Our church has this program we call Family Home Evening. President Gordon B. Hinckley explained it this way:
“We have a family home evening program once a week across the Church in which parents sit down with their children. They study the scriptures. They talk about family problems. They plan family activities and things of that kind. I don’t hesitate to say if every family in the world practiced that one thing, you’d see a very great difference in the solidarity of the families of the world (interview, Boston Globe, 14 Aug. 200).
So Family Home Evening is supposed to be every Monday night. It has been this way since 1915. No Latter-day Saint congregation anywhere on the planet plans church activities on Monday nights, because Mondays are family night. The church is so dedicated to this program of family night that BYU students are even grouped into “families” within their congregations, and they are supposed to meet together on Mondays for Family Home Evening.
In a meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland on Sept. 11, 2002, President Hinckley said, “What is the great strength of [this] Church? . . . It is the emphasis which we place on families . . . Keep your families close together and love and honor your children.”
We aren’t as consistent as I’d like to be about holding our Family Home Evenings. One of our children is very, very good about reminding us and guilting us if we don’t have it, but her idea of FHE is that we all just sit down and play a board game. She loves board games. The problem there, of course, is that we have a wide variety of ages in our family and the younger three children really aren’t quite ready to play Bananagrams, Scrabble, Apples to Apples, or any of her other favorites. It is one of the downsides to having so many children.
So tonight for FHE I think we are going to spend some time brainstorming activities that we could all enjoy and planning the upcoming holiday season before it hits.
In the meantime, what suggestions do you have for activities that would interest a family with children ranging in ages from 2.5 to 12? Please keep in mind we live in the middle of nowhere and it takes us close to an hour to get anywhere.
And George, if you’re out there, Tewt the Newt misses the sun.
To read the article on Family Home Evening from which the above quotes were pulled, click here.