Family Home Evening When You’re Single

Being single in the LDS church doesn’t mean you can’t hold your own Family Home Evening (FHE). Whether you have never been married, are newly single, or have long since lost your eternal companion, you can still find joy in holding weekly FHEs. Finding the right activities for FHE can be a bit tricky without little kids around, but with a little creativity you’ll soon be on your way to holding a fun weekly FHE of your own.

Find a Group of Other Singles

Chances are there are a lot of other single people around you. Find those in your ward and neighborhood who are in the same situation and form a Family Home Evening group. Get together for dinner, to go bowling, or watch movies. You could have a game night or just gather to eat treats and chat. Trade off with each other on planning activities. Pretty soon, you’ll have a group of friends, as well as some company on Monday nights.

Study Gospel Topics

If you aren’t really into getting together with a group of people, but still want to obey the counsel to hold regular FHE, you could set aside a night to study Gospel topics. Pick up the newest Ensign, choose a chapter in the Book of Mormon to study, or read a church-related book. Take an hour or two, turn off the TV, and just relish the quiet solitude that comes from thinking and pondering about sacred subjects.

Connect with Family

Just because your family doesn’t live in your home with you, doesn’t mean you don’t have family. Spend your FHE connecting with your family members. Send an email to a nephew, call your mom, or write a note to grandma. You could even do some family genealogy. Search for records or find a family story that is inspiring.

Whether single, married, living alone, or living with small children, Family Home Evening is for everyone. Choose one night out of the week that works for you and your schedule and spend some time reconnecting with your spiritual self. You’ll soon be enjoying the benefits and blessings that come from participating in FHE, no matter your station in life.

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.