Family Home Evening – Peace in the Home

Based on Elder Richard G. Scott’s ‘For a Peaceful Life’ address and Elder Quentin L. Cook’s ‘Personal Peace — The Reward of Righteousness’ in April 2013 General Conference

Opening Prayer

Opening Hymn: I Feel my Savior’s Love – Children’s Hymn Book # 74

Treat: popsicles

Attention Getter:

Pyramids and Peace Family Home Evening

Show a picture of the Great Pyramid of Giza. Give the following facts:

  • This pyramid is the oldest and largest of the pyramids of Egypt
  • It took about 20 years to build
  • It was the tallest man-made structure for over 2000 years
  • Construction on this pyramid was concluded around 2560 BC
  • The pyramid is made of limestone blocks that each weigh about 2.5 tons
  • The pyramid is estimated to weigh about 6.5 million tons
  • The pyramid has very little space inside and weight estimates don’t take into account what space it has

Now ask the following question: About how many blocks are there in the Pyramid of Giza? If you have a math nerd like my husband this will be pretty fun, otherwise let people throw out random guesses and then give a treat to whoever guesses closest.

The answer: 2.3 Million Blocks

Info Source: http://www.world-mysteries.com/mpl_2.htm

Lesson:

Creating peace in our homes is like building a pyramid. It must be done over time, brick by brick. Elder Scott mentioned that parents and children should be made responsible for peace in the home and the regular practice of prayer, scripture study and family home evening are essential to finding peace. What other little things can we do to create peace in our home and in our lives?

Elder Cook mentioned repentance, baptism, and prayer as ways to obtain peace.

Read the following quotes from Elder Scott,

“Don’t rationalize away future happiness by taking shortcuts instead of applying sound gospel principles. Remember: little things lead to big things.”

“If you young people would review a verse of scripture as often as some of you send text messages, you could soon have hundreds of passages of scripture memorized. Those passages would prove to be a powerful source of inspiration and guidance by the Holy Ghost in times of need.”

Ask family members if obedience will stop bad things from happening, then read the following quote from Elder Cook after a short discussion.

“Peace is not just safety or lack of war, violence, conflict and contention. Peace comes from knowing that the Savior knows who we are, knows that we have faith in Him, love Him, and keep His commandments, even and especially amid life’s devastating trials and tragedies.”

Encourage family members to make a personal goal to help them find more peace throughout the week.

Bear testimony on your personal experiences with peace.

Closing Hymn: Where Can I Turn for Peace? – Hymn Book #129

Closing Prayer

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