Family Home Evening: Parable of the Laborers

Welcome to this week’s family home evening. I hope our family’s plans make your family’s a little easier.

Opening Song: Love One Another


Scripture: 2 Nephi 32:3,5

Lesson: Parable of the Laborers

We started our lesson by reading Matthew 20:1-16. The question was asked “What is the moral of this parable?” I was surprised at how many different answers they gave. Wouldn’t you think one parable would have one meaning? I love that the answer is no. The gospel has so many layers so that it can lift you regardless where you are in your spiritual journey or what challenges you are facing. Here’s the morals our family came up with:Family home evening cupcake

  • You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit
  • The destination is more important than the process
  • Be happy for others’ successes
  • There’s a difference between venting or expressing frustration and getting blood boiling angry

Did you come up with any other meanings of the parable of the laborers?

We focused on being happy for others’ successes. We want to be more than just happy for others when they succeed, we want to celebrate. What’s the best way to celebrate? With a cupcake, of coarse! In the April 2012 General Conference, Elder Holland gave an awesome talk on this parable. I love his quote, “Furthermore, envy is a mistake that just keeps on giving. Obviously we suffer a little when some misfortune befalls us, but envy requires us to suffer all good fortune that befalls everyone we know! What a bright prospect that is—downing another quart of pickle juice every time anyone around you has a happy moment!” I don’t know about you, but I’d choose a cupcake over pickle juice at every celebration.

Activity: Hunger Games. We don’t generally watch movies for family home evening, but once in a blue moon we make an exception.

Closing Song: The Iron Rod


Treat: Hello Dolly Bars

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