Family Home Evening: Teaching with Stories

Welcome to this week’s Family Home Evening. Mesa Temple

Opening Song: I Love to See the Temple


Scripture: In your morning prayer each new day, ask Heavenly Father to guide you to recognize an opportunity to serve one of His precious children. Then go throughout the day with your heart full of faith and love, looking for someone to help. Stay focused, just like the honeybees focus on the flowers from which to gather nectar and pollen. If you do this, your spiritual sensitivities will be enlarged and you will discover opportunities to serve that you never before realized were possible.

President Thomas S. Monson has taught that in many instances Heavenly Father answers another person’s prayers through us—through you and me—through our kind words and deeds, through our simple acts of service and love.

And President Spencer W. Kimball said: “God does notice us, and he watches over us. But it is usually through another person that he meets our needs. Therefore, it is vital that we serve each other” {Be Anxiously Engaged, Elder M. Russell Ballard, October 2013 General Conference}

Lesson: Stories Help LessonsFamily home evening journal

It’s easier to listen to talks or lessons with stories. I think that’s how most people’s brains work. I personally remember church history so much better after I read the Work and the Glory series because I could relate to the family’s experiences as the church grew.

We all came up with a family or personal story and tied it to a gospel principle. Here’s a few examples of what we came up with.

  • Nerf war – Life is a battle and the gospel is a safe place to reload
  • A group of women from church eating lunch in the same hotel as a child beauty pageant was a lesson showing the contrast between the world and the gospel.
  • The gift of a milkshake to a homeless man was an example of thoughtful service

To help us have personal stories to use in our teaching, it’s helpful to record them in our journals. We were challenged to write a detailed personal story in our journals.

Activity: Studio C

Closing Song: Book of Mormon Stories


Treat: Hello Dolly Bars

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