So I think I’ve gone a little overkill for this sharing time with a whole bunch of information but I hope that you can pick and choose and you can find some help. For this lesson, I really wanted to show that even when there were temples in biblical times, the Lord was behind each one and that each is built by the direction of Jesus Christ. I’ve included links for the Tabernacle during the time of Moses, Solomon’s Temple, Nephi’s temple in Bountiful, and the Kirtland Temple. You can also add your own area’s temple with facts about it.
Jesus Christ talked to Moses on Mount Sinai. Jesus said the Israelites should build a tabernacle. A tabernacle is a place to learn about God. Jesus would come to the tabernacle.
Jesus showed Moses what the tabernacle should look like. He told Moses how to build it. Jesus told Moses which men should build the tabernacle. Jesus blessed the men so they could do good work.
The Israelites obeyed Jesus. They gave gold and silver for the tabernacle. They gave animal skins for the roof. The women made beautiful cloth for the walls.
The Israelites built the tabernacle the way Jesus told them. The tabernacle was like a tent. It had a wall of curtains. There was a yard inside the wall. An altar for sacrifices was in the yard.
A small building was in the yard. It was also like a tent. It had two rooms. A gold altar was in one room.
A beautiful, big box was in the other room. It was called the ark of the covenant. The stones with the commandments written on them were kept in the ark of the covenant.
Moses was happy because the Israelites obeyed Jesus. Moses blessed the people. He blessed the tabernacle. He blessed Aaron and his sons and gave them the priesthood. Jesus chose other men to help them. Aaron and his sons burned sacrifices for the people. The other men helped take care of the tabernacle.
The tabernacle was a holy place like a temple. Jesus came there. The people went there to learn about God and to do his work. They made sacrifices there.
Jesus put a cloud above the tabernacle in the day. He put a fire above the tabernacle at night. The fire and the cloud showed the Israelites that Jesus was there.
When the cloud moved, the Israelites took down the tabernacle. They carried it with them in the wilderness. They followed the cloud.
1 Chronicles 22:6-11
6 Then he called for Solomon his son, and charged him to build an house for the Lord God of Israel.
7 And David said to Solomon, My son, as for me, it was in my mind to build an house unto the name of the Lord my God:
8 But the word of the Lord came to me, saying, Thou hast shed blood abundantly, and hast made great wars: thou shalt not build an house unto my name, because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth in my sight.
9 Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about: for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days.
10 He shall build an house for my name; and he shall be my son, and I will be his father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel for ever.
11 Now, my son, the Lord be with thee; and prosper thou, and build the house of the Lord thy God, as he hath said of thee.
Nephi Temple in Bountiful
2 Nephi 5:16
16 And I, Nephi, did build a temple; and I did construct it after the manner of the temple of Solomon save it were not built of so many precious things; for they were not to be found upon the land, wherefore, it could not be built like unto Solomon’s temple. But the manner of the construction was like unto the temple of Solomon; and the workmanship thereof was exceedingly fine.
After Nephi and his family reached the promised they built a temple.The temple they built resembled the temple that King Solomon built. King Solomon’s temple was the temple that Nephi and his family knew before they left Jerusalem. There were many blessings that the Nephites enjoyed because of the temple. King Benjamin’s address from the tower so all could hear him and the Savior appeared to the Nephites who were gathered at the temple.
God commanded Joseph Smith in December 1832 to build a temple in Kirtland, Ohio. The Prophet and several others saw the Kirtland Temple in a vision, which provided its design. Construction began in June 1833, at a time of great poverty in the Church. Work slowed in 1834 because many brethren were absent with Zion’s Camp. When they returned, Joseph Smith labored with others in the sandstone quarry, and vigorous efforts to build the temple resumed. The Prophet Joseph dedicated the Kirtland Temple on March 27, 1836… Many church members witnessed heavenly manifestations during this glorious season, culminating in Jesus Christ’s appearance to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery to accept the temple. Moses, Elias, and Elijah also appeared to Joseph and Oliver to restore priesthood keys for the salvation of all mankind. (source)
The Saints moved from Kirtland and the temple fell into the hands of another Church.
Both modern and biblical temples were built under the direction of Jesus Christ but there is a difference between the two.
The law of Moses temples were operated by men born to the Aaronic or Levitical Priesthood and were led by a high priest, who was a literal descendant of Aaron. That high priest was the only person who entered the most sacred room on only one day a year—the Day of Atonement. It was just outside of the temple on an altar that sacrifices prescribed in the law of Moses were offered.
Modern temples operate under the direction of a living prophet who holds the keys of the Melchizedek Priesthood that were first restored to Joseph Smith. All worthy men, women, and children over the age of 12 are able to enter on a regular basis. (source)
Here’s a really awesome video that is well worth the time to at least watch if not to share with your Primary.
I love this scripture and wanted to share a poster for it.
Why do we build temples?
After all the ordinance work, because it is a place for the spirit to dwell, I just love to be there and pray of things that are troubling and really get an eye opening experience and help to face the troubles.