Family Home Evening Agenda
I had the pleasure this month of teaching our presidency lesson in Relief Society the 1st week of July. Our Bishop suggested we continue to focus on the family and therefore the lesson was titled, “Family Home Evening.” There is a plethora of information out there, such as; when the Family Home Evening Program was 1st announced (96 years ago, wow we need it more now than ever!), why we need to have FHEs (to stay together), what lessons can be taught (everything!), to be consistent (every week!), to make it fun, etc… Every one of them also talked about how we can keep it simple, I love that!! We don’t need to “go all out” each time, spend a lot of $$$ and we don’t need to get mad, yell or get angry at our children if they are acting up during FHE. Afterall, it is family home evening, not sacrament meeting. Oh wait, I probably shouldn’t yell or get mad there either. ;)
Relief Society Sunday Lesson Activity: We separated the sisters into 6 groups, gave each a slip with the size of family they each had and a FHE agenda to plan out what their family’s FHE would be like. Each sister helped give feedback for their FHEs. They also each got different manuals and magazines to plan their FHE around and they did great. Then at the end the group leader, presented the lesson agenda to the rest of the RS so that we could get great ideas from them. Some sisters even named each member of their family. LOL Because of this exercise, I know each of the sisters in our RS knows HOW to plan an FHE. Now we just have to be committed and do it!
So, I know this isn’t related to the Visiting Teaching message this month, but as sisters in Relief Society, you know that we, “dedicate ourselves to strengthening marriages, families, and homes.” So I wanted to share this with each of you to help you in this journey.
This is the handout and agenda I created with the information found on FHE.LDS.org, yep, that’s right there’s a Family Home Evening website from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! Tons of great stuff there to help us each have a successful FHE. My favorite thing on the home page of their site, are the cookies, it’s true! I of course used some super cute graphics from Lettering Delights to spice it up a bit, cause we all love to use cute things. Ok maybe just me. Use this to plan out your FHEs every week and I promise it will run smoother.
Tons of great things found on that site like…
- Family Home Evening Resource Book
- Quick Tips and Ideas
- Lessons by Topic
- Activity Ideas
- Gospel Art Book
- Teaching Helps
A few quotes which I loved in reference to Family Home Evenings.
“If there was a need  years ago, that need is certainly much greater today. We have a family home evening program once a week [Monday night] across the Church in which parents sit down with their children. They study the scriptures. They talk about family problems. They plan family activities and things of that kind. I don’t hesitate to say if every family in the world practiced that one thing, you’d see a very great difference in the solidarity of the families of the world” (interview with President Gordon B. Hinckley, Boston Globe, 14 Aug. 2000).
“It is the responsibility and blessing of each of us to strengthen our families and homes. Each of us is in a different family situation. Some families have a mother and father with children at home. Some couples no longer have children at home. Many members of the Church are single, and some are single parents. Others are widows or widowers living alone. No matter what our family looks like, each of us can work to strengthen our own families or help in strengthening others.” (His Arm Is Sufficient, Barbara Thompson, 2nd Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency)
“Each family prayer, each episode of family scripture study, and each family home evening is a brushstroke on the canvas of our souls.” (More Diligent and Concerned at Home, Elder David A. Bednar, Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles)
Download Family Home Evening Agenda:
Download this month’s Family Home Evening Agenda (2 pages are included in the PDF file) and give them to the sisters you Visiting Teach & families Home Teacher or anyone for free by clicking either the previous text link or the link image below.
1. Download PDF file. (click on either images above to download the 2 page PDF file)
2. Print double-sided in black & white.
3. Cut in half, each sheet should now be 5.5″x8.5
Remember that the Family Home Evening Program isn’t just something we are “suggested” to do, we have been COMMANDED to do it! In section 21 verses 4–6 [D&C 21:4–6], the Lord states: “Wherefore, meaning the church, thou shalt give heed unto all his words and commandments which he shall give unto you as he receiveth them, walking in all holiness before me; For his word ye shall receive, as if from mine own mouth, in all patience and faith. For by doing these things the gates of hell shall not prevail against you.” So if we don’t have FHE, well you read it right there, hell will prevail against our families.
I pray that we will all try our hardest and even summon the powers of Heaven, through prayer, to help us continue this wonderful tradition in our homes in order to keep our families together forever! In the name of Him whom we love to serve, even our Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen.