It’s been a little over 100 years since the Family Home Evening program was instigated by the First Presidency…and there are now more FHE resources than ever at your fingertips.
The First Presidency referred to the commandment given in D&C 68 as the basis for Family Home Evening:
“And again, inasmuch as parents have children in Zion…that teach them not to understand the doctrine of repentance, faith in Christ the Son of the living God, and of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands when eight years old, the sin be upon the heads of the parents;…And they shall also teach their children to pray, and to walk uprightly before the Lord.”
In 1970 the Church designated Monday evening as the time for FHE. Since that announcement, the Church has kept Monday nights free from activities so families can spend that time together.
Latter-day prophets continue to urge members to give highest priority to Family Home Evening. They have promised that our dedication to this program will help protect our families against the evils of our time and will bring us abundant joy now and throughout the eternities.
“Family home evening is for everyone.” — Spencer W. Kimball, N. Eldon Tanner, and Marion G. Romney
Family Home Evening can be adapted to fit the family situation of every member. Take these 3 ways to present a lesson on goal setting:
For families with young children: Watch a clip from Alice in Wonderland and read the article “Crossroads” from the April 2004 Liahona & Friend in which Alice is confronted with the decision of which path to take by the Cheshire Cat. Discuss with your children where they want to go in life—baptism, the temple, etc.—and how to set simple goals that will get them there.
For families with older kids: Read 2 Nephi 28:30 and discuss how the Lord helps us progress through small steps. Talk to your teens about the many different types of goals they might have (getting good grades, going on a mission, etc.) and help them make a chart that breaks each of those goals into achievable steps.
For adults: Read M. Russell Ballard’s April 1987 “Keeping Life’s Demands in Balance” General Conference talk and try this fun object lesson from LDS Living: toss seven coins to a participant all at once and see how many they catch. Then, look at the improvement when you toss them the coins one at a time. Talk about how the goals we set in adulthood are like the coins: when we try to take on too many, we get overwhelmed and end up dropping things. Talk about how prayerful preparation helps us take our goals one step at a time.
With a little planning, Family Home Evening can be a fulfilling, spiritual and fun experience for family units of all types!