First time in the Temple? Help your kids seize the day
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First time at the Temple? Help your kids seize the day

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:
  1. Most perplexing question?
  2. Biggest problem in their life right now?
  3. 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.

First time in the Temple? Help your kids seize the day
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You can help your kids have a wonderful first experience in the Temple.

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.

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First time at the Temple? Help your kids seize the day Leave a Comment / Should I Share Temple Truths with My children? / By Suzi First impressions are powerful. Here are 4 great tips to help your kids start their Temple journey out right. “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 three skills. 1st – 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? 2nd – 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. First time in the Temple? Help your kids seize the day Save You can help your kids have a wonderful first experience in the Temple. 3rd – 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 before the Lord in pondering and prayer. The baptistry 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. 4th – 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 are possible but not probable. 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 may 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 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. What a great blessing you will be giving them as you teach these truths.
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