father planned for me to come to a family
Eternal Chain: Make several strips of paper representing the family. Cut them apart so that each child will have enough strips to represent his family members. Have the child draw a picture of each family member on each chain (you could have them include grandparents and aunts/uncles if you wanted to). Explain that mothers and fathers are joined together forever when they are married in the temple. Every member of the family belongs to the chain. Each person is important.
Temple Box from Mormon Share
Temple Craft: (Idea by Helen from South Australia) "We recently had a lesson which talked about families and temples. For our craft after our lesson, I drew a simple picture of a temple for each child. I cut some aluminum foil into small pieces and had some glitter and confetti. The children glued the foil etc. onto their picture. They loved the foil and the colors in the confetti. It was simple to prepare and very effective. After, we made a bus (chairs lined up one behind the other) and went on a bus ride to the temple. Our temple is 16 hours drive away! As we drove along we "spotted" all sorts of animals. The children soon got into it and were pointing out kangaroos and lizards. It was lots of fun, really simple and got the imagination going!!"
Door Signs by Laree Ipson
FILE FOLDER GAMES:
File Folder Game by Megan Mills
The Lord's Temple
For Sunbeams...play pin the family or tree on the temple. Blindfold one child, give them a spin, and then let them see if they can stick the figure onto the temple picture. Discuss each piece as it is placed on the temple scene. For nursery/younger children: let each child choose one item to place on the temple scene. As they put up each piece, talk about it. The trees have things written on them that we need to do to prepare to go to the temple similar to what is in the lesson manual. You may have to print out another set of family members, etc. in order to have enough for all the kids or just reuse the first set and take turns.
Temple Clipart and Handouts
Temple Puzzle (scroll down)
Church Babies Blog
LDS Primary Lesson Helps for Lesson 26
My Eternal Family - This is a nice addition to the Eternal families lesson because it also addresses those who have not been sealed to parents and what they can do. (This suggestion was made by Doreen McDowell)
My Family Can Be Forever
“I Love to See the Temple” (p. 95)
Sunbeam Letter for Lesson 26 by Cynthia Mikesell - The content of this letter comes almost exclusively from the lesson book. I just changed the language a bit so that it reads as if the child is telling the parent what they have done in class that day. (Click here to see all letters written by Cynthia)
SHARING TIMES (that can be adapted):
A House of God
The Greatest Gift
A Place of Love and Beauty