Family Home Evening Ideas


These teaching suggestions are provided to give you some ideas. You can tailor them to your family.

“We Three Kings,” p. 12: “Most people will learn better and remember longer when you present ideas by using pictures, maps, word grouping, or other visuals.” 1 Consider displaying the pictures from this article or other items as you teach from this article. Role playing is a way to use individuals as visuals. 2 Consider role-playing the visit of the Wise Men to the Christ child as you learn with your family.

“Worship through Reverence,” p. 26: Family members are more likely to understand and apply doctrines when they are given opportunities to teach those doctrines to others. 3 Consider having family members teach each other the principles from the article. Several days before family home evening, divide the article into three sections and invite three family members to share during family home evening what they learned from their sections.

“The Blessing of Work,” p. 36: Stories can awaken learners’ interest and are often an effective way to teach. 4 To illustrate the doctrine of work taught by Bishop H. David Burton, consider sharing from the article the experiences of Presidents Thomas S. Monson, Henry B. Eyring, and Dieter F. Uchtdorf. You could conclude your lesson by inviting family members to share a story about work that has blessed their lives.

Father’s Responsibility

President Howard W. Hunter

“Take seriously your responsibility to teach the gospel to your family through regular family home evening, family prayer, devotional and scripture-reading time, and other teaching moments. Give special emphasis to preparation for missionary service and temple marriage. … Next to your own salvation, brethren, there is nothing so important to you as the salvation of your wife and children.”

President Howard W. Hunter (1907–95), “Being a Righteous Husband and Father,” Ensign, Nov. 1994, 49.

Topics in This Issue

Number represents first page of article.

F = The Friend.

  • Activation, 18

  • Adversity, 30

  • Atonement, 2, 24

  • Book of Mormon, 43, 44

  • Charity, 25

  • Christmas, 2, 8, 10, 12, 16, 24, 41, 42, F2, F8, F10

  • Education, 36

  • Employment, 36

  • Faith, 12, 26, 30, F2, F10, F12

  • Families, 2, 34, F7

  • Jesus Christ, 2, 8, 24, F2, F12

  • Love, 2, 10, 16, 34, 41, 42, F14

  • Missionary work, 34, 36

  • Prayer, 30, 45

  • Priesthood keys, 18

  • Primary, F4

  • Revelation, 18

  • Reverence, 26, F4

  • Sacrament, F12

  • Sacrifice, 42

  • Service, 2, 10, 16, 25, 41, 44

  • Singing, 10

  • Smith, Joseph, F14

  • Spiritual gifts, 18

  • Stake presidents, 18

  • Visiting teaching, 16, 25

  • Work, 36

  • Worship, 26

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    Notes

  1.   1.

    Teaching, No Greater Call (1999), 182.

  2.   2.

    See Teaching, No Greater Call, 178.

  3.   3.

    See Teaching, No Greater Call, 161.

  4.   4.

    See Teaching, No Greater Call, 93, 179–82.