This is a free download and activity page for the following concept: “You Are The Temple Of God” (scroll to the end for the pdf download button). For those young or old, man or women this concept carries a lot of weight and importance. You might think that an exercise like this would be primarily for those struggling with body image problems or addiction. This is not the case. The value of this activity can be found for any person, at any stage of life.
I drew this free coloring and activity page this way because I wanted to visualize what we think about temples and what we think about our own bodies and how that overlaps. I did the exercise myself and surprisingly it changed even my way of thinking about my own body. Truly you are the temple of God but you probably don’t really think about this on a daily basis, at least I don’t. There are a couple different ways you can use this free download.
You Are The Temple Of God
There are many scriptures that reference how our bodies are like unto holy temples. I was taught this concept in my youth but as I have had more experiences in life my understanding has broadened. I felt inspired to create this coloring and activity page while preparing to teach this lesson to the young women in my church. You can also find this lesson helpful to teach this concept. It is titled: “Why should I treat my body like a temple?“. Use this page in conjunction with that lesson or as a Family Home Evening lesson with the whole family. Use this as a quiet Sunday to promote active thinking. Even use it in different ways on your own.
Venn Diagram– How are we similar?
Behavior – How can viewing your body through the lens of the temple change what you do?
Duality – How do the physical and the spiritual sides work together in temples and our bodies?
Venn Diagram-How are we similar?
This isn’t a true Venn Diagram but the concept can still be used. Write descriptive words about the temple in the left circle. Then in the right circle write descriptive words about their own bodies. Then in the middle circle with the temple write things that overlap. Encourage students to add things that they didn’t have in both circles if they couldn’t think of something not already written down.
Some of the words you can add for inspiration:
closed for deep cleaning sometimes renovations
all different sizes and styles
place for meditation
filled with holy music
not every one can enter
full of pretty art and decoration
spires pointing to heaven
place of order
Well taken care of
can do many things – work, play, grow, learn
List of body parts
controlled by the brain/impulses
There are many different possible ways that the following discussion could go. It would be a good idea to go through the exercise yourself and be prepared with some thoughts about what might come up while you talk about this.
Hopefully it allows for deeper conversation about meaningful thoughts that might come up.
How can viewing your body through the lens of the temple change what you do?
Have those who you are teaching write what they do for their bodies in the circle on the left. Then have them think about how the temple is planned for, created, cared and managed for. In the middle write words to capture those concepts. Or have them draw symbols to represent those ideas. On the right write down things that they could do better or more often to help their bodies be better temples.
Some examples could be:
Planned for and Created/Designed:
- Leaders of the church spend sometimes years planning for and finding the best place to build temples.
- The design of the temples are carefully designed and inspired by God(see here for Old Testament example.)
- Built beautifully and more complex than other buildings temples. (see here for Hinckley talk…).
- Using the finest material, they are built to praise God.
- They are full of symbolism and are built to adapt to increases in understanding and knowledge.
Cared for and Managed:
- Everything is done in order and according to doctrine.
- There is ongoing maintenance not only inside but on the outside as well.
- It does not operate on Sundays.
- It is cleaned regularly and even closes down for deep cleaning.
- Cleaning is not scheduled when the temple becomes filthy or when it is just grimy enough. It is cleaned often enough that dirt doesn’t even build up. (see here)
- Meticulous care is given to every part of the temple. No rooms forgotten (not even the dusting in the furnace room that no body sees) or left unkempt. even the rooms that regular visitors don’t see (see here).
- Maintenance is regular and planned. Some of which can be difficult and hard to do (see here for an article)
- In New Testament times there were those who set up shop in the temple. It would seem as though it was so entrenched that no one could remove the unholy from the temple. However, Jesus Christ, alone was able to cleanse the temple. (see a video depiction of the scripture account here.)
- Overtime or due to natural disasters sometimes the temples need to be shut down for major overhauls. When this happens it is a time of sadness that they can’t be used but there is always a re-dedication and celebration when it is back up and running again.
- It will be destroyed if it is defiled.
For me, thinking about it this way opens up a great way to talk about tragedy or sin or other things that likewise make it seem as though someone is ruined. Defiled and destroyed temples through the power of Jesus Christ are restored and rebuilt.
You are the temple of God, and he can help it be His dwelling place.
How do the physical and the spiritual sides work together in temples and our bodies?
Consider this scripture regarding the body as a temple:
33 For man is spirit. The elements are eternal, and spirit and element, inseparably connected, receive a fulness of joy;
34 And when separated, man cannot receive a fulness of joy.
35 The elements are the tabernacle of God; yea, man is the tabernacle of God, even temples; and whatsoever temple is defiled, God shall destroy that temple.
Draw a line through the middle of the circles.
In the upper left hand side of the white space write examples of how physical temples become defiled.
While in the bottom left hand side of the white space write examples of how temples filled with the spirit, operating correctly can have a fullness of joy.
Next, in the upper right hand side of the white space write examples of how physical bodies become defiled.
Then in the bottom right hand side of the white space write examples of how our bodies filled with the spirit of God, can have a fullness of joy.
Lastly, have them compare and look for similarities between the two and discuss.
*As a point of conversation you might bring up how ordinances must be completed by a spirit with a body together (think baptism for the dead).
Use this page in several other ways as well. For instance, you can reverse these thoughts and instead of comparing the body to the temple, compare the temple to the body. This could be especially helpful for those going through the temple for the first time.
You could also talk about the symbolism found in the temple and symbolism of the body.
Usually I am able to focus better and retain more of what I am listening to when I am using my motor skills at the same time. I made this in the hope that this will also assist others who are similar.
If you do use it, let me know how it goes. Any comments or suggestions? I’m always looking for way to improve. After filling out pages please tag me on social media so I can see them: On Instagram as @thatswhatshedidblog or on twitter as @jessnunya or Tumblr URL: thatswhatshedid.tumblr.com
I hope you enjoy this free download!
I’m also interested in learning how this concept applies to other temples from different religions. Please message me or comment here if you would like to comment on how this applies to your religion’s view of temples. Thank you!