Family Home Evening – Do Well Thy Part

Based on Sister Elaine S. Dalton: ‘We Are Daughters of Our Heavenly Father’ address in April 2013 General Conference

Opening Prayer

Opening Hymn: Dearest Children God is Near You Hymn # 96

Treat:

Attention Getter:

Get a ball and begin to throw it back and forth between mom and dad. Talk about how when we play a game we all have to participate to make it work. Then have mom stop catching and throwing the ball back to dad. Discuss how if one person stops fulfilling their role it affects everyone. Play catch for a while with the family while you discuss the importance of the roles we all have. Refer to The Family: A Proclamation to the World and make sure everyone understands that they are loved by their Heavenly Father.

Lesson:

Read Mosiah 18:9 and discuss how we are all asked to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things and in all places. Sister Dalton mentioned the importance of virtue as we stand as witnesses. Watch the following video clip about virtue.

End with this quote from Sister Dalton

“What would the world be like if virtue … were reinstated in our society as a most highly prized value? If immorality, pornography and abuse decreased, would there be fewer broken marriages, broken lives and broken hearts? Would media ennoble and enable rather than objectify and degrade God’s precious daughters? If all humanity really understood the importance of the statement, ‘We are daughters of our Heavenly Father,’ how would women be regarded and treated?”

Closing Hymn: We’ll Bring the World His Truth – Children’s Hymn Book #172

Closing Prayer

Family Home Evening – A Sure Foundation

Based on Bishop Dean M. Davies: ‘A Sure Foundation ‘Address in April 2013 General Conference

Opening Prayer

Opening Hymn: The Wise Man and the Foolish Man (complete with actions)

Treat: Rock Candy

Attention Getter: First decorate two paper cups so that they look like houses, next fill a bowl with sand and flip it over (like you’re making a sandcastle) put one of your cups on the sandy foundation and put the other on a flat rock or on concrete. Pour water over both – if you do it right the one on the sandy foundation will tip over and the rock foundation one will stay strong. Talk about the importance of building on a sure foundation. Have someone Read Helaman 5:12

Lesson: Heavenly Father has given us tools to help us build on a sure foundation. Faith, repentance, baptism, the gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end are some of the tools mentioned by Bishop Davies. Just as building a house takes time, so does building our foundation of faith. Make Rock Candy together following this recipe and explain how it will take time for the rocks to form. Watch them grow together throughout the week and use it as a reminder of your Family Home Evening lesson.

Read this quote: By “Anchoring our lives to Jesus Christ and His Atonement … we will be strengthened; we will experience real personal growth and a lasting conversion; we will be better prepared to successfully withstand the storms and calamities of life; we will experience the joy and happiness promised; and we will have the confidence that our lives have been built upon a sure foundation: a foundation that will never fall” – Bishop Davies

Closing Hymn: Oh Thou Rock of Our Salvation – Hymn Book # 258

Closing Prayer

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

26 Weeks of FHE – Week 16

Preparation:

Now is the Time to Arise and Shine Forth Elaine S. Dalton Young Women General President

Believe, Obey, and EndurePresident Thomas S. Monson

Opening Song:

I love to see the temple

Snack: 

Orange slices

Attention Getter/Meat:

For this family home evening my family and I traveled to a temple open house where we got to show my daughter the temple and feel its beautiful spirit. Find out if there is an open house near you by visiting this site. Anyone can attend an open house, you don’t need a recommend or to be a member of the LDS church. If there are no open houses near your home you could go to a nearby temple and walk around the grounds or visit the LDS temple website where you can find pictures of temples, answers to frequently asked questions, and addresses given about temples.

Closing Song:

The Spirit of God – Hymn # 2

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26 Weeks of FHE – Week 15

Preparation:

Was It Worth It? Elder David S. Evans of the Seventy

Sharing the Gospel Heart to Heart President Henry B Eyring First Counselor of the First Presidency (September 2012 Ensign)

Sharing the Gospel by Sharing You – 2012 Ensign

Opening Hymn:

We’ll Bring the World His Truth Children’s Hymn # 172

Snack:

popcorn

Attention Getter:

I’m having trouble imbedding the video so here’s the link just in case:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_5GWFpHwjM&list=PL4E784EC0770935C0&index=1&feature=plpp_video

The Meat:

Promote a discussion about sharing the gospel. What does it mean to “naturally and normally” share the gospel? How can we prepare ourselves to share the gospel? In Sharing the Gospel by Sharing You, it says that we shouldn’t be sharing the gospel because we feel it’s our duty. Why is that?

Elder Evans talks about writing of Christ by writing letters to those who are away. As a family write letters to someone you love who is away, whether they are attending school, on a mission, or in military service they will appreciate the letters.

Finally, if you need additional help the church as a list of simple ways to share the gospel at their website. This might help you direct conversation with little ones.

Closing Song:

I Hope They Call Me on a MissionChildren’s hymn # 169

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26 Weeks of FHE – Week 14

Preparation:

The Power of DeliveranceElder L Tom Perry

Opening Hymn:

Book of Mormon StoriesChildren’s Hymn Book # 118

Snack:

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Attention Getter:

Watch this video about how we got the Book of Mormon at LDS.org.

Then serve the peanut butter cup cookies. Explain that the cookies are like the scriptures. We need both the Bible (the cookie) and the Book of Mormon (the peanut butter cup) in our lives. Explain that both books testify of Jesus Christ just like both the chocolate and the cookie taste good together.

The Meat:

Play a game of Book of Mormon Trivia. Ask these awesome questions gathered by the wonderful ladies at sugardoodle.net and whoever answers first or finds the answer first wins the point. Remember, this is an open book test :)

Closing Song:

As I search the Holy Scriptures – Hymn # 277

If you feel comfortable, I would encourage parents and even couples to bear testimony of the Book of Mormon. If you are not yet sure of its truthfullness I would encourage you to study and ask Heavenly Father, in the mean time bear testimony where you can – tell of a time when the Book of Mormon blessed your life or brought you peace.

I can tell you that I know the Book of Mormon is true and that it can bring us peace and show us the way to deliverance.

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26 Weeks of FHE – Week 13

Preparation:

SacrificeElder Dalin H. Oaks of the quorum of the seventy

The story of Mary Goble, a teenage pioneer

Opening Hymn:

Come Come Ye Saints – Hymn # 30

Snack:

Raspberry Lemonade

Attention Getter:

For the attention Getter tell the story of Mary Goble. This young girl traveled west with her family, sacrificing everything for religious freedom and her Heavenly Father. Tell the story of how she lost her toes, but because of her faith in Brigham Young’s promise was able to keep her feet. Discuss how the sacrifices of the mormon pioneers still affect us today.

The Meat:

For this weeks activity, I thought it would be a good idea to discuss as a family how you can sacrifice through service. This could be small sacrifices you make throughout the week, or a planned family service project. Choose what works for your family at this time in your life.

Some ideas for a service project –

go to the temple, plan and prepare a meal for someone in need, spend an afternoon playing games with an elderly friend (or someone you know is lonely), go to a soup kitchen and help serve food, help a family in need get ready for school to start by purchasing notebooks and school supplies for them, mow a neighbors lawn, weed a neighbors garden (be careful to only weed weeds!), make cookies for someone new in the neighborhood, put on medical gloves and pick up trash in your neighborhood.

Good luck with your service!

Closing Song:

I Stand All Amazed Hymn # 193

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26 Weeks of FHE – Week 12

Preparation:

In Tune with the Music of FaithQuentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

To Hold SacredElder Paul B. Pieper of the Seventy

1 Nephi 8-11, 12

Opening Song: 

The Iron Rod – Hymn # 274

Attention Getter: 

Tell the story of Lehi’s vision, or with older children or teenagers, ask them to tell you the story, explain and discuss the symbolism involved. If you are unfamiliar with the story re-read it in 1 Nephi chapters 8-11 and 12.

The Meat:

Ask who was faithful in Lehi’s vision. Who wasn’t faithful? Who had more respect for things that are sacred? Discuss how action and respect for things that are sacred can help us strengthen our faith. Discuss specific actions you can do to hold to the iron rod. Feel free to use the following printable as a visual aid/help. Once again, printables are free for noncommercial use.

Hold to the iron rod hand out

Closing Song:

Faith – Children’s Hymn Book # 96

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26 Weeks of FHE – Week 11

Preparation: 

The Merciful Obtain MercyPresident Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Genesis 37,  45

Opening Song: 

Help Me Dear FatherChildren’s Hymn Book # 99

Attention Getter:

Tell the story of Joseph and his multi-colored coat. Tell about how his brothers sold him as a slave. Discuss as a family the bitter feelings you would feel if this happened to you. Then explain how Joseph rose to power in Egypt and met his brothers again when they came and asked him for food. Explain that Joseph forgave his brothers and even told them that Heavenly Father had sent him to Egypt to preserve their lives during the famine. Discuss how Joseph’s decision to forgive his brothers helped everyone.

The Meat:

Talk about how Jesus Christ asked us to forgive each other and talk about examples you’ve seen personally of people forgiving or not forgiving each other. Shift the discussion towards judgement and discuss how judging each other can be harmful. Feel free to use quotes from the talk that you feel fit into the discussion.

Watch the following video:

Closing song:

Choose the Right Way Children’s Hymn Book # 160

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26 Weeks of FHE – Week 10

Preparation:

How to Obtain Revelation and Inspiration for Your Personal LifeElder Richard G. Scott

Opening Song:

Let the Holy Spirit Guide – Hymn # 143

Snack:

Sliced apples with peanut butter

Attention Getter:

Prepare a “secret message” before family home evening using homemade invisible ink. Write the words, Heavenly Father will guide me when I follow the commandments. Tell the family that even though you can’t see it at first, there is a message written on your paper. Show them how using heat will reveal the message.

The Meat:

Just like we could read the message when we knew how, we can receive messages from Heavenly Father when we know how. Discuss as a family the different types of revelation as well as different ways to receive inspiration. Draw from what you learned reading Elder Scott’s talk as you direct discussion. Some things that stood out to me: getting enough sleep, eating healthy, and exercising all help us be more receptive to the Spirit. I didn’t think of that before :).

After you’ve had a short discussion, teach the family how to make invisible ink and have fun writing “secret” messages to each other.

Closing Song:

Search Ponder and Pray – Children’s Hymn Book # 109

Disclaimer: I’m not an official representative of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Everything here is my opinion. I’m just a normal Mormon mommy hoping what I post can help myself and others as we seek to reach our potential :)