Monday, March 17, 2014

Monday's Matter: Don't Drop The Ball

At our home and millions of others around the globe, Monday nights are set aside for family.  A Family Home Evening!!

Is there any reason our Family Home Evenings shouldn't be something to look forward to?  Something fun and worthwhile?  Something that everyone is excited about?  I say unto you, that is exactly what Family Home Evenings are about!  Having memorable and fun experiences with our families, strengthening our testimonies of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and fortifying our relationships with each other is what it is all about.  So join in!  It doesn't have to be a perfect "lesson" to be successful, it just has to BE.

"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.”  
-Pres. Thomas S. Monson

Read and Discuss:
This is an excerpt from an article in Meridian Magazine that I found online:
"... in a very small branch in Ankara, Turkey, a woman came to church who had clearly just smoked a cigarette only moments before. She still smelled strongly of the smoke and people noticed--though they tried not to react. It was testimony meeting that day and she got up and said something he never forgot. "I know you all smelled the smoke on me when I came into church today, but you know if every sin had an odor, the church would be a pretty stinky place." 
We are all always struggling to overcome our weaknesses and become more devoted disciples of Jesus Christ.
So this is a plea. Can we refrain from judging each other as to whether we are good members or not? Can we give each other the benefit of the doubt? Can we act with charity in our comments? Can our hearts expand to include people whose ideas and inclinations may not match our own?
The Adversary would have us scattered and divided. He would love us to make camps and forge little wars against each other. Let's not play his game or fall for his tactics.
This is a favorite scripture of mine which seems to suit the situation. "I say unto you, be one; and if ye are not one ye are not mine. (D&C 38:27)""

Activity:

Start a WHAT I LOVE ABOUT YOU JOURNAL!  It is as easy as  writing down the names of your family members in it on different pages (leave a a gap of a few pages in between each person, because you will need room to write over the next few months).  Then write down things you love about them.  To start it out you can pass it around or you can have a scribe write in it for each person.

Fill in the blank..."Do you know what I love about you?  I love_________________!"

Then each FHE you can pull out the journal and ask each family member to contribute, if you have a large family you may want to focus on just one member at a time each week.  If you family is small, like ours, you may want to just leave the journal out and each contribute on your own.

It will give you something to look back on and remember all of the wonderful reasons why you love someone.

You can "love" the meal they cooked or love the way they say something a certain way, you can "love" the color of their eyes or their fashion style.  The possibilities are as endless as your love for your family!

I think it is more fun to limit the thing you "love" to something from that day, so you can reflect on the day and see what they did that made it special.

And y'all know our FHE would not be complete without a game.  Let's PLAY BALL!! Whiffle Ball!!





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