Talking about the temple and what goes on inside with your kids is an important conversation. However, we are hesitant to go in-depth on the temple because it’s sacred stuff. We’ve thought of some guidelines to help direct that conversation.
Study the Pearl of Great Price
Watch a Temple Dedication
Temple dedications can be a great introduction to the ceremonies and traditions associated with the temple. The temple is full of symbolic actions, like when you waving a handkerchief during the Hosanna Shout. Give your children as many chances to witness symbolic actions as possible, and talk about it afterward with them.
Do Your Laundry with Your Children
Introduce your children to garments early, and get the chores done at the same time. Help your kids understand the importance of your garments, and what you do to keep them sacred.
Take the Sacrament
Baptism is the first covenant you take in your spiritual journey. When your kids get baptized, take the chance to teach them about the importance of what they are doing. You can talk about it every Sunday when you take the sacrament as well. Whenever covenants are mentioned in your family scripture study, make sure to emphasize their importance with your kids.
Pull Out a Temple Picture
Pull out a picture of your favorite temple or visit the closest temple to teach your kids about the symbolism of the temple. Why the angel Moroni? What does the shape represent? Why do they light up at night? Each of these questions is a chance to get your children familiar with the temple’s symbols.
Watch Movies Together
Watching movies is a great way to practice finding themes and drawing connections. The ordinances performed in the temple can be confusing. Give your children practice in gaining insight from figuring things out. The next time you turn on a Disney movie, talk about it with your kids.
Explain What Happens at the Temple
Explain Symbolism with Scripture
Much of the symbolism of the initiatory and the endowment is present throughout the Old and New Testament. Use the scriptures to explain the symbolism behind the actions we perform. President Ezra Taft Benson talked openly about the symbolism of the temple in the Logan temple dedication. You can refer to his talk for help and guidance.