Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Gratitude Day 17

Last nights FHE activity was building our Thankful Tree

I am thankful for the Family Home Evening program. Over the years our FHE's have ranged from down right flops where everyone is mad, fighting and hating each other to little pieces of Heaven on Earth. But the heavenly FHE's have far out weighed the horrible. Oh and we've had a ton of really mediocre ones as well.

This is what the Church says about FHE.

Family home evening is a time to strengthen family ties. We do this by learning the gospel together, by listening to each other’s feelings, thoughts and ideas, and by enjoying activities together. It is usually held on Monday evenings.
The practice of learning the gospel in the home began with Adam and Eve (see Moses 6:57). It has continued throughout succeeding generations, as prophets counseled parents to teach their children to love God and follow His ways (see Deuteronomy 6:5–7Ephesians 6:4).
Family home evening is a time to enjoy each other and have fun together. Through simple activities—games, service, sharing talents, visits to local sites of interest—families create connections and build unity.
Prophets have promised great blessings to those who follow this counsel, including greater faith in the hearts of the youth, increased ability to resist temptation, and greater peace, love, and harmony in the home.
President Thomas S. Monson has said, “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.”
 I love FHE. It is work and it can be so hard (even a huge pain sometimes) but what a gift this practice has been to us over the years. It has helped me as a mother to sit down each week and think over what I'd like to specifically teach my children. It is a chance to bear testimony, love, eat and learn with the people I care most about. What in the whole world could be better than that? 
We will keep adding to it all month. The kids love this and they especially love it
when I make their friends add leaves to the tree :) 

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