Jesus Christ invites us to come unto Him—to use our time in ways that will make us more productive, more joyful, and more free. These Family Home Evening ideas are meant to help families engage the Savior and each other in support with worthy goals.
- Magnify strengths!
- Read Moroni 7:12, 13 & 25; Articles of Faith 1:13; Alma 50:20 and 2 Nephi 28:30.
- Brainstorm about each other’s talents/strengths.
- Have all family members choose one that they are most passionate about developing.
- Write down each person’s chosen strength.
- Discuss and make note of how the rest of the family can give support.
- Let go!
- Read 2 Nephi 2:27-28; 1 Nephi 8:8; Matthew 7:7 and 11:28-30; Mosiah 24:13, 14; Moroni 10:32, 33; and Doctrine & Covenants 50:23-25.
- Encourage family members to let go of their personal gravity sites—those places in our minds that strap us to earthly vices, bitterness, sorrow, etc. Though some disabilities and losses are meant for us to deal with throughout mortality, the Savior can help all burdens feel lighter. He can relieve us of grief they have brought. How grateful we will be when all is well at last!
- In 1850, the English poet Tennyson offered words that can inspire this pursuit. They are from the 106th canto of his extensive poem, In Memoriam, which was written after the death of a dear friend, and took 17 years to complete. When a new year begins, we often sing Tennyson’s words, now as Hymn #215, “Ring Out, Wild Bells.” Read or sing all 3 verses. If you play or listen to Crawford Gates’s musical accompaniment, notice the change of the very last note. It’s called a picardy third. The song is in a melancholy minor key, but when singing for the second time Tennyson’s exhortation to “Ring in the Christ that is to be,” a hopeful, cheerful major chord appears.
- Have each family member share one weakness he or she feels ready to strengthen.
- Discuss and make note of how the rest of the family can be supportive.
The Lord wants us to be free—free to use the talents He has bestowed upon us and free from the shackles of sin and emotional bondage.
Let’s humbly accept disabilities and courageously embrace possibilities as we ring in the Christ in our homes and beyond, this year more than ever.