There are three simple words have changed my family and my life: Family. Home. Evening.
I have grown up in a family where we hold Family Home Evening (F.H.E.) every Monday night. This is a very important night of the week for us. In my family, we start F.H.E. with a prayer and that invites the spirit in. We then have a spiritual lesson from one of my family members and that really brings the family together. The next part of family night is the activity – the fun part! We either play tennis, golf, swim, basketball, bowl, horseback ride, play board games, etc. After the activity we end with a prayer. It’s a very simple practice, but simple does not always mean it’s easy to commit to spending this dedicated time together.
Family Home Evening is a very simple practice, but simple does not always mean it’s easy to commit to spending this dedicated time together.We all get so busy with school, work, sports, and friends that we don’t see our families very much, and that’s where family night helps bring the family together. I think God gave us the F.H.E. to help us spend time together so we can bond spiritually to each other. Elder David A. Bednar once said, “Each family home evening is a brushstroke on the canvas of our souls.” This program is not only a blessing to our family but to us personally, because it’s a time to share feelings, thoughts, ideas, and testimonies. It’s also great to hear and share the gospel of Jesus Christ together. Family home evening is really important!
I know from personal experience that F.H.E. strengthens family ties. No doubt about it! I’ve noticed there is greater peace and love in my home. You’ll notice it in your home, too. It only takes one night a week out of your time. I encourage every family to make time for this important night. Family is the most important unit in society and to God. President Thomas S. Monson said, “We cannot afford to neglect this heaven-inspired program. It can bring spiritual growth to each member of the family, helping him or her to withstand the temptations which are everywhere. The lessons learned in the home are those that last the longest.”
You can learn more about how to plan a Family Home Evening for your family here.