12 to 1 – Temple Count Down’s Begun! Inside the Temple

Day 3:  Today was another fun night.  Who said you could only have Family Home Evening once a week?  I love it that we have been getting together as a family every night and teaching them about the temple and then doing an activity.  Tonight we watched this great video about the different rooms in the temple and an overall view of the what and why of temples.  Even though it is a little longer than the last two videos we watched, they still sat through the whole thing.  It is awesome.  There are four rooms featured in the video and I listed the segment times below for your reference.  I plan on going over each room and then showing that portion as we get to it again.  Here's the list:

The Baptistry  3:37

The Instruction Room  4:51

The Celestial Room 6:00

The Sealing Room  7:21

During the video, I was trying to think of something that the kids could do that would be a hands-on project.  An idea came to me to make Gingerbread Houses and modify them to be temples.  I normally do not have graham crackers and white frosting on hand, but tonight I was lucky and had both.  We grabbed some paper plates, knives, frosting and crackers and went to work building our temple.  The kids did a great job.  Once they got to the top part everyone's fell so I had to fix them all, but it was so much fun and the kids had a blast.  I even tried to break apart one of the crackers to look like Angel Moroni for the top.  The other ones just got a piece of cracker for the top, but hey it works! As we built, I asked questions like why do we wear white in the temple as we were putting on the white frosting and we talked a little bit about the different rooms in the temple that we learned about in the video.   

You should try this with your family.  I am sure they will love it too.  Here's a couple pictures from tonight to give you some inspiration.  We were not going for fantastic but fun so don't worry if it is not perfect!  Post your temple pictures on our facebook page too.  I am sure my children would love to see what your kids come up with.

BrightlyStreet Gingerbread Temple