Christ Cleanses the Temple

Because he lives monday

Each day this week, as part of the Church’s #BecauseHeLives Easter initiative, there will be a new question, meme, and/or video that members can share with their friends. Today is Monday of the Holy Week and the question that was shared is,

“How can the events of Monday, during the last week of Jesus Christ’s mortal life, give us strength today? To find out, visit

Today in our family’s morning “scripture-picture” discussion we talked about how Christ cleansed the temple, and how when we go to the temple we need to prepare to be reverent. My small children had so many questions, “Why were there noisy people at the temple? Why weren’t the people reverent? Was Jesus mad at those people?” I love that my six and three year old sons have these questions. I love the fact that we can sit and discuss them and that they are curious and want to learn about their Savior.

Happy Monday!

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Her family and friends call her the Queen of the United States...and Mom -- Joyce Anderson has been involved in LDS apologetics for over 20 years and with the Millennial Star since 2010. Since the beginning of the Covid19 pandemic she has added homeschooler to her list things she does in addition to being the butcher, baker & candlestick maker. When not schooling the children, she reads, paints, declutters, teaches primary, and is happy to share a bowl of chips & salsa with anyone who stops by.

9 thoughts on “Christ Cleanses the Temple

  1. I just taught my Valiants this lesson several weeks ago and it is an interesting story. Especially when you consider that it actually happened twice! How discouraging it must have been for the Savior to feel like his first cleansing hadn’t effected a change of heart for those money changers.

  2. Except in the case of His only perfect Begotten Son, imperfect people are all God has ever had to work with. That must be terribly frustrating to Him, but He deals with it. So should we. (Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “Lord, I Believe”, Apr 2013 General Conference)

  3. I use these two temple cleansing incidents often to explain how anger is a natural emotion, not a sin, and that “righteous anger” has its place and is even necessary. (Even the God of the Old Testament was angry on a number of occasions.) When angry, we ought to strive for perfect control of our anger, as the Savior demonstrated, rather than allowing anger to control us. Too many people are “quick to anger” or “stirred up to anger” then they say they couldn’t help doing/saying what they did. The temple cleansing is a great lesson on godly anger.

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