A safeguard against the temptations of the adversary; protection from the wickedness of our world.
I will hardly ever ask the question, "Are you preparing to go on a mission?" I will ask the question, "Are you worthy to be in the temple? And will you be next year? And will you be the year after that? Are you doing the research in your own family, and helping other people with their research?"
That, for a young person, in the wickedness of the world in which we live today, is one of the greatest safeguards against the temptations of the adversary.
We need that.
We need to protect our children so they can grow up to the Lord! Now that he says it, it makes perfect sense that the temple would offer that protection to our children and youth. Of course the temple will draw my children closer to the Lord! Funny, President Hunter invited us to make the temple the great symbol of our membership, but in teaching my son I never thought to invite him to do the same.
OK. Now what. My big boy doesn't read yet. Not enough, anyway. And the little one not at all. (Though he does point at my alphabet strips and say, "That-- me!") How can I involve such little ones in family history and temple work? Obviously neither one can do real research just yet.
Things we can do
- Tell ancestor stories.
- Make an "Ancestor Book" - this would be good for long, "boring" Sundays, or for Family Home Evenings.
- If I get names ready maybe they can help print and organize the temple cards
- With (a lot of) help, Monkey could put dates into PAF after a temple trip
- We could find space for an "Ancestor Map" and mark where they lived
- We can take our digital recorder to Nana & Grandpa's house & ask them for stories
What else? How can we help our children do this?