In June 2008, I decided that I needed to start holding regular Family Home Evenings with my husband and 2-year-old son. I had joined the church at age 18, so I was not raised in a home where we had FHE. I was starting from scratch! As I began to do lessons, I realized that there were others who may also have crazy busy lives like my family, but also still wanted to keep this very important commandment. The idea of creating a blog to journal my lessons that others could access for free was born.
It has grown tremendously over the years, reaching THOUSANDS of church members all over the world from New Zealand to England and all over. It's touching to see how these simple lessons are helping other families come together and hold their own Family Home Evening nights.
This past year in 2015, the Web site received an endless stream of malware attacks, shutting down my site for MONTHS! It was very frustrating because it's the 100th Year of Family Home Evening and it delayed ALL my big plans for the Web site! However, after a good fight, we're slowly getting back on track. I've finally been able to gain access to all my lesson files (always have a backup of your files OFF the Internet -- learned the hard way).
This is a labor of love and am excited to be organizing all the lessons, activities, recipes and printables that have been put together and created over the years in a more organized Web site. It's been a long-time-coming!
Thanks for following us on social media and for stopping by and checking out the lessons, activities, printables and so forth. There are some REALLY exciting things coming in 2016 and I can't wait to share those with you!!
Happy Family Nights...
Jill Hunt, Founder Family-Home-Evenings.com
Family Home Evening celebrated its 100th Birthday in 2015!
On April 27, 1915, President Joseph F. Smith and his counselors sent the following letter to the members of the church...
“We advise and urge the inauguration of a ‘Home Evening’ throughout the church, at which time fathers and mothers may gather their boys and girls about them in the home and teach them the word of the Lord…
“This ‘Home Evening’ should be devoted to prayer, singing hymns, songs, instrumental music, scripture-reading, family topics and specific instruction on the principles of the gospel, and on the ethical problems of life, as well as the duties and obligations of children to parents, the home, the Church, society and the nation. For the smaller children appropriate recitations, songs, stories and games may be introduced. Light refreshments of such a nature as may be largely prepared in the home might be served.
“If the Saints obey this counsel, we promise that great blessings will result. Love at home and obedience to parents will increase. Faith will be developed in the hearts of the youth of Israel, and they will gain power to combat the evil influence and temptations which beset them."
Is there certain structure to Family Home Evening? Many families follow a very simple, informal outline including opening and closing prayers, hymn, lesson, activity and a treat. The most important aspect is taking the time to gather as a family one night a week (members typically do this on Monday evenings) and have the time together to talk about important topics, gospel principles and hold family councils.
Disclaimer: This Web site is not affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but I follow the principles and teachings of the church and use these in lessons.