Monday, March 3, 2014

Monday's Matter: Let Us Oft Speak Kind Words

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

In our family we LOVE to sing.  We sing funny songs, silly songs, fake-opera-voiced songs, show tunes, we sings songs about baseball and Australia (my favorite is Home Among the Gum Trees because of the fun bird noises) and songs about the Savior.

Sometimes we even sound good!  Last FHE we began by singing Abide With Me; 'Tis Eventide.  I was in the kitchen cooking and hubby was working in the living room.  We sounded so good that he stopped what he was doing and came into the kitchen with a big smile on his face as we harmonized through the 2nd and 3rd verses!

There are a lot of things in this world that can make us feel good.  Music is one of those things and so is the language we choose to use. The way we communicate with those around us speaks volumes about us. Tonight's lesson is all about communication.  The good, the bad and the just plain ugly.

Read and Discuss:

Pres. Gordon B. Hinckley said, "Don’t swear...Stay away from conversation that is sprinkled with foul and filthy words. You will be happier if you do so, and your example will give strength to others."

Ephesians 4:29 - Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good.

“Let us have the courage to defy the consensus, the courage to stand for principle. Courage, not compromise, brings the smile of God’s approval. Courage becomes a living and an attractive virtue when it is regarded not only as a willingness to die manfully, but also as a determination to live decently. A moral coward is one who is afraid to do what he thinks is right because others will disapprove or laugh. Remember that all men have their fears, but those who face their fears with dignity have courage as well.” 
( “The Call for Courage,” Ensign, May 2004, 55–56.)

Make a verbal list of all the ways we communicate with those around us.
What are some ways we can improve our communication with those around us (shout it out!)?

Activity: Play One or All 

Springtime Charades! (Or Pictionary)  Just print the word list (or make a list of your own), cut out word strips and place into a bowl.  Divide into teams and let the fun begin!  Act out the words (or draw pictures of them) trying to get your team to guess them.  Here is a list of Springtime Words from The Game

Catch Phrase!  You can pick up this gem at Target stores, it is a team game as well.  Super fun!  You use words to describe the "catch phrase" on the game disc, when it is guessed pass it to the next player.

Singing Bee!  Have a Singing Bee.  Check out this Singing Bee link that explains just how to do it.

At our house we LOVE games!  They are a great way to spend time together for Family Home Evening.

No comments: