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5 Tips to Help Your Kids Know Their Body is a Temple

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Just like every temple is unique and precious, so is each of our bodies. They are gifts from our Heavenly Father and should be treated with respect, love, care, and appreciation. 

The Apostle Paul taught: “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? … The temple of God is holy, which temple ye are” (1 Corinthians 3:16–17). Our bodies are considered temples. 

Creating a deep understanding within our children that their bodies are temples is a powerful gift that will guide them throughout their lives. 

Here are 5 tips that can help you teach your children that their body is a temple.

Teach About the Holy Ghost

The Spirit dwells in the temple and can dwell with us as we strive to choose the right. Help children understand the role of the Holy Ghost in their lives and how it can guide them to make choices that honor their bodies as temples. Encourage them to listen to the promptings of the Spirit and follow its guidance in all aspects of their lives, including their physical well-being. 

Respect for Self-Care

Teach children the importance of taking care of their bodies by emphasizing personal hygiene, proper nutrition, and regular exercise. Explain that just as we care for a sacred temple, we must also care for our bodies, which are gifts from a loving Heavenly Father.

Understanding Boundaries

Help children understand the concept of boundaries and respecting their own and others’ personal space. Teach them that their bodies belong to them and that they have the right to say no to unwanted physical contact. 

Emphasize Virtue and Purity

Discuss the importance of keeping their thoughts and actions pure. Evaluate what media is being consumed inside and outside of the household. Is it uplifting and respectful? Does it encourage clean thoughts?

Practice Gratitude

Cultivate an attitude of gratitude for their bodies and all that they are capable of doing. Encourage children to express gratitude for their senses, abilities, and the experiences they have through their physical bodies. Take care to recognize how you respect and care for your own body. Do you lead how in speaking kindly about your body and treating it with reverence and respect? 

By implementing the tips outlined here—teaching about the Holy Ghost, teaching self-care, creating a sense of understanding of boundaries, emphasizing virtue and purity, and practicing gratitude—we empower our children to navigate the world with confidence, self-respect, and a profound appreciation for the incredible body they have.

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Kaitlyn Hall
Kaitlyn Hall
Kaitlyn is a student at Utah Valley University, where she is studying Public Relations. She served her mission in San Diego California and Chile. Kaitlyn loves sports, country music, being in the mountains and eating chocolate chip cookies.

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