Temples

Lesson #31 "I Am Thankful For My Home"

***Note: Please read the post called “10 Lesson Helps” found under “Primary Lesson Listings” before reviewing any of my Sunbeam lesson plan ideas.

“In a learning atmosphere, we (1) edify each other through our participation, (2) love and help each other, and (3) desire to search for truth together…We edify each other when we listen carefully to each other’s comments, participate in discussions and other learning activities, ask thoughtful questions, pray together, offer personal experiences and insights, and bear testimony” (Teaching, No Greater Call, p. 77).

Materials needed: glass jar with a little dirt, a stick and an insect (could be one you caught from outdoors), chalk and a chalkboard (or whiteboard and dry erase markers), objects that function within a home (i.e. rolling pin, sponge, hair comb or brush, eating utensil, remote control), Gospel Art pictures: 1-25, 1-23, and 1-45, 1-9, 1-53, 1-15, 1-6, 1-48. 1-7, 10,  booklet with pictures for each child (see below), glue stick.

Show jar with dirt and stick with a insect inside.

What animal or insect could live in here?  Discuss the insect, what it does, what it looks like, what it needs to live.

Show picture 1-25. What animal it this? What other animals live in water? Draw what the children name. Discuss what these animals do, what they look like, what they need to live.

Show picture 1-23. What animal is this? Where is is living? What other animals live in trees? Draw what the children name. Discuss what these animals do, what they look like, what they need to live.

Draw a deer on a mountain. What animal is this? What other animals live on mountains? Draw what the children name. Discuss what these animals do, what they look like, what they need to live.

Draw a lion in a jungle. What animal is this? What other animals live in the jungle? Draw what the children name. Discuss what these animals do, what they look like, what they need to live.

Animals live in many different places.  People live in many kinds of homes, too. Draw different kinds of homes (apartments, single family homes, houseboat, igloos, R.V.s). Which kind of house do you live in?

No matter where we live, our home is a place where we can live with our family and love each other. In our homes we can pray, eat together, have family home evenings, play games, work and talk to each other.

I have some things in a bag. I want you to pick one out and tell me how you use it in your home.

Walk in a circle, singing different verses and doing the actions to “Fun to Do” (Children’s p. 253).

“Washing the Dishes is fun to do….”

“Brushing our hair is fun to do… etc”

Show the Gospel Art pictures of different families doing activities in their homes. Ask the children what the people are doing together and which room in the house it looks like they are in. Be sure to relate the people and activities to the children, asking, “Where do you read your scriptures, eat your lunch…? etc.”) after each picture.

Teach this action verse: (Repeat as necessary. Explain that “barge” means a large boat)

“Homes”

My home could be a castle large, (spread arms out)

A tent or boat or on a barge, (point arms into a peak over head, paddle with hands)

But of all these places I’d rather live (point to self)

in my own home with love to give. (hug self)

When Jesus came to earth to live, he lived in a home with his parents, Mary and Joseph. Jesus learned from his parents that he needed to help clean up and take care of his house. How do we take care of our house?

What should you do if you are playing outside and get mud on your shoes?

What if you play with toys and leave them out on your floor?

What should you do after dinner when the dirty dishes are on the table?

What should you do with your dirty clothes when you change into your pajamas?

The most special home on earth is Heavenly Father’s home. It has a special name. Do you know the name of His house? (temple). Inside, it is very, very clean because we want to show respect and honor for Him. Show the picture 1-54 and talk about temples briefly and the temple that is nearest you. If you have been inside a temple, share your feelings and testimony about the sacredness of the place.

Bring out booklets for each child of the action verse “Homes” they learned. Have the words printed already for each page, but let the children glue on the correct pictures you have printed from the internet and take it home to share with their family

Cover: “Homes”

Page 1: My home could be a castle large, (picture of castle)

Page 2: A tent (picture of tent)

Page 3 or boat or on a barge, (picture of a boat or barge)

Page 4 But of all these places I’d rather live (picture of a child)

Page 5 in my own home with love to give. (picture of a home with a heart in the middle of it)

Lesson #26 "Families Can Be Together Forever"

***Note: Please read the post called “10 Lesson Helps” found under “Primary Lesson Listings” before reviewing any of my Sunbeam lesson plan ideas.

“Elder Dallin H. Oaks said, ‘Teaching by the Spirit requires first that we keep the commandments and be clean before God so his Spirit can dwell in our personal temples.’ To be ‘clean before God,’ we can remember the Savior in all we do, always acting as true disciples. We can repent of our sins. We can seek things that are ‘virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy.’ We can study the scriptures daily and with real intent, seeking to be ‘nourished by the good word of God.'” (Teaching, No Greater Call, p. 13).

Materials needed: pictures of temples, the Primary children’s music CD and player, blocks (wooden or of some other material) and toy cars and people if available.

Show picture 1-54, Salt Lake Temple, and pictures of several other temples, including the temple in your temple district, if available.

What are these beautiful buildings called? Have you ever seen a temple? What do you think about when you see a temple? What do we do inside them?

Discuss the beauty of the temples, pointing out the spires, windows, and doors. Explain that on an outside wall of each temple are the words The House of the Lord. Members of the Church go to the temple to learn about Heavenly Father and Jesus and their love for us.

Can you find the steeple?  It points to heaven because it is Heavenly Father’s house on earth. It is very special and we go there to get married. Talk about your experiences and feelings about the temple.

Tape up the temple pictures around the room, naming each one.

Let’s make a steeple with our arms.  I’m going to play the song, “I Love to See the Temple” from the music CD and you can walk around the room with your arms pointing to heaven. When the music stops, stand in front of a temple that you like. I will tell you the name of the temple you like. Repeat.

When we get married in the temple, we can live together as families forever. Tell the children that if they keep Heavenly Father’s commandments, they can go to the temple when they are older. Explain that in the temple we make special promises to Heavenly Father to obey his commandments. We can be married in the temple, and we can be baptized for people who weren’t baptized while they lived on the earth.

Have the children hold up three fingers and repeat three things they can do in the temple when they are older:

“In the temple I can make special promises to Heavenly Father.”

“In the temple I can be married.”

“In the temple I can be baptized for others.”

What color of clothing are you wearing today? Talk about each child’s clothing and the colors they are wearing.

Sing “Mary Wore Her Red Dress” adapting it to the names of the children and what color of clothing they are wearing.

Example:

Thomas wore his green shirt, green shirt, green shirt,

Thomas wore his green shirt to church today.

What color of clothing will you wear inside the temple?  Sing another verse to the song:

We will wear our white clothes, white clothes, white clothes,

We will wear our whites clothes in the temple.

Tell the following story about President Lorenzo Snow in your own words:

Lorenzo Snow knew that he would soon be the prophet of the Church. He went to the temple, put on his white clothing, and knelt down in a special room to pray. He wanted Heavenly Father to tell him what he should do to lead the Church. He prayed and prayed but did not receive an answer. As President Snow was leaving the room where he was praying, Jesus appeared to him. Jesus wore beautiful white robes and looked so bright and shining that President Snow could hardly look at him. Jesus looked as though he were standing on solid gold. Jesus told President Snow the things he had prayed to know (see LeRoi C. Snow, “An Experience of My Father’s,” Improvement Era, Sept. 1933, p. 677).

Why do you think President Snow prayed in the temple instead of some other place? (Because he could feel closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus inside the temple.)

If you have good weather, take the class outside and play “I Spy.”  Have them look for different colors of things, especially look for white things, the same color that is in the temple.

Back inside the classroom, explain that because the temple is a sacred place, we are reverent when we are inside. We whisper or talk softly. Explain that we can feel happy and peaceful in the temple because we feel close to Heavenly Father and Jesus.

Play the “Whisper Game.” Whisper “I love Heavenly Father and Jesus” in each child’s ear. After you are done, ask them what you said. Tell them they had to listen carefully to hear your whisper. We have to listen carefully and quietly in the temple too.

You can repeat the Whisper Game with other phrases.

In all the temples, we walk quietly.  We are reverent because we are thinking of Jesus and how much He loves us.  Let’s practice walking in the church halls, like we will walk in the temple when you are older, to see if you can walk reverently and quietly. 

I know that temples are the most special place on the whole earth and Heavenly Father gave them to us to be happy. When you are older, you will be able to go inside if you do these things: pray, be obedient, pay tithing, eat healthy foods, go to church every Sunday, be honest and love each other. Can you do those things?

I brought some blocks so we can pretend to build a temple. Remember that it has a steeple on top?  Let me show you how and then you can build your own pretend temple and drive a car to it.

Lesson 25 " I Love My Whole Family"

***Note: Please read the post called “10 Lesson Helps” found under “Primary Lesson Listings” before reviewing any of my Sunbeam lesson plan ideas.

“The amount of material you cover is less important than its influence in the lives of those you teach. Because too many concepts at one time can confuse or tire learners, it is usually best to focus on one of two main principles” (Teaching, No Greater Call, p. 99).

Materials needed: print out of a mother, father, grandma and grandpa; family popsicle stick puppets from the previous week; picture of a temple, art picture 1-18 (Jesus and John the Baptist), paper doll chain cutouts for each child with the words written on them “Families are linked together in the temple.”

How many of you visit your grandma or grandpa’s house?  What do you do there?  How do you know they love you?  Who else loves you in your family? Mom and dad, brothers and sisters, cousins, aunts uncles. 

We belong to a great big family.  Many people love us and take care of us.

When Jesus lived on the Earth, he had a mom and dad, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles and cousins, too.  (Show picture). Who are the two people in this picture?  What are they doing? This is a picture of Jesus being baptized. Which one is Jesus? Do you know who baptized him? John the Baptist. He was Jesus’ cousin. They loved each other very much.  John the Baptist taught the people about Jesus. He was like a missionary to get the people ready to listen and obey Jesus.

Who has a cousin? What is your cousins’ name? What do you like to do with your cousin? Cousins are a part of our family who love us.

Choose each child to be a person using the popsicle stick puppets from last week’s lesson. While you name a person in the song, “A Happy Family” each person holds up their puppet: grandpa, grandma, daddy, mommy, sister and brother. Repeat and let the children hold different puppets.  We all stand on the words: “We are a happy family.”  (Children’s Songbook, p. 198).

Tell a personal story of your feelings about a family member that touched you in a positive way. Bear testimony that Heavenly Father wants us to be helpers in our families so we can be happy on earth.

Show each of the 4 pictures and ask what a dad, mom, grandma and grandpa do to help us. Tape each picture up on one of the classroom corner walls. Explain that we are going to play a game. I will close my eyes and count to 10 while they choose one of the pictures to stand under. When I am done counting, I will open my eyes and say the name of each child. They will tell one thing they like to do with the family member in the picture they chose. Repeat and have tell them to choose another picture. Repeat as much as needed.

Here is a picture of a temple.  When we get married in the temple, we can be together in heaven with our families. We will be with our moms and dads, brothers and sisters, grandmas and grandpa. Heavenly Father blesses us with temples so we can be happy in heaven with those we love.

Hold hands in a circle and talk about how families are together forever when the marry in the temple, like holding hands in our circle. Sing “Families Can be Together Forever” as you walk in a circle. (Children’s Songbook, p. 188).

Show one of the paper dolls and explain that these are holding hands in a family like we were. It reminds us that we are together forever as families when we do what is right. Let the children color and take home.