Monday, September 13, 2010

Exercises for the Soul - Temple Marriage

Last weekend a group of us went to the Rexburg, Idaho temple to do a sealing session for others who have passed on. It was a session I could participate in because we could do it early in the morning. Family and friends were there to help and there was a wonderful feeling in the temple.
August has been a busy month and I am ready to get back on my BLOGGING schedule. Because it has been on my mind, I decided to do a FHE lesson on Temple Marriage.

Ask: What happens when you throw a rock into a quiet pool or mud puddle?
Quote: Elray L. Christiansen said in April 1974 General Conference, "Probably the most consequential event in your lives takes place when you are united in marriage. It will have a far reaching effect on your future. Like the ripples caused by a pebble cast on a placid pool, the decision you make in regard to where, with whom, and by whom this event will take place will not only affect you, but the lives of many others, especially your children."
Ask: Why is a temple marriage so important?
How will it affect your life now and in the future?
Discuss: How will deciding early in your life that you want a temple marriage help you make many correct decisions in the future?


On a poster or blackboard have family members list comparisons under the headings TEMPLE MARRIAGE and CIVIL MARRIAGE consider questions such as:
-What preparation is needed?
-Where will this marriage take place?
-Who performs the ceremony?
-How long will the marriage last?
-What will the people married in this way be doing throughout eternity?
-What will happen to the family after this life?

If desired show pictures from your own temple marriage. Talk about your wedding day.

Grandma Kern's feelings: When I was young I knew that eternal marriage was important, It was a tiny little point in time and a decision that would affect an eternity. Now that I am closer to the next life, I can't imagine it without my family and grandchildren that I love so much.

Suggested Songs: Families Can Be Together Forever or I Love to See the Temple

Person of the week: Grandpa Kern for making all the arrangements for last week's Temple visit. He saw to every detail from arranging for his colleague, a Temple Sealer to arranging for babysitters for the grandkids.

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