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Family Home Evening: The Book of Mormon

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

Lesson: The Book of MormonFamily Home Evening Book of Mormon

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:

  1. if they are all of the rank that was called, the challenge is false, and the challenger must pick up the whole discard pile;
  2. 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


Treat: Jello

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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


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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Friday Favorites on Saturday

Friday came and went but I had some great favorites I wanted to share, even if they are a day late! It’s been a very social week.Favorite food

  • I had lunch with a friend at a new favorite restaurant – Cafe Zupas. It was a little rushed since I needed to get to work.
  • An awesome ANWA chapter meeting and write in. We discussed the big ANWA conference that I’m still digesting. There were so many amazing classes.We also found a lot of humor through out our meeting.
  • A surprise visit from my in-laws.
  • Girls night out was very eclectic with sushi and gelato. It’s important to experience foods from different parts of the world. We laughed so much in Charming Charlie’s. I can’t believe so many of the ladies hadn’t been there before.

I haven’t been keeping up with my favorite blogs as much as I would like, but here are a couple recent posts that caught my eye.

What were a few of your favorite things this week?

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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?


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


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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