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Welcome back for this week’s Family Home Evening!
Opening Song: I Like to See the Temple
Scripture: Doctrine and Covenants 64:9-11
First we shared a few of our favorite hymns.
Next we discussed the purpose of hymns.
- They are a prayer in song
- They show our devotion to our Heavenly Father
- They are a form of worship
- Hymns invite the spirit
- One of my kiddos said the hymns during the meeting helps them stay awake during the meetings
The preface to the hymn book states, “Three months after the Church was organized, the Lord, through the Prophet Joseph Smith, instructed Joseph’s wife, Emma, to make a selection of sacred hymns for the Church: “For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart; yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads” (D&C 25:12).” It’s easy to understand why we have been counseled to memorize a few hymns so we can sing one when we are facing temptation or need to have His spirit with us.
Activity: Apples to Apples – my favorite game
Closing Song: Once there Was a Snowman
Treat: Muddy Buddies
What hymns have inspired you or brought you comfort?
Welcome to this week’s Family Home Evening! I’m glad you could join us!
Opening Song: Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam
Scripture: Enos 1:27
Our instructor (my daughter) held up her scriptures and introduced them, “These are the scriptures. Use them!” She went on to say that they help us to ponder and apply the gospel to us personally. We were asked to open our own scriptures to a random page that was an actual scripture (as opposed to the topical guide or dictionary) and turn to the nearest page that was divisible by four. We were to read the forth full verse on the second column and think about why that verse is important and how it applies to us personally. We took turns sharing our scripture with the rest of the family. Here’s some of what we came up with.
- 1 Corinthians 2:5 – Have faith in God, not in the wisdom of man
- 7th Article of Faith – Summary of what we believe
- Isaiah 2:21 – Fear God
- Hebrews 13:4 – Marriage is good
- Mormon 7:9 – The gospel is a series of stepping stones
Activity: We made cards for upcoming birthdays.
Closing Song: Once There Was a Snowman
Treat: Chocolate Cookies
If it’s Sunday, it must be time for another Family Home Evening!
Opening Song: Popcorn Popping
Scripture: 1 Samuel 16:6-7
Lesson: Missionary Work
We were asked what missionary work is to us. The answers included:
- Sharing the gospel
- Going places to share the gospel
- Searching out those who are ready to hear the gospel
- Showing how amazing the gospel is by how we live
“Missionary work isn’t the only thing we need to do in this big, wide, wonderful church. But almost everything else we need to do depends on people first hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ and coming into the faith… With all that there is to do along the path to eternal life, we need a lot more missionaries opening that gate and helping people through it.” ~ Jeffrey R. Holland
My son threw scraps of paper on the floor. (I think he really liked that part.) Then he challenged one person to see how much of the paper they could pick up in five seconds. He threw the scraps back on the floor, (see what I mean), and invited two people to pick up as much as they could in five seconds. He continued this until we were all involved – that time we were able to pick up almost all the papers. We can accomplish much when we work together.
Activity: Fortunately / Unfortunately
We found quotes from some of our random favorite movies and used those to make a ‘Hollywood version’ of silly fortunately, unfortunately stories. If you aren’t familiar with them, one person starts the story with a statement and the next person picks up the story by starting with “unfortunately” The next person takes a turn, but starts with “fortunately”. This usually goes on until the main character of the story dies – because there’s not really anywhere to go with the story at that point.
Closing Song: Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam
Treat: Chocolate Chip Cookies
After various delays, I’m glad to be back to share another Family Home Evening!
Opening Song: For the Beauty of the Earth
Scripture: Doctrine and Covenants 20:8-12
Why do we need the Book of Mormon?
- For the restored gospel
- It’s the most correct book. It was translated by inspiration so there are no mis-translations.
- As such, Joseph Smith stated it will bring us closer to God. (Introduction to the Book of Mormon.)
- It clarifies doctrine
- It is the keystone of our religion
- It shows the Lord’s consistency; that He is the same yesterday and today (D&C 20:12)
Activity: Bluff (This card game has other less appropriate names)
Use a standard deck of 52 cards. All the cards are dealt out to the players; some may end up with more than others. The object is to get rid of all your cards. Whoever has the ace of spades goes first and play continues clockwise.
A turn consists of discarding one or more cards face down on the pile, and calling out their rank. The first player must discard Aces, the second player discards Twos, the next player Threes, and so on. After Tens come Jacks, then Queens, then Kings, then back to Aces, etc.
Since the cards are discarded face down, you do not in fact have to play the rank you are calling. For example if it is your turn to discard Sevens, you may actually discard any card or mixture of cards; in particular, if you don’t have any Sevens you will be forced to play some other card or cards.
Any player who suspects that the card(s) discarded by a player do not match the rank called can challenge the play by calling “Bluff”. Then the cards played by the challenged player are exposed and one of two things happens:
- if they are all of the rank that was called, the challenge is false, and the challenger must pick up the whole discard pile;
- if any of the played cards is different from the called rank, the challenge is correct, and the person who played the cards must pick up the whole discard pile.
After the challenge is resolved, play continues in normal rotation: the player to the left of the one who was challenged plays and calls the next rank in sequence.
The first player to get rid of all their cards and survive any challenge resulting from their final play wins the game. If you play your last remaining card(s), but someone challenges you and the cards you played are not what you called, you pick up the pile and play continues.
Closing Song: The Day Dawn is Breaking