Song: We sang one of my personal Primary Children's Songbook favorites, song #95 I Love to See the Temple. It goes as follows:
I love to see the temple. I'm going there someday
To feel the Holy Spirit, To listen and to pray.
For the temple is a house of God, A place of love and beauty.
I'll prepare myself while I am young; This is my sacred duty.
I love to see the temple. I'll go inside someday.
I'll cov'nant with my Father; I'll promise to obey.
For the temple is a holy place Where we are sealed together.
As a child of God, I've learned this truth: A fam'ly is forever.
Lesson: Marriage is ordained of God. Marriage between a man and a woman is a vital part of God’s plan. The Lord has said, “Whoso forbiddeth to marry is not ordained of God, for marriage is ordained of God unto man” (D&C 49:15). Since the beginning, marriage has been a law of the gospel. Marriages are intended to last forever, not just for our mortal lives.
Eternal marriage is essential for exaltation. Our exaltation depends on marriage, along with other principles and ordinances, such as faith, repentance, baptism, and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. We believe that marriage is the most sacred relationship that can exist between a man and a woman. This sacred relationship affects our happiness now and in the eternities.
Eternal marriage must be performed by proper authority in the temple. An eternal marriage must be performed by one who holds the sealing power. The Lord promised, “If a man marry a wife by … the new and everlasting covenant … by him who is anointed, … and if [they] abide in [the Lord’s] covenant, … it … shall be of full force when they are out of the world” (D&C 132:19). Not only must an eternal marriage be performed by the proper priesthood authority, but it must also be done in one of the holy temples of our Lord. The temple is the only place this holy ordinance can be performed.
As Latter-day Saints, we are living with an eternal perspective, not just for the moment. However, we can receive blessings in this life as a result of being married for eternity. Some of those blessings are as follows:
1. We know that our marriage can last forever.
2. We know that our family relationships can continue throughout eternity.
3. Because we have been married in God’s ordained way, we are entitled to an outpouring of the Spirit on our marriage as we remain worthy.
4. We can live in the highest degree of the celestial kingdom of God.
5. We can be exalted as God is and receive a fulness of joy.
We must seek earnestly to obey every covenant that we make in the temple. The Lord has said that if we are true and faithful, we will enter into our exaltation. We will become like our Heavenly Father. (See D&C 132:19–20.) Temple marriage is worth any sacrifice. It is a way of obtaining eternal blessings beyond measure.
Activity: This activity had two parts. For the first, I had two locks and both were closed. I told June that a civil marriage marries couples for this life. To symbolize this union, I tied the two locks together with a string. I then told her that when we die, they are no longer married. I then used scissors to symbolize death and I cut the string. I then told her that when a couple is sealed in the temple, they are married forever! To symbolize this, I locked the locks around each other. I then brought the scissor towards them and tried to cut the locks, but the scissor can't do this. This shows how death has no power over the sealing ordinances of the temple. Through that ordinance, we can be together forever. June then picked out two of her stuffed animals and she got to help them get married in the temple. I placed up a picture of her favorite temple and she played "wedding." She had each stuffed animal hold their lock.