Family Home Evening Ideas

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“Family Home Evening Ideas,” Liahona, July 2006, inside front cover–1

Family Home Evening Ideas

These ideas can help you use the Liahona to enhance your teaching in the classroom as well as in the home.

“By Ship, Handcart, or Tennis Shoe,” p. 10: As a family pretend you are explorers, and make a map that represents one’s journey through life. In the testimonies of the Portuguese youth, find some personal qualities and gospel principles that help you make the journey safely. Write those on the map. Testify that we can courageously chart a course that leads to Jesus Christ.

“On the Wings of Eagles,” p. 14: Have family members make paper airplanes and try to fly them. Discuss what it might take to build a real plane. Read the Wright brothers’ story, and find the three requirements for successful flight. Assign family members to read the article and report on how these three principles can apply to our own lives.

“Breaking the Chains of Sin,” p. 36: Read the section “Spiritual Captivity,” and discuss specific things that lead to spiritual bondage. Write answers on strips of paper, and make a paper chain. Read the last two paragraphs of the article, and discuss ways that the Savior can help break the chains of sin. Tear the loops in the paper chain, and talk about how to remain free from spiritual bondage.

“My Sister, My Example,” p. F8: Discuss what it means to be honest. Read the quote by President James E. Faust. Including the stories in the article, pass out other stories with examples of honesty and dishonesty. Let each family member read or role-play his or her story and discuss the blessings of being honest.

“Blessed by the Priesthood,” p. F14: Display items of both temporal and spiritual worth. Ask the family to choose which one is the most valuable. Read the article. Look at the items again, and discuss why the items have value. Testify of the need to focus on things of spiritual worth.