“Lesson 26: Families Can Be Together Forever,” Primary 1 (2000), 84–88
“Lesson 26,” Primary 1, 84–88
To help each child understand that temples are sacred places where families can be sealed together forever, and to encourage each child to prepare to enter the temple.
A copy of the Doctrine and Covenants.
Picture 1-5, Family with a Baby (62307); picture 1-7, A Loving Family; picture 1-54, Salt Lake Temple (Gospel Art Picture Kit 502; 62433); pictures of other temples as available (Gospel Art Picture Kit 505; 62434–62448, 62566–62569, 62583–62601, 62613–62619); the page of drawings at the end of the lesson.
Make the necessary preparations for any Enrichment Activities you want to use.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Explain that a temple is a sacred place (see D&C 97:15–17). Ask the children to repeat the word sacred. This means that the temple is a very special place where everything reminds us of Heavenly Father and Jesus.
Tell the children that if they keep Heavenly Father’s commandments, they can go to the temple when they are older. Explain that in the temple we make special promises to Heavenly Father to obey his commandments. We can also be married in the temple, and we can be baptized for people who weren’t baptized while they lived on the earth.
Have the children hold up three fingers and repeat three things they can do in the temple when they are older:
“In the temple I can make special promises to Heavenly Father.”
“In the temple I can be married.”
“In the temple I can be baptized for others.”
Display picture 1-5, Family with a Baby, and picture 1-7, A Loving Family. Explain that temples can help families be together forever. When a man and a woman get married in the temple and obey the commandments, Heavenly Father promises them that they can be with each other and with all their children forever. We call this being sealed as a family.
Who are the people in your family?
How do you feel when you are with your family?
How can a family be together forever?
Assure the children that Heavenly Father and Jesus love every family and want every family to be sealed together forever. Explain that families who have not been sealed in the temple can prepare themselves by obeying Heavenly Father’s commandments. Then they can go to the temple to be sealed as a family.
Remind the children that everyone who obeys Heavenly Father’s commandments can go to the temple. Show the page of drawings included at the end of the lesson and let the children discuss the commandments illustrated. Explain that obeying these commandments will help the children be worthy to go to the temple when they are older.
Love each other.
Go to church.
Eat good foods (obey the Word of Wisdom).
Choose some of these activities to use during the lesson.
Help the children understand that forever is a long time. You might tell them that it is longer than the time they have to wait until their birthday or the next holiday; it is longer than the time the oldest person they know has been alive; it is longer than back to the time when Adam and Eve were alive. Explain that forever means that something will never end.
Help the children do the actions to the following verse as you say the words:
How long is forever (point to head, as if thinking)?
It’s longer than a year (put fist under chin, rest elbow on other hand).
It’s longer than the time it takes (put other fist under chin, rest elbow on hand)
For Christmas to be here.
How long is forever (point to head, as if thinking)?
It’s not too long to spend (shake finger back and forth)
With families that you love (hug self),
For it will never, ever end!
With the approval of your Primary president, invite the parents of a child in your class to share their feelings about the importance of being sealed in the temple.
Make a copy of the page of drawings at the end of the lesson for each child. Let the children color the drawings.
With the approval of your Primary president, invite a family in your ward who recently went to the temple to be sealed to tell the class about that experience.
Help the children do the actions to the following verse while you say the words:
Now that I am big and tall (stand on tiptoes and stretch arms up high),
A good helper I will be.
A helper to father (hold up first finger),
Who is kind and good;
I’ll do for my mother (hold up second finger)
The things that I should.
A helper to sister (hold up third finger),
To brother too (hold up fourth finger);
A helper to all my friends so true (hold up thumb).
And God’s helper I’ll try to be
By loving others as he loves me (fold arms).
I want to be a helper of all (sweep arms wide),
Now that I am big and tall (stand on tiptoes and stretch arms high).
Help the children do the actions to the following activity verse while you say the words. Repeat as many times as you want.
Make a circle with everyone standing, holding hands. Hold hands throughout the activity.
We all lived together with Heavenly Father (everyone comes close together, bringing hands to the center of the circle).
He sent us down to earth to live (spread out into a big circle).
He gave us families to love and teach us (come close together again).
Our families will help us live with him again (spread out into a big circle again).
Provide a simple outline of a temple on paper for the children to color.