FHE – Day 3: Cleansing the Temple

Today is Day 3 on Valerie’s Christ Centered Easter.  As I read through the devotional, I thought it would make a great Family Home Evening.   I chose to focus on the temple.  (I usually use the Easter Egg hunt on Easter Sunday because the Easter Bunny visits our house on Saturday.  I LOVE the Easter story in eggs – it is one of our favorite traditions!)  Here is an idea for an outline:

Opening Song:  I Love to See the Temple

Opening Prayer:

Scripture:  Matthew 21:12-18, Mark 11:12-19, Luke 19:45-48

Read the scriptures and talk about the story.  You can use the Gospel Art Book to find a great picture (p. 51 in the Gospel Art Book).  Discuss why Jesus would be so angry and why it was important for the temple to be cleansed.

Discussion:  Relate cleansing the temple to your own family’s home.  If Jesus came to your home what would he see?  Would you want to change anything?  Would you change how you talk, how you keep your house, or what you are reading or watching on television?  What are some things you would change?

In the Bible dictionary it says that “Only the home can compare with the temple in sacredness.”  What does that mean?  How can we make our homes more like the temple?  What is the temple like?  How do people act in the temple?   Our homes should be somewhere that we feel safe.  How can we make them a safe place?  How should we treat each other?

Activity:  Once you have discussed some of these questions, as well as some of your own, talk about some goals you can set to purify your home so it can feel more like a temple.  Choose 2 or 3 that everyone feels like they can work on and write them on your goal sheet.  Let them know that you will be talking about how you are doing throughout the week.  Post the goal sheet somewhere that everyone can see it during the week and continue to mention it before family prayer or at the dinner table.  You may also choose to use gentle reminders throughout the week.

Cleansing the Temple FHE

Once you have set your goals, bring the focus back to the Savior.  Let your family know how happy it would make Jesus if you made your home more like a temple.  The spirit will dwell where there is less chaos, more cleanliness and organization; less contention and more love and kindness;  less influence from the media and more influence from the scriptures, prayer, and service.  You may want to have “secret pals” or do secret service, write them down and place them in a jar to share at the end of the week.  If you are working on a Love One Another table or wall this is a great time to reinforce it. 🙂  There is nothing like service to change the attitude at home!

Closing Prayer

Treat:  Embrace spring and make some homemade vanilla ice cream – talk about how white represents purity and that’s why we wear it in the temple!

Posted on April 17, 2011, in Easter, Everything Family, Family Home Evening, Holidays & Traditions and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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