For behold, I have accepted this house, and my name shall be here; and I will manifest myself to my people in mercy in this house.
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.
*Suitable for All Ages*
Begin by passing out paper and pens. Have everyone write down the answers to the following question: How do you see yourself? For younger children, you can help them draw a picture of themselves.
Read aloud: How we see ourselves is very important. The world today is full of people who often try to make us feel bad about ourselves. Heavenly Father wants us to know we are His children. One of the best ways we can understand who we are and what we are capable of is by seeing ourselves in the temple.
In the April 2016 General Conference, Elder Quentin L. Cook invited us all to see ourselves in the temple. When we envision ourselves inside the Lord’s House, we can find the strength to “make the necessary lifestyle changes and spiritual preparations to meet this goal.”
Ask: How do we prepare for the temple?
Read aloud: It may seem like there are many things we have to do right in order to enter the tempe. However, the Lord has promised He will help us as we prepare. Remember: being prepared does not mean we are perfect. Elder Cook said, “Please don’t see the temple as some distant and perhaps unachievable goal.” If we desire to go to the temple, the Lord will help us achieve that desire. It be hard at times, but it is possible.
Ask: What are some things that distract us from seeing ourselves in the temple? How can we overcome it?
Read aloud: In the temple, we learn about our divine nature. We learn about our limitless potential. By seeing ourselves in the temple, we can tap into these powerful truths.
Finish by bearing your testimony of the temple.
-2 bags Pepperidge Farm Chessman Cookies
-6 to 7 bananas, sliced
-2 cups milk
-1 5 oz. box instant French vanilla pudding
-1 8 oz. block cream cheese, softened
-1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
-1 12 oz. container of Cool Whip
1. Line bottom of 9 x 13 with 1 bag of cookies.
2. Layer sliced bananas on top.
3. Blend milk and pudding mix with a whisk for about a minute. It will thicken.
4. In a separate bowl, beat cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk until smooth. Fold in Cool Whip. Add to pudding mixture, stirring well.
5. Pour over cookies and bananas.
6. Top with layer of cookies.
7. Refrigerate until ready to serve. *Allow at least 4 hours to chill before serving. Works great made the night before.
(Courtesy of Diary of a Recipe Collector)
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.
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.