David O. McKay: “The home is the first and most effective place for children to learn the lessons of life: truth, honor, virtue, self-control; the value of education, honest work, and the purpose and privilege of life. Nothing can take the place of the home in rearing and teaching children, and no other success can compensate for failure in the home.”
Opening Song:“Love at Home,” pg. 294 of Hymn Book
Scripture: Mosiah 4:14-15
"A Family Night" (Taken from the FHE Resource Book)
It was almost time for family home evening in the Reynolds home.
Jeanette was busy in the kitchen taking the last batch of hot cookies out of the oven. She had worked all afternoon to prepare refreshments. Father called all the children to come into the living room.
Debby, Jeanette’s little sister, ran down the stairs and grabbed a handful of cookies on her way through the kitchen. Jeanette angrily caught her blouse sleeve as she dashed past, and the sleeve ripped. Debby hollered, “Look what you did!”
“Well, if you had just asked first,” cried Jeanette. “It’s not my fault.”
Soon the two girls were arguing, and mother had to come into the kitchen to stop them. She became upset herself when she saw Debby’s torn blouse.
Finally father got everyone into the living room together. Debby sat down in one corner of the room, and Jeanette in the other. Even after the opening prayer, everyone in the family felt uncomfortable. The warm spirit they usually felt during their family nights was not there.
During the lesson mother brought some photo albums out and handed them to the children. “I thought you might enjoy looking through these old pictures tonight,” she said.
Everyone gathered together to see the pictures. The little children were especially excited to see themselves. They laughed and pointed whenever they found themselves in a picture. Mother held up a picture of Debby and Jeanette when they were little. “Remember when you two got into my oil paints?” she asked. The girls had to laugh when they saw themselves in the picture covered with red and blue paint.
Soon all the family was caught up in reminiscing. Even Jeanette and Debby talked about the fun times they had together on their camping trip.
The spirit had changed. Everyone in the family could feel the spirit of love in their home again. When they knelt together in prayer, they felt the Spirit of the Lord with them.
- What happened to the spirit of the Reynolds’ home when the children argued?
- Why did it change when the children shared good thoughts about each other?
- How can we make love grow?
As families turn to Heavenly Father in prayer they can be filled with His love and ability to love others unconditionally just as Jesus did.
- What are ways we can overcome bad feelings & let love grow?
Elder Bruce Hafen: “Love is nowhere more potent or more significant than in marriage and family life.”
Elder Neal A Maxwell: “It is in family wherein we can learn, first and best, about love, taking turns, negotiating, and restraining selfishness…it is the most efficient means for producing human happiness and human goodness…the places where God’s extraordinary work is most often done by ordinary people.”
(both from the Strengthening Our Families)
Make a chart with a heart in the middle that says “Love One Another.” Then make sunshine rays all around it. Each time a family member shows love color in the ray and write down what they did.