All you’ll need for this activity is a board and something to draw with!
For Sr. Primary, I’ll have them do the drawing but for Jr. Primary, I’ll probably do it.
Draw a simple outline of a temple. Use half the chalkboard.
Sing the first line of the song (or play it on CD) “The Lord gave me a temple to live within on Earth.” Ask if any of the kids live at the temple and which one. Then ask what this line is talking about (our body is a temple). Sing the line together. To reinforce the words, I am going to print out the words (find them HERE
) and cut out the phrases to hang on the chalkboard near each picture as they are drawn. Time permitting, gradually I’ll take them down to review.
Sing (or play) the next line “once in heaven I was spirit but I left my home at birth.” Draw a spirit using the other half of the chalkboard – I would draw the outline of a body using dotted lines. Sing the line together.
Sing (or play) the next line “I’ll make my temple brighter.” Ask what this phrase means and how we can make our temple brighter? Draw the answers – eat healthy foods, exercise, sleep, scripture study, etc. Sing the line together.
Sing (or play) the next line “I’ll keep my spirit free.” Ask how we do this. Draw the answers – Word of Wisdom items (coffee, drugs), addictions, too much sugar or sleep, etc., and draw a red circle around each of them and cross them out similar to a “no smoking” sign. Sing the line together.
Sing (or play) the next line “My body is the temple my Father gave to me.” Fill in the body by tracing around the dotted lines, add facial features, clothes, etc. Sing the line together.
I found this on Yahoo Groups from a few years ago and may incorporate some of what this Sister talked about…
“When I taught this we talked about how we keep our bodies clean through healthy eating, etc. and how using drugs or drinking can put our spirits into bondage and therefore they are not free. We also talked about our spirits and how our bodies house them. And we also talked about how we should treat our bodies with respect the same way we do the temple. And we talked about how we can enter the temple by keeping the word of wisdom, for one thing, to receive the blessings promised us. And in the end how we will be resurrected in the first resurrection and live with Jesus if we keep ourselves clean and pure.”
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