Family Home Evening Ideas


These ideas can be used for classroom teaching as well as in the home.

“How to Prepare to Be a Good Missionary,” p. 10: In advance, assign one question from the article to each family member. Have them study Elder Ballard’s response to their question and come prepared to teach the answer to the family. Testify that great joy comes from serving the Lord as a missionary.

“If I Had Known at 19 …” p. 38: Share the four suggestions for missionaries, and discuss the principles involved. Role-play ways these suggestions can be used in school, work, or other areas of life. Invite each family member to set a goal to use one of the suggestions for a week and report on the results.

“Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life,” p. 41: Display a set of scriptures and a loaf of bread. Ask, “How does each of these provide nourishment?” Read the last two sections of the article. Testify of the power of Jesus Christ to nourish us spiritually.

“Friendship Bracelets,” p. F8: Read the story. Then have family members stand in a circle and hold hands. Tell them that as soon as their hand is squeezed they need to gently squeeze the hand of the person to the right of them. Explain that the hand squeezing represents acts of kindness. Invite family members to always be kind and to pass on acts of kindness to others.

“Missionary Friends,” p. F14: Ask children to describe a time when they attended Primary in a different ward or branch. How did they feel? What could they do to make others feel comfortable when visiting their Primary? Make junior missionary badges to wear during family home evening as a reminder to always be kind and welcoming.