This week’s Family Home Evening is based on President Monson’s talk on Temples during the April 2015 General Conference. It requires minimal prep work but does have an optional activity that will extend further into the week.
Goal: To help family members feel the spirit and to have an idea of what being in the temple feels like.
President Thomas S Monson discussed the temple during the April 2015 General Conference. President Monson stated that “As we attend the temple, there can come to us a dimension of spirituality and a feeling of peace which will transcend any other feeling which could come into the human heart. We will grasp the true meaning of the words of the Savior when He said: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you. … Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
Such peace can permeate any heart—hearts that are troubled, hearts that are burdened down with grief, hearts that feel confusion, hearts that plead for help.”
You can find this talk at:
Share with your family members some memories you have of the temple. Tell them about your feelings as you walked outside or inside the temple. These memories can include seeing one for the first time, hearing about a family member’s experience, doing baptisms for the dead, or participating in a sealing ordinance. Allow younger children to express what they think or feel about the temple.
Watch the church produced video of the inside of a temple at the Church’s official Newsroom.
Optional Extra Activity-
Share with your children the desire for your home to feel like a temple. Tell them that in order to help them know what it is like to be inside the temple you are going to set aside a few hours the following day to treat your home as if it were a temple. Dress in your Sunday clothes, play reverent church music and read scriptures and general conference talks. Keep your voices to a minimum and talk about the temple and the feelings that should be there.
Depending on your schedules you can do this during your morning routine or during your evening hours. Limit this to only how long your family can maintain the reverence (30-90 minutes) so as not to cause frustration and ruin the experience.