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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


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


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


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


Treat: Muddy Buddies

What hymns have inspired you or brought you comfort?

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Family Home Evening: Scriptures

Welcome to this week’s Family Home Evening! I’m glad you could join us!Family Home Evening Scriptures

Opening Song: Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam

Opening Prayer

Scripture: Enos 1:27

Lesson: Scriptures

Our instructor (my daughter) held up her scriptures and introduced them, “These are the scriptures. Use them!” She went on to say that they help us to ponder and apply the gospel to us personally. We were asked to open our own scriptures to a random page that was an actual scripture (as opposed to the topical guide or dictionary) and turn to the nearest page that was divisible by four. We were to read the forth full verse on the second column and think about why that verse is important and how it applies to us personally. We took turns sharing our scripture with the rest of the  family. Here’s some of what we came up with.

Activity: We made cards for upcoming birthdays.

Closing Song: Once There Was a Snowman

Closing Prayer

Treat: Chocolate Cookies

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