"The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally."
This truth, taught in The Family: a Proclamation to the World, is pretty much the hope of every individual and family that I know. Most of us wish and hope that we will be able to see loved ones again after this life, but few of us know of a certainty, not only that it is possible, but how it is accomplished.
Latter-day Saints know that it is made possible as individuals and families make covenants with God in his holy temples. When we make covenants with God, we promise to live according to his laws and to love others as he could. As we return home to keep those promises to God and to our families, we will not only be blessed with eternity to spend with our families, but we will enjoy peace and happiness as families in mortality as well.
This is why we want to point our children first to Christ, and then to His holy temple.
Our Stake President (and other church leaders) have asked us to keep a picture of the temple in every room of our home. Since our move, we haven't gotten photos up in the kids' bedrooms, so we decided to make these temple representations that each of the children can admire and hold, and be proud to say they made themselves.
Steve will laugh at that, because really it took about an hour of his time (outside of our lesson) to cut the particle board and spray them white. BUT the kids sanded them, glued, and tied the pretty white tulle to finish them off.
We followed the template for these temples located at Embellish the Details. Click the link to access the template.
Be sure to check out other lessons in this series:
Five-minute Lessons on The Family Proclamation
Agency & The Family Proclamation
In the Image of God
The Pedigree of Your Spirit
Temples: The Forever Family Place
Multiply & Replenish the Earth
The Responsibility of Parents
Here are a few more ways to teach these concepts: