Family Talent Night

Marcia Biewer, Utah, USA

When our kids were young, we used to invite family friends to share a special family home evening with us. We started by having a dinner that our children helped prepare and serve, and then we had a talent night that featured the children’s talents. They could sing a song, recite a poem, tell a joke, share artwork, juggle, perform a duet with mom or an acrobatic trick with dad—whatever they wanted to rehearse to share. Our guests were the judges, and they gave awards for best song, funniest joke, most unique act, and so forth. Each child was awarded a certificate for his or her talent and participation. The goal of those family home evenings was to instill in the children’s minds the idea of serving and supporting one another and of sharing their talents with others. Our first talent night began a special tradition that we enjoyed for the next few years, with the preparations beginning weeks in advance.

Helps for Home Evening

“Sharing the Gospel by Sharing You,” on page 18: As you share stories from the article, consider asking your family to think about friends and family members with whom they could share the gospel. Discuss how to follow the counsel given to be a friend and listen with love so that when opportunities to bear testimony come, you will be prepared.

“The Harvest Will Come,” on page 49: Consider reading the article together, especially the section entitled “Reference Points.” You might want to play a game with family members where you pick out a reference point in the distance and try walking toward it in a straight line. To conclude, you could discuss how to “stay on course” as you go through life.

“Building Faith in Christ,” on page 52: At the end of the article, Elder Christofferson talks about faith as a principle of action and of power. He quotes Mormon saying, “Christ hath said: If ye will have faith in me ye shall have power to do whatsoever thing is expedient in me” (Moroni 7:33). As a family, discuss some challenges you face and goals you can set to overcome them. Consider choosing one goal to work on this week, remembering that with Christ’s help, we have the power to do all things. Write down the goal and set a date to report to one another how you are doing.