*For Younger Children* Read the story below (“Little Brothers and Temples” Jane McBride Choate, Nov 1993 Friend). Discuss the importance of the temple and the things we can do now to prepare to enter the temple.
Deanna’s CTR B teacher held up a picture. “Does anyone know what this is?”
Deanna raised her hand. “The temple.”
Sister Dench smiled. “That’s right. Do you know which temple it is, Deanna?”
“The Denver Temple.” Deanna knew because her mother had hung a picture of it in their home.
“Why do you think Heavenly Father wants us to have temples?”
Mark raised his hand. “So that we can do baptisms for the dead.”
Danny said, “Families can be sealed there.”
“Those are both good reasons,” Sister Dench said. “What can you do now to prepare to go to the temple?”
“Pay our tithing.”
“Go to church.”
Sister Dench nodded after each answer. “During the week, I’d like each of you to think of other ways you can prepare to go to the temple.”
Deanna thought a lot about her Primary lesson that afternoon. She wanted to go to the temple someday. On the last Friday of each month, her parents drove to Denver to attend it. When they came home, they always seemed extra happy. They smiled at each other in a special way that made Deanna feel happy too.
She was imagining her own temple wedding, when five-year-old Robbie asked, “Can I use your crayons? I want to draw a picture for Grandma.”
Deanna frowned. “You broke one the last time I let you use them.”
“I didn’t mean to.”
“I don’t care. You can’t use them.”
Robbie turned away, but not before Deanna saw a tear roll down his cheek. She tried to ignore the stab of guilt she felt.
As she helped set the table for dinner that evening, Deanna told her mother about her Primary lesson. “How else can I prepare to go to thetemple?” she asked, glancing at the picture of it on the dining room wall.
Her mother placed a casserole dish on the table. She didn’t answer Deanna’s question but asked, instead, “Do you know why Robbie was crying this afternoon?”
Deanna was surprised. Usually her mother wanted to talk about her Primary lesson. “I wouldn’t let him borrow my crayons,” she said reluctantly. “The last time he used them, he broke one.”
“He’s still learning how to color,” her mother said. “You could help him.”
“Are you going to make me share?”
“No, but I hope that someday you’ll want to. One thing we learn in thetemple is how important families are.”
Deanna thought about that the rest of the evening. After school the next day, she noticed that three-year-old Kevin had messed up the jigsaw puzzle she’d been putting together. It had five hundred pieces, and it had taken her a long time to do as much as she had.
She started to yell at him, then remembered her Primary lesson. “It’s all right, Kevin,” she said. “I know you just wanted to help me with it.” She went to his room and found a simple wooden puzzle. “Here, I’ll show you how to work this one.” She spent an hour helping Kevin fit the pieces of his puzzle together over and over again.
After dinner, she took her box of crayons to Robbie’s room. “Do you still want to use these?”
He nodded eagerly. She sat down beside him and helped him with his picture.
For the rest of the week, she tried hard to help her brothers. Sometimes they still annoyed her, but they also made her smile—like when Kevin planted a big kiss on her cheek, and when Robbie threw his arms around her and said, “You’re the bestest big sister in the world!”
“How many of you remember what we talked about last week?” Sister Dench asked on Sunday.
Everyone raised his hand.
“What are some ways you thought of that we can prepare now to go to thetemple?” she asked.
“Obey the Word of Wisdom,” Danny said.
“Keep the Sabbath Day holy,” Janet volunteered.
“Those are both good ways,” Sister Dench agreed. “Does anyone else have any other ideas?”
Deanna raised her hand. “Be nice to my brothers.” Someone snickered, and she ducked her head in embarrassment.
When she raised her head, she saw that Sister Dench was smiling. “Thank you, Deanna. That’s one of the most important things we can do to prepare to go to the temple.”
“Why is it so important?” Danny asked.
“The temple is about families. How do you think Jesus feels when we can’t get along with our brothers and sisters?”
“He probably feels sad,” Danny said.
“I think you’re right. Jesus wants us to treat our families here the way we’ll treat them in heaven.”
Deanna remembered Robbie’s hug and Kevin’s kiss. She could hardly wait for Primary to be over so that she could tell them how much she loved them.
1- What did Deanna learn in Primary?
2- Why didn’t she let Robbie use her crayons?
3- What did Kevin do to Deanna’s puzzle?
4- What is Deanna doing to prepare to enter the temple?
5- What can we do to prepare to enter the temple
Testify of the importance of the temple and the things we can do to prepare to enter the temple.
*For Teenagers or Adults* Share parts for the article below (“The Temple–What it Means to You”, Elder J Richard Clarke April 1993 New Era). Testify of the importance of and the blessing we can receive from preparing and attending the temple.
I have a valise which was owned by Robert Redford. (I don’t mean the movie star; I mean my grandfather.) When Grandfather Redford died, Mother and her brothers and sisters gathered together to distribute his personal belongings. Each family member was given a first-choice selection. Unknown to us, Mother prayed that she could have Grandfather’s temple clothes, which he carried in a black valise with the initials R.R. printed on it. Grandfather spent his last years as a templeworker in the Logan Temple.
Mother got her wish.
As a teenager, I thought it strange that Mother would prefer that little black bag to furniture or other items of worldly value. But then I thought of how my mother had taught me the sacredness of the temple long before I could fully understand its meaning. Her attitude about going to the temple and her handling of the temple clothing first caught my attention. Mother was always happy to visit the house of the Lord. What happened inside the temple wasn’t talked about specifically; but I heard parts of the temple vocabulary spoken with great respect, words likesacred, holy, spiritual, pure, celestial, endowments, sealing, the veil.
When I finally went to the temple as a missionary to receive my own endowments, Mother gave Grandfather’s temple clothing to me.
It would be difficult for me to describe my first experience in the temple. It was beyond anything earthly I had witnessed. I didn’t comprehend all that I was taught that night, but the deep feelings instilled in me were sublime. Clothed in the inheritance from my grandfather and accompanied by my mother, I began what was to be a continuum of incomparable spiritual visits to the holy temple. Based upon those experiences, I would like to share with you what I have learned about the temple and what it can mean in your own lives.
The temple is a symbol.
It is a symbol of covenants we make with God our Father. It is a symbol of holiness and reminds us of the person we ought to be. It stands as a fixed star to remind us of the path which leads to eventual reunion with our Heavenly Father.
Even the physical presence of the temple has changed people’s lives. I know of a young man who was very much involved in the drug scene during the turbulent 1960s. One night as he and a friend drove through a heavy rainstorm on their way home from a rock festival, he looked out the window of his car, trying to clear his drug-fogged brain. He saw the Washington Temple, beautiful and serene, bathed in brilliant light. It had a startling effect upon him. He couldn’t erase that image from his mind. Upon returning to his apartment, he called the bishop of his home ward and asked what he needed to do to get his life in order so that he could attend the temple. With the passing of time, his sincere repentance brought him to the house of the Lord where, in stark contrast to the counterfeit stimulation of drugs, he experienced the sanctifying power of our Heavenly Father.
A temple recommend is like a passport.
It is tangible evidence that we are keeping important commandments of God. A recommend should identify its bearer as a true and faithful Latter-day Saint. To misrepresent our worthiness to our bishop and receive a recommend dishonestly denies us the blessings of the temple. We cannot fool the Lord, who will not honor false credentials. Once we qualify for atemple recommend, we should resolve never to let it expire. We should reaffirm to our bishops each year that we are still worthy to return to the house of the Lord.
Temple ordinances are valid for eternity.
One sweet LDS girl was asked by her father to postpone her marriage in the temple so he could provide a lavish wedding in a large church that all his friends could attend. She said, “Daddy, I can’t do as you ask. I have seen how you and Mom have loved each other, and yet you have not married in the temple. I made up my mind as a little girl that I would be married to my husband for eternity and not just for this life. You have had my whole lifetime to prepare to go to the temple with me, and you have not done so. I’m sorry, but I must do what I believe to be right.”
All marriages performed outside the temple are canceled at death. It takes a lifetime to develop a Christlike character and to practice the art of successful marriage. How sad it would be to contemplate the termination of such a relationship which has taken most of a century to nurture. Of course, while marriages performed in the temple are beautiful, the ceremony alone does not guarantee happiness. That will depend on keeping our temple covenants and practicing the principles that govern successful marriage.
The temple is a refuge from the world.
In the temple, we can focus on our most important and ennobling thoughts and feelings. The temple is the ultimate house of worship where we may feel closer to our Heavenly Father than in any other place on earth. The faithful are promised that the Lord will be revealed at His temple. This does not mean that everyone will receive a personal visit there, but we can feel His presence.
President Benson tells us: “In the peace of [the temple], sometimes we find solutions to the serious problems of life. Under the influence of the Spirit, sometimes pure knowledge flows to us there. Temples are places of personal revelation. When I have been weighted down by a problem or a difficulty, I have gone to the house of the Lord with a prayer in my heart for answers. These answers have come in clear and unmistakable ways” (Ensign, Aug. 1985, p. 8).
Sacred temple clothing is a shield and protection against Satan.
As you receive your endowments in the temple, you receive the privilege of wearing the sacred temple clothing and the garments of the holy priesthood. The garments are a tangible reminder of your covenants with God. It has been said that modesty is the hallmark of a true Latter-day Saint. The temple garment reminds us that virtue sets us apart from the world and, in a special way, makes us one with God.
The temple is a house of learning.
In the temple, we are instructed in our Father’s plan for His children. The doctrine of the temple revolves around our Savior. We catch a glimpse of our eternal opportunities. We learn of our divine heritage and our Father’s love.
President McKay once taught, “I believe there are few … who comprehend the full meaning and power of the Temple endowment. Seen for what it is, it is the step-by-step ascent into the eternal Presence. If our young people could but glimpse it, it would be the most powerful spiritual motivation of their lives” (in Truman G. Madsen, “House of Glory,” BYU Ten-Stake Fireside address, Mar. 5, 1972, p. 7).
Temple ordinances draw us closer to our parents and families.
The only way families may have an eternal relationship is through obedience to the ordinances of the priesthood performed in the temple. Family love grows stronger and petty differences can be resolved as families attend the temple together.
The temple blesses all our Father’s children—the living and the dead.
We have the glorious opportunity of providing the saving ordinances for our ancestors that they cannot do for themselves. We can identify them from the computer and library files of the Church and prepare them to receive these blessings.
One ward youth group recently participated in an exciting family history activity. With classes taught by family history consultants and help from parents and relatives, these young people were able to clear 485 ancestral names for temple ordinance work, averaging nine family names each. Arrangements were then made for them to attend a temple session and be baptized for their ancestors. Seeing the excitement and interest of the young people, parents and leaders asked to join the group at the templeto perform the endowment and sealing ordinances. They testified of increased spiritual power and feelings of unity as they shared in thistemple service for their ancestors.
My young friends, the temple is Heavenly Father’s special gift to prepare us to return to His celestial home. It is more like His heavenly home than any building on earth. Prepare yourself to be worthy to make the templean integral part of your life—not just a place to be married but a place you will return to often and feel His divine presence.
I know God lives, that Jesus Christ is our Savior, that His Church is truly God’s earthly kingdom. May the temple be your goal and a constant reminder of our Father’s love and sacred promises.
Testify of the importance of preparing to enter the temple and the importance/blessings of attending the temple.
Towering Sand Castle Cake or Ice-cream Puffs
Towering Sand Castle Cake
8-inch round yellow cake
9-inch square yellow cake
2 (12-ounce) cans whipped vanilla frosting
Vanilla wafers, 12-ounce box
4 jumbo ice-cream cups
2 small ice-cream cups
6 sugar cones
Graham cracker sticks
Candy seashells and rocks
1- Use a long serrated knife to trim the top of the round cake flat, if needed. Cut a 5 1/2-inch and a 3 1/2-inch circlefrom the square cake, then stack all three pieces, spreading vanilla frosting between the layers. Frost the stack.
2- Use a rolling pin or food processor to crumble the wafers. With your hands, press the crumbs into the frosting, completely coating the cake. Spread frosting on the bottom of each ice-cream cup, then set them around the cake. With a serrated knife, carefully trim 1 1/2 inches from the top of 2 of the sugar cones. Set all 6 cones into the cups to complete the turrets, spreading a bit of frosting around the rims to hold them if needed.
3- Press 2 graham cracker-stick doors into the middle cake layer and rim the rest of the cake with graham cracker-stick halves. Sprinkle the remaining crumbs around the base and add a scattering of candy seashells and rocks. Serves 12..
Hands-on Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
FOR THE ICE-CREAM PUFFS
1 cup water
1/2 cup unsalted butter, diced
1 teaspoon sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup flour
1 lightly beaten egg for coating
vanilla ice cream
FOR THE CHOCOLATE SAUCE
1/2 cup heavy cream
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons unsalted butter
1- Move the oven rack to a position slightly below the center and heat the oven to 375°. Lightly coat two baking sheets with butter.
2- In a medium saucepan, bring the water, butter, sugar, and salt to a boil. Remove the pan from the stove top and stir in the flour until well blended. Return the pan to the stove top and cook on medium, stirring constantly, until the mixture pulls away from the sides, about 2 to 3 minutes.
3- Remove the pan from the stove top once more and transfer the mixture to a medium bowl. Stir in the 4 eggs, one at a time, until each is fully incorporated.
4- While the dough is still warm, use a tablespoon-size cookie scoop to place 1 1/2-inch-wide mounds on the baking sheets. Stagger the rows to give the puffs room to expand as they bake. Gently brush the top of each with the beaten egg.
5- Bake the puffs until golden brown, 25 to 28 minutes. (Don’t remove them from the oven before they’re fully baked, or they’ll collapse.) Transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
6- While the puffs are baking, line a baking sheet with waxed or parchment paper. Place 1 1/2-inch-wide ice-cream scoops on the sheet, one for each puff. Cover the ice cream with plastic wrap and freeze until ready to use.
7- For the chocolate sauce, bring the heavy cream to a boil in a small saucepan. Place the chocolate in a heat-safe bowl and pour the cream on top. Let the mixture sit for 3 minutes, then whisk it until it’s smooth. Add the butter, then whisk again.
8- To assemble the dessert, cut each puff in half, place a scoop of ice cream on the bottom, replace the top, and drizzle with the warm chocolate sauce. Serve immediately.
Tips: The pastry puffs can be made ahead and frozen. Freeze them on a baking sheet, then store them in a ziplock bag. To thaw the puffs, bake them at 350 degrees for five minutes.
(Recipes taken from Familyfun.go.com)