“Chapter 36: Receiving the Ordinances and Blessings of the Temple,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith

“Chapter 36: Receiving the Ordinances and Blessings of the Temple,”

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith.

Attention Activity:

Bring (or print off and make) a couple small puzzles.  Have a few small groups come to the front and do the puzzles.  You can make it a race if you want to have a little fun with it.  Leave one piece out of each puzzle so that when they finish, there is a piece in the middle missing.  Ask, “What is the most important piece in a puzzle?”  What you want to get at is that the whole is effected by each individual piece and no one piece is more nor less important than any other piece. 

Class Discussion:

Read the end of the second paragraph on page 415 starting at “and as the work must be hastened in righteousness…”  Who does the Prophet say is most important in getting the temple built?  How is  principle of individual importance taught in the temple? 

The rest of the lesson is centered around this principle.  The temple is important, and each individual is significantly important both to the Lord and in the temple.  We must do the work individually for each individual person.  Discuss this principle through the paragraph on page 416, paragraph 3 and the last paragraph on page 416.  The second to last paragraph on page 417, last paragraph on page 418, the third paragraph on page 419.  You can look at each of these paragraphs or assign them out to small groups so that they can find the teaching regarding the temple that is connected to the importance of the individual. 

You can end by looking at the final section to see the obligations and blessings of each individual in the temple.   Each person is important to God and he wants to give every individual the opportunity to receive the blessings of the Gospel.

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