Tuesday, June 12, 2012

I Love To See the Temple (Serving Others)

We are very fortunate to live in Utah and be close to so many temples. For this activity, we took the girls to the temple to walk the grounds. Being the summer... we were few in numbers, but still had a good time. We asked the girls to dress in Sunday clothes and bring their journals.

The Provo temple is on a hill so we started at the bottom and as we walked the sidewalk up to the temple, we sang "I love to see the temple". I had printed off the lyrics for them to use and then to put in their journals:

I love to see the temple.
I’m going there someday
To feel the Holy Spirit,
To listen and to pray.
For the temple is a house of God,
A place of love and beauty.
I’ll prepare myself while I am young;
This is my sacred duty.

I love to see the temple.
I’ll go inside someday.
I’ll cov’nant with my Father;
I’ll promise to obey.
For the temple is a holy place
Where we are sealed together.
As a child of God, I’ve learned this truth:
A fam’ly is forever.

Words and music: Janice Kapp Perry, b. 1938
© 1980 by Janice Kapp Perry.

When we got up the hill, closer to the temple I had girls sit on the bench while I shared a message about temples. I actually couldn't find the exact message that I shared... but all you need to do is go to lds.org and find one that you think is right for your girls. Here is one that was on the lds.org homepage today by President Monson:

Turn toward the Temple

“Why are so many willing to give so much in order to receive the blessings of the temple?” President Thomas S. Monson said, and then he answered his own question: “Those who understand the eternal blessings which come from the temple know that no sacrifice is too great, no price too heavy, no struggle too difficult in order to receive those blessings.”
Citing examples of those throughout the history of the Church who have made great effort in order to attend the temple, he said, “There are never too many miles to travel, too many obstacles to overcome, or too much discomfort to endure. … The saving ordinances received in the temple that permit us to someday return to our Heavenly Father in an eternal family relationship and to be endowed with blessings and power from on high are worth every sacrifice and every effort.”

What Is Your Sacrifice?

“Today most of us do not have to suffer great hardships in order to attend the temple,” President Monson said. “Eighty-five percent of the membership of the Church now live within 200 miles (320 km) of a temple, and for a great many of us, that distance is much shorter.”
But, President Monson said during his address at the April 2011 general conference, personal sacrifices may still be necessary. “If you have been to the temple for yourselves and if you live within relatively close proximity to a temple, your sacrifice could be setting aside the time in your busy lives to visit the temple regularly,” he said.
“If you have not yet been to the temple or if you have been but currently do not qualify for a recommend, there is no more important goal for you to work toward than being worthy to go to the temple. Your sacrifice may be bringing your life into compliance with what is required to receive a recommend, perhaps by forsaking long-held habits which disqualify you. It may be having the faith and the discipline to pay your tithing. Whatever it is, qualify to enter the temple of God. Secure a temple recommend and regard it as a precious possession, for such it is.”

Renewed and Fortified

President Monson also made this promise to those who will face toward the house of the Lord: “The world can be a challenging and difficult place in which to live. We are often surrounded by that which would drag us down. As you and I go to the holy houses of God, as we remember the covenants we make within, we will be more able to bear every trial and to overcome each temptation. In this sacred sanctuary we will find peace; we will be renewed and fortified.”


After reading and chatting about the message, I gave the girls a few minutes to write in their journals how they felt and what they were planning on doing in their lives in order to be able to go into the temple one day. I also gave them a "future temple recommend" and showed them my temple recommend.







After they wrote in their journals, we got permission to bring the girls into the waiting room in the temple. That was nice because they got to see inside the temple enough to see that all the workers were wearing all white. They all seemed very interested and thought it was really cool just go get inside the doors just a little. 

I didn't have this ready for when we went... but this would have been a fun hand-out for them the take home. You can get it HERE right now, or you can e-mail me and I will send it to you when I can (I try to check my e-mail about once a month)



73 comments:

  1. Hi, I hope it's ok if you email me the docs for the Future Temple Recommend? my email address is nbnvill@gmail.com

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  2. I would love it if you could email me the future temple recommend to use with my activity days group. hdfuchs@yahoo.com. Thanks.

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  5. I would also love the sheet with the future temple recommends. I got one as a child in Primary and treasured that thing like none other! mrsbrittania04 at gmail dot com. Thanks!

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  14. Could you please send me an e-mail with a copy of the Future Temple Recommends. My e-mail is deanna.billings@digis.net. Thank you!

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    1. Sorry to reply on Deanna's comment, but I couldn't figure out how to post a comment of my own. I LOVE the future recommend idea and I would love a copy of them! ericacrismon@gail.com. Thank you! I love your blog!

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  15. I love this!!! Could you send me the word document for the Future Temple Recommend. Thanks! lissw@gmail.com

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  19. Please email me the document for the 'future recommend holder'! We are having a primary temple trip soon and I think this would be perfect! (nagracie@hotmail.com)

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  20. Please email me the document for Future recommend holder! We are having an Activity Days on the temple. We live in Okinawa, Japan, and the closest temple is an airplane ride away, so we can't take the girls to the temple. This will help to make our activity special for them! THanks for sharing!! msbagsy1@gmail.com

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  21. Thanks for the great idea. I would love to have the future reccomend holder template. My email sammy504@msn.com

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  22. What a great idea! Can you email me the future temple recommend page? Thanks!! karischwitzer@yahoo.com

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  23. Great idea! We are planning on taking our girls to the temple this week and I would love to have a copy of the future temple recommends. Could you please email me a copy of it? Thanks!! My email is amberleem@hotmail.com

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  24. Great idea! We are planning on taking our girls to the temple this week and I would love to have a copy of the future temple recommends. Could you please email me a copy of it? Thanks!! My email is amberleem@hotmail.com

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  25. I'm planning on taking my girls next week. Is there anyway you can send me a copy to allenmindy2@gmail.com


    Thank you! Love your site.
    Mindy

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  26. Hello! Love your idea. Would you please send me the copy of the future temple recommend My email is jenmwinterton@gmail.com.

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  27. Love this idea just like everyone else and I WOULD LOVE the copy of the future temple recommend! Can you send me the file? Thanks a million! My email is taykowallis@gmail.com

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  28. Can u send me the file for the future temple recommend my email is kristy_022@hotmail.com

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  29. Could you please send me the file for the recommend. We are currently planning a Primary activity and we thought this would be great!

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    Amanda

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  30. Such an awesome idea! Will you please email me the recommend in a word document. kathysworld@gmail.com THANK YOU!

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  31. Thank you for setting up this blog! This has been a great help in starting to work with Activity Days.

    If you still have the document of the recommends, would you email it to me?

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    Thanks again for all your ideas. What a great place to start!

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  32. If you still have the document of the recommends, would you email it to me? My email address is meyerclm@yahoo.com. Such a cute idea.

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  33. I would also love the temple recommends print out if you still have it! Thank you!!! I LOVE this blog! Your ideas are priceless. marisamarie.may@gmail.com

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  34. We are planning an activity just like this one! The future temple recommend is such a great idea to go along with it! Can you email me a copy! heckfish@hotmail.com Thanks for all your great ideas!

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  35. I would also love a copy of the future temple recommend print out. I love the idea Thanks!
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  37. I am taking my activity day girls to the temple this month and would love a copy of the recommends! whettenchelsea@hotmail.com
    Thank you!

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  38. Great minds think alike! I would very much appreciate a copy of your future temple recommends. Thank you!

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  42. Is it too late to get the word doc? I just found your post and LOVE your ideas:)
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  43. I just found this post and have been working on a Temple lesson, I would love a copy of this. Thanks! rluna77@aol.com

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  44. If it is not to much trouble I would love am emailed copy of the future recommends. Thank you so much! Janessamjenkins@gmail.com

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  45. I would love a copy of the future recommends! stephiewalker1@yahoo.com
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  46. I would love it if you would email me the future temple recomend document!! I think our girls will really enjoy this!
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  47. If you still have the future temple recommend document, I would love it emailed to me at stampertmh@yahoo.com. Thanks!!!

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  48. could you email the future recommend document erikagiles82@gmail.com

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  49. I too would love the document. We are going on Saturday! natalee.lloyd@gmail.com

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  50. Love this! We are taking our girls to the temple next Saturday and I would love a copy. :) Thank you so much! gjsk4@att.net

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  51. Such a cute idea! Could you e-mail me the future temple recommend doc? Thank you! honeybee_243@hotmail.com

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  52. I've been looking for something just like this! Would you please email me the file so I can print them out? Thank you!
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  53. Hey I don't know if you are still doing this but I would love if you could send me the file for the temple recommend, I am in charge of sharing time this month and this sunday, it is all about preparing for the temple I would love to hand these out!! Please let me know, lbmontague626@gmail.com

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  54. Would you mind emailing me the recommend print out too? We're doing a summer primary activity at the Provo Temple as well :). Thank you for such a great visual/hand-out!
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    Thanks in advance!

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  55. could you email a future temple recommend. afuhrima@columbus.rr.com

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  56. Can you email me this as well? ljones_8@yahoo.com

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  57. Aloha, please email me also. tpmkava@gmail.com Thanks!

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  58. I would love the future temple recommend. Thank you so much! jr.srogus@gmail.com

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  59. I would love the future recommend doc, it's adorable! My email is sarah_cluff5@yahoo.com

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  60. Please send me the recommend doc ASAP. Dianabham@gmail.com

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  61. Can you please send me the document with the temple recommends? I am in need of them for our activity tomorrow. Thanks so much! tara.weinert@gmail.com

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  62. I would love to use the recommend doc for a temple activity were planning soon. Thanks! Heatherpelfrey@gmail.com

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  63. can you email me the recommend document as well? Thanks! tiera.zaugg@gmail.com

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  64. Please email me the recommend document? Thanks! t@utahcountylistings.com

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  65. I would also like a copy of the recommend document, please! Thank you! camigammell@gmail.com

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  66. Can you also send me a copy of the future recommend. Thanks. gwen_adams @comcast.net

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  67. I just paid for your recommend and subway art of I love to see the temple. I can not get them to digital download. I have activity days this afternoon I am hoping to use them. Any ideas? Mons.Heather@gmail.com

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  68. I would love a copy of the future recommend as well. It looks like it's been years since you posted so I hope it's still available. Mrs65cobra@gmail.com. thank you!

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  69. I am planning a special Temple lesson and If I could get a copy of yourfuture recommend also I would sure appreciate it. My E-mail is timcurrier@bellsouth.net. My name is Candy. Thanks so much. I kinda need it asap as we are doing our activity March the 1st. Irarely get on pinterest. Thanks again.




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  70. My name is Kahea Tani. Thank you for sharing this idea. I, too, would appreciate the future temple recommend file. My email is kahea.tani@gmail.com. Aloha

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  71. I would love the template for the future temple recommend. We are preparing for our upcoming rededication of the Idaho Falls temple and this would be perfect! Are they pink or do they print a neutral color? Thanks so much!
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