When Joseph Smith was commanded to build the first temple in Kirtland, Ohio, the Lord gave him a powerful blueprint of how to build a house of God. We can follow this blueprint to make our homes or any important space more sacred. Learn how in this special Doctrine and Covenants FHE lesson on temples.
yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish a , even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God;
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.
Begin the lesson by having the children draw a picture of their house. Ask them to include some things they love about their homes in the picture. Have them each share briefly about their pictures.
Read aloud: Did you know that our Heavenly Parents and Jesus Christ have a home here on earth? It is the temple! We are lucky to have many temples in the world today. However, when Joseph Smith was the prophet, there were no temples on the earth. He was commanded to build a temple.
Ask: What are some words that describe the temple?
Read Doctrine and Covenants 88:119 out loud. Ask the children to listen for more words that describe the temple. Have them list what they remember after you read the verse.
Read aloud: Just like Joseph was commanded to build a house of God, we can build homes that feel like the temple. We prepare by filling our homes with the spirit.
Ask: How can we fill our homes with the spirit of God?
Finish the lesson about making homes more holy. Close with your testimony.
FOR TEENS & ADULTS
Begin by making two lists together on a board or a piece of paper. First, discuss how homes and temples are different. Then, discuss how they are alike.
Read aloud: When Joseph Smith was commanded to build the first temple in Kirtland, Ohio, the Lord gave him a powerful blueprint of how to build a house of God. We can follow this blueprint to make our homes or any important space more sacred.
Have someone read Doctrine and Covenants 88:119. Go through each individual description (prayer, fasting, faith, etc.) and discuss what it means and how you can establish each one in your own home. If more prompting is needed, ask for personal experiences relating to each one or how each one may be difficult.
Finish the lesson with your testimony.
FOR SINGLE STUDY
Read through the following article on how to use Doctrine and Covenants 88 to set goals. Pick one area of your life you’d like to focus on and set some goals for yourself.
Ranch Oyster Crackers
1 9oz. package oyster crackers
½ package (about 2 Tablespoons) dry Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix
⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
⅛ teaspoon lemon pepper
¼ teaspoon dill weed
3/8 cup vegetable oil
Place all ingredients in a brown paper bag and shake well. Enjoy!
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Easy Temple Craft
This is a fun craft to put together and it only takes a couple of supplies. Get all of the instructions here.
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