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Monday, June 9, 2008

The temple is a blessing to me and my family. June 2008 2008 week 3

Family Home Evening

The greatest responsibility in this world that God has laid upon us is to seek after our dead.—The Prophet Joseph Smith

Opening Song: “I Love to See The Temple” (CS, 95)

Opening Payer:

Scripture: Doctrine and Covenants 128:15 (And now, my dearly beloved brethren and sisters, let me assure you that these are principles in relation to the dead and the living that cannot be lightly passed over, as pertaining to our salvation. For their salvation is necessary and essential to our salvation, as Paul says concerning the fathers—that they without us cannot be made perfect—neither can we without our dead be made perfect.)
It is our responsibility and privilege to identify our ancestors so the saving ordinances of the gospel can be performed for them. Family history will also help tie us to our ancestors in an eternal family unit.
Ask one member of the family to move to the far side of the room, away from the others. Discuss how you would feel if one of your family could not be with you in the next life.
If possible, show a picture of the temple nearest you, or write the word temple on a piece of paper.
What blessing can come to your family in the temple? (Being sealed together.)
What about those of our ancestors who died without being sealed in the temple? Will they always have to be separated from their family?
Point out that Heavenly Father loves all of his children. He made it possible for these people who died without the gospel to receive all of the sacred ordinances. Have the person return to the group.
Explain that through the temple, the dead can receive all of the blessings and ordinances of the gospel—baptism, endowment, and sealing. In this way, all of our ancestors who accept the Lord's plan can be sealed to our family.
Show and study a pedigree chart from a branch of your family; or, write the names of children, parents, and grandparents on a sheet of paper. Explain that all of the people, plus their parents, grandparents, and so on need to be sealed together in an unbroken chain.

Tell the following experience:
When President Wood of the Cardston Alberta Temple was sealing a family together around the altar, he felt impressed to ask if the information on the sealing sheet was correct. The mother said it was. As they began the ordinance again, he again felt impressed to ask if there were other children who needed to be sealed. She assured him there were none. The third time, he heard a voice quite clearly say, "I am her child." Again, he asked the mother if she had ever had another child. As she thought back to her early married years, she remembered a baby who had died shortly after birth. The mother rejoiced as her little girl was included as part of their eternal family unit. (See Melvin S. Tagg, "The Life of Edward James Wood, Church Patriot," [Master's thesis, Brigham Young University, 1959], pp. 11819.)

How can we make sure that no family member is left out? (By keeping accurate records.)
Point out that accurate records are necessary before temple work can be done. The making of these records is called family history or genealogy.

An Other Lesson Idea
If possible, invite grandparents or other close family members to share this evening with you. Choose one or more ancestors to honor. Show the family any pictures you may have of those people. Note their style of dress, and discuss how their life-styles may have been different from yours. Point out any family resemblances you can see in the pictures.
Have each family member read or tell stories about one of the ancestors. Help your children see your ancestors as real people who actually lived and had feelings and experiences like their own. Try to help your family feel closer to them and realize that they are an important part of your family. Mention physical traits, talents, or other good characteristics you and your children inherited from ancestors (for example, red hair like grandpa's or musical talent like grandma's).

End the discussion by bearing your own testimony of the sacred importance of family history and temple work.

Activity: Have each family member fill in their own copy of Family Group Record or Pedigree Chart. You can download PDF forms off in the Family History Basics link

Closing Song: “Families Can Be Together Forever” (CS 188) or
“ Family History (Genealogy)- I Am Doing It” (CS 94)

Closing Prayer:

Family Home Evening Resource Book, Lesson Ideas, Family History, 189

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