Family Home Evening Ideas


Visual Aid Cutouts

Carrie Dalby Cox, Alabama, USA

Ready-made visual aids are a great help in teaching family home evening and Primary lessons. For years I have used sets 1–10 of the Visual Aids Cutouts, available at Church distribution centers. When I first bought the sets, I covered each visual with contact paper to make it more durable. You could also laminate them or simply cut them out and use them as they are. I added magnetic strips and self-adhesive Velcro to the back of each. Instead of Velcro you could attach flannel or sandpaper strips.

My son, who has special learning needs, loves to handle the pictures during family home evening and put them up on our flannel board. I’ve also used the cutouts in Primary sharing time, allowing the children to create lesson-related scenes on the magnetic chalkboard.

Note: If you do not live near an LDS distribution center, you can place orders online at store.lds.org. U.S. and Canadian residents may also call the Salt Lake Distribution Center at 1-800-537-5971.

Illustration by Beth Whittaker

Helps for Home Evening

“Three Stars,” page 16. After reading the story with your family, invite each person to ponder “three stars” in their lives that help them establish an “accurate navigation” and keep them “safe from the dangers” of the world. How can other people’s testimonies and witnesses help us establish an accurate assurance of gospel principles?

“Three Generations of Christmas,” page 48. After sharing the three stories, discuss with family members how each person was blessed by the example of service from the previous generation. Consider reading Matthew 25:40 and 1 Nephi 11:21–22. Then create a plan to serve others this Christmas season.

“Glad Tidings of Great Joy,” page 52. Consider reading the Christmas story from Luke 2 with your family as part of your family home evening. As you read the story, share excerpts from the article that add insight to Jesus’ life. If appropriate, share your testimony of Jesus Christ.