Family Home Evening on The First Presidency Message: The Prayer of Faith

For tonight's Family Home Evening the topic in which I have chosen is: 

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 there are resources available in helping to make your Family Home Evenings successful, here is a link to that site on Family Home Evenings.

Further preparation: Read The First Presidency Message for October 2014: The Prayer of Faith

Sing: "
A Child's Prayer", Children's Song Book Pg 12

Have a member of the family member say the prayer

Discuss any family business

Follow-up with last weeks FHE.

Scripture: Read: Moroni 10:4-5

Family Home Evening Instruction:
Begin Family Home Evening by showing your family members a phone or other form of communication.  Ask your family what the phone is used for?  Explain that we communicate with someone by using a phone.  What are some other ways we can communicate with others that might live far away from us? (e-mail, letters, etc.)  Explain that we have someone that loves us very much and desire that we communicate with him daily. Explain that our Heavenly Father has given us prayer as a way to communicate with him.

Ask your family if when they speak with someone on the phone if there is only one person who speaks, or do both people speak to each other?  Explain that, "Prayer is more than words we speak to God. It is a two-way communication between God and His children." (President Henry B. Eyring, The Prayer of Faith). Our Heavenly Father not only listens as we pray to him, but he also answers us.

Show the Prayer to work in our lives poster (see printable): Read this quote: "For prayer to work in our lives, the rules are simple. We must ask to know what is true by praying to the Father in the name of Jesus Christ. We must ask with a sincere heart, which means we must have an honest intent to do whatever God’s answer requires of us. And our real intent must spring from our faith in Jesus Christ." (President Henry B. Eyring, The Prayer of Faith). Go over each of the "rules" with your family.

Invite your family members to strive to enrich their communication with their Heavenly Father. Explain that this could include preparing spiritually for our prayer before we pray, thinking about what we are grateful for and the things we desire to ask of our Father, before we pray. We can pay closer attention to the Holy Ghost, the thoughts and feelings we receive as we pray. 

Cup Phones: Using two cups connected together with a piece of yarn. Invite family members to take turns talking, listening and answering each other using the cup phones.  An idea would be that one family member would say to the other, "What are you grateful for?" the other would respond, "I am grateful for..... What are you grateful for?" Then the other family member would give their answer. 

Invite family members to bear their testimonies about Prayer.

Close with a Family Prayer.

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