“Gospel-Oriented Activity Nights,” Liahona, Sept. 1999, 30
Can’t think of anything to do for a youth or a ward or branch activity night? Here are some ideas to help you think of gospel-oriented activities. Use these ideas. Adapt them. Come up with your own ideas that are fun—and that are based on gospel principles.
Take a tour of your local library. Find out how to use it fully.
Hold an ethnic cooking class. Ask a native of another country or a returned missionary to come and show you how to make tasty foreign meals.
Visit a business that stays open at a time you can go (a newspaper, radio station, grocery store, and so on), and learn about that kind of work.
Invite someone who is qualified to give you a lesson in first aid.
Ask someone to teach the group how to lead music. Then form an “orchestra” using your imagination to create instruments out of common household items.
Plan a fireside for the ward or branch, focusing on an important topic such as missionary work, scripture study, or testimony.
Invite someone to speak on how to look for and find a job.
Have a family history night. Learn how to do family history research or to write a personal history.
Offer to babysit the children of couples attending the temple—or of sisters attending Relief Society Homemaking night. Plan a group activity for the children.
Have a letter-writing night when everyone writes a letter to a community leader, a bishop, or a parent.
Organize a family home evening clinic where everyone shares a favorite activity or lesson.
Help a charity or nonprofit organization in your community.
Write letters to the missionaries from your ward or branch.
Visit the bishop or branch president’s house and perform service for his family, such as cooking, cleaning, or working in the yard.
Sing for people who are lonely or sad. And don’t wait for Christmas—you can spread cheer on any day.
Volunteer to prepare and serve dinner at an orphanage or a local homeless shelter.
Pick up trash in a section of your community.
Go to a hospital and read stories to children.
Ask the missionaries in your area to conduct a mission preparation workshop.
Host a special activity to which missionaries can bring their investigators.
Take turns drawing pictures that represent a story from the scriptures and see if others can guess which scripture story it is.
Make a play about a Book of Mormon story to perform for the Primary during Sharing Time.
Form a dating panel. Have the young women tell the young men what they like to do, what bothers them, and so on, and have the young men do the same.
Have everyone bring a favorite recipe and make a cookbook.
Have a Mormon Message brainstorming contest, and create your own Mormon Message posters!