August 2009 Sharing Time: Working Toward the Temple

This sharing time will engage the children in an activity geared to increase their understanding of the Lord's temples.

Preparation: Obtain a picture of a temple, ten colored sheets of paper, and a picture of a boy and girl. Post the temple picture on the board at the front of the room. Place the colored sheets under the temple picture to make a "path" leading up to the temple. Place the boy and girl pictures on the bottom sheet of paper.

Print the activity ideas below (without the answers) and cut them into separate slips. Place the slips in a box or basket. Familiarize yourself with the songs, questions, and activities on the slips.

Presentation: Point out the temple picture at the front of the room. Tell the children that you are going to play a game to help the boy and girl get to the temple.

Have a child come up and draw a slip of paper from the basket. Have the child follow the directions on the paper (they can ask their class members for help if they want). After they complete the activity the child can move the boy and girl up to the next square. Further discuss the information from that activity as appropriate. Repeat with another child and another slip until all ten activities have been completed.

Activity slips for the basket: 1. Have all the children sing "I Love to See the Temple," Children's Songbook, 95.

2. Name three ordinances that are performed in the temple. (Marriage, Endowment, Sealing, Washing, Anointing, Baptism, Confirmation, Ordination.)

3. Tell which temple you'd like to be married in and why.

4. Unscramble the following words (make wordstrips of the scrambled words). TACENNSOV (Covenants), OCEISNANRD (Ordinances).

5. Have all the children sing, "Families Can Be Together Forever," Children's Songbook, 188.

6. Fill in the missing vowels to decode the following statement (make a wordstrip of the statement). TH_ T_MPL_ IS _ H_ _SE OF G_D. (The temple is a house of God.)

7. Look at a picture of a baptismal font in a temple. (Gospel Art Kit, picture 504) What is under the font? (Twelve Oxen.) What do they represent? (The Twelve Tribes of Israel.)

8. Have all the children sing, "Truth from Elijah," Children's Songbook, 90.

9. Name three things you need to do to be worthy of a temple recommend. (Have a testimony of Jesus Christ, pay tithing, attend church meetings, be honest, live the Word of Wisdom, live the law of chastity, support church leaders, treat family members with kindness.)

10. Unscramble the following words (make wordstrips of the scrambled words). MFYILA RYTHIOS (Family History), RVFEEOR (Forever).

After all the activities have been completed congratulate the children on making it to the temple. Explain that now is the time for the children to prepare to go to the temple when they are older. Challenge them to make going to the temple a goal.

Bear testimony that temples are holy places and through temple ordinances our families can be united forever.

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