Should you share your feelings and experiences about the Temple with your children?
Yes, you definitely should.
Here are 5 reasons why you should share Temple truths with children.
#1. You need all the help you can get
President Nelson says that you have the honor and challenge of being parents of “the Lord’s Youth Battalion.”
Are you astonished, overjoyed and a little bit overwhelmed when you think about being a parent to this generation?
I know I am.
But, what a joy to associate with the spirits reserved for the last days.
You know they will be targeted with specially prepared temptations and trials.
But you also know that you can prepare and fit shields for them right in your home.
Where can you find the pure, eternal truths, strengths and inspiration you need to accomplish this momentous task?
Where better than the Temple?
“This shield of faith is handmade in a cottage industry. What is most worth doing ideally is done at home. It can be polished in the classroom, but it is fabricated and fitted in the home, handcrafted to each individual.”
President Boyd K. Packer
#2. To confirm truth in your own heart share Temple truths with your children
To be the kind of parent you want to be, the kind of parents you need to be, you need to have a solid testimony.
As your children are challenged, you can be a source of strength for them if your testimony is foundationally strong.
You can strengthen your testimonies by
the truths you have learn in the Temple.
“Some testimonies are better gained on the feet bearing them than on the knees praying for them.”
#3. Your children want to hear about the Temple
Have you seen how the youth responded to the Prophet’s calls to action?
The Temple baptistries were full to overflowing with youth who got up very early and waited very long for their turn to serve.
Now consider the enthusiasm you saw (and heard) at the last energetic primary sacrament meeting program.
Is there any doubt that this generation is ready to hear, wanting to hear, the beautiful things taught in the Temple?
“Since the change allowing many 11-year-olds to perform baptisms for the dead, temple presidents across the world report greatly increased attendance. Even at their [young] age, they appear to sense reverence and purpose for the ordinance they are performing. It is beautiful to watch!”
Report by President B. Jackson and Sister Rosemary M. Wixom.
#4. To increase your children’s desire to go to the Temple
Here are President Ezra Taft Benson’s thoughts about how to instill that desire:
“The temple is a sacred place, and the ordinances in the temple are of a sacred character. Because of its sacredness we are sometimes reluctant to say anything about the temple to our children and grandchildren.
“As a consequence, many do not develop a real desire to go to the temple, or when they go there, they do so without much background to prepare them for the obligations and covenants they enter into.
“I believe a proper understanding or background will immeasurably help prepare our youth for the temple … [and] will foster within them a desire to seek their priesthood blessings just as Abraham sought his.”
President Ezra Taft Benson
The more you appropriately talk about your experiences in the Temple the more our children will want to go there.
What could be better than that?
#5. You think about what you talk about
That principle can work for you.
You can fill our own mind with thoughts of the Temple.
You can plant healthy seeds in the fertile minds of your children.
How would it be if you spent your idle moments thinking of the next Temple insight or experience to share with your children instead of what the passing billboard says?
That will help you as a parent.
That will prepare you to help your children.
You as the parent of the “Youth Battalion” have the joy and challenge of fitting your children’s armor of God to them.
You have been given the tools .
Are you ready to start?
Here are some ideas how to share Temple truths with your children.
“We talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins. “
I would love to hear your experiences.
How has the Temple helped you be a better parent?
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