Family Home Evening Ideas


Gospel Principles

Janice H. Johnson, Utah, USA

Holding regular family home evenings is important to us. Trying to create a new lesson each time made our goal unnecessarily harder to achieve. Through Church curriculum materials, we already have lesson manuals we can use. One that we’ve found helpful is Gospel Principles (item no. 31110000; U.S. $3.00). The new manual contains 47 chapters of easy-to-understand text, scripture references, and quotes from prophets and other Church leaders. Discussion questions facilitate the teaching of each principle. There’s also a visual aid section to further enhance learning. Through studying Gospel Principles, we have gained a greater understanding of scriptural teachings, the “plain and most precious” truths of the gospel (see 1 Nephi 13:40).

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Helps for Home Evening

“Becoming an Influential Father,” on page 12. As part of the lesson, consider having an open discussion with your family about which points from this article would help create greater love and unity in the family.

“Start Rowing,” on page 62. If possible, you may want to reenact Elder Groberg’s experience. This demonstration could lead to a discussion about the importance of praying and “rowing.”

“Choosing Right When the World Is Wrong,” on page 22. This article allows for personal reflection and analysis. After reading Elder Didier’s experience in the military, ask family members to ponder and share how they can: “Be in the world but not of the world.”

“Learning to Love Learning,” on page 26. Decide as a family something you want to learn about that can fuel your “unceasing curiosity and love of learning.” Consider ways to continue “learning to love learning” as a family.