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family-home-eveningMembers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) meet with their family one night each week for Family Home Evening. This church-wide program is designed to create harmony in the home and inspire faith in gospel principles. Here are a few guidelines we adhered to when our children were growing up:

 

 

  • Begin and end with prayer.
  • Study the scriptures.
  • Have fun together.

We usually included music and games in our night of study and fun. Often we enjoyed service projects, like painting the neighbor’s fence or taking cookies to a sweet old lady down the street. As the kids grew older, we organized basketball games, tennis at the park, or other sports after our scripture lesson.

Our prophet, President Thomas S. Monson, has told us: “We cannot afford to neglect this heaven-inspired program. It can bring spiritual growth to each member of the family, helping him or her to withstand the temptations which are everywhere. The lessons learned in the home are those that last the longest.”

Here is a tender memory from a Family Home Evening, many years past. We had just moved to a new city, and the children were a little nervous about starting the school year. One of our young daughters was concerned that there would be bullies at her school, and she didn’t think she could protect herself.

During that first Family Home Evening in our new location, we studied Daniel, Chapter 6, where King Darius put Daniel into the lion’s den and rolled a stone in front of the entrance for the night. Our daughter was quiet during the lesson, and I could tell she was really listening to the story.

When I helped her into bed that night, she told me that if Heavenly Father could protect Daniel from the lions, He could keep her safe from bullies in the new school. Since Daniel had faith, she would have faith also.

The next day at school, she found her classmates friendly. She came home full of confidence in her new-found faith. That night at the dinner table she shared her story, and everyone was happy that she felt good about her day.

My heart filled with gratitude for the Family Home Evening program, the scriptures, and especially Daniel and his testimony of faith.

As I reflected on that incident, there were several lessons our young daughter learned:

  1. She was a valuable part of the family. As she shared her story of faith, she felt everyone’s love.
  2. She could set a goal and reach it. That lesson gave her more confidence to set additional objectives in her life.
  3. She began to realize that if Daniel could face tough situations and solve his problems, she could also. She gained confidence in herself and her ability to handle hard things.
  4. She also learned that she was growing up and could take care of herself. She wasn’t the little girl who needed her big brother and sister’s help all the time.

Her success was catching because some of her older siblings set goals and began to tap into their own strength.

This Family Home Evening program was a valuable tool in raising our children to maturity—allowing them to face life’s challenges and become the best they could be. I am grateful as I watch our children teach their children in Family Home Evenings now. This inspired program has strengthened families for generations and will continue with the generations to come. Join us in this inspired program. You don’t have to be a Mormon to benefit from this great program for families. Learn more at:

http://www.lds.org/topics/family-home-evening?lang=eng

While you are there, be sure to check out:

Family Home Evening Resource Book

Making Home Evenings Successful

Lesson Ideas

and other resources on this site.

 

More about  “Family Home Evening”

“Family Home Evening” was written by Christy Monson. “Family Home Evening”  is important to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. If you would like to know more about Mormons, with no obligation, please click on the following links: