Family Home Evening Ideas

“Family Home Evening Ideas,” Liahona, Jan. 2008, inside front cover–1

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.

“Setting Priorities,” p. 10: The following activity may be helpful in illustrating how to set priorities. If you and your family were stranded in the desert, what 10 items would you need? If you and your family were stranded spiritually, what 10 items would you need? Compare the two lists. Share with your family the section “A Covenant-Based Life.” Discuss how putting the things of God first orders all other priorities.

“The Book of Mormon: The Great Purveyor of the Savior’s Peace,” p. 18: Show a container of drinking water, and offer it to the family members. Discuss how our bodies thirst for water and feel refreshed after drinking it. Compare the water to the Book of Mormon and our thirst for peace and truth. Using personal experiences and stories from the article, review the different areas in which we can find peace by reading the Book of Mormon.

“The Relief Society Lesson That Changed Our Family,” p. 26: Read aloud the story of the Relief Society lesson. Invite your family to help you make two lists, one that lists the “fiery serpents” your family faces and one that lists how we can turn to the Savior for protection. Discuss how the items on the second list can protect you. Testify of how focusing on the Savior has brought you strength to fight against the fiery serpents in your life.

“Ties That Bind,” p. F10: Read aloud the story to the point where Ryan’s mother begins to suggest that he go to the bishop for help. Ask family members for ideas of what Ryan could do. Tell the rest of the story. Discuss how Ryan felt when he realized the ward was his family and the bishop was there to help him. Invite family members to write notes of appreciation to your bishop or branch president.