Teach the meaning behind why our body is a temple as you teach the Primary song, The Lord Gave Me a Temple. All you need for this singing time lesson plan is the board and something to draw with! Make the words come to life with this visual Primary song!
The board is one of the EASIEST and most EFFECTIVE ways to teach a Primary song! And the Church’s Curriculum Department agrees! Check out this post HERE for understanding why the board is a critical teaching tool!
That said, pull out your drawing utensils and let’s get to work! You (or your Primary kids!) will be drawing 1st verse of The Lord Gave Me a Temple.
The Lord Gave Me a Temple Phrases
Optionally, I have these phrases to use in conjunction with drawing. But if you want to keep things real simple, you can easily omit them!
Access these printables at my Resource Library. Instructions for accessing the Resource Library are found at the bottom of this post.
Print these pages and cut on the lines.
Singing Time Idea
As you and the teachers sing, draw a simple outline of a temple using half the board and the title of the song at the top. Post the words as needed.
Hang the first phrase on the board: “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 phrase.
Hang the next phrase on the board: “once in heaven I was spirit but I left my home at birth.” Draw a spirit using the other half of the board by drawing the outline of a body using dotted lines. Then sing both phrases together.
Hang the next phrase on the board: “I’ll make my temple brighter.” Ask what this phrase means and how we can make our temple brighter? Draw the children’s answers (i.e. eat healthy foods, exercise, sleep, scripture study, etc.) Sing all the phrases together.
Hang the next phrase on the board: “I’ll keep my spirit free.” Ask how we do this. Draw the children’s answers (i.e. Word of Wisdom items like coffee & drugs, addictions, too much sugar or sleep, etc.), Then draw a circle around each of them and cross them out similar to a “no smoking” sign. Sing all the phrases together.
Hang the next phrase on the board: “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 all the phrases together.
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.Then 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.
Bear testimony that our bodies are a gift from Heavenly Father to house our spirits.
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The Lord Gave Me a Temple Verse 2
Find details for teaching the 2nd verse to The Lord Gave Me a Temple HERE.
These printables are filed on the Resource Library page under Song Title > The Lord Gave Me a Temple.