The leaders of my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, encourage us to set aside each Monday night to spend with our families. It’s called ‘Family Home Evening’ of ‘Family Night’. We often study the scriptures, pray, sing songs and have fun. The purpose of the practice is to strengthen family relationships and learn more about the word of God. It’s an activity that any family can do, no matter what church they belong to. My husband and I have found that even though it is sometimes challenging, and usually one of our kids gets upset about something during the activity, it has helped us become closer as a family in the long run.
We each take turns with certain jobs or responsibilities. Many families have more of these jobs and some have fewer. The list of jobs we have seem to work well: lesson, conducting, game, scripture and family history story.
Daniel decided that it would be easier to keep track of the jobs if we had an assignment board. He found a creative way to make it. He painted a board that we already had, put hooks in the board and hung plastic rectangles with holes onto the board which he then labeled with our different jobs.
When I’m tempted to skip our Family Home Evening, I remember how it blesses my family.
In 1915, Joseph F. Smith, then the prophet of our church, promised this to those who regularly held Family Home Evenings:
We advise and urge the inauguration of a Home Evening throughout the Church, at which time fathers and mothers may gather their boys and girls about them in the home, and teach them the words of God … 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.