The Family That Plays Together: Family Home Evening

Family Home Evening (FHE) is a day set aside each week to spend time with our family. The LDS Church encourages us to spend Monday nights as a family, but any day you set aside as family time will work just fine for family night. We all know that families that play together, will stay together. The more time we spend together as a family, the more likely we are to create strong bonds, to confide in each other, and to help one another through the storms of life. President Thomas S. Monson has said, “We cannot afford to neglect this heaven-inspired program. The lessons learned in the home are those that last the longest.”

What is Family Home Evening?

Family Home Evening is a time to get together with your family (usually held on Monday nights) to learn more about the gospel and to have a fun time together. Most families start with a prayer, have a short lesson, continue with an activity, and then enjoy a treat together. It’s a special time set aside each week for family, no matter what you choose to do. FHE brings family together and strengthens their love for each other. Weekly FHE will also help the family to grow closer to Heavenly Father and encourage each other to make good decision in life.

Making Family Home Evening Work

Sometimes, even your best efforts can seem futile. I remember plenty of FHEs as a child where my mother ended up in tears because we kids weren’t listening or we sat there and complained about “being with the family.” You will have those days, despite your best efforts. But the important thing to do when it comes to FHE is to keep doing it. Consistency is key. When your children are adults, they may not remember the specific lessons or the treats, but they will remember that you cared enough to keep trying and to keep holding FHE. Your example to be obedient to the prophet’s counsel may be the best lesson you could ever teach your children.

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