Family Home Evening – Hidden Dangers

Based on President Boyd K. Packer’s  ‘These Things I Know’ Address in April 2013 General Conference

Opening Prayer

Opening Hymn: Choose the Right Way – Children’s Hymn Book Page 160

Treat: Gummy Worms (Snakes) or if you’re awesome and have the time – Dirt cups

Attention Getter: President Boyd K Packer told a story in general conference about snakes that hid in seemingly safe places near his home. Satan often sends snakes to invade seemingly safe places in our own lives. Print out and tape snakes around your home and go on a scavenger hunt to find the snakes – with each snake can talk about what kinds of temptations that area of your home could bring as well as ways we can defend ourselves from those snakes. Some suggestions for places: computer (improper use of internet), tv (immoral media), fridge (word of wisdom or lack of moderation), windows (worrying too much about what neighbors think when they look in your windows – I know I’m kind of stretching, lol), bathtub (keeping our thoughts clean). If you have more ideas on this please share them in the comments!

Hidden Dangers Family Home Evening Idea

Lesson: End with this quote and discuss how we can strengthen each other and help each other avoid dangerous snakes. “The family, the fundamental organization in time and eternity, is under attack from forces seen and unseen. The adversary is about. His objective is to cause injury. If he can weaken and destroy the family, he will have succeeded.” Boyd K. Packer

Closing Hymn: The Lord is My Shepherd – Hymn Book Page 108

Closing Prayer


  1. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for the wonderful lesson! I also put a snake on the closet door, for modesty. And one on the front door, we shouldn’t allow evil influences into our homes.

  2. Anonymous says:

    wow I love theses

  3. Anonymous says:

    I LOVE this idea! I also put a snake on a dictionary (or a phone), for good words.

  4. anonymous says:

    Thanks very much for sharing!

  5. Awesome idea! We put one on our kids piggy bank (stealing), Wii (keeping balance) and phone (gossip).

  6. I was just thinking of one on a mirror to avoid vanity and focusing too much on the outer appearance rather than our inner beauty and Christlike development. Love the idea. Going to use it tonight to go along with the youth video of the students that felt uncomfortable at a international party in Japan and left before the drugs were passed around and their friend that stayed that was wanting to fit in but wasn’t going to partake, but just pass along was kicked out of shcool when the police arrived and took action.

    • Amber Mae says:

      I love that! Very clever. This lesson will go really well with that video too. I hope you had a great family evening :)

  7. Love this!! I also added the Couch (idleness, wasting time) and the clock (spending time on good things when there are greater things that need our attention).

    • I also ended up adding the Calendar (filling our time with “our” stuff and being “too busy” to serving others

  8. This is great! Thank you for sharing! I found a short video clip that would be a perfect addition to this lesson for small children. It summarizes the talk by Boyd K. Packer. It is one of the mormon messages and it is called “Protect our Nestlings.”

  9. Hey really nice Idea! Thnx a lot!

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