“Family Home Evening Ideas,” Liahona, Dec. 2010, 79
This issue contains articles and activities that could be used for family home evening. The following are a few examples.
“A Gift Worthy of Added Care,” page 26: Elder Neil L. Andersen shares several examples of how the Holy Ghost guides people. Consider reading some of these examples and then asking family members to share experiences when they felt the Holy Ghost.
For younger children, you could display objects that represent blessings of the Holy Ghost. For example, the Holy Ghost is like a blanket because He comforts us (see John 14:26), a compass because He guides us (see 2 Nephi 32:5), and soap because He can help us know when we have been cleansed through the Atonement (see 2 Nephi 31:17; 3 Nephi 27:20).
“Christmas Traditions of the Seventy,” page 32: Read some of the traditions listed in the article, then ask family members what their favorite Christmas traditions are. Are there any new traditions you would like to adopt?
“A Special Guest,” page 68: Like the family in the story, you could commemorate the Prophet Joseph Smith’s birthday by learning about the First Vision. You may also want to read from a conference talk about Joseph Smith (see, for example, Tad R. Callister, “Joseph Smith—Prophet of the Restoration,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2009, 35–37).
One of our favorite family home evenings helped us better appreciate the life and mission of the Savior. We asked every family member to find scriptures about the Savior’s hands, eyes, feet, or mouth. Then we each shared those scriptures. For example, the Savior’s hands healed the leper, His feet walked on water, and His eyes wept at the tomb of Lazarus. We also discussed the wounds in Jesus’s body and the perfection of His sacrifice. Our discussion about the life and acts of Jesus Christ invited the Spirit and allowed each family member to bear testimony of our Savior.
David R. Anderson, Utah, USA