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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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

Prayer

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

Prayer

Treat: Jello

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Family Home Evening: Testimony of Witnesses

Family home evening prophetWelcome to another Sunday’s family home evening.

Opening Song: Follow the Prophet

Prayer

Scripture: 1 Nephi 17: 2-3

Lesson: Testimony of Witnesses

Read the Testimony of the Three Witnesses and Ether 5.

Read Doctrine and Covenants 17. What did the witnesses see? (verse 1 – it was more than just the plates.)

Read Doctrine and Covenants 14. David Whitmer was good friends with Oliver Cowdrey. Section 14 gives some insight to his involvement to the early church.

We thought it was interesting that the Lord planned on sharing the gold plates with three witnesses thousands of years before Joseph Smith even received them. I can only imagine what a huge relief it was to Joseph to no longer bear the burden of testifying of their existence alone.

Activity: Scattergories. We always have a couple of answers that make us laugh especially hard. One answer to sports equipment was the half court line. (I think that one got voted down.) Teeth as something you save up for did make the cut.

Closing Song: Popcorn Popping

Prayer

Treat: White Chocolate Pretzel Cookies

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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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