IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (unscrambling words and singing a song): Invite an older child to read the last two sentences from paragraph 3 of The Family: A Proclamation to the World” to the Primary. Put each of the following words and phrases on seperate strips of paper: The temple is, a holy place, where we, are sealed, together. Place them on the board in random order. Have a child move one strip to its correct place. Continue until the words are in order. Sing the second verse of “I love to see the temple” and have half of the children listen for two things we do in the temple (covenant and promise to obey) and the other half listen for a truth they have learned (a family is forever). Help the children understand that being sealed to their family in the temple means that they can be together forever.
ENCOURAGE APPLICATION (sharing feelings and drawing pictures): Invite a family or a few children to share how they feel when they visit the temple grounds or how they have been blessed because of the temple and sealing ordinances. Invite the children to draw pictures of their family outside the temple.
I thought about showing a picture of a family (or my family or maybe even a primary child’s family) to the children and ask them how they would feel if they couldn’t live with their family. Then I may ask the children what happens when we die…will our family still be together then?
Then I’ll show the children a picture of a temple. You could even put the picture in a gift bag or wrap it in a box and tell the children that our Heavenly Father has given us a gift (blessed us), so that we can be with our family forever.
After I show them the picture of the temple I will have a child read the last 2 sentences of The Proclamation. I will tell the children that today we are going to discuss these sacred ordinances. I will then show them my tree and introduce them to our ‘Forever Family’. Instead of having the Gospel Art Kit pictures on the tree, I thought about having little people cut-outs with their names on each one. I will have different children come to the front and act as that part of the family. While I read the family members part I will have the child hold the GAK picture. As I continue with the story and invite another child to the front, I will have them lock arms together.
At the end of the lesson I will show the Primary children how the family is bound together. I might even try to pull the children apart or something.
I will tell the others that because of these sacred ordinances our family is bound and that means they will be together forever and will be able to live with their Heavenly Father again.
If you don’t want to make a tree you could just have 5 children come to the front of the room and give each one a name tag (a big name tag that hangs around their neck). You could make it kind of fun by having them dress the part somehow. Demonstrate at the beginning that they aren’t ‘bound’ together.
I have to give Darcee a huge THANK YOU for her wonderful idea. Hope you all like it and I hope all of you have a great Sharing Time.
Thanks! Have a great week!!