PURPOSE: We live in a society that is rapidly changing where we are constantly in communication with people all over the country and world at the tips of our fingers.
Learning, discussing and teaching basic manners will help us be better connected people in a world that is becoming unconnected socially.
SCRIPTURE: Luke 6:31
SONG: "Kindness Begins With Me"
Manners are basic rules that a society practices to show respect for one another.
There are different manners used in every country of the world, even different mannerisms used
in different places around the United States.
Japan: Bow to greet. The younger person bows lower than the oldest person when greeting one another. It is also impolite to blow your nose in public or stand with your hands in your pocket. Leaving a little bit of rice in your bowl indicates you want seconds.
Kenya: Use handshakes to greet one another. Eating is usually done in silence. Kenyans do not like to say
“no” or “yes” and you must ask permission to take pictures of them.
1. Why are manners important?
2. What are some manners that you know?
3. How can work on using our manners better?
1. Perform various manners/customs from around the world and have your family/group guess what country practices those manner/customs.
2. Print and do the Manners Matching Game below.
Purpose: If your Spring or summer days are dragging on and you’re wondering what adventure you can do next, then pack up your sidewalk chalk and go for a little service stroll for Family Home Evening!
Lesson: Service is a trademark attribute of the followers of Jesus Christ. There are many, many ways in which we can serve others. At times we may have the thought that someone could use a visit, but do we choose to go and visit them?
The Lord uses us to help his children here on earth. He has entrusted each of us to serve one another, as He would serve us as if He were here.
Service helps us to set aside our selfish thoughts and desires by putting others first. Doing kind acts help each of us grow in character, as well as in testimony of the importance of serving and being served.
Discussion: Serving others doesn’t have to be a huge under-taking. Review these questions with your family, group or ward.
– How does it feel to serve others?
– Why is important to serve others?
– Have you ever received service from someone else? How did it feel to be served?
– What are some ways you can serve someone this week?
Think of 2-3 people or families that you can create a “Sidewalk Service” to. Be sure that adults supervise and OK which homes you visit and where you draw your pictures.
Create a happy message to let the family/individual know how much they are loved and appreciated.
You can leave a note on their door so that they can find your drawing.
Check out this fun, easy and delicious treat for Family Home Evening! It would be simple to have as you walked around doing your Sidewalk Service as well!
(photo from Ziplock)
Purpose: To reinforce some of the topics that each person learned from watching/attending General Conference.
Hymn: “Teach me to Walk in the Light”
Scripture: Doctrine & Covenants 19:23
Lesson: In the ancient times, prophets and apostles taught the people God's laws and commandments. We have the record of their teachings in the Holy Scriptures.
Today, we also have the gift to learn from our Prophet, Apostles and other church leaders twice a year during General Conference. They give us guidance for what we face in our day. Reading General Conference talks is like reading the scriptures of OUR day.
We should study often their words and put them into our hearts and lives.
General Conference Talks - CLICK HERE
Conference Quote Bingo:
1. Find quotes teaching basic gospel principles and doctrine from the speakers. Share a quote and use a button, bean, etc to fill the space of the topic discussed.
You can also play portions of conference online with the speaker saying the quote as well.
Conference Bingo Squares
2- Name all those in the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve. If available, use or print individual photos of each leader, then write their names on other pieces of paper, tear individually and play a name/face matching game.
3- Write down a family goal that you want to have as a result of knowledge gained from General Conference. Make a poster with the family goal and have it hanging where everyone can see it daily.
(Example: Hold weekly FHE, Go to the temple monthly, play church music daily, have family scripture study daily, etc)
4. Study the areas where new temples were announced in General Conference. Where are these places on the map? What is life like there?
JUST A NOTE:
Welcome to Family Home Evenings! So glad you're here and hope that you find the lesson you need for your family or group!