off in the distance,
your child sees the glowing,
luminous lights of the Temple.
What is happening in your child’s heart when they see the brilliance contrasting with the darkness?
Here is a sweet opportunity to talk to your child about Temple blessings
and how the Savior’s shining light will never fail them.
Read on to learn how to best use Temple lights as a beacon for your children.
P.S. There is a free gift from me at the end of the post!
How to use Temple lights as a beacon for your children
“The house of the Lord, bathed in light, standing out in the darkness,
becomes symbolic of the power and the inspiration of the gospel of Jesus Christ
standing as a beacon in a world that sinks ever further into spiritual darkness.”
5 ways to use the symbol of Temple Light for your children
What is it about a light shining in the darkness that draws your eye and warms your heart?
If it has this affect on you, imagine the affect it has on your child.
This is an opportunity not to be missed!
Here are 5 ways that you can use the beauty of Temple lights to help your children “look to the light”.
1. The Temple represents the light of Christ
“I am the light which shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not.”
The next time you see a Temple glowing in the distance
(or see a picture of a Temple shining in the dark),
take a minute.
Talk to your children about the similarities of shimmering Temple lights and the ever-present “Light of Christ” .
For example, how:
- the light of Christ never dims unless we block it by our actions or attitudes
- light always chases the dark away, never the opposite
- everyone receives the light of Christ just as Heavenly Father wants all of us to come to the Temple
- it is a warm, gentle reminder to do what is right
- it is an evidence of Heavenly Father’s love for us
2. Your kids can receive light at the Temple
“That which is of God is light; and he that … continueth in God, receiveth more light;
and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day”
When you hear an intake of breath as your family glimpses a Temple on a hill,
take the opportunity to talk about what the Temple has meant to you.
How have you become a better person because you have taken time to serve in the Temple?
Talk to them about what they can receive if they go to the Temple.
(Covenants & ordinances, hope, peace, strength, understanding, healing and more.)
Do you walk into the Temple quickly and leave the Temple more slowly?
Why is that?
3. Children can be a light – like a Temple
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
“Our individual light may be like only one light bulb on a tree.
But we still shine our small light, and all together,
like Temple Square at Christmastime, we attract millions of people to the house of the Lord.
Best of all, as President Nelson has encouraged,
we can bring the Savior’s light to ourselves and the people important to us by the simple act of keeping our covenants”.
Perhaps you could take a trip to the Temple with your children.
They may or may not be old enough to go inside but there are many lessons to be learned just by going to the Temple.
While you are there discuss:
- Why is light so important?
- Who in their life is like a light?
- How can they be lights to other people?
- How do they feel when they know they have been a light to someone else?
- Why is the Savior called “The Light of the World”?
“You have come from [Heavenly Father’s] presence to live on this earth for a season,
to reflect the Savior’s love and teachings, and to bravely let your light shine for all to see”.
4. Your family can bring light to the Temple
“Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place?
He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart”
In short, the more light your family members bring with them to the Temple, the more they will receive.
Teach your children that preparing themselves as much as they can and as early as they can will reap great dividends.
For instance, teach them to prepare:
- Be physically clean and well groomed
- Be well rested so they can focus
- Occasionally add fasting to increase spiritual absorption
- Bringing their own ancestors to the Temple for ordinances will deepen the experience
- Be spiritually clean through daily repentance
- Regular scripture study
- Developing a habit of daily prayer will prepare them to hear the Spirit while they are there
- Teach them to think beforehand of questions or problems that they would like to bring before the Lord
5. They can look to the light of the Temple when things are dark
“That which is of God is light;
and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light;
and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.”
What a treasure you will give your children as you teach them that as the world grows darker,
the light of the Temple will remain constant.
So, they can always turn to the light of inspiration that flows from the luminous Temples,
no matter what turbulent cloud is threatening or mist of shadowy darkness is obscuring their sight.
“The more we incline our hearts and minds toward God, the more heavenly light distills upon our souls.
And each time we willingly and earnestly seek that light, we indicate to God our readiness to receive more light.
Gradually, things that before seemed hazy, dark, and remote become clear, bright, and familiar to us.”
I would love to hear down in the comments section how you use Temple lights as a beacon for your children.
Not only that, I would love to hear how the Temple has been a light for you.