Sunday, July 21, 2013

I Can Prepare to Go To The Temple Sharing Time

I Can Prepare to go to the Temple Someday Sharing time/Combined Singing time
July 2013 Week 4
This picture came from page 25 in an OLD Primary 5 manual picture set. It still exists, but I haven't located it yet. Sorry! The updated version is found in Primary picture packet 5-57 or here
(Have a small suitcase packed with the following items and quickly look through the items while saying the following)
I am getting ready to go on a trip and I think I have all the things I need, I have got my…

Book to read-
Food- In case I get hungry

Clothes to wear-

Tickets- so I can get on the plane

Glasses- to see better in the sun

Water- in case I get thirsty

Map or instructions- So I know where I am going and how to get there


Movie to watch on the plane in case I get bored
Calendar- to know what day it is on my trip
 Cell phone- so I can talk to someone far away….
(Make your cell phone ring and confusingly say…)
Hello??? I’m trying to get ready for this trip and (whisper) the Primary is staring at me… (Act surprised and say) Oh I am not just going on a normal trip, I am going on a special spiritual journey to prepare myself for the temple.  (Hang up the phone and then say).  I’ve packed for the wrong kind of trip.  Can you help me repack?
This suitcase isn’t going to work. I NEED A BIGGER ONE FOR A SPECIAL JOURNEY.  I need different stuff too. Oooh I need to hurry, will you guys help me find what I need for my special spiritual journey to help me prepare to go to the temple. Thanks!
(Have 9 items on a table that represent 9 of the Gospel Standards on a table listed below. Have a large suitcase that is empty with a temple picture on the front. Have a printed page for each Gospel Standard and put them on the chalkboard.)
Example of Gospel Standards on printed paper
(Have a child come up to the front and select one of the Gospel Standards.  Help the child to read the Gospel Standard on the printed page to the class.  Next, discuss the Gospel Standard briefly.  Then play the Hot/Cold singing game with the Gospel Standard Object - (have one child step out of the room and hide the Gospel Standard Object in the room.  Invite the child back in and then have the rest of the children sing loud as the child gets close to the hidden object or sing more softly when they are far away from it).  Repeat this for each Gospel Standard)

*Gospel Standard: “I will only read and watch things that are pleasing to Heavenly Father.”
Have a child remove the standard off the board and read and discuss. What kinds of things can we read and watch that are pleasing to Heavenly Father? (watching worthy TV programs that invite the spirit and reading scriptures, Feasting upon the word of God will help us not be spiritually hungry on our journey, reading church books and magazines and other good appropriate books that uplift us.)
So. Let’s find all the things to pack our suitcase and prepare to go the temple. If we read and watch good things in our youth, it will be easier to continue doing so when we are adults.
Play a round of Hot/Cold- (Gospel Standard Object could be a set of scriptures, an Ensign magazine, church movie, etc. - I would suggest bundling the scriptures, Ensign and church movie together. After finding the items, pack the suitcase.) Song option: “Search, Ponder and Pray”, (CS, 109)

*Gospel Standard: “I will dress modestly to show respect for Heavenly Father and myself.”
 We need to ensure that the clothes we pack in THIS suitcase are modest and keep our bodies sacred. If we wear modest clothing in our youth, it will definitely be easier to continue as we go to the temple.
Let’s find the Modest Clothes (Gospel Standard Object) and add them to the suitcase. Play a round of Hot/Cold to find the clothes and then pack them in the suitcase. Song option: “My Body is a Temple”, (CS 153)

*Gospel Standard: “I will only listen to music that is pleasing to Heavenly Father.”
We need to pack on our journey to the temple good and uplifting music. Would I listen to the song if the Savior stood beside me? If we listen to music with good values and lyrics, it will be easier when we are older and married. Let’s find some good music in the room and pack them in the suitcase. Play a round of Hot/Cold to find the Gospel Standard Object a Church Song or Hymn book and then pack it in the suitcase. Song option: “If the Savior Stood Beside Me” page 28 in outline for 2013 Sharing time booklet

*Gospel Standard: “I will use the names of Heavenly Father and Jesus reverently. I will not swear or use crude words.”
Do you think we should take inappropriate words on our journey? If we use good language now and not participate in profanity, it will be easier to walk away from bad situations and to be able to go to the temple. Let’s pack some Toothpaste (Gospel Standard Object) to remind us to keep our mouths clean and especially reverent when we speak of Heavenly Father and Jesus. Who can help me find the Toothpaste? Play a round of Hot/Cold to find the toothpaste and then pack it in the suitcase. Song Option: Dare to Do Right, (CS, 158)

*Gospel Standard: “I will remember my baptismal covenants and listen to the Holy Ghost.”
We want to always remember the covenants or promises we made when we entered the waters of our baptism, even when we are grown up. The Holy Ghost is a gift we have been given to help us stay on the right path of our journey back to our Heavenly Father. Let’s find the Bottle of Water (Gospel Standard Object) to represent us remembering that we were baptized by immersion, the first step to the temple. Play a round of Hot/Cold to find the water and then pack it in the suitcase. Song option: “When I am Baptized”, (CS, 103)

*Gospel Standard: “I am a child of God”
I was going to pack a map before on my trip. This time we are going to pack on our journey to the temple the Plan of Salvation, which is our spiritual map directing us safely back to our Heavenly Father. We are unique to know that we are children of God and that he has given us a plan of happiness to return to Him. Let’s find the Picture of the Plan of Salvation (Gospel Standard Object) found in the Friend, January 2008, p.16 or and add it to the suitcase. Song option: “I Will Follow God's Plan for me” (CS,164-5)

*Gospel Standard: “I will keep my mind and body sacred and pure, and I will not partake of things that are harmful to me.”
If we put good food in our bodies as youth and avoid harmful substances, our bodies will be stronger as adults. So we should pack good food on our journey to the temple? Let’s find the Sack of Good Food (play food) (Gospel Standard Object) and add it to our suitcase. Song option: “The Word of Wisdom” (CS, 154)

*Gospel Standard: “I will do those things on the Sabbath that will help me feel close to Heavenly Father.”
Doing things on Sunday that keep us focused on the Savior will help us as we prepare to go to the temple. When we are married with our own families, it will be easier to teach our children this commandment if we have been following it in our youth. Let’s pack our Calendar (with Sundays circled) (Gospel Standard Object) to help us remember to always keep the Sabbath day holy. Song option: “Remember the Sabbath Day” (CS, 155)

*Gospel Standard: “I can pray to Heavenly Father anytime, anywhere”
We need to talk to our Heavenly Father through prayer. I was going to pack a cell phone in my other suitcase, will that work in THIS suitcase to talk to Heavenly Father. No, we have to pray to him always and often. Let’s find the picture of Prayer(Primary packet picture 1-9) to remind us that we need to pray to prepare to go to the temple and will need to continue to pray throughout our lives. Song option: “Child’s Prayer”, (CS, 12) (No Gospel Standard Object)

In my original suitcase, I packed a plane ticket. Will a plane ticket work to get me into the temple, be married and have an eternal family? No, I must have a Celestial Ticket.  Do you know what that looks like? (Show or describe a Temple Recommend) A Temple Recommend or “Celestial Ticket” signifies that you are living worthy to enter the Lord’s holy house. I hope you will all strive to live worthy and journey to the temple one day.  In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Closing song: "The Family is Of God" (2014 Sharing time Outline)


  1. Oh yay!!!! You figured out the search bar tool. I'm so happy. Thanks again for all you do. There are so many great ideas on your site. :)

  2. This is adorable! Thanks for sharing it. I've been at a loss as to how I wanted to present this sharing time topic. =]

  3. I was going to use my toddlers special dress that got dirty and talk about why you must stay clean to go to the temple. This is way better because it shows what to do, not just what not to do.

  4. excellent ideas and very thorough. Thanks for sharing. May you be blessed