Monday, May 4, 2015

Monday's Matter FHE: Together We Are Unbreakable

At our home, and millions of others around the globe, Monday nights are reserved for family.  A Family Home Evening (FHE)!

Last week marked the 100th Anniversary of the institution of Family Home Evening, introduced April 27th 1915 by President Joseph F. Smith!!

President Joseph F. Smith

You can read more about it in this article written by an Episcopal Priest who took the time to observe two different Family Home Evenings in preparation for her piece.

Can I just say that I am exhausted today?  I don't know about you but my brain seems like it has taken a vacation and I just don't have a good thought in my head about what to do for FHE tonight.

So, this is what I've come up with for you because I'm going for frozen Yogurt and a movie. ;)

I hope it is fun!

I would like to welcome everyone out to Family Home Evening!!

{Opening Song} I Will Follow Him (In keeping with the theme...Catholic/"Sister Act" Style)

There are lyrics in the original Youtube video, posted by the person who shared the video if you need them but why would you?  I'm sure you have this whole soundtrack memorized right?  Right! ;)

{Opening Prayer} It's always nice to have a volunteer...anyone?  Bueller?

{Lesson ~ Watch and Discuss}


Gather together all of the canned food you have in your house (ideally the smaller cans like corn and beans.  That kind of stuff). The idea is to have enough cans to make it really difficult to carry them all in a bag because they are too heavy. Put it all in one place near where you will be doing FHE.

Cut strips of paper that will work as new labels for your cans.  Enough for all of your cans.

Tape (for attaching labels to cans)

A Pencil or pen.

Paper grocery bags or other bags - enough for each family member to have one.


One person can serve as the scribe.  

Ask everyone to shout out (one at a time and in your nicest voice) chores we see Mom doing during the week (or dad, or everyone in the family).  I choose mom because it is Mother's Day week and who doesn't want to take every opportunity to recognize Moms just a little bit more?

Ideally you can list things like making dinner, unloading the dishwasher, folding laundry, fixing boo-boos.  You get the idea, right?

List as many things as you have labels for.

Watch the following Mormon Message (Meanwhile someone attach the labels to the cans with tape).

{Unselfish Service}

~Notable Quotes from the video~

"How Many People Did You Help?" - Dallin H. Oaks

"You Can Never Love the Lord Until You Serve Him By Serving His People"
 - President Thomas S. Monson


Are there reasons we don't always help with the chores we listed?

Like??? (make your own verbal list)
  • I don't know how to do it
  • I don't want to do it
  • I was watching TV
  • I wanted to play computer games instead
  • I helped last time

Put all the cans you can in one bag - hopefully all of them will fit and it will be heavy.

Ask family members to carry the bag, without breaking it, from one side of the room to the other.

Hopefully they struggle or can't because it is too much to bear all at once.

When we help with one another's burdens we are doing the Lord's work.  We need to look for daily opportunities to step up and do more.  To help not only those in our family but those around us.

**Divide the cans into everyone's bags**

Now have everyone try and carry their bags.  Notice the difference?

There are times when we all struggle to get things done.  How nice it is to look up and see a friendly, smiling face offering to lend us a hand.  May we try harder this week to look for ways to share the load with those around us.

This can even be applied to helping those around us of other faiths as we work in the community together.

Alone we can be broken but TOGETHER we are UNBREAKABLE!  

{Closing Hymn} Have I Done Any Good?



{FHE Doesn't Have to be Perfect, It Just has to BE!}

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