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FHE: Why Do We Dedicate Temples?

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FHE Scripture



D&C 109: 4, 22-23

“4 And now we ask thee, Holy Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of thy bosom, in whose name alone salvation can be administered to the children of men, we ask thee, O Lord, to accept of this house, the workmanship of the hands of us, thy servants, which thou didst command us to build.

22 And we ask thee, Holy Father, that thy servants may go forth from this house armed with thy power, and that thy name may be upon them, and thy glory be round about them, and thine angels have charge over them;

23 And from this place they may bear exceedingly great and glorious tidings, in truth, unto the ends of the earth, that they may know that this is thy work, and that thou hast put forth thy hand, to fulfil that which thou hast spoken by the mouths of the prophets, concerning the last days.”


FHE Lesson Hymn



God is in His Holy Temple, Hymn No. 132

1. God is in his holy temple.
Earthly thoughts, be silent now,
While with rev’rence we assemble
And before his presence bow.
He is with us, now and ever,
When we call upon his name,
Aiding ev’ry good endeavor,
Guiding ev’ry upward aim.

2. God is in his holy temple,
In the pure and holy mind,
In the rev’rent heart and simple,
In the soul from sin refined.
Banish then each base emotion.
Lift us up, O Lord, to thee;
Let our souls, in pure devotion,
Temples for thy worship be.

 I Love to See the Temple, Children’s Songbook No. 95

1. I love to see the temple.
I’m going there someday
To feel the Holy Spirit,
To listen and to pray.
For the temple is a house of God,
A place of love and beauty.
I’ll prepare myself while I am young;
This is my sacred duty.

2. I love to see the temple.
I’ll go inside someday.
I’ll cov’nant with my Father;
I’ll promise to obey.
For the temple is a holy place
Where we are sealed together.
As a child of God, I’ve learned this truth:
A fam’ly is forever

FHE Lesson


*For Children*

Read aloud: Do you know how many temples have been built across the world? 141! That is so many! Temples are the most special places on Earth. They are a place where earth and heaven meet and we feel close to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Before a temple is used, it needs to be dedicated.
Ask the following question: Why do we dedicate temples?
Read aloud: When we dedicate temples, we are promising to use the temple as a special and sacred place to do the Lord’s work. We dedicate ourselves to the Lord’s service.

Ask the following questions and show the following pictures:

Endowment Room in LDS Temple

Sealing room in LDS Temple

-What sacred work happens in temples?
(Baptisms for the dead, sealing families together forever, taking our endowments out, etc.)
-How old do you have to be to attend a temple dedication? (8 years old.)
-How can you be dedicated and treat the temple as a special place?
(Preparing to enter the temple when you’re twelve years old to do baptisms for the dead, speak reverently and walk reverently when you visit the outside of the temple, help with family history so your ancestors can get their temple work done, remember how hard the pioneers worked to build temples, etc.)

*For Teenagers or Adults*  

Read aloud: Temples are being built at such a fast pace! There are 141 operating temples on the earth right now. Before every temple can start being used to make sacred covenants, it must be dedicated.
Read the following question: Why are temples dedicated?
Read aloud: Temples are dedicated to the Lord so they can be a heaven on earth. We also dedicate ourselves to doing the sacred work done inside temples. In the Old Testament Seminary Guide, it gives us more details about why it is so important for temples to be dedicated:

President Joseph Fielding Smith said, “When we dedicate a house to the Lord, what we really do is dedicate ourselves to the Lord’s service, with a covenant that we shall use the house in the way He intends that it shall be used” (“Hyrum Smith Honored By Pres. Smith,” Church News, 12 Feb. 1972, 4).In our day, each temple built by the Church is dedicated by a prayer given by a member of the First Presidency. The Prophet Joseph Smith prepared, by inspiration, the first dedicatory prayer in our dispensation and read the prayer at the dedication of the Kirtland Temple. The prayer is recorded in section 109 of the Doctrine and Covenants. Since that time, the Presidents of the Church have followed the pattern set by the Prophet Joseph.The dedication of the temple built under Solomon’s direction is found in 1 Kings 8. (Link to the Old Testament Seminary Guide found here.)

During a temple dedication, there are prayers, talks, and songs of celebration of the temple being dedicated.  It is a spiritual experience because the Lord’s happiness and love is felt.

Ask families if they have been able to attend a temple dedication and if so, have them tell of their experience.

President Hinckley explains the importance of temple dedications and temples dotting the globe. “Temple building and the dedication of temples have gone on at such a pace in the last few years that some pay little attention and feel it is of small significance. But the adversary has not been unmindful of it. The building and dedication of these sacred edifices have been accompanied by a surge of opposition from a few enemies of the Church as well as criticism from a few within. This has brought to mind a statement of Brigham Young in 1861 while the Salt Lake Temple was under construction. Evidently when someone with previous experience was asked to work on the Salt Lake Temple, he responded, “I do not like to do it, for we never began to build a Temple without the bells of hell beginning to ring.” To which Brigham Young replied, “I want to hear them ring again. All the tribes of hell will be on the move, if we uncover the walls of this Temple. But what do you think it will amount to? You have all the time seen what it has amounted to.” (In Journal of Discourses, 8:355–56.) Yes, in these recent times we have felt much of opposition, but we have also noted the frustration of those who have tried to stop this work. We have been strengthened, and we have moved forward under the promise of the Lord, who said: “I will not suffer that they [the enemy] shall destroy my work; yea, I will show unto them that my wisdom is greater than the cunning of the devil.” (D&C 10:43.) (The whole talk can be found here.)

Discuss why each family member feels temples are important.
Discuss any thoughts the family has about the importance of temple dedications.


FHE Treat


Mint Oreo Truffles or Caramel Pretzel Brownies

Mint Oreo Truffles


1. 1 (15.25 oz) package Mint Creme Oreos
2. 8 ounces (224g)  cream cheese, softened to room temperature
3. 12 ounces high quality semi-sweet chocolate*

Optional: sprinkles and green candy melts (pictured above)

1. Process the Oreos (the entire cookies, filling and cookie) in a food processor or blender. Pulse until crumbs are formed.
2.Using a hand-held or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the Oreo crumbs with the cream cheese until combined. The mixture will be thick and sticky.  You may do this step by hand, but I find using a mixer is much easier.
3. Using your hands, roll into 30-35 balls. Place balls on two large plates, a parchment paper lined baking sheet, or a silicone mat-lined baking sheet. Freeze the truffles for about 30 minutes. (Freezing the balls is the most important step of this recipe. If they are not cold and solid, the melted chocolate will not coat the balls properly.)
4. Coarsely chop the chocolate and melt according to package directions. Working with 1 truffle at a time, coat in chocolate. Here’s how I coat truffles: drop the truffle in the middle of the melted chocolate. Swirl the chocolate all around it with a fork. Pick up the truffle with a fork – do not pierce it, simply pick it up on top of the fork’s prongs. Tap the fork on the edge of the bowl to allow the excess chocolate to drip off. Place on a lined baking sheet. Top with sprinkles while the chocolate is still wet or drizzle with the melted green candy melts, if using.
5. Refrigerate truffles for at least 10 minutes so the chocolate sets. Truffles must always be chilled and will stay fresh for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

(Recipe From SallysBakingAddiction)

Caramel Pretzel Brownies


1. 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2. 2 tsp baking powder
3. 1 tsp salt
4. 1 cup butter
5. 5 ounces unsweetened chocolate
6. 1 cup packed brown sugar
7. 1 cup granulated sugar
8. 5 large eggs
9. 2 tsp vanilla extract

1. 4 oz milk chocolate, melted
2. 3/4 cup roughly chopped thin pretzels
3. 14 caramels, unwrapped
4. 2 tbsp heavy cream


1.Grease a 13 x 9″ pan and preheat the oven to 350 F.
2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside
3. Melt the chocolate and butter together in the top of a double boiler or in a heat-proof bowl set over simmering water. Stir until smooth.
4. Pour the chocolate mixture into a large bowl and stir in the sugars.
5. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well.
6. Gently stir in the flour mixture, mixing just until combined.
7. Sprinkle the pretzels over the brownies and bake for about 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
8. Set the pan on a rack to cool.
9. Drizzle the melted milk chocolate evenly over the pretzels.
10. Combine the caramels and heavy cream in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring until smooth. Drizzle over the brownies and let rest for at least an hour before cutting into squares.

(Recipe From CatesWorldKitchen)


FHE Game / Activity



Prophets Dedicate Temples Trivia or Spoons Game

Prophets Dedicate Temples Trivia
In nature no two snowflakes are alike, but here they are. Match each snowflake with the picture of a temple with another snowflake that is the same shape. Then you will find out which prophet dedicated each temple.
Answers and the activity can be found here.



Spoons Game

What you need: A deck of card and one less spoon than the number of people playing.
Instructions: To play, you simply need a deck of cards and enough spoons for one less than the number of players. (So, if you have 5 players, you only need 4 spoons.) The deck is shuffled and four cards are dealt to each player.
The goal of the game is to collect 4 of a kind. You draw from the stack and discard any card you wish: either from your hand or the one you drew. You can never have more than 4 cards at a time in your hand. Your discard stack becomes the next person’s drawing stack and it goes on and on around the table.
The object of the game is to move very fast. The faster the better. When a player gets 4 of a kind, he picks up a spoon from the table. Other players may follow. The last player will be left without a spoon. He then gets a mark against him. The letter “s.”
You keep playing rounds collecting letters for the one without a spoon until someone spells the whole word “spoons.” That person is out. The game can continue without him and with one less spoon.

(Lesson from NotConsumed)

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Aleah Ingram
Aleah Ingram
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.

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