The Visiting Teaching message for July has to do with preparing for temple worship, and the blessings that come from qualifying and partaking of temple worship. I found this great puzzle on lds.org, on which I wrote several ways that we can prepare for the temple. They are:
obey the commandments
seek to do God’s will
keep a current temple recommend
listen to Hymns
read patriarchal blessing
count your blessings
research your family history
As you put the temple side of the puzzle together you can discuss these ways that we can prepare for temple worship. The first three things on the list are mentioned in this month’s message. The rest of the list came from here, which gives some nice ideas for further discussion on each topic.
The flip side of the puzzle has different things that have to do with the temple, such as sealings, baptisms, families, the creation, and the atonement. I printed a small version of the puzzle on a separate piece of paper and cut and pasted this underneath:
This is a two-sided puzzle. After you mix up the pieces, you can look at the pictures at the top of this page to see how to put the puzzle together. Going to the temple is like looking at the box-top picture of a jigsaw puzzle. In the temple, we see better how we need to fit the many parts of the gospel together to obtain exaltation.
I love this visual of looking at the whole picture in order to better understand the individual pieces.
As you place the center picture of the Savior in the puzzle, you could read this quote from the July Visiting Teaching message:
“The primary purpose of the temple is to provide the ordinances necessary for our exaltation in the celestial kingdom. Temple ordinances guide us to our Savior and give us the blessings that come to us through the Atonement of Jesus Christ”
You could then talk about what some of those blessings are.
The puzzle and text from lds.org can be found here. You could print both puzzles on either side of a piece of cardstock like I did, or you could print just one puzzle that you would like to focus on for a more concise lesson.
You share some great ideas! Do you have the link of where to find the temple puzzle on lds.org? I think it will be great for my next visit and could also be great for FHE. 🙂
Yup – the link is in the last paragraph of the post!