So I was called as the Primary President on my second week in Florida! Oh, have I mentioned that I moved to Florida? Yes. I did–six months ago, this weekend.
(For non-Mormon-lingo speakers: The “Primary” is the children’s organization at our church. All children ages 18 months to twelve years old attend Primary during the second and third hours of our Sunday church meetings. As the President, it is my job to help strengthen the faith of the families in our congregation as well as oversee the children’s Sunday gospel instruction. My ward, i.e. congregation, has about 50 children in Primary.)
So yeah. Primary President. On my second week here. :) I. LOVE. IT.
Recently, the building of the Fort Lauderdale Temple was completed. As the Primary President, I’ve been trying to think of a way to help the children get excited about the dedication. To have one of our temples so close (only 2 hours!) is such a blessing and I wanted to help them see the importance of this holy building as well as assist their families in commemorating this special, sacred occasion in their own homes.
Here’s what I created:
In this print-at-home activity packet is a template for a countdown chain. Each link has one simple activity children or families can do that day to keep their mind on the temple. The countdown begins Monday, April 7 with a Family Home Evening (FHE) lesson. Three additional FHE lessons are outlined in the packet for each additional Monday leading up to the dedication on May 4. If you’d like to print the packet, click here.
*POST EDIT: I’ve received a few requests for other temples that are to be dedicated this year (2016). Simply use the link above to download the complete packet and then select which cover you need from the options below. If you have another city you need a packet for, feel free to leave a comment on this post (with your email so I can respond).
- Provo City Center LDS Temple Cover, begin packet Mon. Feb. 22
- Sapporo Japan LDS Temple Cover, begin packet Mon. July 25
- Philadelphia LDS Temple Cover, begin packet Mon. Aug. 22
- Fort Collins LDS Temple Cover, begin packet Mon. Sept. 19
P.S. If you’re wondering about Mormon temples, here is a 3-minute video about why they’re so important to us.