Family Home Evening Ideas

These teaching suggestions can be used in the classroom as well as in the home. You may tailor these ideas to your family or class.

“It’s Not Easy,” p. 16: Invite family members to write on a slip of paper ways the Lord has helped or blessed them. Make a gratitude jar, and put the slips of paper in it. Encourage family members to continue adding to the jar (or to write about it in their journals) whenever they have an experience in which the Lord helps them.

“Succeeding as a New Convert,” p. 22: Whether you are a new member or not, cultivating friendships among Church members is important. As a family, discuss ways you can reach out to members of your ward or branch. Explain that strengthening these relationships can create lasting friendships and can help us come unto Christ by serving others.

“No One Will Ever Know,” p. 28: What do people mean when they say no one will ever know? Discuss why this logic is faulty and how family members can resist temptation. List some temptations, and have family members role-play how they would respond if that temptation came up. Read 1 Corinthians 10:13.

“Generations,” p. 40: Share your conversion stories, or share stories of ancestors who found the gospel. Invite family members to share why the gospel is important in their lives.

“An Activity Day Invitation,” p. F10, and “I Can Be a Missionary Now,” p. F14: After reading these stories, think of people you can invite to a Church meeting or activity. List neighbors, friends, and family members. Even if you think someone may not be interested, include him or her on the list. You never know who will accept your invitation. Prior to the meeting or activity, prayerfully choose some people on your list, and invite them to attend with you. Offer to walk with them or give them a ride if possible. If they choose not to attend, continue your friendship with them.

A Family Home Evening Invitation

Gladys Elena Yepes de Velásquez, Antioquia, Colombia

Since my baptism 12 years ago, my life has changed significantly. For this reason my husband and I decided to share the divine light we have received with many different people. We started to invite the missionaries and some neighbors to our home for family home evening.

We made little invitation cards for our neighbors. Many people began attending who were interested in finding out what a family home evening was. Some were more interested than others, but most liked the activities and refreshments. One of the families we invited was even baptized!

As I have shared my happiness about belonging to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through family home evening, my faith has also grown.

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Topics in This Issue

Number represents first page of article.

F = The Friend

  • Activation, 18

  • Adam and Eve, 10, F8

  • Conversion, 16, 18, 22, 40, 44, F13

  • Covenants, 10

  • Dispensations, 10

  • Divine nature, 10, 25, F8

  • Family, 16, 36, 40, F4, F8, F16

  • First Vision, 2, 8

  • Friends, F10

  • Healing, F2, F6

  • Inspiration, 45

  • Jesus Christ, 2, 10

  • Missionary work, 44, 46, 47, 48, F10, F14

  • New members, 18, 22

  • Nursery, 32

  • Obedience, 26, 28, 47

  • Ordinances, 44

  • Parents, 36

  • Part-member family, 16

  • Peer pressure, 26, 28

  • Prayer, 44, 45

  • Priesthood blessing, 45, F2, F6

  • Primary, 32, F4

  • Prophets, 10

  • Restoration, 2, 8, 10

  • Retention, 18

  • Smith, Joseph, 2, 7, 8, F6

  • Teaching, 32, 36

  • Temptation, 26, 28, 47

  • Testimony, 2, 8

  • Tithing, 28

  • Unity, 7

  • Visiting teaching, 25

  • Women, 25

  • Word of Wisdom, 26, 47