Welcome everyone to Family Night
Sing: "Let Us Oft Speak Kind Words" Hymnal pg 232
Have a member of the family member say the prayer
Discuss any family business
Scripture: “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.” (Ex. 20:7.)
Watch the conference talk by Ted E. Brewerton, titled, "Profanity and Swearing". This is an amazing talk on the subject.
Read "Josh and the Dragon" by: Lauri Walker. Talk about how Josh felt like he was the protector of his brother and sister and that he did not want them to hear the bad words. Talk about how each of us can stand up to swearing and profanity and protect others from it as well.
Show them the Speak Reverently Free Printable.
Have a family member place the word strip "Heavenly Father" on the heart. Say the name "Heavenly Father" reverently. Next, place the word strip "Jesus Christ" on the heart. Say the name "Jesus Christ" reverently. Explain that we should only use these names in a reverent manner and with love. They should not be used in anger or in a joking matter.
Show the Garbage Mouth free printable.
(I love the quote on this. I have had it since I was a young women and have kept it on my mirror.)
Read the quote. Explain that when we use swear words or crude words we are not keeping Heavenly Father's commandments. We need to find other ways and words to express our emotions. Have some little papers cut up prior to family home evening. Talk about what kind of word we should not say. Have each family member write on a piece of paper what kind of word we should not say. Examples: Mean words, hurtful words, words out of anger, hate, etc. I would probably suggest that you do not have them actually write the swear words. Then have them think about words they should say in their place. Have each family member write the replacement word on another piece of paper. Take the words we should not say crumble them up and through them in the garbage (you could use an actual garbage, a small container or this printable, cutting a hole in the top)
Read "Sometimes I feel like swearing. Is it really so bad?" by: L. Tom Perry
Talk about the ways we can overcome using bad language.
Close with a Family Prayer.
Garbage Bag Treat Mix (aka Muddie Buddies) recipe can be found on Betty Crocker's Website
9 cups of
1 cup of semisweet Chocolate chips
1/2 cup of
1/4 cup of butter
1 teaspoon of Vanilla
1 1/2 cups of
1. measure out the cereal and set it aside
2. In a 1-quart microwavable bowl microwave the chocolate chip, the peanut butter. and the butter for about 30 seconds or longer, until you can stir it smooth. Then Stir in the vanilla. Pour the mixture over the cereal and stir it in until all the cereal is evenly coated. Pour into 2-gallon plastic bag.
3. Add powdered sugar. Seal the bag, and then shake it until all the cereal is coated with it. Spread it out onto waxed paper to cool, then put it in an airtight container to cool.