Six tips for a meaningful family night

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints set aside time each week, usually on Monday evenings, to hold family night. We call it Family Home Evening, or FHE for short. We have four boys in a tiny house, so you can imagine that things don’t always go perfectly.

As parents, some weeks we’re more organized than others, and FHE feels like this:

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Truth be told, there are other weeks when it’s more like this.

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The important thing, however, is consistency. Our boys now expect it in one form or another, and it really does bless our home when we do the best we can. We have made some great memories over the years at FHE. Ultimately, it gives us an opportunity to connect and focus on the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Here are six steps for planning a great family night (shared from lds.org)

  • Start and end with prayer. This invites the Spirit, increases love, and teaches your family how to pray.
  • Learn from the scriptures and the words of the prophets to help your family live the gospel.
  • Add music, such as hymns, to create an atmosphere of love, peace, and joy.
  • Make it fun by playing games, acting out scripture stories, and making treats. Keep the atmosphere light and loving.
  • Be consistent. Monday nights are set aside by the Church for family home evening. If that doesn’t work, find a night that does.
  • Add variety. Help a neighbor in need, hold a lesson at the park, or go for a walk as a family.

While these things won’t guarantee a “heaven-like” experience every single time, I know they are things that make a difference in our own home. If family night is new to your family, pick a few things to try and add more as you get the hang of it. Again, consistency is they key, and you’ll be blessed for trying.

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5 thoughts on “Six tips for a meaningful family night

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  2. Sometimes we have “Family Home Walkings” or “Family Home Eating” or Family Home Outings” or “Family Home Wrestling” either way, we really try to follow all six of the steps you recommend. I think the consistent one is most important. Thanks for sharing.

    • FrancineStark,
      You’re right, it doesn’t matter what we call it, but so long as it’s together time and consistent it’s good. We even had nights where we had to call it “the fighting match that starts and ends with prayer.” 🙂

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