The scriptures can provide a wealth of simple and easy family home evening lessons.
The goal of FHE on DVD is to make your weekly family home evening a stress-free, beneficial experience. As President James E. Faust said, “It often takes a seemingly superhuman effort to get everyone together for family home evening. You may not always feel like praying when you finally do get together, but it will pay great dividends if you persevere.”
It is so true that taking the time to learning the Scripture with your family will bring endless benefits to each and every one of you, in the home, at Church, and in the world. In addition to the six fantastic and easy family home evening lessons we’ve prepared for you on DVD, we’ve taken the time to outline 10 additional easy FHE lessons after you watch the whole series! Our current FHE on DVD lessons are:
FHE on DVD’s Easy FHE Lessons
This lesson is about the joys and benefits of service and helping your neighbor. Ben and Mariah learn why being part of a strong family team is important as they work together and look forward to watching their favorite movie.
Love Thy Neighbor
In this Lesson, we learn the virtues of loving and serving thy neighbor. Ben, Mariah, and their dad discover just how fun service can be.
You can never speak enough on the power of prayer! Watch Ben as he turns to the Heavenly Father in a time of need, and relies on prayer to see him through.
We help make it fun for your children to learn about giving their tenth. Mariah learns the importance of paying her tithing when she makes money in a book sale.
Keeping the faith and staying strong in the Light of God is something we should never take for granted. Ben and Mariah learn that faith is like a seed you have to nurture for it to grow as they help their mom plant a garden.
In this FHE on DVD lesson, we learn the value of bravery and staying true to your beliefs. Ben breaks a bone in a skating accident but gains courage from the example of Joseph Smith.
10 Additional Easy Family Home Evening Lessons
“Take advantage of the great responsibility and opportunity that you have to teach your children, to rear them in the light of the gospel, to build faith in their hearts. Sit down with them and have family home evening. . . Let them feel of your love for the Lord. Let them hear you testify of the truth of this work. Let them partake of the good that comes from a father and a mother who seek to do the right thing.” Salt Lake Granger South Stake Conference, November 10, 2002.
The Scripture offers innumerable lessons perfect for family home evenings because each verse contains the wisdom of the Spirit and his Prophets. Sometimes it might even seem that there are too many excellent lesson ideas to choose from, and the prospect becomes overwhelming. To help make your life a little simpler so that you can leave Monday nights to the family learning in the light of the Heavenly Father, we at FHE on DVD have compiled a list of 10 additional easy family home evening lessons that you can’t get on DVD.
President Gordon B. Hinckley said, “Somehow forgiveness, with love and tolerance, accomplishes miracles that can happen in no other way.”
Forgiveness does not mean simply the forgiving of others, it means forgiving yourself as well. President Hinckley believes that forgiveness may be man’s greatest God-given virtue, and recommends that all families spend an evening reading and discussing the Parable of the Lost Sheep in Luke, chapter 15. How can this parable be applied to your family’s life right now?
Song: I Will Forgive
Refreshments: Pioneer sandwiches (bacon on hearty bread, spread with butter).
President Thomas S. Monson said, “Obedience is a hallmark of prophets; it has provided strength and knowledge to them throughout the ages. It is essential for us to realize that we, as well, are entitled to this source of strength and knowledge. It is readily available to each of us today as we obey God’s commandments.”
Obedience is not only a hallmark of prophets, it is a hallmark of a happy, healthy family strong with God’s love. Chapter 11 of Deuteronomy discusses the importance of following the Word of God. Is there a member of your family who especially needs God’s assistance with being obedient? On the other hand, is there an area relating to obedience where your family or family members excel?
Hymn: Keep the Commandments
Refreshments: Fruit pie prepared and baked from scratch as a family.
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28: 19-20
Every child of God’s is to be baptized, but do your younger children know why? Recount your experience getting baptized (have your older children do the same) and discuss what it means to both you and the Lord. Remember to read the Doctrines and Covenants on baptism.
Hymn: Come, Follow Me
Refreshments: Blue Jell-O with strawberries to represent the baptism pool.
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf said, “It might sound contrary to the wisdom of the world to suggest that one who is burdened with sorrow should give thanks to God. But those who set aside the bottle of bitterness and lift instead the goblet of gratitude can find a purifying drink of healing, peace, and understanding.”
When life is hard, it becomes more important than ever to be grateful for the gifts the Spirit has bestowed upon you. Have your family take turns talking about what they’re grateful for today. Encourage them to choose experiences that were difficult at the time (like getting in trouble, doing extra chores) but have truly blessed them.
Hymn: Count Your Blessings
Refreshments: Your favorite dessert (a special treat is always something to be grateful for!)
Elder Robert D. Hales says, “Some Latter-day Saints may feel that modesty is a tradition of the Church or that it has evolved from conservative, puritanical behavior. Modesty is not just cultural. Modesty is a gospel principle that applies to people of all cultures and ages. In fact, modesty is fundamental to being worthy of the Spirit. To be modest is to be humble, and being humble invites the Spirit to be with us.”
Modesty is not just a virtue for young women, nor is it limited to the clothes you choose to wear. Modesty is a way of carrying yourself and acting as a child of God in a way to make Him proud. Be humble and selfless in your actions, and you’re inviting the Spirit to walk beside you.
Hymn: With Humble Heart
Refreshments: A simple snack like homemade bread with butter or jam reinforces the idea of modesty.
“And that thou mayest more fully keep thyself unspotted from the world, thou shalt go to the house of prayer and offer up thy sacraments upon my holy day; For verily this is a day appointed unto you to rest from your labors, and to pay thy devotions unto the Most High.” Doctrines and Covenants 59:9-10
Sacrament is a fun and easy family home evening lesson because the Sabbath is a day the entire family can attend the service together. Recall the story of your first Sacrament with your family; how did it feel to partake in a millennia old tradition set down by Jesus Christ himself? Take turns reading aloud your favorite scriptures about the Sacrament with your family.
Refreshments: A “casual” Sacrament of grape juice and crackers.
Elder Richard G. Scott eloquently said, “[Testimony] is not emotion. It is the very essence of character woven from threads born of countless correct decisions. These choices are made with trusting faith in things that are believed and, at least initially, are not seen. A strong testimony gives peace, comfort, and assurance. It generates the conviction that as the teachings of the Savior are consistently obeyed, life will be beautiful, the future will be secure, and there will be capacity to overcome the challenges that cross our path. A testimony grows from understanding truth distilled from prayer and the pondering of scriptural doctrine. It is nurtured by living those truths with faith anchored in the secure confidence that the promised results will be obtained.”
Have your children given their first testimony? Have each member of your family write up a testimony to give there at home, or at Church during the next Fast and Testimony meeting. Read Scripture examples such as Moroni chapter 10 to delve deeper into the true meaning of testimony, and why it’s important to let the Lord flow through you as honesty.
Refreshments: Popcorn drizzled with melted peanut butter, mixed with M&M’s.
“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” Ephesians 4:29
Profanity and taking the Lords name in vain are unflattering, disgusting, and unholy trends so terribly common in the world today. Because popular television and music are filled with curses, many young people believe it’s alright to use those bad words. Remind your children that even if they don’t curse in front of you, God can hear them everywhere. Would Jesus curse his Father? Surely not!
Ask your children why the Spirit is offended by such language, and remind them to choose their friends wisely, as corruption can come in small, seemingly harmless forms.
Refreshments: Rice Krispies Treats decorated with icing to look like speech bubbles.
9. Family History
Sister Wendy Watson Nelson believes “Family history work will bring miracles to your life and to the lives of those you love.”
Learning about your family’s history is not only interesting, it allows you to perform gospel ordinances on your ancestor’s behalf and bless them. It is important to learn about your genealogy, and can be fun to trace physical or personality traits down through generations. If in your family your children have passed-down names, have them trace back to the first of their name. If not, another interesting activity is to search for the history of your last name. What does it mean, where did it come from?
Hymn: We Love Thy House, O God
Refreshment: Sugar cookies cut out in the shape of houses and hearts.
President James E. Faust says, “I wish to speak to you frankly about being honest. Honesty is a moral compass to guide us in our lives. You young men are under great pressure to learn the technology that is expanding and will continue to expand so rapidly. However, the tremendous push to excel in secular learning sometimes tempts people to compromise that which is more important—their honesty and integrity.”
Have each member of your family admit to a time where they were not completely honest. Discuss why they made the decision to lie, and how it made them feel knowing they had disappointed and betrayed the word of God. Then, discuss times where you were honest even though it hurt or was hard. Remind everyone that the Doctrines and Covenants state over and over again how honesty is the only true way to communicate if you want the Lord’s blessing.
Hymn: Choose the Right
Refreshments: Homemade ice cream or ice tray popsicles.
Hopefully, these easy family home evening lessons will inspire you to stay strong and consistent with your family home evenings!