Monday, October 3, 2016

HOW TO USE GENERAL CONFERENCE TALKS FOR FAMILY HOME EVENING


Are your family home evenings lacking? In this Ensign article from June 2015, entitled, "Serving Up General Conference for Family Home Evening," one sister describes how the prompting to use conference talks has blessed her family and improved her family home evenings.

"I knew I needed to give the idea of using talks for family home evening at least a try... At our house, family home evening lessons usually last less than 10 minutes... First we find information about the particular General Authority or general officer giving the talk. The Church website has biographies for all these leaders, and we’ve also used Google to find background information about their home countries or anything else mentioned in their talks. Then we discuss the content of the talk, possibly do some kind of activity, and watch the last few minutes of the talk to hear the speaker’s conclusion and testimony. 
"Sometimes we have been pretty elaborate with our activities. Once we used material about Zimbabwe from the Friend to cook traditional food, read about a child from that country, and play a native game before studying a talk given by Elder Edward Dube of the Seventy. Sometimes we have kept things simple, such as when we studied “The Strength to Endure” by Elder Richard J. Maynes of the Presidency of the Seventy and did some strength challenges in the backyard to learn about building our physical muscles. We’ve often found other resources online, such as when we studied “Ye Are No More Strangers” by Bishop Gérald Caussé... and watched the Mormon Messages video about bullying.
"I had a few goals for this experiment: help our family study recent general conference talks; focus our family home evening lessons more on gospel topics; and become familiar with the different General Authorities and general officers of the Church. We’ve had some great discussions about gospel topics, and I’ve realized that my children know more than I have given them credit for. Most important, I feel strengthened by the fact that I took on something that seemed challenging and stuck with it."

Through the prophet and apostles, the Lord has proclaimed the promise of family home evening: "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." 

We hope you are inspired by this sister's creative ideas to help you improve your own family home evenings! Click here for the rest of her story. Click here for summaries of the October 2016 General Conference talks. 

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