Family Home Evening Ideas


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

“Remembering Iowa,” p. 8: Ask the family what they would take if they had to move as the pioneers did. What spiritual qualities would be necessary for the journey? Tell stories of your own ancestors and what traits helped them.

“Three Tools to Build a Sacred Home,” p. 14: Begin by discussing simple ways you can make your home a more sacred place. Second, enjoy a meal or dessert while discussing the importance of having family mealtimes. Finally, plan a project you can do as a family, and discuss what spiritual and temporal blessings come from working together.

“This, the Greatest of All Dispensations,” p. 18: Invite family members to either describe in words or draw a picture of their hopes for a bright future. Discuss events that could prevent these hopes from coming true. Read scriptures about faith. How can faith help alleviate fear? Using the article, discuss what your family can do to rejoice in the future.

“Thy Speech Reveals Thee,” p. 30: Assign a family member to talk as if he or she were a specific type of person such as a baby, historical figure, or person in the scriptures. Have the family members guess the personality. Tell the story of Elder L. Tom Perry in the Marines. How does language reveal your character? To help your family use good language, post Elder Perry’s three suggestions.

“Courage in a Cornfield,” p. F2: Compare the story of the Rollins sisters to the story of Nephi and his brothers getting the brass plates from Laban (see 1 Nephi 3–4). How was courage shown in each story? Why is it important to have the scriptures?

Topics in This Issue

F=The Friend

Communication, 46

Conversion, 42, F10

Courage, F2, F6

Faith, 45

Family, 14, F4, F10, F16

Family history, F4

Family home evening, 1

Forgiveness, 2

Holiness, 25

Holy Ghost, 43

Home, 14

Home teaching, 7

Hymns, 47

Jesus Christ, 26

Kimball, Spencer W., F6

Leadership, 46

Parables, 26

Physical body, 38

Pioneers, 8, 42

Pornography, 34, 38, F6

Priesthood, 46

Prayer, 43

Primary, F4

Prophets, 8

Repentance, 34

Responsibility, 14

Second Coming, 18

Speech, 30

Taking offense, 2

Temples, F10, F14

Virtue, 34, 38, F6

Visiting teaching, 25

Work, 14

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