You really want to talk to your kids about the things you have learned in the Temple.
But how can you do that appropriately?
Let’s look at what the prophets and apostles say.
5 Temple topics you can and should talk to your kids about
“Because we love the Lord,
we always should speak about His holy house with reverence.
We should not disclose or describe
the special symbols associated with the covenants we receive in sacred temple ceremonies.
Neither should we discuss the holy information
that we specifically promise in the temple not to reveal.”Elder David A. Bednar
Lisa loves the Temple
and she has a deep desire to help her kids understand what a blessing Temples are.
But she hesitates to talk about her experiences in the Temple
because she is afraid of saying something wrong or sharing something sacred.
She wishes that someone she trusts would just tell her clearly what she can and cannot tell them.
Here is the guidance from official sources and from the prophets and apostles
about what we can and should share.
Sacred Temple clothing
To Church members,
the modest temple garment worn under normal clothing
and the symbolic robes worn during temple worship
represent a sacred and personal aspect of their relationship with God
and their commitment to live good, honorable lives.Sacred Temple Clothing
Don’t miss the short and informative video that the church has produced
along with a clear explanation about sacred temple clothing found on this web page.
You don’t need to wonder what you can appropriately talk about
concerning Tempe ceremonial clothing and the Temple garment.
It is all laid out here.
Talk to your kids about what happens inside of Temples
You have heard that the things that happen inside of Temples are sacred, not secret.
This is clearly explained on this webpage,
complete with beautiful pictures.
As you share these things with your children
you open opportunities to allow the Spirit to witness to them
about the beautiful, sacred gifts that are offered to them through the Temple.
Ordinances performed in the Temple
Baptism and confirmation
“I encourage you to study, to search out your ancestors,
and to prepare yourselves to perform proxy baptisms in the house of the Lord
for your kindred dead. …
As you respond in faith to this invitation, your hearts shall turn to the fathers.
The promises made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob will be implanted in your hearts. …
Your love and gratitude for your ancestors will increase.
Your testimony of and conversion to the Savior will become deep and abiding.
And I promise you will be protected against the intensifying influence of the adversary.
As you participate in and love this holy work, you will be safeguarded … throughout your lives.”David A. Bednar
I love that the Lord introduces the youth to the Temple
with the familiar ordinances of baptism and confirmation.
You can use these ordinances, familiar to even small children, as a springboard
to start conversations with your kids about the beauty and power of these covenants and ordinances.
Look here for ideas about where to start.
The intitiatory ordinances of Washing and Annointing
Associated with the endowment are washings and anointings—
mostly symbolic in nature,
but promising definite, immediate blessings
as well as future blessings.Boyd K. Packer
Look here for 5 inspired quotes from prophets about the initiatory ordinances.
Teaching appropriately about the initiatory ordinances
give you the opportunity to teach kids about how the Lord always prepares us well
before He asks us to do hard things.
“The temple endowment,
as administered in modern temples,
comprises instruction relating to the significance and sequence of past dispensations. …
This course of instruction includes a recital of the most prominent events of the creative period,
the condition of our first parents in the Garden of Eden,
their disobedience and the consequent expulsion from that blissful abode,
their condition in the lone and dreary world when doomed to live by labor and sweat,
the plan of redemption by which the great transgression may be atoned.”James E. Talmage
If you have questions
about what you can and should reveal to your children
about the endowment that are offered only in the Temple,
look here for a comprehensive explanation that will be very helpful.
“The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave.
Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples
make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God
and for families to be united eternally.”The Family: A Proclamation to the World
Sealings are the pinnacle of the covenants and ordinances offered in the Temple
(both figuratively and literally.)
How much can you talk about these sacred ordinances?
Look here for what the prophets have already said about it to know.
The 5 laws
“As endowed temple recommend holders, we establish patterns of Christlike living.
These include obedience,
making sacrifices to keep the commandments,
loving one another,
being chaste in thought and action,
and giving of ourselves to build the kingdom of God.
Through the Savior’s Atonement and by following these basic patterns of faithfulness,
we receive ‘power from on high’ to face the challenges of life.
We need this divine power today more than ever.
It is power we receive only through temple ordinances.”Robert D. Hales
Obedience, sacrifice, the gospel, chastity and consecration.
These are principles that are freely taught on a daily basis.
You can each them from these words of the prophets.
You can teach these important Temple topics to your children
The temple is the house of the Lord.
Everything in the temple points us to our Savior, Jesus Christ.
We may discuss the basic purposes of and the doctrine and principles associated
with temple ordinances and covenants.Elder David A. Bednar
She wanted to share Temple truths with her children
but she was very concerned about saying too much.
Most of the things that are taught in the Temples
are already taught by our prophets, apostles and in the scriptures.
Look to the guidelines that Elder Bednar has given us
and use the resources suggested above (and others you will find)
to help you confidently know what you should teach,
but don’t hold back on teaching the beautiful and important truths
that are completely within the bounds that have been set by the Lord.
Talk to your kids about the Temple.
There are treasures you can and should share with them
that will help them along the all important covenant path.