Did the summer heat depress not only your spirit, but your family activities? This fall is the perfect chance to bounce back and make lasting memories! The kids are back in school, and it’s a great time to plan active weekends. This is the time of year when gratitude for an Arizona lifestyle heals our hearts. After all, the sun is still shining, the heat is finally burning off as people head outdoors for hiking and playing. Wonderful deals abound to get families up and moving! Try each of these activities with your family and make this fall memorable.
Family Home Evening can be a time to discover what prophets, scriptures and the Founding Fathers say about the Constitution of the United States of America, and the concepts of freedom and peace.
Joseph Smith: “The Constitution of the United States is a glorious standard—it is founded in the wisdom of God—it is a heavenly banner.”
Elder N. Eldon Tanner (1976): “Only as we accept and live the teachings of the gospel can the destiny which God planned for America be realized and the world united in peace and brotherhood.”
2 Corinthians 3:17: “… and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
Doctrine and Covenants 101:80: “And for this purpose have I [the Lord] established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom I raised up unto this very purpose…”
Benjamin Franklin: “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”
President Ezra Taft Benson (1986): “Freedom as we know it has been experienced by perhaps less than 1 percent of the human family.”
President Benson (1987): “[W]e must learn the principles of the Constitution in the tradition of the Founding Fathers. Have we read The Federalist papers? Are we reading the Constitution and pondering it? Are we aware of its principles? Are we abiding by these principles and teaching them to others? Could we defend the Constitution? Can we recognize when a law is constitutionally unsound? Do we know what the prophets have said about the Constitution and the threats to it?”
James Madison: “A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people.”
Thomas Jefferson: “Say… whether peace is best preserved by giving energy to the government, or information to the people.”
- Read the Constitution with your family. Parents and capable children could look ahead at each paragraph and ask questions prior to reading them together. Then, delve in to find the answers. For example, “What does the Constitution say about granting titles of nobility?”
- Assign a family member to look up terms such as “ex post facto,” or race to find definitions first.
- Read the document on the Sabbath. Discuss it the next evening with another family that has likewise prepared.
- As you study The Book of Mormon, make note of the many verses about these concepts. Examples: Alma 62: 37-42; Helaman 5:2-3.
- See entire conference talks on this topic at lds.org.