First impressions are powerful.
Here are 4 great tips to help your kids make the most of their first Temple experience.
“Temples are place of personal revelation.
When I have been weighted down by a problem or a difficulty,
I have gone to the House of the Lord
with a prayer in my heart for answers.”Ezra Taft Benson
4 tips to help your kids get the most out of their first time at the Temple
Here are four important tools you can give your kids.
They will magnify the blessings of their all-important first experience in the Temple.
Take a few minutes to talk to them about these skills.
Tip #1 – Come with questions, problems, and a grateful heart
Going to the Temple for the first time (and every time)
is an amazing opportunity to receive answers and help from the Lord.
There is something about going to the House of the Lord
that helps us tune into the Spirit
and really hear what Heavenly Father wants us to hear.
You can ask your children three helpful questions
to get their brains working as they prepare for this event in their lives.
What is their:
- Most perplexing question?
- Biggest problem in their life right now?
- Greatest blessing that they would like to express gratitude to the Lord for?
Tip #2 – Avoid distractions
People may be talking and being goofy around them.
(Especially if it’s a youth group.)
You can encourage your kids
to never let other people steal sacred moments from them.
They just walked into the House of the Lord.
This is their chance.
They can work hard to stay focused even if people around them are not focused.
Tip #3 – Take time to ponder and pray
There will be moments of waiting.
These moments can be golden
as they take time to bring those three helpful questions in tip 2 before the Lord
in pondering and prayer.
The baptistry often provides scriptures and Church magazines for them to read.
If they are having problems focusing, they can pick up the scriptures to help them.
Each moment in the Temple can be a precious opportunity
to grow closer to Heavenly Father.
Tip #4 – Pay attention to what you are feeling
As your children prepare for their first time in the Temple
they may be expecting a “burning bush” experience.
Those kinds of experiences do happen, but they are the exception,k not the rule.
Instead of looking for a burning bush,
invite your kids to look for a “sunset experience”.
They can watch for peaceful warmth, a feeling of being loved.
They can feel like Heavenly Father is happy with them
and welcomes them to His home.
These experiences in the Temple will help them
to recognize the Savior when they meet Him someday
because that is how He makes us feel.
You can help your kids have a wonderful first visit to the Temple
Taking a few moments to give your children these tips
can help them start a pattern in their lives
of accessing more and more Temple blessings.
You can bless your children by teaching them these wonderful truths.