This Family Home Evening Idea was largely inspired from the talk Our Perfect Example by Henry B Eyring. It’s a beautiful talk and I highly recommend reading it. I love that it takes a commandment that I always found daunting (to be perfect) and makes it feel encouraging. I’m sure that’s what our loving Heavenly Father wants for us, even as He asks so much.
Song: I’m trying to be like Jesus
Scripture: Moroni 7:48
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure. Amen.
Treat: Fortune Cookies (bringing you “fortune” in the new year)
Thought: We believe that through living the gospel of Jesus Christ we can become like the Savior, who is perfect. Considering the attributes of Jesus Christ should quash the pride of the self-satisfied person who thinks he or she has no need to improve. And even the most humble person can take hope in the invitation to become like the Savior. – President Henry B Eyring
Feel free to print this out for noncommercial use. And yes, I did use my daughter’s dollar store markers to make this… why do you ask? :)
Ask someone to read Matthew 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect even as your father which is in heaven is perfect.
Ask What does it mean to be perfect? Do you know anyone who is perfect? Is it possible for me to be perfect?
Field responses then read the following definitions of perfect.
1. Without flaw or defect
3. As good as it is possible to be
After reading these definitions ask if it is possible to be perfect according to any of the definitions. Explain that while none of us is completely perfect we can all be perfect in certain areas. I like the scriptures example. If I read my scriptures every single night then I am complete, as good as it is possible to be, and without flaw or defect in my scripture study. Ask for more examples of ways we can be perfect in this life. If you get some good responses please tell me about it in the comments! Further explain that our Heavenly Father didn’t command us to be perfect to make us feel overwhelmed or because he expects us to never make mistakes. He knew we would make mistakes, that’s why He sent Jesus Christ to atone for our sins. He commanded us to be perfect so we would have a fixed goal. He wants us to be determined and confident in our abilities to do good. He wants us to always strive for perfection.
Elder Eyring said, “None of us is perfect yet. But we can have frequent assurance that we are following along the way. He leads us, and He beckons for us to follow Him.”
On a piece of paper, if you want to you can print out the one I’ve provided here, write down some goals. These can be family goals, goals between spouses, or individual goals. You can direct your children as much or as little as you like. You could encourage them to make goals relating to different categories of their lives such as spiritual, academic, and health, or you could simply let them be. Because my children can’t write yet I’ll probably write for them and then encourage them to draw pictures of their goals. One thing I will definitely be encouraging at my house is goals that are doable, along with a reminder that if we mess up our goal there is always repentance ready to get us back on track.
Optional: At the end play a board game together, during the game discuss ways to accomplish your goals. If you aren’t a board game kind of family you could always just discuss this over a treat.
Happy New Years Everyone!