Elder Gary E. Stevenson said, “You are never lost when you can see the temple.” (Sacred Homes, Sacred Temples April 2009) Click here for the full talk.
In our Stake Conference last week, our Stake President told a story about something that happened two days before. He and his wife had attended a session at the Ogden temple to prepare for Stake Conference. As they were walking out, Activity Day girls from a nearby ward met them at the door with cookies. These treats had a note attached that said,
“While you were serving in the temple, we were serving you.”
What a wonderful way to help Activity Day girls begin to understand why we attend the temple. I can only envision the lessons taught to these girls as they talked about why this was a service project worth doing and what their role in preparing for the temple is.
As I’ve thought more about it, I wanted the message to be more clear regarding the Activity Days girls’ need to prepare themselves to serve in the temple when they turn 12 years old. I wanted the note to say this instead:
“While you were serving in the temple, we were preparing ourselves to attend the temple, too!”
I was so inspired by this story from our Stake President that I created this printable to help you make it happen! Click on the following link to download this tag:
Temple Service Project – Tag
I like how this focuses on their individual preparedness to be worthy to enter the temple doors to do baptisms for the dead. I can see a lovely lesson centered around what we are doing now to be covenant keepers and how that will prepare us to take that next step to serve in the temple. You may not live nearby a temple to be able to carry out this service project. No problem – this particular activity could be just one step in many activities and lessons that focus on the temple.
Consider these questions:
- what are temples?
- what happens there?
- why temples are important?
- why do we perform temple ordinance for those who have died?
- what we need to do to stay worthy to go?
- how do we prepare and keep ourselves clean so we can serve in the temple?
- what blessings come from temple ordinances and attending the temple?
These are just some of the questions that can be addressed during activities about the temple. What you do to answer those questions is as varied as the people creating the learning experiences. Take the girls’ photos at the temple, make artwork focusing on the goal of getting to the temple, talk about it.
When you think about what the most important gospel truths that we could be teaching these young girls, how to be covenant keepers and looking toward the temple is probably the most important and has the greatest eternal consequences. I’ve learned in my own life that when we are focused on the temple, everything else seems to fall into place.
“As we touch the temple, the temple will touch us.” – President Thomas S. Monson (Jordan River Temple dedication - referenced here)
Think about this idea – especially you leaders in our Stake. How can we make the temple more a part of the lives of these Activity Day girls? There are many ways to get the job done and no one way is correct. What we know for sure is that keeping our eyes on the temple is a sure way to be covenant keepers.
What are you going to do to focus on the temple? Click here if you would like to learn more about the LDS temples.