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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Family Home Evening: Love at Home with Service

I love when the kids use their turn for the family home evening lesson to work on Faith in God, Duty to God or Personal Progress! This week’s FHE is a good one. (Unlike the usual bad ones :) )

Opening Song: Give Said the Little StreamValentine

Prayer

Scripture: John 3:16

Lesson: Love at Home with Service

How do we serve our family?

  • Cook for them
  • Do their laundry
  • Drive them (these were my answers)
  • Give gifts
  • Babysit
  • Play games together
  • Share
  • Help each other
  • Work out problems without arguing

We’ve used Love One Another charts before and it’s time for another one. It’s a great way to help your family be aware of all the little acts of service that are being performed, usually unnoticed. Once we start noticing them and thinking about them, they increase! Talk about a win win.

Activity: Mormon Ads. We searched quotes about families and chose one to make our own Mormon Ad. I chose “Individual progression is fostered in the family which is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.” by Russel M. Nelson.

Closing Song: Old McDonald Had a Farm (just for my grandson)

Prayer

Treat: Red Cake

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Family Home Evening: Fear Not

Happy Sunday! I was in charge of this week’s Family Home Evening lesson. Please tell me I’m not the only one who sometimes struggles for the perfect lesson for my family. Usually, I look until something stands out and that message is what I need more than my family. elder-david-a-bednar-lds-190782-gallery

Opening Song: Popcorn Popping

Prayer

Scripture: Doctrine and Covenants 38:30

Lesson: Fear Not

This lesson is from a talk by Elder Bednar – Fear Not, I Am with Thee. His talk goes right along with my word of the year; determination. There were several amazing quotes in his talk, but my favorite was when he quoted Stonewall Jackson. “Never take counsel from your fears.” How often do we do that? Maybe it’s just me, but sometimes I interpret fear as counsel that I might be making the wrong choice. Life is hard, and as part of life’s challenges we have to make choices that are scary – but that doesn’t mean we back down. If we have studied out the solution, asked the Lord in prayer and fasting  if our choice is correct, and received a confirmation; then we need to follow the Lord’s counsel, not our fear!

Elder Bednar goes on to quote President Packer, “Nothing happened in Sodom and Gomorrah which exceeds in wickedness and depravity that which surrounds us now.” But despite the wickedness, sadness, misery there is hope in Lord.

Activity: Harry Potter Uno

Closing Song: I Am Like a Star

Prayer

Treat: Cowboy Cookies

 

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Family Home Evening: Gratitude

Welcome to today’s Family Home Evening! This time of year always seems to take a back to basics theme where we focus on the fundamentals of the gospel. Today’s lesson on gratitude is absolutely fundamental.Family home evening mountain top

Opening Song: High on a Mountain Top

Prayer

Scripture: Matthew 26:3-6

Lesson: Gratitude

What is gratitude?

  • It’s an attitude of thankfulness.
  • We choose to have it or to focus on those things we don’t have or aren’t going our way.

How to we express gratitude?

  • We express gratitude with our words, our actions and by making it a habit.
  • Gratitude unexpressed is like a gift unopened.

Why do we need gratitude?

  • To let people know we are grateful.
  • To have good manners.
  • We’re happier when we’re grateful.
  • It’s a commandment.
  • It helps us find the good in our trials. In her book the Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom wrote of an incident of living in a concentration camp where the beds were infested with flees. Her sister insisted that they express gratitude for the flees, much to her dismay. It turned out the flees kept the guards away and they were able to read and share their smuggled New Testament. This scripture study brought them peace, even though their surroundings were horrific.

Activity: Phase 10. We played the phases in reverse order to change it up a bit.

Closing Song: Scatter Sunshine

Prayer

Treat: Ice cream

What does gratitude mean to you and your family?

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