Monday, July 22, 2013

Sharing Time - July Week 4

Temples are such a fun topic.  Becoming and remaining worthy to attend the temple are topics we go over and over.

I sometimes think we forget the remaining worthy part.  And if we don't remember that, we can't remember to attend.  It's not enough to become worthy, we have to remain that way and then ATTEND! 

Sorry for the shout, but it's been such a great blessing in my life I feel like I want to jump on a roof and yell it to everyone.  I made a goal a few years ago to go twice a month and while I don't always even make it once a month, I make it a lot more often than I did before I set the goal.

More than that, as I go, I can see a difference in my life.  It's not been a sudden change, it's more like water carving stone into a new shape.  It takes years and years, but there is always slow change.  The temple leaves me a little better each and every time I go. 

I have such a love for the temple and the blessings that they have brought and continue to bring into my life and my goal for this week is to share that love with our primary.

I really like the idea of getting a few wedding pictures from couples in the ward and having the kids try and guess who each one is.  To go along with the temple marriage theme, I'm going to try to get ones with the temple in the background and then I'll have the kids guess which temple they got married in also.

After going through our couples and temples I'm going to use an object lesson I found on lds dot org to talk about how one choice can ripple out and affect so many other parts of our lives using small rocks from my yard and a bowl of water.  The kids will love dropping the rocks and I can have them tell me about different important choices as they drop them. 

Then I've asked a member of our ward to come and talk about how temple marriage has blessed the lives of her and her family for a few minutes.  I'm pretty excited about this because the kids love the person I've asked and I know they'll feel her love of the temple. 

The last thing we'll do is turn our newfound, or rekindled desire to attend the temple into daily actions.  I'm going to print out a picture of a temple close to us and cut it into a few puzzle pieces (I'll hide the pieces around the room before primary).

Sister Elaine S. Dalton said, "Prepare now for the temple, the mountain of the Lord.  Never allow the goal of the temple to be out of your sight."  I'll tell the kids that we need to figure out how we can "prepare now" and tell them that we have some helpers who will help us think of ways we can get ready.

I'll then have the kids look under their chairs to figure out who gets to help us out.  As they find the pieces they'll come up with one thing we can do to be worthy to enter the temple.  We'll write each goal on the puzzle pieces and slowly fit them together into a picture of the temple.  We'll talk about how we learn little by little, but it's important to know where we're headed so we can make sure we're headed in the right direction. 

Being worthy to enter the temple is such an important goal and is one that all of us should always be striving for.  President Bednar said,

"Within the sound of my voice are many young women, young men and children.  I plead with you to be worthy, to be steadfast and to look forward with great anticipation to the day you will receive the ordinances and blessings of the temple."

Isn't that amazing?! 

I'll then end with my testimony and challenge them to choose one of our puzzle pieces to work on so they to can enter the temple and be sealed to their families for eternity.

Have a wonderful week!
Leah

2 comments:

  1. thankkks! ill be using it tomorrow

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful ideas each week! I always pick a great deal from your suggestions! I like them very much! Between you and Jil from Hatchpatch I usually come up with a wonderful sharing time each week! I appreciate your effort and spirituality and hard work you put into this! Thanks a million!

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