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How to Prepare Your Child for Temple baptisms and confirmations

The first visit to the baptismal area of ​​the temple can be a very special experience for your child that can have a lasting effect on their life. But when something new and unknown comes our way, we usually ask ourselves what to expect. It is therefore helpful if, in addition to personal study and intellectual preparation, one also makes practical preparations. Here is a checklist that your child can go through to make their first visit to the temple a memorable and enjoyable experience:

1.) Receive a temple recommend

Before you can attend temple baptisms, your bishop or branch president will interview you so that you can receive a limited temple recommend. Even if you don't have a temple in your area or your first temple visit is not yet planned, the prophets have asked you to still have a current temple recommend. The interview is similar to the one you had before you were baptized. You share your testimony of Jesus Christ and his gospel and how you feel in trying to keep the commandments. Feel free to ask your father, mother, or other adult to be there for the interview. (For more information on the temple interview questions, see Part 1 of this series.)

2.) clothes

When you go to the temple, try to wear Sunday clothes. You don't need to bring any additional clothing. If you go to the temple to be baptized, you will be given a white jumpsuit, underwear, and a towel. If you have long hair, an elastic band can be obtained from the temple to use in the baptismal font. You may want to bring your own hairbrush or comb.

3.) Enter the temple

When you enter the temple, a temple worker will check your recommend and show you where to go. Boys and girls change in separate changing rooms. There are single cabins there, where you can put on the white overalls. If the temple's baptismal area is very crowded, you may have to wait. However, the baptismal area is good for thought, contemplation, and prayers, and there are usually scriptures there for you to read.

4. Participate in baptisms

When it is your turn, you will be shown the way to the baptismal font. There is a railing there that you can hold on to while you step into the water. You will likely be baptized for several people, one at a time. Baptism is similar to your own baptism, except this time you act as a proxy for a deceased person. After the baptism you will be given a towel and you will be shown the way to the changing room, where you can shower in one of the shower stalls. Then you go back to your locker room where you put on your own clothes again.

5.) Participate in confirmations

In every baptismal area there is at least one room where confirmations are performed. You wear your own clothes for confirmations. Priesthood holders lay their hands on you, just as they would when you were confirmed after your own baptism. If you did not bring the names of your own ancestors with you, you may want to do confirmations before attending baptisms. These confirmations are then for the deceased for whom the baptism has already been performed.

6.) Enjoy the experience

The temple is the house of the Lord. It is a wonderful place to quietly pay attention to the peace and joy that can be felt there. Just relax and enjoy this wonderful experience of serving God and other people. In addition, friendly temple workers are available throughout the temple to help you.

ACTIVITY: Plan your visit.

As a family, make a written plan for your first visit to the temple. The following questions can be considered:

  • Which temple will I visit?

  • Who will come with me Are there any relatives I would like to invite?

  • How can I prepare an ancestor's name for the temple?

  • How do I want to keep the memory of this experience?

  • When will I go next time and how often do I want to go?

In some temples it is not necessary to reserve an appointment for baptisms, but in other temples it is. If you have any special needs that need to be addressed, you can call the temple in advance to discuss this. For the phone number and opening hours for your temple, see the list of temples on the Church website.

Here you can find the other parts of the series:

Part 1: Spiritual Preparation

Part 2: Practical preparation

Part 3: Your ancestors need you

Part 4: The Blessings of the Temple and Family History

Part 5: Preserving the Memory of the Temple