Families Can Be Together Forever
To help each child understand that temples are sacred places where families can be sealed together forever, and to encourage each child to prepare to enter the temple.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Show picture 1-54, Salt Lake Temple, and pictures of several other temples, including the temple in your temple district, if available. Allow the children to tell what they know about temples.
Have you ever seen a temple?
What do you think about when you see a temple?
Discuss the beauty of the temples, pointing out the spires, windows, and doors. Explain that on an outside wall of each temple are the words The House of the Lord. Members of the Church go to the temple to learn about Heavenly Father and Jesus and their love for us.
Have the children put their hands above their heads to make a temple spire. Ask them to stand straight and tall and pretend that they are a beautiful temple. Then ask them to sit down quietly.
The temple is a sacred place
A temple is a sacred place (see D&C 97:15–17). Ask the children to repeat the word sacred. This means that the temple is a very special place where everything reminds us of Heavenly Father and Jesus.
If they keep Heavenly Father’s commandments, they can go to the temple when they are older. In the temple we make special promises to Heavenly Father to obey his commandments
. We can also be married in the temple
, and we can be baptized for people who weren’t baptized while they lived on the earth
Have the children hold up three fingers and repeat three things they can do in the temple when they are older:
“In the temple I can make special promises to Heavenly Father.”
“In the temple I can be married.”
“In the temple I can be baptized for others.”
I love to see the temple (interlock fingers and raise the forefinger of each hand to make a spire).
I’m going there someday (walk in place)
To feel the Holy Spirit (put hand over heart),
To listen and to pray (put hand behind ear, then fold arms).
Because the temple is a sacred place, we wear white clothing when we are inside. The clothing reminds us that Heavenly Father and Jesus want us to be clean and pure and to always choose what is right.
What color of clothing are you wearing today?
What color of clothing will you wear inside the temple?
Because the temple is a sacred place, we are reverent when we are inside. We whisper or talk softly. Have the children whisper, “I love Heavenly Father and Jesus.” We can feel happy and peaceful in the temple because we feel close to Heavenly Father and Jesus.
Tell the following story about President Lorenzo Snow in your own words:
Lorenzo Snow knew that he would soon be the prophet of the Church. He went to the temple, put on his white clothing, and knelt down in a special room to pray. He wanted Heavenly Father to tell him what he should do to lead the Church. He prayed and prayed but did not receive an answer. As President Snow was leaving the room where he was praying, Jesus appeared to him
. Jesus wore beautiful white robes and looked so bright and shining that President Snow could hardly look at him. Jesus looked as though he were standing on solid gold. Jesus told President Snow the things he had prayed to know (see LeRoi C. Snow, “An Experience of My Father’s,” Improvement Era, Sept. 1933, p. 677).
Why do you think President Snow prayed in the temple instead of some other place? (Because he could feel closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus inside the temple.)
Temples help families be together forever
The temples can help families be together forever. When a man and a woman get married in the temple and obey the commandments, Heavenly Father promises them that they can be with each other and with all their children forever. We call this being sealed as a family.
Who are the people in your family?
How do you feel when you are with your family?
How can a family be together forever?
Forever is a long time. It is longer than the time you have to wait until your birthday
or the next holiday; it is longer than the time the oldest person
you know has been alive; it is longer than back to the time when Adam and Eve
were alive. Forever means that something will never end.
How Long is Forever?
Help the children do the actions to the following verse as you say the words:
How Long Is Forever?
How long is forever (point to head, as if thinking)?
It’s longer than a year (put fist under chin, rest elbow on other hand).
It’s longer than the time it takes (put other fist under chin, rest elbow on hand)
For Christmas to be here.
How long is forever (point to head, as if thinking)?
It’s not too long to spend (shake finger back and forth)
With families that you love (hug self),
For it will never, ever end!
Heavenly Father and Jesus love every family and want every family to be sealed together forever. Families who have not been sealed in the temple can prepare themselves by obeying Heavenly Father’s commandments. Then they can go to the temple to be sealed as a family.
With the children, sing or say the words to the chorus of “Families Can Be Together Forever” (Children’s Songbook, p. 188) several times.
Families can be together forever
Through Heavenly Father’s plan.
I always want to be with my own family,
And the Lord has shown me how I can.
The Lord has shown me how I can.
I can prepare to go to the temple
Everyone who obeys Heavenly Father’s commandments can go to the temple. Obeying Heavenly Fathers commandments will help the you be worthy to go to the temple when you are older.
What are commandments? (Things Heavenly Father has told us to do.)
Love each other.
Go to church.
Eat good foods (obey the Word of Wisdom).
The commandments are like road signs to help us find our way. They show us the right path to follow to return to Heavenly Father.
Commandment Road Signs
Display the “Commandment Road Signs”. Explain that you will describe a situation and then the children are to decide which commandment on a road sign will help them choose the right. Explain any words that are difficult for the children to understand. Let the children take turns pointing to the different commandments that show the right way.
- You are walking home from a friend’s house when another friend sees you. He asks you to come to his house to play. But your mother had asked you to come straight home, and you promised you would. Your friend tells you that it won’t hurt to be a little late getting home. What commandment would help you choose the right?
- You have been earning money to buy a ball by doing extra chores for your parents. The store has the ball on sale, but you still don’t have enough money unless you borrow from your tithing. Which commandment would help you choose the right?
- It’s late and your family has just returned home. You are tired and want to go to bed. Then you remember that your family forgot to pray before everyone went off to bed. What commandment will help you choose the right?
- Your best friend invites you to go to a movie on Sunday. You have wanted to see that movie for a long time. What commandment would help you choose the right?
- You are playing with your friends. A boy who has called you names comes along and wants to play too. What commandment would help you choose the right?
- You are with some friends and some of them want you to take a drink of some alcohol that one of them brought from home. Your parents have taught you that drinking alcohol is wrong. What commandment would help you choose the right?
I Can Go To the Temple
Make a copy of the page of drawings for each child. Let the children color the drawings.
Share your feelings about the importance of families being together forever and about the blessings of the temple. Remind the children that obeying their parents and obeying Heavenly Father’s commandments are important ways to prepare to go to the temple.
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