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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: Spiritual Thoughts

The person in charge of the lesson for Family Home Evening wasn’t feeling well, so we all pitched in with this impromptu substitution by each of us preparing a brief spiritual thought.

Alma 30:59

In the story of Korihor, we learn the Lord uses the wicked to punish the wicked.

Helaman 12:3

Remember the Lord to avoid His displeasure.

13th Article of Faith

This honor code reminds us to look out for the good things in the world that bring beauty to our lives and fills them with virtue.

Watch you enemies to make sure they don’t enter your life.

Follow promptings.

We played a card game called Bluff for our activity and enjoyed Fantasy Fudge for our treat.

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Family Home Evening: The Book of Mormon

This week’s home evening was another simple one.  We watched an EFY lesson on The Book of Mormon.  We talked a little about what a keystone is and how The Book of Mormon is the keystone of our religion.  I love that those video lessons are thorough and interesting.

We played a few rounds of Scattergories for our activity.  It’s one of my favorite games!  Our treat was fudgesicles.  After a busy week, it was so nice to spend a relaxing evening enjoying being together.

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Friday Favorites: September 30

September’s almost over!  This week flew by with several things going on in the evenings; last night was the first night we weren’t running somewhere.  You’d think the busy schedule would spark lots of favorites, but sometimes it just wears me out.  There are a few things that make me feel good.

  • General Conference preparations – I picked up snacks and breakfasts for our Conference weekend.
  • Candy corn – Our local grocery store didn’t have any, but I was able to pick some up on a run to Wal-mart this week. I can’t wait to finally decorate next week.
  • The Host – Despite my disinterest in the Twilight series, Stephanie Meyer is a great storyteller.

I can’t forget to mention the cool things going on in the blogosphere.

  • Seth Adam Smith shares a inspiring Book of Mormon challenge.
  • Monzanita shares a Booing recap.  I’m hoping next week settles down enough for us to play too!
  • Since Halloween is the precursor to Thanksgiving (which is the precursor to Christmas), we might as well start thinking about pie!  Latter Day Woman’s Jordan is on a Pie Quest and shares S’mores Pie.
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