Reading through some of the great family home evening quotes provided by church leaders is one way to remind yourself of the importance of a family night.
The concept behind family home evening has existed since Biblical times, and parents instructing their children on the Word of God has been underscored again and again in the Scriptures. In Proverbs 22:6, we are told, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
This promise was echoed by President Joseph F. Smith in 1915 when he said, “We advise and urge the inauguration of a Home Evening throughout the Church, at which time fathers and mothers may gather their boys and girls about them in the home, and teach them the words of God … If the Saints obey this counsel, we promise that great blessings will result. Love at home and obedience to parents will increase, faith will be developed in the hearts of the youth of Israel, and they will gain power to combat the evil influences and temptations which beset them.”
The leaders and Prophets of the Church of Latter-Day Saints have always known the value of spirituality reinforced with familial love. Their wisdom has resounded throughout the years, sharing hope and knowledge with LDS families all over the globe. We at FHE on DVD have gathered some of the most inspiring, motivating family home evening quotes and FHE themed scriptures here for your reading pleasure, and to remind you of the importance and value of spending that one special night with your family every week.
Quotes on the Basic Tenants of Family Home Evening
“To this end, we advise and urge the inauguration of a “home evening” throughout the Church, at which time fathers and mothers may gather their boys and girls about them in the home and teach them the word of the Lord. They may thus learn more fully the needs and requirements of their families, at the same time familiarizing themselves and their children more thoroughly with the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This home evening should be devoted to prayer, singing hymns, songs, instrumental music, scripture reading, family topics, and specific instruction on the principles of the gospel and on the ethical problems of life, as well as the duties and obligations of children to parents, the home, the Church, society, and the nation. For the smaller children, appropriate recitations, songs, stories, and games may be introduced. Light refreshments of such a nature as may be largely prepared in the home might be served. Formality and stiffness should be studiously avoided, and all the family should participate in the exercises.” First Presidency, 1915
“If eight things were present, we’d have a quality family home evening: a lesson, scripture reading, music, stories, an activity, prayers, refreshments, and a relaxed atmosphere with no criticism.” President Spencer W. Kimball, 1982
Quotes on Family Unity
“The importance of family unity – love and consideration for one another in the family – cannot be overemphasized. Spiritual solidarity in family relationships is the sure foundation upon which the Church and society itself will flourish. This fact is well known and appreciated by the adversary, and as never before, he is using every clever device, influence, and power within his control to undermine and destroy this eternal institution. Only the gospel of Jesus Christ applied in family relationships will thwart this devilish destructiveness.” Joseph Fielding Smith, 1970
“As a youth, and with my wife and children in our own home, I remember our beloved family activities. Heaven was in our home. When each person did something, whether it was sing a song, lead a game, recite an article of faith, tell a story, share a talent, or perform an assignment, there was growth and good feeling.” President Spencer W. Kimball, 1982
Quotes on Young Couples and Family Home Evening
“Couples whose children are grown can receive strength by setting aside one night a week to be with each other and engage in activities of an eternal importance. Young couples awaiting the joy of their own family can be drawn ever closer together by having regular home evenings. In so doing, they prepare for the great challenges of parenthood.” Joseph Fielding Smith, 1971
“We build deep and loving family relationships by doing simple things together, like family dinner and family home evening and by just having fun together. In family relationships love is really spelled t-i-m-e, time. Taking time for each other is the key for harmony at home.” Dieter F. Uchtdorf, 2010
Family Home Evening Quotes on Consistency and Frequency
“Strong eternal families and Spirit-filled homes do not just happen. They take great effort, they take time, and they take each member of the family doing his or her part.” Cheryl A. Esplin, 2015
“We cannot impress too much the importance of having family home evenings once a week . . . that you may be rewarded by a fulfillment of the promise that if fathers and mothers will discharge this responsibility, not one in a hundred of your family, as has been said by the leaders who have preceded us, would ever go astray.” Spencer W. Kimball, 1974
“And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” Deuteronomy 11:19
“I wonder if having casual and infrequent family home evening will be enough in the future to fortify our children with sufficient moral strength. In the future, infrequent family scripture study may be inadequate to arm our children with the virtue necessary to withstand the moral decay of the environment in which they will live. Where in the world will the children learn chastity, integrity, honesty, and basic human decency if not at home? These values will, of course, be reinforced at church, but parental teaching is more constant.” Elder James E. Faust, 1990
Quotes on the Benefits of Family Home Evening
“Every time we mentor a newly baptized sister or befriend a wandering soul without judging her or invite a nonmember family to home evening or give a Book of Mormon to a colleague or lead a family to the temple or stand up for modesty and motherhood or invite the missionaries into our homes or help someone discover the power of the word, we build the kingdom of God.” Sheri L. Dew, 2000
“If the Saints obey this counsel, we promise that great blessings will result. Love at home and obedience to parents will increase. Faith will be developed in the hearts of the youth of Israel, and they will gain power to combat the evil influences and temptations which beset them.” The First Presidency, 1915
“We felt awkward… We tried to sing and couldn’t sing. We laughed at one another. It was crazy. But out of it came something. We read the scriptures. We talked together about the things of life. My father was a wonderful teacher. My mother was a wonderful teacher. We gained so much. I cannot look back without expressing the deepest gratitude for what they did for us.” Gordon B. Hinckley, 2003
What Are Your Favorite Family Home Evening Quotes?
These are just some of the many beautiful and heart-warming quotes from our Prophets and Leaders throughout the ages describing to us the joys and virtues of holding a weekly family home evening. They know, as we at FHE on DVD do, that putting an entire evening aside for study and worship can seem like a difficult and impossible task. But, we have also learned from our leaders and personal experiences that it is a terribly important God-given task. As parents, we have the ultimate responsibility when raising our children to walk in the light of the Holy Spirit, and we shouldn’t shirk this responsibility because we’re too busy or tired. It is a small action with infinitely huge results that will strengthen faith and love in your family for generations to come.