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Family Home Evening: Missionary Work

Another Sunday and another Family Home Evening!

Family home evening missionaries Opening Song: Give, Said the Little Stream

Prayer

Scripture: John 4:35

Lesson: Missionary Work

What can we do right here and now to be a good missionary?

  • Be an example
  • Serve others
  • Be obedient
  • Follow the spirit
  • Use familiar terms; for example, congregation instead of Ward

I’ve had the opportunity to go back to work outside of the home. With this opportunity, I’ve shifted from associating from mostly Mormon women to a whole lot of other people from all kinds of different backgrounds, beliefs, and lifestyles. I’ve caught myself needing to redefine or explain my Mormon lingo. To help me and my children to be more aware, we started a “Mormon Dictionary”. This is something that we can refer to that will help us translate some of those terms into something everyone can understand. I was surprised to see how long the list became after a few minutes of brain storming.

Activity: Spoons

Closing Song: Little Jesus

Prayer

Treat: Caramel Cups

I’d like you to spend some time this week thinking about how you as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints interact with those from different religious backgrounds. One of the men I was talking to was hurt when I referred to those who are not Mormon as non-members. He felt excluded. I’m becoming aware of how our words impact those around us. Leave me a comment to let me know what you discover!

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Family Home Evening: Service

Happy Sunday! I’m glad you could us for this week’s Family Home Evening.

Opening Song: The Spirit of God

Opening PrayerFamily home evening service

Scripture: Matthew 14:31

Lesson: Service

First we listened to a recording of the song “Called to Serve” and then discussed what it means.

  • We need to work / have a job to do
  • Missionary service
  • We are all chosen to serve
  • We should serve cheerfully and willingly

Next, we answered the question “What is service?”

  • Doing something for someone else  or yourself (in a nurturing, not selfish way)
  • Doing something for Heavenly Father – In as much as you have done it unto the least of these my brethern, you have done it unto Me.

Finally, we talked about how to serve.

  • Bring food
  • Help others
  • Love
  • Visit others to uplift
  • Do yard work
  • Participate in the Helping Hands program
  • Temple work
  • Giving talks
  • Giving gifts
  • Including others

The most important thing to remember is that everyone can serve.

Activity: Family Mission Statement

We used some of the questions from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families to start putting together our own mission statement. The questions help us focus on what’s important to our family, so we can create an effective one for us. It’s important to divide this activity into small chunks to keep the native from getting to restless.

Closing Song: Called to Serve

Closing Prayer

Treat: Homemade milkshakes

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Family Home Evening: Hymns

Welcome back for this week’s Family Home Evening!

Opening Song: I Like to See the Temple

Prayer

Scripture: Doctrine and Covenants 64:9-11

Lesson: HymnsFamily home evening hymns

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

Prayer

Treat: Muddy Buddies

What hymns have inspired you or brought you comfort?

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Family Home Evening: Missionary Work

If it’s Sunday, it must be time for another Family Home Evening!Family home evening missionaries

Opening Song: Popcorn Popping

Opening Prayer

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

Closing Prayer

Treat: Chocolate Chip Cookies

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