Monday, April 11, 2016

FHE: Family Councils

Today's family home evening idea from LDS Daily, focuses on family councils.
In General Conference last weekend, Elder M. Russell Ballard counseled families to hold a family council. He said, "When conducted with love and with Christlike attributes, [family councils] will counter the impact of modern technology that often distracts us from spending quality time with each other and also tends to bring evil right into our homes."

He mentioned different kinds of family councils and also clarified the difference between a family council and family home evening. He said, "Please remember that family councils are different from family home evening held on Mondays. Home evenings focus primarily on gospel instruction and family activities. Family councils, on the other hand, can be held on any day of the week, and they are primarily a meeting at which parents listen—to each other and to their children."

He promised, "A family council that is patterned after the councils in heaven, filled with Christlike love, and guided by the Lord’s Spirit will help us to protect our family from distractions that can steal our precious time together and protect us from the evils of the world... councils will give each family member a feeling of worth and importance; and most of all they will assist us to be more successful and happy in our precious relationships, within the walls of our homes."

You can read the rest of Elder Ballard's talk here. For more tips on holding family councils click here and here.

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