“Lesson 31: ‘Sealed … for Time and for All Eternity’” Doctrine and Covenants and Church History: Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual (1999), 176–82
“Lesson 31,” Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Gospel Doctrine, 176–82
To help class members understand that eternal marriage is an essential part of Heavenly Father’s plan, to help youth prepare for eternal marriage, and to encourage married couples to abide in the marriage covenant.
Review the material for this lesson in the Class Member Study Guide (35686). Plan ways to refer to the material during the lesson.
To gain a greater understanding of historical events related to the doctrine in this lesson, consider reviewing the following:
If you teach youth, bring to class one or more copies of For the Strength of Youth (36550). You may want to bring a copy for each class member or ask class members to bring their own copies to class.
If you use the attention activity, contact a ward member who has been married in the temple. Ask the person to prepare to take four or five minutes at the beginning of class to talk about the day he or she was married in the temple. You might ask the person to bring a photograph or other memento of the wedding. Ask him or her to consider the following questions in preparation:
What did you do to prepare for temple marriage?
What difference does it make to be married in the temple?
What counsel could you give class members who have not yet been married in the temple to help them prepare?
Note to the teacher: As you teach this lesson, be sensitive to the feelings of single parents and others who are not in traditional family situations (see the first additional teaching idea). If class members ask questions about divorce or other sensitive issues, encourage them to speak with the bishop in private rather than discuss the questions in class.
You may want to use one or more of the following ideas to supplement the suggested lesson outline.