· Why the body is sacred, why it is sometimes referred to as a temple, and how modest dress and grooming relates to the sacred nature of temple clothing.
· The plan of happiness in the scriptures.
· The stories of ancestors. Research family history, index, and perform vicarious temple work for deceased loved ones.
· The meaning of terms such as “endowment,” “ordinance,” “sealing,” “priesthood,” “keys,” and other words related to temple worship.
· The importance of going to the temple to make covenants with Heavenly Father.
“Let us remember the concept of “good, better, and best” as we teach,” said Sister Burton. “It is good to teach our children about the temple. It is better to prepare and expect them to make and keep covenants. It is best to show them by example that we cheerfully cleave to our own baptismal and temple covenants!
“Sisters, do we realize our vital role in the work of salvation as we nurture, teach, and prepare children to progress along the covenant path? The power to do so will come as we honor and keep our covenants.”
2. Keeping covenants is essential for true happiness.
Sister Burton said covenant keepers are commandment keepers. She asked women to rejoice in the privilege to take the sacrament each week.
“We do this by always remembering the Savior and always keeping His commandments, which includes keeping His Sabbath day holy. We do it by always remembering Him as we always have our personal and family prayers, daily scripture study, and weekly family home evenings. And when we get distracted or casual with these important things, we repent and begin again.”
3. Keeping our covenants demonstrates our love for the Savior and our Father in Heaven.
Sister Burton said love is the most compelling reason to be more diligent in covenant keeping.
“Why was the Savior willing to keep His covenant with the Father and fulfill His divine mission to atone for the sins of the world?” she questioned. “It was His love for His Father and His love for us.
“Why was the Father willing to allow His Only Begotten and perfect Son to suffer pain beyond description to bear the sins, heartaches, sicknesses, and infirmities of the world and all that is unfair in this life? We find the answer in these words: ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son.’” (John 3:16)
Covenant keeping, she said, is one way for Latter-day Saints to express their love for the incomprehensible, infinite Atonement of their Savior and Redeemer and the perfect love of their Father in Heaven.
“Tonight I invite each of us to evaluate how much we love the Savior, using as a measure how joyfully we keep our covenants,” she said.
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