PURPOSE: As we gather every six months to listen to the council, instruction and wisdom of the general authorities of the church, we are also asked to make every effort to study the talks until the next conference.
How many times have you had "good intentions" on creating those study habits for talks from General Conference, but never got to it?!
This guide is available for you or your family to meet together in a Family Council or Family Home Evening and decide which six talks you want to study together (one per month) either during a Family Council or Family Home Evening.
Hymn: "Come Listen To A Prophet's Voice"
Scripture:Doctrine & Covenants 21:4-7
1. Which talk(s) spoke to you individually as something you want to focus on for yourself?
2. Which talk(s) did you hear that you feel would help unify the family?
3. Which talk(s) do you feel would benefit a friend, neighbor, family member? Make a plan to share the message/copy of the talk with them by a certain date.
1. Fill out the attached General Conference Family Study Guide below with the six talks you want to focus on the most.
2. Set a date for when you will meet together as a family to ready, study and discuss the talk that particular month.
3. If you want to do this on an individual level IN ADDITION TO the family study time, make an additional copy for yourself and follow the same steps.
WATCH: Visit LDS.org and watch General Conference or the talks you have planned out.
Purpose: On July 4th, each American celebrates the country’s Independence with a day full of reflection and activities focused on country, freedom and family. As members of the church, we also experience independence as we follow the commandments and learn about the Plan of Salvation.
Song: “My Country, Tis of Thee”
Brief Lesson: Today we celebrate the founding of our country and the day that our Forefathers declared our Independence from Great Britain. The country has experienced many great times and many hard and difficult times. One of the greatest blessings about living in America are the religious freedoms that we enjoy as well as all of our other freedoms. What are some other freedoms we have?
Although we have freedoms, we also have to be responsible for the choices we make using that freedom/agency. The gospel of Jesus Christ also gives us tremendous freedoms. For example, we know that when we obey the Word of Wisdom, our bodies have freedom from certain diseases, addictions and illnesses. However, if we are not careful and we don’t use our freedom or agency appropriately, we have consequences of our actions.
What are some of the freedoms the gospel gives to our lives?
1. What does Independence mean?
2. What are some examples of independence from the scriptures?
3. Name other ways the gospel give us independence.
US History Trivia:
What day did Congress vote for Independence in 1776? July 2
What day was the Declaration of Independence signed?
“The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival,” wrote John Adams to his wife Abigail on July 3, 1776.
The second U.S. president had the date wrong, but Heintze maintains that the U.S. really should observe July 2nd—the day Congress voted for independence—as Independence Day. (The signing of the Declaration of Independence didn’t begin until August and wasn’t complete until November.)
“They didn’t have the written document completed until the 4th,” Heintze said.
“When they took that document to the printer on July 4th, he printed that date on the top. And that was the broadside that was sent out to all of the new states and the generals in the field. It became widely circulated, and July 2nd was forgotten.”
What year was the 4th of July made a federal holiday? 1941
4th of July Color Word Searches
PURPOSE: You may have been born with the same eye color as your Mom, or you may have the same uneven toes as your Father.
We receive many physical traits of our parents and ancestors, but one thing that is unique for us to build and create on our own -- is our own testimonies.
SCRIPTURE: Helaman 5:12
SONG: "How Firm A Foundation"
LESSON: During the April 2009 General Conference, President Monson shared a story of the importance of building strong roads...
"In 1959, I met N. Eldon Tanner (1898–1982), who later would be a counselor to four Presidents of the Church. President Tanner was president of the Canada Calgary Stake. We discussed the cold Canadian winters, where temperatures can linger well below freezing and icy winds lower those temperatures even further.
I asked President Tanner why the roads in western Canada remained intact during such winters, showing little or no signs of cracking or breaking, while road surfaces in many areas where winters are less cold and less severe developed cracks and breaks and potholes.
Said he, “The answer is in the depth of the base of the paving materials. In order for them to remain strong and unbroken, it is necessary to go very deep with the foundation layers. When the foundations are not deep enough, the surfaces cannot withstand the extremes of weather."
President Monson suggested 3 Ways to Build A Strong Testimony:
2. Daily Scripture Study
1. How do these three things help us create a strong foundation?
2. What do you think would happen to our foundations if we started taking out one of these three things?
3. What are other ways in which to build a strong testimony?
ACTIVITY: LAWN TWISTER
This is a great activity for the Spring and Summer months when you just need to get the family outside!
All you need to have is a circle template with red, yellow, blue and green yard-friendly paint. Also, be sure to make a way for you to spin for which body part and color to use for each turn.
You should easily find a FREE Twister spinner app in the Playstore!
(Photo courtesy of GoodHousekeeping.com)
Purpose: We all have a unique identity and role. We learn in "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" that "Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose."
We also have unique gifts and talents (tools) that will help us in our lives, plus be able to help others around us.
Let us work harder to learn about, develop and honor our divine roles and use our heavenly gifts for good.
Scripture: Mosiah 4:15
Song: "I Am A Child of God"
Have you ever looked through all the tools in your Dad's or Grandpa's toolbox and wondered what in the world can all these tools possibly do? Have you ever wanted to create something or fix something that was broken, but didn't have the right tool to use?
As we celebrate Mother's Day and Father's Day during May and June, may we contemplate all the gifts and tools that come with these divine roles. (Divine means like-God)
Name 3 roles/jobs Mothers play in the family.
Name 3 roles/jobs Father's play in the family.
There are also many jobs, or roles, that each child plays in the family as well.
Likewise it is the same with our earthly family. We each have our own gifts, or tools, that we have been given to help others.
For example, Brother Stoddard loves riding bikes! He also is very willing to help others fix their broken bikes. He shared an example from when he was repairing a broken bike:
As I used the wrench to tighten a certain area of the bike, I looked at all the other tools that I have available to me. I have a air pump, pliers, screw driver and so on. However, I can't use a wrench to do the job of the air pump and the air pump can't do the job of the screw driver.
This doesn't mean that one tool is better than another. Each tool has a task or job that it can help out with specifically.
We have many spiritual and physical tools we have been given as well. We have gifts that others don't have and others have gifts that we don't have. Our Father in Heaven needs us to be willing to help each other out and use our gifts we've been given. If he didn't want us to help others, we would only have one tool in the toolbox.
But, because we are all different, we need to learn what our gifts and talents are, develop them throughout our life and be willing to use these gifts to help others. In this way, we are honoring the gifts He has blessed us with and perhaps, He'll put more tools in our toolbox.
1. What are some gifts/tools of those individuals in your family?
2. How can these tools help you today?
3. How can these tools help you become the kind of Mother or Father you want to be?
4. What are some ways we can honor our gifts/talents?
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Purpose: Personal revelation is when we receive guidance for our own lives. Growing up, our parents give us guidance (which means to direct or teach). They help us know that hot ovens can burn us, so we don't touch ourselves. They teach us to look both ways before crossing a street - their guidance comes from loving us. They want us to be protected and give us the correct directions to help us have that protection.
Personal revelation is when we seek our own understanding and guidance in the life. You are faced with many choices and need to learn to listen to how the Holy Ghost talks to YOU individually so that you can continue down good paths.
Scripture: Doctrine & Covenants 11:12-14
Hymn: "Let The Holy Spirit Guide"
The summer before starting 4th grade, my family moved from a very, very rural town in South Carolina to a much bigger town about 30 minutes outside of Atlanta Georgia. My father had moved to down to start his new career earlier and after school ended, my mother loaded my older brother, me and my baby brother into her car and headed to Georgia to join my dad.
The trip was going well until we came upon the "Spaghetti Junction" in Atlanta - a detail my Dad left out when giving my Mom directions. When this small town girl approached a string of roads going in every direction, it was too overwhelming for her. She pulled over and cried and cried. This was in the 80s, before cell phone, beepers or GPS navigational systems.
She was alone in a huge new town, three small children in her car and so many roads ahead of her, how would she know which one to take?
My mother was the greatest example of prayer. That is all we could do as we sat on the side of the highway. That is how we knew which road to take and have the courage to follow that answer as well.
Was my mother scared? Absolutely.
I remember the fear and tears streaming from her eyes as she pressed on the gas pedal and with courage continued on.
This is the same for all of us today. There are MANY paths in which our lives can take. How will you know which path is right for you?
Personal revelation is just that:
PERSONAL: just for YOU.
REVELATION: divine guidance, protection, inspiration
It wasn't to far down the road that she realized we were headed in the right direction. Our loving Heavenly Father is the same. There's not a path that He will lead us down that is wrong. If we seek to know which road to take - and take the courage to follow the RIGHT path - we will be blessed.
We have also been promised to know if a decision we've made is right or wrong.
The Holy Ghost speaks to each of us differently and in different ways. Learn how He speaks to you and have courage to act...
From President Monson's 4-minute General Conference address in April 2016; "May we ever choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong."
How to Receive Personal Revelation: Pray, Read Your Scriptures, Fast, Attend the temple, Act on Good thoughts, block out outside influences (phones, TV, social media, bad music, etc), Listen to the still small voice, ACT! These are some of the ingredients to help you learn how to receive revelation for yourself.
1. What is understanding personal revelation important?
2. How does or has the Holy Ghost taught you?
3. What personal revelation are you currently seeking? What ingredients are you missing in order to receive the revelation you're seeking?
4. What are the two different ways Elder Bednar describes receiving revelation in this video?
5. Name other thoughts that stood out to you during the video.
The next time you lose your cell phone, keys, homework, etc. - I challenge you to go to the Lord in sincere prayer to know where to look for the lost item(s). Pay attention to the thought(s) that come into your mind - even if it seems silly or even if you've already looked in those spots. It's vital you ACT on every thought.
Doing so, I am confident you will begin to learn the power of personal revelation!
Even though you may think Heavenly Father doesn't care where my keys are -- He does care, because it is important to YOU and you are the most important to Him!
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. What are some ways that we can improve our manners in regards to electronic devices and being at home or in public?
2. How do you see having better manners can help you with your interactions now and in your future?
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.
3. Get with 1-2 other families and have an Etiquette Night.
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: Twice each year we are able to gather as a world-wide church and listen to the prophet of the Lord and his Holy Apostles. In each conference session we are filled with knowledge, help and inspiration to make better choices, live better lives, be kinder people and to be true followers of Christ.
We have been taught to study the teachings of the church leaders often. They are indeed our living scriptures today.
We are likewise counseled to continually to study from the ancient prophets in the Holy Bible, Book of Mormon and of course, the latter-day revelations in the Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price.
The teachings and principles that we learn during conference help each of us in our day. How are we taking these teachings into our lives? Who are these men and women giving these talks?
General Conference: Click HERE to view talks from the current General Conference.
1– Take a few minutes and talk about some of the things that were taught in this past conference that stuck out to you.
Each session (including Relief Society General/Young Women meeting and the Priesthood session) are all available online.
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 2-3 goals that you want to improve on from something you learned during General Conference. Post these goals somewhere where you can see them every day.
Remember– it’s not a goal if it isn’t written down— it’s just a thought.
Personal Progress Idea:
General Conference Journal: Watch the General Women's session, plus all 4 sessions of General Conference (Saturday and Sunday). Keep a journal of notes from each of the talks - include at least 3 things that you learn from each speaker in your journal. The 10 hours of watching conference and keeping your journal will help you with your Knowledge project. Be sure to write about your testimony of General Conference as well.
Why do we have the Easter traditions that we all participate in year-after-year? Where did these traditions start and what do they symbolize?
For Family Home Evening tonight and this week, we are going to discuss and learn about the Easter Traditions in preparation for Easter weekend. We will also learn about the events of this important week of events that had been prophesied for thousands of years.
Opening Song: “I Believe in Christ” Hymn #134
For Little Ones: We suggest the very simple lesson for little ones in the nursery manual, Behold Your Little Ones. Here is the link for the Easter lesson.
Christ’s last week of His mortal ministry:Excerpts from Church leaders on the events of this last week.
Start the Sunday before Easter Sunday with this timeline. Use photos from the Gospel Art Kit as you discuss each day. You can do this throughout the week for better conversation and focus on the daily happenings or in one FHE lesson.
Palm Sunday~ Palm Sunday is the anniversary of that momentous occasion nearly two thousand years ago when Jesus of Nazareth, the very Son of God himself, began the ultimate declaration of his divinity and entered the holy city of Jerusalem as the promised Messiah that he was.
Riding on a young donkey in fulfillment of Zechariah’s ancient prophecy (see Zech. 9:9), he approached the temple on a path that the jubilant crowd lined for him with palm leaves, flowering branches, and some of their own garments, thus carpeting the way properly for the passing of a king. He was their king; these were his subjects. “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they shouted. “Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.” (Matt. 21:9.)
Of course, that path so lovingly lined was soon to lead to an upper room and then to Gethsemane. (“Jesus, The Very Thought of Thee”, President Howard W. Hunter, Ensign: May 1993)
Cleansing of the Temple (Monday)~
One of the first places that Jesus visited after entering Jerusalem was to go to the temple. When he arrived, he discovered that there were merchants who had set up and sold to those coming and going. Christ said to these as he cleansed the temple of them, "My house is the house of prayer; but you have made it a den of thieves." (Luke 19:46)
Passover & Last Supper (Tuesday)~
It began with the Paschal supper, or the Passover meal. Jesus made preparations for this meal in “a large upper room.” (Luke 22:12.) This Passover would officially close the requirement of animal sacrifices.
As Jesus and the Twelve Apostles entered the guest chamber in the upper room, the roasted lamb, unleavened cakes, bitter herbs, and dish with vinegar were prepared and ready.
Jesus presided at this meal. That was significant because as the One who took the place of the family patriarch, He made a last symbolic sacrifice in preparation for the real sacrifice that He later offered. He understood this; the Apostles did not. By celebrating the Passover feast, He gave His endorsement to all those similitude, signs, and tokens of the past millennia that had prefigured His great sacrifice.
Significant, too, is the fact that the Son of God commenced His earthly ministry with an ordinance—baptism—and ended His ministry with an ordinance—the sacrament. Both bore record of His death, burial, and resurrection. (“Remembering the Savior’s Atonement”, Elder David B. Haight, Ensign, April 1988)
Atonement & the Garden of Gethsemane (Thursday)~
For children: Garden of Gethsemane story
Elder James E. Talmage
“Christ’s agony in the garden is unfathomable by the finite mind, both as to intensity and cause. … It was not physical pain, nor mental anguish alone, that caused Him to suffer such torture as to produce an extrusion of blood from every pore; but a spiritual agony of soul such as only God was capable of experiencing. No other man, however great his powers of physical or mental endurance, could have suffered so; for his human organism would have succumbed, and syncope would have produced unconsciousness and welcome oblivion. In that hour of anguish Christ met and overcame all the horrors that Satan, ‘the prince of this world’ could inflict. …
“In some manner, actual and terribly real though to man incomprehensible, the Savior took upon Himself the burden of the sins of mankind from Adam to the end of the world” (Jesus the Christ, 613).
Calvary & The Crucifixion (Friday)~
Elder James E. Talmage
“It seems, that in addition to the fearful suffering incident to crucifixion, the agony of Gethsemane had recurred, intensified beyond human power to endure. In that bitterest hour the dying Christ was alone, alone in most terrible reality. That the supreme sacrifice of the Son might be consummated in all its fulness, the Father seems to have withdrawn the support of His immediate Presence, leaving to the Savior of men the glory of complete victory over the forces of sin and death. …
“The period of faintness, the conception of utter forsakenness soon passed, and the natural cravings of the body reasserted themselves. The maddening thirst, which constituted one of the worst of the crucifixion agonies, wrung from the Savior’s lips His one recorded utterance expressive of physical suffering. ‘I thirst’ [John 19:28], He said. One of those who stood by, whether Roman or Jew, disciple or skeptic, we are not told, hastily saturated a sponge with vinegar, a vessel of which was at hand, and having fastened the sponge to the end of a reed, or stalk of hyssop, pressed it to the Lord’s fevered lips. …
“Fully realizing that He was no longer forsaken, but that His atoning sacrifice had been accepted by the Father, and that His mission in the flesh had been carried to glorious consummation, He exclaimed in a loud voice of holy triumph: ‘It is finished’ [John 19:30]. In reverence, resignation, and relief, He addressed the Father saying: ‘Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit’ [Luke 23:46]. He bowed His head, and voluntarily gave up His life.
“Jesus the Christ was dead. His life had not been taken from Him except as He had willed to permit. Sweet and welcome as would have been the relief of death in any of the earlier stages of His suffering from Gethsemane to the cross, He lived until all things were accomplished as had been appointed” (Jesus the Christ, 661–62).
President Spencer W. Kimball (1895–1985)
“Only a God could bring about this miracle of resurrection. As a teacher of righteousness, Jesus could inspire souls to goodness; as a prophet, he could foreshadow the future; as an intelligent leader of men, he could organize a church; and as a possessor and magnifier of the priesthood, he could heal the sick, give sight to the blind, even raise other dead; but only as a God could he raise himself from the tomb, overcome death permanently, and bring incorruption in place of corruption, and replace mortality with immortality. …
“No human hands had been at work to remove the sealed door nor to resuscitate nor restore. No magician nor sorcerer had invaded the precincts to work his cures; not even the priesthood, exercised by another, had been brought in use to heal, but the God who had purposefully and intentionally laid down his life had, by the power of his godhead, taken up his life again. … The spirit which had been by him commended to his Father in Heaven from the cross, and which, according to his later reports, had been to the spirit world, had returned and, ignoring the impenetrable walls of the sepulcher, had entered the place, re-entered the body, had caused the stone door to be rolled away, and walked in life again, with his body changed to immortality, incorruptible—his every faculty keen and alert.
“Unexplainable? Yes! And not understandable—but incontestable. More than 500 unimpeachable witnesses had contact with him. They walked with him, talked with him, ate with him, felt the flesh of his body and saw the wounds in his side and feet and hands; discussed with him the program which had been common to them, and him; and, by many infallible proofs knew and testified that he was risen, and that that last and most dreaded enemy, death, had been overcome. …
“And so we bear testimony that the being who created the earth and its contents, who made numerous appearances upon the earth prior to his birth in Bethlehem, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is resurrected and immortal, and that this great boon of resurrection and immortality becomes now, through our Redeemer, the heritage of mankind” (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, ed. Edward L. Kimball , 17–18).
Easter Traditions Trivia~
The Easter Bunny is not a modern invention. The symbol originated with the pagan festival of Eastre. The goddess, Eastre, was worshiped by the Anglo-Saxons through her earthly symbol, the rabbit.
The Germans brought the symbol of the Easter rabbit to America. It was widely ignored by other Christians until shortly after the Civil War. In fact, Easter itself was not widely celebrated in America until after that time.
The Easter Egg
As with the Easter Bunny and the holiday itself, theEaster egg predates the Christian holiday of Easter. The exchange of eggs in the springtime is a custom that was centuries old when Easter was first celebrated by Christians.
From the earliest times, the egg was a symbol of rebirth in most cultures. Eggs were often wrapped in gold leaf or, if you were a peasant, colored brightly by boiling them with the leaves or petals of certain flowers.
Today, children hunt colored eggs and place them in Easter baskets along with the modern version of real Easter eggs — those made of plastic or chocolate candy.
1. Easter Egg Hunt:
Dye Easter eggs and have a Easter egg hunt. You can do one with just your family or plan and hold a neighborhood/ward primary Easter egg hunt!
2. Other Easter Activities:
7 Family Ideas and Activities for Focusing on Christ during Easter Week
Resurrection Rolls~ Servings: 12
Prep Time: 10 min (not including thaw time)
Bake Time: 15 min
Photo and recipe credits for Resurrection Rolls: RhodesBread.com.
EASTER BASKET CUPCAKES
1box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ yellow cake mix Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box1container Betty Crocker™ Whipped fluffy white frostingGreen-colored sour candy separated into stripsJelly beans or other desired candies
Purpose: As come to know and understand who we are, our background and heritage, each of us gains individual insight into who we are – and connects us to our heritage and past.
This lesson is to help promote discussions about family history, why it is important, how can we start our own history and learn about ourselves as well.
Hymn: “I Have A Family Tree” (click link to go to LDS.org and hear/play the song)
Scripture: Malachi 4: 5, 6
We know that we lived with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ before we came to earth. But, what is our heritage since being on earth? It all starts with knowing who we are and what better way to get to know ourselves than by getting to know our ancestors. We learn in the scripture (shared in this lesson) that our hearts can be turned to our ancestors. We can draw a close connection with those that have gone on before us a 100, 1,000 or even thousands of years before us. As we seek to know who they are and discover more about ourselves, our desire to help provide their temple work and unite our families eternally throughout all time will grow stronger.
1. Who can name the most family member's names?
2. Why is it important to know about our ancestors?
3. How does learning about our past help us in our lives today?
With your parents help, begin your own family history chart with one of two methods provided below. There is a FREE printable for a family tree chart for younger children and a video to explain how to do a chart online for tweens & teens! Parents, you can do yours online as well!
YOUTH TEMPLE CHALLENGE - CLICK HERE
Online Resources to Get Started on Your Family History:
4. Roots Magic
More Ideas for Youth:
Visit the Web site below for a list of great activities the youth can learn to do to help with appropriate Sabbath Day activities, mu
Youth Family History Activities
FREE Family History Printable Family Home Evening
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!