FHE: The Fun is in the Planning
By: Trent Toon
Imagine blindfolded children clinging to an extension cord, passing various living room obstacles on their epic journey to plastic plant and a bag of apples, the homespun version of Lehi's dream of the tree of life.
Imagine the cluttered kitchen table transforming into a formal restaurant where parental waiters teach children about dinner etiquette and manners.
Imagine using random materials to construct a small makeshift goal post so your family can fine-tune their milk carton field goal kicking skills.
That is just the tip of the family home evening iceberg for bonding activities.
"The Family: A Proclamation to the World" recommends "wholesome activities" as one of many ways families can establish happiness and unity in the home.
The fun is in the planning of those wholesome activities.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provides a plethora of ideas on its website. The best part is they don't require tons of funds, just imagination and execution.
In the family home evening manual, one mother said she wouldn't trade her childhood FHE memories for anything. Those cherished memories continue to inspire her in her own family.
"I am determined to do all I can to plan activities for my family that will bring the Lord's Spirit into our home the way the Spirit filled the home of my parents. I want my children to have the great blessing of having the memories that are so dear to me."
So when your family is busy making objects from the scriptures with random household items or learning basic first aid skills, you can recall the 1974 words of President Ezra Taft Benson: "Thank God for the joys of family life. I have often said there can be no genuine happiness separate and apart from a good home. The sweetest influences and associations of life are there."
Scripture of the Day: Alma 26:27