Video Series: The Church at a Glance

In a new series of brief videos, Mormons from around the world explain more about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and what its members believe. The complete series of videos are posted on the “Video Series” page. Topics range from church history and organization to humanitarian efforts and family life.

See the Church at a glance with this first video in the series.

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.