Chapter 17: Sealing Power and Temple Blessings. Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith

Chapter 17: Sealing Power and Temple Blessings

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith

Key Principles:

  1. Because of the restoration of sealing keys, we can be together forever as families.
  2. We must live worthy of these principles ourselves as well as help others receive them.

Readiness Activity:

In the movie Back to the Future, a time traveling car allows Marty McFly to travel into the past and the future in some amazing adventures. In one movie, his arch enemy Biff steals the time machine and takes a sports results book from the future to himself in the past. Now Biff knows the results of every major sporting event, before it ever happens! He makes a fortune off of gambling and it alters the course of history forever. Marty must now rush to change things back to the way they were. You’ll have to watch to movie! After explaining this to the class ask them to write down if they could go into the past or future and get one thing to bring to themselves now, what would that one thing be?

Class Study:

Now go to section 1 of chapter 17 and see what person came from the past with a special gift to give to us today. What was that gift? Ask for a few examples of how that gift has impact their lives. (This is an important question so don’t move too quickly on it. Look for tips on having class discussions.)

President Smith also teaches why this gift is so important. Have the class look in sections 2,3 & 4 for reasons why this sealing power is so important. You can do something fun by coming up with a list and then trying to rank them in order from 1-10 in importance. This gets the class talking a little bit about the ideas.

One key quote from this section is: There are thousands of Latter-day Saints who … are willing to go to meeting, willing to pay their tithing and attend to the regular duties of the Church, but they do not seem to feel or understand the importance of receiving the blessings in the temple of the Lord which will bring them into exaltation. It is a strange thing. People seem to be content just to slide along without taking advantage of the opportunities presented to them and without receiving these necessary covenants that will bring them back into the presence of God as sons and daughters.12

If you want salvation in the fullest, that is exaltation in the kingdom of God, … you have got to go into the temple of the Lord and receive these holy ordinances which belong to that house, which cannot be had elsewhere. No man shall receive the fulness of eternity, of exaltation alone; no woman shall receive that blessing alone; but man and wife, when they receive the sealing power in the temple of the Lord, shall pass on to exaltation, and shall continue and become like the Lord. And that is the destiny of men, that is what the Lord desires for His children.13

Take some time to read this quote and ask the class, “What stands out to you most significantly in this quote?”


Read the last two paragraphs in this lesson. JFS calls this a “glorious doctrine.” Ask class members to share how they feel about the doctrine of eternal families and their part in that process. Bear your testimony as you end class.


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