“Family Home Evening Ideas,” Liahona, Feb. 2008, inside front cover–1
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.
“A Split-Second Decision,” p. 8: Discuss the idea that sacrifice can mean giving up something good to have something even better. Explain that “sacrifice brings forth the blessings of heaven” (Hymns, no. 27). Read Hugo’s story; then discuss the blessings he received because of his sacrifice.
“Choosing Liberty and Eternal Life,” p. 26: After relating Elder Craig A. Cardon’s experience, ask family members to choose a topic (such as education, finance, nutrition), and invite them to write down examples of how good choices in that area lead to more freedom. Allow them to share their examples. Emphasize that we are free to choose our behavior but not the consequences.
“Living a Balanced Life,” p. 38: Give a family member a stack of several large items to hold. After letting the person struggle to balance the items for a moment, give the person a bag or basket to place the items in. Compare the items to our responsibilities and the bag to placing our burdens on the Lord. Share ideas from the section “Guidance of the Spirit,” and discuss how we can find balance if we let the Lord help us.
“My Family History Miracle,” p. F6: As a family, make a treat (such as cookies) that takes some time to make. Read aloud this story, emphasizing the part about having to wait to find the ancestors’ names. How is this idea similar to waiting for the treat? Plan a time to visit a family history library to start or continue researching your own family history.