Note – This lesson is designed to teach elementary age children – especially 1-5 grades
Opening Song: I am a Child of God
Scripture: “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” – 2 Corinthians 3:16
This is a basic outline – be sure to follow the Spirit as you present this lesson. It is a sensitive Lesson, so you will have to prayerfully do what works for your family
– Our bodies are temples. They are Holy Places – or at least they should be. In D&C 109 , the saints were taught what a house of God ought to be like. Since our bodies are temples, we can apply this same direction to us – physically.
(As you are presenting this lesson, You can use this picture. Each part of the body represents a different aspect of the “House” – give them each part of the body separately (cut them out before hand), and they can color it in, and glue it onto the background paper. Eventually, they will have a little picture of themselves. We also had little committments and scriptures that went with each topic.)
Our Bodies – Our Temples
- House of Prayer (Hand out the folded arms – I found that it helped to relieve some of the tension by having them color while we talked)
- “9 But behold, I say unto you that ye must pray always, and not faint; that ye must not perform any thing unto the Lord save in the first place ye shall pray unto the Father in the name of Christ, that he will consecrate thy performance unto thee, that thy performance may be for the welfare of thy soul.” – 2 Nephi 32:9
- What is prayer (Prayer is the way that we communicate with God.)
- How often should we pray? What does this mean?
- In the times when we aren’t praying, can we have a prayer in our hearts if our words are filthy?
- It is not appropriate to use bad language. This drives away the Spirit. We cannot Pray always without the presence of the Spirit.
- We should not use language that degrades our bodies or the bodies of others – Our bodies were created by God and are sacred. We cannot have the Spirit with us if our words don’t reflect the fact that our bodies are sacred and special.
- I actually gave some specific examples – you may or may not find this appropriate for your children.
- Make sure that we are also respecting our own bodies with our speech. We shouldn’t complain about our bodies or say negative things about ourselves.
- Committment: I will make sure my words are worthy of a prayer.
- House of Fasting (hand out the belly and body)
- “13 And on this day thou shalt do none other thing, only let thy food be prepared with singleness of heart that thy fasting may be perfect, or, in other words, that thy joy may be full.” – D&C 59:13
- Why do we fast? What is fasting?
- Make the connection between supressing apetite in order to be closer to the Spirit of the Lord.
- Because we fast, does it mean that we should never eat food?
- There are other natural apetites we have that need to be surpressed at times
- Drugs – Are there times when it is appropriate to use drugs? Yet, this is a good apetite to surpress for the most part.
- Kissing – it can be okay – when you are sixteen – to kiss a boy (or girl, obviously) after a date.
- French Kissing / Passionate Kissing – you need to be careful with this. It is best to avoid this. French kissing is like muddy buddies. If I gave you One muddy buddy, would you be satisfied with that? (no way!) It is hard to stop once you start.
- Touching others – privates – Again, this is okay at the right time: when you are married. There will be a time when you can have that bowl of muddy buddies! Until then, you cannot give in to that apetite. If you do, it will destroy your soul. You will not have the Spirit.
- Committment: I will keep my apetites within the Laws of God.
- House of Faith (Hand out the upper body/neck)
- “21 And now as I said concerning faith—faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true.” – Alma 32:21
- What happens when we plant a seed in the ground, water it, and take care of it?
- After the seed has been growing, what if we stop watering it? What will happen if we pour poison on the seed
- Did the plant die because the seed was bad? Why did it die?
- Make the connection between this plant and the seed/seedling of faith.
- Satan wants to attack us – he wants to attack our faith and our ability to nurture our faith.
- Language- Talking and joking about our bodies will cause us to think it more. The more we think and say, often times, we will eventually do.
- Immodesty – For girls – it can cause boys to think the wrong thing of you. It may even cause them to think inappropriate thoughts about you.
- Sometimes, if you dress immodestly, you will begin to notice the attention you’re getting from a boy. Often, this is exciting, but it is not good. Innapropriate dress can lead to inappropriate behavior.
- Pornography – Take the time to explain pornography (if necessary). These images will destroy our faith. They are like pouring poison on a plant.
- Do not give into these temptations. Do not let faith die. Keep your temple a good place for faith to grow.
- Committment: I will keep my heart pure so faith can grow.
- House of Learning (Hand out the head – with no face. Don’t let the kids draw a face yet, either)
- “7 And as all have not faith, seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom, seek learning even by study and also by faith;” – D&C 109:7
- Is there anything that Heavenly Father doesn’t know?
- He wants us to become like Him. He wants us to study everything. How do we do that?
- Satan doesn’t want us to gain knowledge. He wants to try to poison our minds so that it is difficult to obtain knowledge. He will try to fill our brains with trash.
- Dirty Language If you fill your mind with dirty language, you will soon have a dirty mind.
- If you friends are saying filthy things, what can you do?
- Get Away
- Ask them to stop
- Sing a favorite hymn – this is a good time to ask the kids to think of a song – as a go-to song for when they are in a difficult situation.
- Try to change the subject.
- Say a prayer.
- If you have a filthy thought – say a prayer and hum a hymn
- Once you see an image, it will be in your mind forever. It is difficult to rid our brains of these memories, and often, we have no control when we will remember them.
- You will probably come in contact with pornography, even if you don’t want to see it.
- Pornogrpahy is a lie. It is wrong. It tries to tell you a false message about who you are and what relationships are supposed to be like. It is a strong tool of Satan’s, and you need to guard yourself against it.
- Keep your mind clean and fill it with good knowledge instead.
- Committment: I will keep my mind and thoughts clean so I can become more like the Lord and gain knowledge.
- House of Glory (hand out Necklace, draw on a ring)
- Moses 1:5-6, 11-15
- Discuss the story of when Moses saw God and then Satan – Satan had no glory.
- How can we describe glory? How can we have glory?
- Satan will try to trick us and make things look good, but if you look closely, you will see that although attractive, they lack glory.
- Immodesty – There is no glory in immodest dress. We can be attractive to a man and still be modest. He will notice your glory if you dress this way.
- Language – If our words are filthy, then they detract from our glory and from the glory of God.
- Sexuality – Satan will make this seem attractive. Sex may seem like it is a really good thing, but if it is not within the bonds of marriage, then it lacks glory.
- Little choices can go a long way – if we choose Satan’s way – it may be attractive at first, but over time, we’ll lose our glory. We’ll become dull and our temples will be defiled. This will cause our Spirits to be miserable.
- Committment: I will be glorious by choosing the right and living with virtue.
- House of Order (Hand out the legs and feet)
- “27 And see that all these things are done in wisdom and order; for it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength. And again, it is expedient that he should be diligent, that thereby he might win the prize; therefore, all things must be done in order.” – Mosiah 4:27
- There is an order to life – for example, you are good children, and you want to do what Heavenly Father has instructed, so maybe it’s a good idea for you to get married this year…? (NO! Even though it is good to get married, you need to do it at the right time – there is an order to life).
- Sexuality – This is to come after marriage. Say that you know you are going to get married. You have a marriage date set. It is in one week. Since you are getting married, what’s the big deal with waiting to have sexual relations. Why not before? – ORDER.
- There is a right way to live. We need to follow the plan that the Lord has for us. When we are older, we can get a patriarchal blessing so that we can find more information on the plan Heavenly Father has for each of us.
- Heavenly Father loves us, we can trust in His plan for us – because he wants to see us reach our potential. If we follow Him, we’ll be happy.
- Committment: I will follow God’s Plan for Me.
- House of God (Draw faces on heads)
- “14 And now behold, I ask of you, my brethren of the church, have ye spiritually been born of God? Have ye received his image in your countenances? Have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts?” – Alma 5:14
- We are created in God’s Image.
- When we do all of the things discussed tonight, we will begin to have His image in our Countenances. This is true beauty.
- When we are baptized, we covenant with God, we take on the name of Christ, and we also receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. In this way, we truly can have a “house of God” when we keep this baptismal covenant – as we have experiences with each member of the Godhead. What a special blessing!
- Our temples must be worthy of our covenant, Christ’s name, and The presence of the Holy Ghost.
- We can continue to make covenants with God in the temple, as we get older. Satan will do all He can to stop this. He does not have a body. He never will have one. He is miserable and jealous. This motivates him to tempt us to destroy our body and be as miserable as he is.
- Be careful. Make you’re temple worthy of the presence of God.
- (This would be a good time to bear your testimony to close the lesson)
- Committment I will make my temple/body a place where the Holy Ghost, a member of the Godhead, can dwell. I want to be like my Heavenly Father someday.
We did this as our FHE activity/Lesson yesterday. It was very effective. It was good to talk to our children frankly and honestly. There were a few times where things were a little bit awkwardish (I believe that I may have talked about puberty a little too much during the “Order” section…). However, the spirit was strong. We cannot start teaching our children about the sacred natures of our bodies too early.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please comment. 🙂