Monday, June 27, 2011

Family Home Evening Lesson #79: THE TEMPLE IS A HOUSE OF GOD

1. Opening Prayer

2. Sing "I Love to See the Temple" Children's Songbook pg. 95

3. Read The Family: A Proclamtion to the World, Paragraph 3   Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.

4. Read and discuss the following from the July 2011 Friend:

Everyone must be baptized to return to Heavenly Father. Many of Heavenly Father’s children died without being baptized. After you turn 12, you can be baptized in the temple for those people so they can have the same blessings.

In the temple we also receive an endowment, or gift. This gift is the promise that if we keep the commandments, we can have eternal life.

In the temple a husband and wife can be sealed as a family for time and eternity. That means if they stay worthy, they will be married forever as part of an eternal family.  Everything done in the temple is done by the priesthood—the power and authority of God.

To go inside the temple, you must be at least 12 years old and be baptized and confirmed. You need to believe in Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, and in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You need to strive to live Heavenly Father’s commandments. Your bishop or branch president will interview you to make sure you are worthy to enter the temple, and you will receive a temple recommend to show at the temple. Having a recommend means that you are living the way you should to go inside.

When you stay on the path that takes you to the temple, you will be prepared to go there “to feel the Holy Spirit, to listen and to pray. For the temple is a house of God, a place of love and beauty.”

5. Closing Prayer

Additional Resources: Temples (
A Place of Love and Beauty (Friend, January 2002)
The Holy Temple, a Beacon to the World (Ensign, April 2011)