Lesson 35: The Nauvoo Temple Is Used for Sacred Ordinances


The overall purpose in teaching Primary 5 Lesson 35: The Nauvoo Temple Is Used for Sacred Ordinances is to understand the importance of temples and being worthy to receive temple ordinances. 

Teaching Thoughts

  • Put a picture of your local temple on the wall where everyone can see it then go on a journey to get there- climbing over obstacles, through tunnels, etc. As your class answers questions, they can go over the next obstacle- almost like a giant board game.
  • If you are in the USA, bring a big map of the states and discover where all these Temple Cards are on the map. There are fun facts on the back too so you can read more about your temple. 
  • Head to historicnauvoo.net to see pictures and gain more information about Nauvoo.
  • The Red Headed Hostess has a trivia activity and more in her class packet.

The following links are to LDS.org resources unless otherwise stated.

Teacher Study

"Eternity Lies Before Us" by President James E. Faust

"The Holy Temple- A Beacon to the World" by President Thomas S. Monson

A Study on Temples- A 18 day scripture study


Hannah's View (about 1 1/2 minutes)- A young girl shares how her family is going to be sealed in the temple.

The Blessings of the Temple (about 3 1/2 minutes)- President Russell M. Nelson and members of the church share how important temples are.

Temples are a Beacon (about 3 minutes)- President Monson shares a story about a family's sacrifice to go to the temple.

Endowments are Performed in the Nauvoo Temple (about 1 minute)- Illustrated D&C movie about the saints performing temple ordinances in the Nauvoo Temple.

The Temple- Always in Our Sights (about 3 1/2 minutes)- Young Women share how they hiked 15 miles to the Manti Temple and what they learned.


"I Love to See the Temple"- Children's Songbook pg. 95

"The Lord Gave Me a Temple"- Children's Songbook pg. 153

"Hum Your Favorite Hymn"- Children's Songbook pg. 152

"Families Can Be Together Forever"- Children's Songbook pg. 188

"Truth From Elijah"- Children's Songbook pg. 90

"The Hearts of the Children"- Children's Songbook pg. 92


My Primary 5 Lesson 35 Handout Packet includes

  • Nauvoo background and Temple- Cut the temple into puzzle pieces. You can either write questions on the back of each puzzle piece and put it together as a class or print one for everyone.
  • Worthy of the Temple Cards to go with Enrichment Activity 1 or 2. As you go through them, you can place the card on the board and make an outline of a temple.

Activity Ideas

Find That Temple- Match the stained glass window to the correct temple.

Temples Around the World- A word search about temples

Temple Hidden Picture- Find hidden objects in a picture of a family visiting the temple.

Journey to the Temple- A board game about making righteous choices to go to the temple.

New Temples- A dot-to-dot picture of a temple to color.

Preparing for the Temple- Find hidden objects in a picture of a young girl preparing to go to the temple.

Temples in all Times- Make a mobile of temples both ancient and modern to remind you to be worthy to go to the temple.

The Temple is a Happy Place- Make a mobile of the ordinances performed in temples.

Together Forever- Make a diorama of a family at the temple and what family members can do to be a forever family.

Spot the Differences- Find the differences in two pictures of children sitting outside the temple.

Temple ABCs- Answer questions about the temple using alphabet clues.

Temple Facts Challenge- Find out how much you know about certain temples with this quiz.

Temple Firsts- See if you know these facts about temple "firsts" by taking this quiz.

Temple Cards-Temple cards are great for many games like memory, Bingo, etc.

The Temple-I'm Going There Someday- A board game to play about going to the temple.

The Temple is a House of God- Look at two pictures of families and decide which one is ready to go to the temple open house.

Temple Words- A word search about temples

Why We Have Temples- A word search about temples

Words of the Prophets- Decode a message from President Monson about temples.

Temples and Ordinances- Some illustrated pictures you can use when teaching about temple ordinances.

The Command to Build Temples- A comic-book type story you could use to read about the Nauvoo Temple with your class.

Coloring Pages

A Special Day

I Can Prepare to be Worthy to go to the Temple

Temple Blessings Unite Families

Temple Grounds

The Temple is a Blessing for me and my Family