How Living the Gospel Blesses our Families (September 2014 Primary Theme)
Preparation: I hope and pray that you can use these ideas as a guideline and adjust them to the needs of your own specific family. Our prophet President Monson says, "We cannot afford to neglect this heaven-inspired program. It can bring spiritual growth to each member of the family, helping him or her to withstand the temptations which are everywhere. The lessons learned in the home are those that last the longest." On Lds.org there are resources available in helping to make your Family Home Evenings successful, here is a link to that site on Family Home Evenings.
Sing: "I Will Be Valiant" , Children's Song Book Pg 162
Have a member of the family member say the prayer
Discuss any family business
Follow-up with last weeks FHE.
Scripture: Read: Alma 53:20-21
Family Home Evening Instruction:
Place the "My Gospel Standards Cards" face down on the floor. Create a line of some sorts 5 feet or so away from the cards. Invite a family member to toss a bean bag or a lid from a bottle/container onto one of the cards. Have them pick that card up and read what the card says (assist little kids that can not read). Ask how we can live the standard each day and then ask how living the standard blesses our family. Continue inviting members of the family to toss the lid or bean bag onto the cards and ask the questions until all cards have been discussed.
Read this quote:
Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin (1917–2008) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “Faithful members of the Church should be like oak trees and should extend deep roots into the fertile soil of the fundamental principles of the gospel. We should understand and live by the simple, basic truths and not complicate them. Our foundations should be solid and deep-rooted so we can withstand the winds of temptation, false doctrine, adversity, and the onslaught of the adversary without being swayed or uprooted. …
“Spiritual nourishment is just as important as a balanced diet to keep us strong and healthy. We nourish ourselves spiritually by partaking of the sacrament weekly, reading the scriptures daily, praying daily in personal and family prayer, and performing temple work regularly. Our spiritual strengths are like batteries; they need to be charged and frequently recharged” (“Deep Roots,” Ensign, Nov. 1994, 75).
Give each member of the family the "Recharging My Spiritual Strength" printable. Invite each family member to write some things they can do each day to recharge themselves spiritually.
Read this quote:
Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “We must live the gospel in such a way that we will have the Spirit to ever be with us. If we live worthily, the Spirit will always be with us. We can then teach by the Spirit. … The reason we pray, study the scriptures, have good friends, and live the gospel through obedience to the commandments is so that when—not if, but when—the trials come, we are ready” (“Teaching by Faith,” Liahona, Sept. 2003, 10, 14–15; Ensign, Sept. 2003, 20, 24–25).
Invite family members to bear their testimonies about the importance living the gospel each day so our families can be blessed and so we can be prepared to face the trials of life.
Close with a Family Prayer.