IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (singing a song): Display a picture of a temple and write on the board “The temple is ___________________.” Invite the children to sing the first verse of “I love to see the temple” (CS, 95). Tell them to signal when they sing the phrase that completes the sentence on the board by folding their arms. Ask them what the temple is (a house of God). Help the children look up “temple” in the Bible Dictionary (pages 780-81). Help them find statements explaining that a temple is literally a house of the Lord and that God has always comanded His people to build temples.
ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (playing a guessing game): Prepare clues about the temples built by..
Moses (see Exodus 25:1-2, 8-9)
Nephi (see 2 Nephi 5:16)
Joseph Smith (see D&C 124:31)
…and their followers. For example, “Our temple was called a tabernacle, and we moved it as we traveled” (Moses) or “We built a temple after leaving Jerusalem and traveling across the sea” (Nephi). Choose three children to represent these prophets, and invite them to read their clues to the Primary. Invite the other children to guess whom each child is representing. After they guess correctly, show a picture of the prophet or the temple that he and his people built.
ENCOURAGE APPLICATION (discussing temples): Show a picture of the temple nearest to where you live. Discuss the following questions:
1 – Why do you think God commands us to build temples?
2 – What can you do to prepare to go to the temple someday?
‘Build a Temple’ activity: Here is what you will need for this activity
–Several pictures of various temples: Find some pictures on lds.org or use the Gospel Art Kit . You will need 2 sets of each picture (one for the group and one to post at the front of the Primary room).
–Temple Facts Sheet: On the back of each picture or on a seperate piece of paper write several facts about each temple.
–‘Building Supplies’: play-doh, blocks, marshmallows and toothpicks, lincoln logs, etc.
Split the children into several groups and give each group a picture of a temple, a facts sheet, and their ‘building supplies’. You will also need an adult for each group.
Give each group about 5 min. to construct their temple. The picture of the temple that they were given is the temple that they will be building. As they’re building their temple have an adult read over the facts about their temple.
Have the pictures of each group’s temple posted at the front of the Primary Room. After each group is done building their temple have them all sit and face the front of the Primary Room.
Invite the first group to come up and show the others their temple. Have the children read about their temple. Pick a child to come up and guess which temple that group built by choosing one of the pictures posted.
Continue until all groups have shown their temple.
Discuss that the temple is a house of God and the importance of temples. You could even close by singing ‘I Love to See the Temple’. Bear your testimony.