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Family Home Evening: Teaching with Stories

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

Opening Song: I Love to See the Temple

Prayer

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

Prayer

Treat: Hello Dolly Bars

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Family Home Evening: Decision Making

Welcome to this Sunday’s Family Home Evening! I hope our home evening plans help you with yours.

Opening Song: Book of Mormon StoriesFamily Home Evening

Prayer

Scripture: Doctrine & Covenants 9:8-9

Lesson: Study It Out in Your Mind

First we discussed the steps to make a decision.

  1. Study the problem or question in your mind. Think about how you could solve the problem or answer the question.
  2. Decide what you think you should do.
  3. Ask Heavenly Father if your decision is right.
  4. Listen with your heart and mind. If your decision is right, the Holy Ghost will give you a good feeling about it. If your decision is wrong, you will not feel good about it, and you need to make a different choice.

Next we talked about what kinds of decisions we need to take to the Lord. 2012 states

  • Where to go to school
  • What to study
  • Who to marry
  • Where to live
  • Where to work

We probably don’t need to ask is our clothes match or what flavor of ice cream we should order. But any major decision, we should make with the Lord. It’s so much easier that way!

One of my friends was praying about a decision her family was facing. During her prayer she asked that if it was the wrong choice that she would feel physically ill. As the night wore on, she became sicker and sicker until she finally realized that was the answer to her prayer. The Lord loves us and wants us to make choices that will bring us closer to him.

Activity: Snowball Pong

Closing Song: Give, Said the Little Stream

Prayer

Treat: Ice Cream (one of our favorite treats!)

 

 

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Family Home Evening: What Is Your Soul Worth?

Last week’s busyness made it hard to be consistent with several things. I’m excited my family home evening post wasn’t a victim of the craziness!

Opening Song: Did You Think to Pray?

Prayer

Scripture: Doctrine and Covenants 3:1-3

Lesson: What Shall a Man Give in Exchange for His Soul?

This lesson was taken from Elder Robert C. Gay’s talk “What Shall a Man Give in Exchange for His Soul”. He started his talk with the following story.

As I was growing up, my parents assigned me chores around Family home evening moneythe house and paid me an allowance for that work. I often used that money, a little over 50 cents a week, to go to the movies. Back then a movie ticket cost 25 cents for an 11-year-old. This left me with 25 cents to spend on candy bars, which cost 5 cents apiece. A movie with five candy bars! It couldn’t get much better than that.

All was well until I turned 12. Standing in line one afternoon, I realized that the ticket price for a 12-year-old was 35 cents, and that meant two less candy bars. Not quite prepared to make that sacrifice, I reasoned to myself, “You look the same as you did a week ago.” I then stepped up and asked for the 25-cent ticket. The cashier did not blink, and I bought my regular five candy bars instead of three.

Elated by my accomplishment, I later rushed home to tell my dad about my big coup. As I poured out the details, he said nothing. When I finished, he simply looked at me and said, “Son, would you sell your soul for a nickel?” His words pierced my 12-year-old heart. It is a lesson I have never forgotten.

We talked about the things people choose over living the gospel and how we all have our ‘pet’ sins. Those things we don’t want to give up, even though they keep us from being close to our Heavenly Father. For some it could be the movies they watch or the music they listen to, for others it could be the way they keep the Sabbath.

I challenged all of us to record a pet sin in our journal and set a goal to make a small step in living better.

Activity: Bluff

Closing Song: Choose the Right Way

Prayer

Treat: Fortune Cookies – I love my fortune! “Good news of a long-awaited event will arrive soon.”

What can your family give up to be closer to the Lord? I’d love to hear your experiences with this lesson! Share them in the comments or email me.

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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

Prayer

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

Prayer

Treat: Hello Dolly Bars

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