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“I Shall Go On Living”

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We reflect on the gift of resurrection made possible through the Savior, with memory of the passing of President Gordon B. Hinckley. He testified of the blessings made possible for families and individuals through the temple work of the Restored Church. The heart warming video clip, lesson, story, activity and easy sugar cookie recipe all help children to better understand and enjoy these blessings.

 

SONG

SCRIPTURE

VIDEO CLIP


LESSON SUMMARY

POINTS TO PONDER

 

STORY

TREAT
TIME

ACTIVITY

ACTIVITY PAGES

 

VIDEO CLIP:

Gordon B. Hinckley: A Giant Among Men chapters 11-12
(click on above for full screen)

 

PRINCIPLE:
Eternal Life/Temples

 


 

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20-MINUTE LESSON

   

SONG

 
 

Children’s Songbook #153, "The Lord Gave Me a Temple"

If you wish to print sheet music or have an online music file to accompany you click on the song link to visit: http://www.lds.org/cm

SCRIPTURE

John 5:25

 

25. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.

SCRIPTURE

Doctrine & Covenants 127:4

 

4 And again, verily thus saith the Lord: Let the work of my temple, and all the works which I have appointed unto you, be continued on and not cease; and let your diligence, and your perseverance, and patience, and your works be redoubled, and you shall in nowise lose your reward, saith the Lord of Hosts...

VIDEO

Watch chapter 11–12 from the Modern Prophets Grdon B. Hinckley: A Giant Among MenDVD CLICK FOR CLIP

 

LESSON SUMMARY

 
 

For younger children, it may be helpful to summarize the following ideas:

 

What is the answer to the question “If a man die, shall he live again?” (Job 14:14)?

Although it's been five years since the passing of our beloved prophet, President Gordon B. Hinckley, we still miss him dearly, but we can rejoice in the answer to this question because. President Hinckley often testified of life after death. During the April 2007 Conference he said, “Now, the next thing of which I am certain, and of which I bear witness, is the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ. ... It affirms that we lived before we were born in mortality. Mortality is but a stepping-stone to a more glorious existence in the future. The sorrow of death is softened with the promise of the Resurrection.” Gordon B. Hinckley © Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

How does our knowledge of life after death affect the way we live?
(Discuss ideas.)

“I believe that through [Jesus Christ’s] atoning sacrifice, the offering of His life on Calvary’s Hill, He expiated the sins of mankind, relieving us from the burden of sin if we will forsake evil and follow Him. ... I believe in the grace of God made manifest through His sacrifice and redemption, and I believe that through His Atonement, without any price on our part, each of us is offered the gift of resurrection from the dead. I believe further that through that sacrifice there is extended to every man and woman, every son and daughter of God, the opportunity for eternal life and exaltation in our Father’s kingdom, as we hearken to and obey His commandments.” Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, Jul 2006 © Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

What is the difference between immortality and eternal life? (Immortality is to live forever as a resurrected being. Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, everyone will receive this gift. Eternal life is to live in God’s presence as families. This is also a gift from Jesus Christ given after “all we can do” (2 Nephi 25:23) to obey the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.

Where are the ordinances that seal families together for eternity performed? (In the temple.)
“‘And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven’ (see Matt. 16:13–19). In that marvelous bestowal of authority, the Lord gave to His Apostles the keys of the holy priesthood, whose power reaches beyond life and death into eternity. ...those same keys of the holy priesthood will be exercised in behalf of the men and women who come into this sacred house [temple] to solemnize their marriage. They will be joined in a union which death cannot dissolve and time cannot destroy.” Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, Jul 2003 © Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

In 1998 President Hinckley was inspired to build more temples. Over the following nine years the Church has gone from having 51 temples to 125 temples and there are 9 more under construction. “President Hinckley has labored unceasingly to bring sacred blessings to members of the Church worldwide by providing temples that are within the reach of all.” Thomas S. Monson, Ensign, Oct 2007 © Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

POINTS TO PONDER

 
 

Why is the building of temples throughout the world important? (Discuss ideas.)

“Every temple that this Church has built has in effect stood as a monument to our belief in the immortality of the human soul, that this phase of mortal life through which we pass is part of a continuous upward climb, so to speak, and that as certain as there is life here, there will be life there. ... It comes about through the Atonement of the Savior, and the temple becomes, as I have indicated, the bridge from this life to the next. ... We build it so the family may be eternal. All of the ordinances which take place in the house of the Lord become expressions of our belief in that fundamental and basic doctrine.” Gordon B. Hinckley, interview with Vern Anderson of the Associated Press, April 1999 © Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

What things does our family need to work towards doing better so that we can be an eternal family? (Discuss ideas.)

Although we will miss President Hinckley, we can be grateful for the many things that he taught us. We can rejoice in knowing that he has been united with his wife Marjorie and is happy. President Hinckley assured us of this when he said:

“I know as surely as anything in this world that someday I shall die as to the life of this world. But I have an absolute certainty in my heart that I shall go on living and doing good and having the association of my beloved companion and my children.”
Gordon B. Hinckley, Guayaquil, Ecuador, 31 July 1999 © Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

Quote:

"All that live must die, passing through nature to eternity."
William Shakespeare

 

STORY

"Memories"

 

On the morning that Momma went home to Heavenly Father, the five children and Daddy sat in the front room, searching through photos. Grace, the eldest, gazed at the photo of the family all dressed in white. She remembered how happy they had been when their prayers had been answered and Daddy joined the church. Grace had been especially happy, because Daddy had been able to baptize and confirm her. Grace pictured her family standing together in front of one the two big mirrors facing opposite walls in the sealing room.

“What do you see?” Momma had asked the children.

“I can see forever,” Grace answered in awe.

“That’s how long we’re going to be a family,” Momma promised.

The memory brought comfort and a new trickle of tears down her cheeks. Grace caressed the picture, before handing it to Deanne.

“Oh, good. You found it,” Deanne said. “That’s my favorite picture. The day we were sealed together for time and all eternity!” she exclaimed “I think we should display our temple picture next to the porcelain temple that Momma and Daddy had on their 50th wedding anniversary cake.”

“Momma would love that,” Suzanne said. “And let’s display the lastest family picture alongside the quote Momma framed, ‘Let there be no empty chairs in our Heavenly home,’” She added.

Daddy held up the big family picture. “It’s hard to believe our little eternal family grew from seven to seventy-seven,” he said, before being overcome with emotion.

As the day went on, Grandma and Grandpa’s house filled to the rim with family members–all coming together to find comfort, offer love and support and to share special memories of Grandma.

 

“One of my sweetest memories, after she started to lose her memory, was going to the temple with Momma and Daddy. I was so worried she would get lost. I held her hand and helped her throughout the ceremony,” Deanne shared. “It reminded me of the first time I went to the temple, but the roles were reversed. In the Celestial Room, the three of us sat quietly together, basking in the wonderful spirit. Momma didn’t remember how to find her way home anymore, or even how to cook and sew, but she still knew the importance of the temple.”

“I remember, before Grandma got sick, she would say ‘There’s my Willem,’ every time I came to visit,” eight-year old Willem said as he cuddled up next to Grandpa on the couch. “Did you know I was her favorite?” he whispered to Grandpa.

Grandpa smiled and nodded his head. After Willem went to play with his cousins, three-year-old Jordyn curled up in Grandpa’s lap. “Gwama, was my favwite!” she exclaimed, “And I was her favwite too! Wasn’t I, Gwampa?” Grandpa kissed her on the forehead. “Yes, you were, Princess.”

Next came five-year-old Paige who put her arms around Grandpa’s neck. After declaring that she had been Grandma’s favorite, she told Grandpa that it was okay to be sad, “but we need to be happy too,” she said, “because Grandma’s not gone very far. She’s just in heaven and she’s waiting there for all of us.”

Tears streamed down Grandpa’s cheeks. “That’s right Paige,” he whispered, “and even though I’ll miss her every single day until then, I’m happy she isn’t sick anymore and has her memories back.”

One by one that day, each great-grandchild hugged Grandpa tightly. Each one knew that they were Grandma’s favorite, and Grandpa knew that each one was right.

by Margie Nauta Lee © 2008 Living Scriptures, Inc.

 

TREAT TIME

CLICK TO PRINT “Sugar 'Temple' Cookies"


Sugar "Temple" Cookies

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream together sugar, shortening, eggs and vanilla. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Slowly mix in sifted, dry ingredients to the creamed ingredients. Add water. Continue to mix until a soft dough forms. Chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes. Roll out on a floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out using pattern pieces. Bake on a prepared pan for 8 minutes. Cool before frosting.

Treat Time:

Frost with your favorite white frosting. Build your temple cookies by using extra frosting as mortar between pieces. If desired; tint a small amount of frosting yellow to represent the Angel Moroni.

Ingredients:

 

  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1/4 c. shortening
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 c. flour
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1/2 t. baking powder
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 1/4 c. + 2 T. cold water

ACTIVITY

 


Activity: Younger children will need help from an older sibling or parent.

1. Ask: If we will all be resurrected and live again, why do we need to be baptized, keep the commandments, repent and receive temple ordinances? (Discuss ideas.)

2. Ask: Why is it important to live worthily to go to the temple? (Discuss ideas.)

“Temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are sacred structures... Each is dedicated as a house of the Lord, a place of holiness and peace shut apart from the world. There truths are taught and ordinances are performed that bring knowledge of things eternal and motivate the participants to live with an understanding of our divine inheritance as children of God and an awareness of our potential as eternal beings.” President Gordon B. Hinckley, Why These Temples? © Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

3. Ask: Why was President Hinckley inspired to drastically increase the building of temples throughout the world? (Discuss ideas.)

President Hinckley had a desire to bring temples closer to more Church members. He personally initiated a smaller style of building so that temples could be built in areas where a larger temple may never have been built in our life time.

4. Play the “Building Temples” activity: (Instructions included with activity.)


Preparation:

1. Print out the artwork.
2. Optional: Glue artwork to card stock.
3. Cut along dotted lines.
4. Fold along solid lines.

 

What you need:

A copy of “Building Temples” activity (artwork included with this lesson) for each child scissors and tape. Optional: Card stock and glue for added durability. Coloring tools.

 

ACTIVITY PAGES

 
       
         
         
   
 

20-MINUTE LESSON

CLICK TO PRINT "20-MINUTE" LESSON NOTES

 

1. Watch chapter 5 from The Modern Prophets God Makes a Giant Among Men; The Life of Gordon B. Hinckley DVD.

2. What is the answer to the question “If a man die, shall he live again?” (Job 14:14)?

With the passing of our beloved prophet, President Gordon B. Hinckley, we can rejoice in the answer to this question. President Hinckley often testified of life after death. During the April 2007 Conference he said, “Now, the next thing of which I am certain, and of which I bear witness, is the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ. ... It affirms that we lived before we were born in mortality. Mortality is but a stepping-stone to a more glorious existence in the future. The sorrow of death is softened with the promise of the resurrection.” Gordon B. Hinckley © Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

3. How does our knowledge of life after death affect the way we live? (Discuss ideas.)

“I believe that through [Jesus Christ’s] atoning sacrifice, the offering of His life on Calvary’s Hill, He expiated the sins of mankind, relieving us from the burden of sin if we will forsake evil and follow Him. ... I believe in the grace of God made manifest through His sacrifice and redemption, and I believe that through His Atonement, without any price on our part, each of us is offered the gift of resurrection from the dead. I believe further that through that sacrifice there is extended to every man and woman, every son and daughter of God, the opportunity for eternal life and exaltation in our Father’s kingdom, as we hearken to and obey His commandments.” Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, Jul 2006 © Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

4. What is the difference between immortality and eternal life? (Immortality is to live forever as a resurrected being. Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, everyone will receive this gift. Eternal life is to live in God’s
presence as families. This is also a gift from Jesus Christ given after “all we can do” (2 Nephi 25:23) to obey the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.


5. Where are the ordinances that seal families together for eternity performed? (In the temple.)

“‘And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven’ (see Matt. 16:13–19). In that marvelous bestowal of authority, the Lord gave to His Apostles the keys of the holy priesthood, whose power reaches beyond life and death into eternity. ...those same keys of the holy priesthood will be exercised in behalf of the men and women who come into this sacred house [temple] to solemnize their marriage. They will be joined in a union which death cannot dissolve and time cannot destroy.” Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, Jul 2003 © Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

6. In 1998 President Hinckley was inspired to build more temples. Over the following nine years the Church has gone from having 51 temples to 125 temples and there are 9 more under construction. “President Hinckley has labored unceasingly to bring sacred blessings to members of the Church worldwide by providing temples that are within the reach of all.” Thomas S. Monson, Ensign, Oct 2007 © Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

7. What things does our family need to work towards doing better so that we can be an eternal family? (Discuss ideas.)

8. Sing Together: Children’s Songbook #153, “The Lord Gave Me a Temple.”

9. Although we will miss President Hinckley, we can be grateful for the many things that he taught us. We can rejoice in knowing that he has been united with his wife Marjorie and is happy. President Hinckley assured us of this when he said:

“I know as surely as anything in this world that someday I shall die as to the life of this world. But I have an absolute certainty in my heart that I shall go on living and doing good and having the association of my beloved companion and my children.” Gordon B. Hinckley, Ecuador, 31 July 1999 © Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.